Planning for South Africa in full swing

You may or may not know, Golficiency will travel to South Africa later this year. We’ll be heading south again to Africa and this time it’s the Cape region we’re gonna travel to.

The planning and organisation is in full swing but nothing is really fixed yet. Therefore the overall agenda is quite packed, but we’re still trying to figure out how to get all the dots connected.

Obviously on our list is a safari, then traveling along the Garden Route, a bit of hiking, beaching and whale watching at the coast, wining and dining in the Winelands, sightseeing at the Cape Peninsula, chilling in Camps Bay and then finishing and relaxing in the beautiful city of Cape Town.

When you’ve been there already and you know what I’m talking about here, then you are lucky. I’ve never touched ground on South African soil, but I can’t wait to and will definitely read more and more about this great country over the next months.

One of all the great things you can do in South Africa as well is golfing! The British brought their love for the game and it stayed when they left. Plus in this region you have the perfect golf weather all year round. That in combination with numerous first class courses makes this place on earth somewhat special; a golfing heaven.

I talked to quite a number of people already, received a lot of great advice and I’ve read so much about golf in RSA over the last weeks that I’m pretty confident that I came up with a superb list of golf courses which I could play. As I said, the planning is not yet fully done and I have currently no feeling for how many golf days I can manage to squeeze in but if I could, I’d play all of them!

Due to the route we’re taking and to reduce the number of domestic flights, I crossed out two major golf destinations already. One being Sun City and the other one the famous Leopard Creek Country Club, just at the southern tip of the world famous Kruger National Park.

What I came up with is a list of some highly regarded courses and clubs, which I tried to group in sort of the geographical order along the south coast of South Africa (incl. architects):

Knysna

George

Cape Town

So that’s the list of courses which is my basis for further planning. I keep you in the loop once I decide on further steps in the organisation process. As always there might be some changes to the current plan but I have to start with something.

Even Gary Player likes the idea!

I really feel humbled that Gary Player from time to time responds to my tweets. He is one of my heroes, not only for the golf but from a personality standpoint as well and I can’t wait to be in South Africa, walk in his shoes and play golf courses that he had designed. I have a similar strong feeling to Ernie Els and as he’s from RSA as well, I’m sure the trip will be unforgettable.

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The fittest elder sportsman on earth: Gary Player

This video is already some years old but still absolutely interesting to watch. I cannot explain it but I truly admire Gary Player, he’s one of my golfing heroes. Every interview with Gary Player is a good interview—this guy is just too funny and so story-telling all the time. Adorable!

Great man, great attitude, great life time achievement! May you live long and prosper, Mr. Player!

Gary Player is just the beginning

Couple of days back, I received an email providing me the short information that the Black Knight himself, Mr Fitness, Mr Gary Player started following me on Twitter! I was overwhelmed really. I haven’t expected something like this.

Now I think to myself, when I can attract Gary Player, who else is possible?! Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Rory? – all these heavy tweeters. Tiger Woods is out of the league, he’s only following 18 people (Lindsey Vonn, Nike, his own companies/foundations and very few others). And to be honest, I’d prefer others. Media people probably: Di Dougherty, Stephanie Wei or Ashley Mayo?… yes, why not! Nick Faldo definitely, golf architects, golf photographers, agents, journalists and players alike… all very appreciated.

I’ll do my best tomorrow to create a much bigger Twitter footstep in the golfing industry – and I hope the world is listening (ehm reading)! Keep you posted. #overandout #goodnight