Keeping up with the Joneses… July 2016


IT’S July and winter has hit the country with a vengeance. The good news for the oldies is that the ball runs forever on the brown, frost bitten fairways while the bad news is that the early morning players have to wait for the greens to defrost. One innovative club placed bottles of OB Sherry on all 18 tees which might not have improved players’ scoring, but certainly improved the spirit on the course.

With the decreased buying power of the rand, the choice of international away trips is diminishing but Malaysia continues to be a great venue for golf groups. A wonderful climate, major events like the CIMB Classic in October, great golf courses and a pro-active Tourism Department in SA makes it a great destination.

Having spent a lot of time indoors watching international golf it’s good to see most of the top SA players performing well. Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Brandon Stone and even Ernie, who seems to have regained his putting touch, must be a threat at The Open and the PGA Championship, both Majors taking place this month.

For groups arranging their year-end away trips, what a bargain is available at the Graceland resort only about an hour and a half’s drive away from Johannesburg.
R800 buys you two rounds of golf, a night’s shared accommodation with breakfast and a R100 casino voucher at this upmarket establishment. See Page 8.

Brexit, women members at Royal Troon and a woman Prime Minister in Britain, older members must be wondering what the world is coming to!

We are off to the hopefully balmy south coast of KZN so will see you on the tee.
Our winners will be enjoying, among the prizes, Louis57 wines.

Allan Jones