What a month March proved to be. If any country in the world is experiencing a drought ask Gauteng Golf Clubs to arrange their club championships and their drought will certainly be broken. But seriously a number of clubs already struggling in tough economic times have really been hurt by the new drain on revenue.
Back to the old chestnut – handicapping – I have a friend who at the age of 74 plays off the forward tees and is handicapped off the forward tees and even though there is a two shot difference between club and forward tees his score has not been cut and he has won competitions on his actual score. It would seem even though the handicapping system has been made clear, clubs each seem to be doing their own thing. This becomes a nightmare when organising events with players from various clubs from around the country.
After the success of the combined men and women Investec series culminating with the exciting final rounds at Sun City it would seem South African golf depth is strengthening although the winter leg of the Sunshine Tour seems to be short of events – a blow to the SA golfer who cannot afford to join an overseas tour.
It’s good to see that some of the developments of golf courses which had, mainly for financial reasons, been mothballed are now up and running and after a great golfing day at Highland Gate I’m looking forward to going back to Huddle Park and also trying out the 9 holes now open at Heron Banks on the Vaal River.
Next month and we are off to the beautiful Champagne Sports Resort for our Senior Men and Women’s Event, for the over 50s, and you are invited to join us at this popular tournament. We are also planning events to The Wild Coast Sun which is filling up fast and a new and exciting event at Euphoria, two hours away from Johannesburg in Limpopo province.
See you on the Tee