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Weekend in Dullstroom

Posted: December 2, 2018 in Family, golf, holiday, Whisky

Many friends and family head to Dullstroom in Mpumalanga Highlands, mostly for trout fishing and whisky tasting. So when Nicole mentioned her and good friends of ours were arranging a getaway there I was in two minds.. One, I’m not a fisherman so what the hell am I going to do all weekend, and two.. Hmmm, Whisky tasting..?!

Fortunately, I found a championship golf course in the area, Highland Gate rated number 15 in the Golf Digest Top 100 Golf Courses in SA.

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Each hole representing different trout fishing flies

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Beautiful 340m par 4 hole, teeing off down a 50 m drop, which I smashed a drive onto the green..

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Designed by the golfing legend Ernie Els, this was certainly a challenging round, filled with brilliant shots and disastrous ones alike.. and the odd curse or two and of course a few balls lost (and found).

We stayed in a quaint wooden cabin at elandskloof trout farm with friends and their daughter. A friendship which has strengthened with “R” becoming a Brother.

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A relaxing weekend away, braaing under the African sky, free from artificial lights, bright stars and milky way providing a beautiful canopy above our heads.

Of course, a trip to Dullstroom wouldn’t be complete without Whisky and Gin (for the ladies) tasting.

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…An incredible array of fine whisky’s from a menu to choose from…

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…in the “porn” section, as our connoisseur host described the top collectables… 

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I went for the Glenmorangie tasting, sampling 6 of their best single malts

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… umm….yea, I always knew gin was dodgy…

In the end, a great weekend away

and lets not forget the willy warmers

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The controversial debate regarding the benefits of both virtual and local clubs has been on-going, and probably will continue for some time.

I was introduced to golf 5 years ago whilst at a corporate golf day, and the bug bit.. very hard. I can now proudly say I am a complete golf addict!! At the time I couldn’t afford to join a local club, so I joined a so-called virtual club.  The club is a genuine 18 hole course in fantastic condition, and we take pleasure in making the trip for the annual club champs. 

Joining this club offered me the opportunity to play this game I grew to love, obtaining a handicap and playing at all the local courses in Gauteng….” 

This is the start of my letter I submitted to the Golf Digest. I have been so frustrated with the attempt to join a local club, I can truly understand why golfers prefer the virtual clubs. So, afer facing obstructions at every turn, I sent the letter to the editor, with the hope it will be published and the various golf courses can appreciate the frustrations that golfers are facing. 

In fact, I ended the letter with..”This letter is to all the clubs in our country. Get out of the 70’s and 80’s, review your acceptance policies, and provide the opportunity for golfers to actually join your clubs, or more new golfers will join the virtual fraternity to avoid the hassle of becoming a member, just to play the game they love” 

To my surpise.. and delight, not only has my letter been published in the January issue of the Golf Digest South Africa,

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..but I also won the “letter of the month” and received this a cap and 12 x Pro…

The meat of the letter you ask?.. well, you will find it on page 118 

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My tattoo finished by the amazingly talented Bea at Jaded Ink

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… my next session will be to touch up the sides.. my “bells and whistles” session …

Then off to the crossfit  Africa Regionals… (blog to follow).

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My plan today was to go and watch the finals, but Erin reminded me we hadn’t had an Erin daddy day in a while… now I cant refuse THAT! !!

So..off to the golf course we go, and Erin being Erin, she loves choosing her own clothes, depending on whatever she’s thinking about at the time. Normally golf games have her sporting handbags draped over her shoulder,swinging her club wearing a princess dress or something alike.

Not today.

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Today she went for a different look, which, LOL, definately raised a few eyebrows and small smiles at the golf course

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She showed me how to keep calm after a bad shot…not that I have them , everything of course is planned. I mean, I’ve spent big money to play golf,I may as well get to experience every part of it.

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And of course,Erin loves playing a round with her daddy. It really is an awesome time for me. A great bonding session,watching her running around, picking flowers, raking bunkers, smashing balls.. One of her favourite things is lifting her head so the wind from the golf cart blows her hair…

All in all, a great weekend.

Now to face the week… Sigh!!

Little golfing machine

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Erin, Family, golf

Erin is taught the fundamentals of golf at school. Called “Sticks & Stones golf”, the kiddies are taught the swing basics to encourage the love of the game.
I saw how much she looks forward to playing on Fridays, and have seen her swing in the garden, so I decided to get her a few clubs and allow her to embrace the support sport I have grown to love.

So I took her to a local course on Monday, being a public holiday, got a cart as I didn’t think she would manage to walk and play 9 holes, and let her have fun.

And boy did she…

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The course was under maintenance, but that didn’t deter us.

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it was her first time on a golf course, hitting real clubs and proper balls,

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And along with many misses, she still smashed a few brilliant drives with the hybrid. Longest drive being 58m.

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They are taught an interesting method of measuring the line to putt, walking from the ball to the hole, then pointing at the ball as in the above picture.

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Great form and distance control

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All in all, an awesome daddy/daughter day on the golf course.

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Oh, and lets not forget the “Sponge-Bob-Square-pants” golf balls she chose.

Golfing at Princes Grant

Posted: April 17, 2012 in Family, golf
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Being on holiday, there is one thing i cannot go without…. GOLF! so I had a choice of a number of courses, and decided to choose the one I’ve been dying to play.

Princes Grant.

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Designed by  Peter Matkovich, Princes Grant opened in 1994 and has earned a reputation for excellence, including the Compleat Golfer 5-Star Golf Experience Award. And I can see why, wow, what an amazing experience playing here. From the undulating fairways set up as a links course, in emaculate condition to the perfect fast and true greens, set on multi-layers.
Lots of water holes, tricky par fours and risk and reward par 5’s.

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The signature hole, the 15th, is a par 5 with undoubtably the best view any course can have. Teeing off the side of a cliff, the fairway stretching far below. The view is breathtaking, and my partner (our friend from Australia) and I take a moment to absorb all around us.

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I have had the opportunity to play on many courses around South Africa, and while I havent as yet been to many of our great ones, make no mistake, Princes Grant is no walk in the park. This well used course by the Sunshine Tour astounded me. The friendly reception, great food, fantastic views, the carpet like fairways and smooth but testing greens, I can honestly say I have found my favorite course.

LPGA pro in the making…

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Family, golf
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Erin plays golf at school every week, as part of a development program to encourage coordination and the love of the game. Its not quite the same as we know it, as she is only 4, but the concept is the same.

The clubs are very light, with massive heads, soft balls and hoops as the holes…

But, at least she is getting into the game.

And this week, she came home with a trophy,

…as Player of the Week!…

Im so proud of my Erin…

So now, we have two trophies at home

…My team trophy and Hers…

WELL DONE MY GIRL.

She stands above the ball…

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Family, golf
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…calculating…

…nice slow back swing…

…keeping wrist cocked for power…


…and follow through…

…YES!…