April, with all its public holidays, was a great time for weekend golfers with extra rounds played on Thursdays and Mondays. I was fortunate enough to play at Modderfontein and Bryanston, Bryanston being a course I hadn’t played for a number of years. Modderfontein is always a venue we enjoy playing at and the warm welcoming atmosphere, thanks to Wendi and the Club Management, make it an always play venue. The clubhouse at Bryanston recently underwent major renovations and is the perfect golf club product with a great challenging golf course, excellent restaurant and bar facilities and a professional, active and hands on management. We played on a Sunday and there must have been at least 400 members and their families enjoying their club facilities. I believe it proves that even in these tough times a great product will always sell.
April also the playing of my favourite Major, The Masters although this year was not quite the same – Tiger missing! It would certainly seem that Augusta is a “lefties” course with four winners in the last 12 years and Bubba certainly seems to have the measure of the course. The large group of Southern African players – disappointing to say the least.
Winter is coming and it’s great, as a senior Gautenger, to be able to reach the greens in regulation. As the fairways harden so do the greens but that will be something to try and overcome in the next few months.
Golf rounds in South Africa seem to have stabilised and it’s good to see that major corporates including Investec and Vodacom are sponsoring golf around the country. Motor companies are also continuing with their popular amateur events while the ever popular Sanlam Cancer Challenge continues to grow and golfers and Sanlam donate millions of rands to help the fight against cancer.
Lynn and I are off to the beautiful Champagne Sports Resort and with signs of a cold winter Old Brown Sherry will be a popular call on the course. Then we are off to the Wild Coast Sun and I’m sure one or two lagers will be shared with Mein Host – Fred Beaver.
See you on the tee