Gorgeous George and Stunning SimolaThe third in our Garden Route series of golf and lifestyle adventures in South Africa - but not the end of our South Africa trip - so click subscribe as you’ll be in for a real and unexpected treat with our final SA video coming shortly.
Travelling along the Garden Route you are spoilt for choice of where to stay and play, we stayed at Fancourt whilst playing George GC, but then jumped in the car to drive the pleasant short one hour trip East to Simola where we stayed for two nights and played the Jack Nicklaus course.
Two very different golf course offerings, both amazing and both we’d return to
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Fan of Fancourt?Are you a fan of Fancourt, South Africa?
We are - and here’s why….
Three championship courses set in a lush lifestyle golf resort of around 115 rooms nestled beneath the Outeniqua Mountain range. What’s not to like?
A resort for all the family, but probably best known for the three golf courses being Montague, Outeniqua and the Links - with the latter being the no. 1 golf course in South Africa. Not that the Montague and Outeniqua courses are poor relations - they certainly are not and also feature high in the SA rankings in there own right.
Gary Player must have had great fun with these special designs, working in and capitalising on the impressive views of the mountains, designing around pristine white washed buildings synonymous in the Western Cape with their brown thatch pitched roof to contrast the white. Water, white bunkers and great designs, its all here..
Situated just 20 mins North of George, its easy access to airports in George is a massive positive. Cape Town sits about 5.5 hours drive to the West which allows for a scenic drive along the Garden Route.
Captivating Cape Town & Clovelly Golf ClubWelcome to Sunny Cape Town, South Africa.
This is the first of a series of videos we will produce about golf and lifestyle we experienced recently.
Playing Clovelly Golf Club, near Fish Hoek, just 35 mins south of the beautiful Cape Town on the Cape peninsula was a real treat. Despite the kikuyu grass, something we are not so used to in England, the playing conditions were top notch. Aided by wall to wall sunshine we share the evolution of the course and its history, as well as some playing highlights too. Its hardly surprising Clovelly is number 45 in South Africa, we loved it - the golf course and the friendly membership.
We also share some things to do and iconic places to visit in Cape Town for some sightseeing, relaxing and enjoyment in this beautiful city.
If you haven’t played golf or even visited the area of Carnoustie – you are missing something in life that everyone should experience at least once in their golfing lifetime.
|11th green at Monifieth|
Participating in the Carnoustie Classic with about 140 other contestants of mixed abilities, both male and female from countries in Europe to further afield as Australia and USA making this a truly international and amazing fun event.
Argentina might not be the first place that springs to mind when one thinks about a golf holiday, but the reality is – why not?
It’s got everything you need for a great time golfing and offers so much more too….
Here’s my experience when I went a couple of weeks ago.
Firstly being a Brit I was ‘warned’ of the conflict over the Malvinas (Falklands), and whilst meant in a caring way, there really was no need to worry – I want to dispel any myths that we Brits are not welcome in Argentina, I was treated no differently to any other golfer on holiday in a courteous manor and with respect as a fellow golfer or holiday maker.
Political stuff out of the way -this is how it really was.
After a long flight I arrived early enough to have the whole day in Buenos Aires, at that point any sensible person would have gone to bed to recover from the flight in readiness for the welcome party that evening – I’m not sensible and went to play golf at Argentino Golf Club and managed 9 holes. Continue reading
The right place at the right time happened to me recently. At the World Travel Market in London I met with the great chaps from Aphrodite Hills and the Cyprus Tourist Office (CTO) enthusing about future plans for Red Tee Breaks I unexpectedly get an invite to join a group of 12 golf pros on their visit to Cyprus. Mindful of the broken wrist, the fact I wouldn’t have played for three months and they were – well golf pros – I tentatively said yes and quickly booked a lesson with my pro Tim.
Tim assured me I was hitting the ball as normal as before and didn’t seem to be favouring the wrist too much. I met with the pro’s at the airport with new found confidence this soon dwindled as I found out that there were meant to be 12 pro’s and me and I’d be playing with Costas from the CTO and Andreas from Aphrodite Hills. One pro, Barry, dropped out and I became the 12th golfer leaving Costas and Andreas to fend for themselves.
From that point I became Barry, but thankfully retained my handicap and played off the red’s. Continue reading
|Kerry at silly o’clock|
|12th hole par 3|
For those of you that haven’t played the fantastic Ross-on-Wye, you won’t know that there are plenty of trees lining the fairways, the first is one such hole, and whilst it seemed pitch black as we drove those first balls, once we walked 500 yards to our drive (yeah right!) it seemed much lighter for just being out of the trees. Rob and his green keeping staff at Ross should take all the credit for the course- it is in very good condition.