The excitement had been building up for some time and so the day finally arrived. A golfer’s dream weekend had begun the Friday morn with a very early start to the airport. Into george we arrived collecting our vw sharan to commute us around. Spacious enough for 4 golf bags and our own luggage…. And for the amount of balls we bought for the trip. Remember we’re amateurs!
The afternoon saw us tee off at PEZULA! Superb all round setting saw us grace the 1st tee box. The nerves and excitement got the better as we duffed shots, and I lost my 1st ball already. The order of the day as told to us by Vincent (course marshall) was certainly FYNBOS! Hit in the fynbos and your ball is gone! Fine fairways fit to be greens and even better and tougher greens saw us go on in our gps fitted carts with winshields! (reparing divets on the fairways Is the same as you would pitch marks on a green… that’s how nice the fairways are). I have to say the course for this time of the year is in better than fantastic shape and I’d have to admit, in the best of shape compared to the 3 courses we played.
I was partnered by one of the biggest hitters of the ball.. my man J.D. when he was on fire, we saw him drive 300 and straight. The other team made up of shafiq and mr. consistency Ziyaad were whipping us through the course. Shafiq finding the roof top of somebody’s lovely home, otherwise finding his rhythm. As always mr. consistency scoring his 1 and 2 overs , rarely blowing holes. I must say for me things got better in the 2nd 9. breathtaking views captured us on the 12th as we stepped up on the tee box overlooking the ocean! STUNNING! My highlight was birdieng the 16th with a chip shot from off the green watching the ball role in. ECSTATIC I was feeling like tiger after the play off in the masters!
With newly finished 3 bedroom en-suited, L.C.D. screened, surround sound triple storied, double garage with your very own golf cart, inside braai area and fully fitted kitchen gorgeous apartment at the pinnacle point resort (mosselbaai) as our abode, we returned the next day to what is the most stunning layout and scenery of any course I’ve been on. ‘”PINNACLE POINT”!
Pictures will never do justice, but putting overlooking the ocean drop and driving over cliffs to get to fairways is simply breathtaking. Sea views like you cant belive. One hole beating the next. Luckily the whether was good to us otherwise with slight wind conditions, you can see yourself driving a mere 180-200 mtr’s, trust me! One thing for sure, obey the sign that says “slippery grass”. Shafiq and I saw us spin 360 on our cart in an attempt to come down a hill while finding a ball. Like an action movie I saw him jump out! A much better 2nd 9 again by myself saw me enjoying the round tremendously. As we progressed though my partner shafiq’s batteries starting getting flat and he was just too tired.
The 18th saw J.D smack his drive a whopping 300 at least. This guy is a “K” when he hits. I wouldn’t want to be the ball. Mr Consistency, well his name says it all. Disappointing though was the halfway stop. For the money you pay, you have to get a snack on the go. No lovely toasted cheese and chips etc. that’s why my partner went flat! Course condition on the whole…. Fantastic!!! Tricky greens and deceiving course layout. Always listen to your gps on distance and not what u see.
We were met on the final day by the Ernie Els signature course- “OUBAAI” in George. Mountainous setting with fog as I partnered Ziyaad in to our final round. Certainly a very tricky course with no gps in the cart to give you distance. A bit of old school walking to the sprinkler to check distance. On this day we had the most fun, laughing and just enjoying the game. Shafiq actually met family on the course. What’s the chance of that! I have got to brag a bit. On the 2nd 9 I played the best game of my life. IT FELT GREAT! The scenery on the 2nd 9 is also much better, overlooking the ocean as well. Very smart houses all built on the estate also overlook the course and the ocean. We felt a slight breeze but soon realised that what we thought was a breeze was actually a strong wind! We had to opt for at least 2 clubs more than what we normally take. For e.g. I normally hit a 5 iron on about 180mtr’s, I went with a 5 wood and still fell short. You just see the ball looping back to you.
Halfway house was also disappointing. (I look forward to that lekker snack you know)
Overall a fabulous trip. I definitely consider myself lucky to have gone on it and will recommend it any day. A true golfer’s paradise!
I must also thank my crew for providing the laughter and entertainment and for making the trip so enjoyable. Especially TJOKKIE! We were LARNIES THIS WEEKEND!!!!
A few DO’s and DON’T’s:-
Do take a lot of balls unless you pro.
Do stay an extra day after the last round to recover.
Do take a lot of money as the rounds are expensive
Do take you own braai meat if you eat halaal only.
Do watch the movie ‘running riot’
Don’t forget sunblock
Don’t forget a jacket for when u playing
DON’T forget you clubs. (I know a person that did)
And Don’t think about going… just go now!