Three’s Company

Man I miss that show.

It got me through my formative years.

John Ritter bungling along but somehow making things work was exactly how it seemed my golf went after the abominations of golf at Umkomaas and Selborne.

After which I decided to have a little chat with myself.

I stared long and hard into my Liquifruit cranberry cooler and said to myself:

“Self, you have to be less s*^t, and be better”.

The chat seemed to do the trick as the new week brought with it a renewed sense of golfy gees.

Thank goodness because my clubs were well on their way to the naughty corner at the bottom of the Indian Ocean,somewhere on the left of this picture I took at Umzumbe:

I stayed at a place called Umzumbe Surf Shack which is literally on the beach. You stumble out the door and get your feet wet,it’s an awesome spot. The owners, Richard and Ali are super helpful and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

I felt as if I wasn’t playing enough golf,( 15 rounds in 16 days just didn’t quite cut it), so I decided to sneak in a cheeky nine holes at Port Shepstone on Richard’s recommendation, which I wasn’t planning on.

Great call me!

The course was a pleasant surprise and the par 3 5th below made the decision worthwhile on it’s own…..

I shot 44 and I am quite disappointed I didn’t include it in my original plans as I would have liked to play the full monty. It just means I have to go back I guess 🙂

San Lameer, Southbroom and Wild Coast are the three that comprised my version of Three’s Company.

Three very different places with very different personalities but when put together, they just work.

And it went a little something like this:

 

San Lameer – Come and knock on our door…

The show started at San Lameer and it is one of those places where it feels like you are playing the Rolls-Royce of golf courses. It has an impressive elegance about it, has all the right curves in all the right places, and if you show up using it well, it impresses folks.

It is a really, really well run club. Meyer Du Toit, the golf director, has a real passion for his course and the game. I was lucky enough to catch a cup of coffee with him and some of his inside knowledge of the course certainly made the day slightly easier than it would have been.

I was chuffed with my round and i was REALLY happy with a 81.

I am a massive fan of the par 3 9th hole below. I did manage to hit it into a tree but a lucky bounce meant I could still make my par.

What I shot :81

Balls Lost:2

Eagles :0

Birdies:0

Pars:10

Southbroom – We’ve been waiting for you…

Number two of three’s company, Southbroom feels kind of like the middle child. Left in the shadows a little bit but when it comes crunch time, the middle child delivers. Great views of the sea and some super holes made this a perfect filling in a three’s company sandwich.

I mean this view from the 4th hole needs no further words….

What I shot :81

Balls Lost:1

Eagles :0

Birdies:1

Pars:9

Wild Coast Sun – Three’s company too…

Last but certainly not least, the third out of the Three’s Company crowd was the perfect end to my KZN leg of the trip.

Out of the 17 courses I have played so far, Wild Coast was my favourite. (Followed closely by San Lameer and Umdoni Park)

It has just about every challenge you could think of squeezed into 18 holes. Elevated teeboxes, gorges,rivers,oceans,wind,dams,birds,flying insects that could feed a family of four for a week,the absolute works.

You can’t really see it until you actually stand on the 1st teebox but when you are greeted with this view to start, you know you are in for a super ride.

What I shot :85 (Par 70)

Balls Lost:1

Eagles :0

Birdies:0

Pars:5

So That’s KZN in the bag, done and dusted. Next I’m off to the Eastern Cape with a stop in Hogsback and then on to East London.

My next three courses are Katberg, East London golf club and Royal Port Alfred.

Let’s hope the weather and the wind is kind to me and I am lucky enough to not play in gale force winds, I need all the assistance I can get!

Until we meet again in the Eastern Cape, see you on the course!

 

 

 

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