Following a flight of some 50 minutes from George to Cape Town for our golf tour, we were greeted by our long time friend and driver Trevor for a short drive to a new venue on the beach at Milnerton, a Cape Town suburb. Stunning views greeted us each morning looking back over the bay to Iconic Table Mountain and the city below.
Following our first days play at Royal Cape, a team event won by Mary, Tony and myself, we ventured down to Cape Town Waterfront for a fine fish meal at the aptly named Greek Fisherman. The second day took us a little further in land to the Jack Nicklaus signature course at Pearl Valley before making our way into Stellenbosch in the heart of the wine region for dinner at one of our favourite restaurants, the Wijnhus. As last week we had a double winner early on as Mary and Mike were clear winners with a fine 41pts. from Tony, Barbara and Sue, Mark on 37. The third leg of this section of the tour was played close to our hotel at Cape Towns only true links course. A former South African Open venue, Milnerton GC proved a typical old fashioned links test. 9 holes out downwind and 9 holes back straight into a 20 mile an hour plus good stiff breeze!! Fortunately it didn’t reach the forecast of a possible 40 mph. I thought my teams 76 was a good score in these conditions but Patrick, Bob, Tony and Alan’s 83 (47 downwind front nine) shows what my judgement is like!
We were due to visit Table Mountain on Wednesday but, having been closed due to the high winds the previous day, the queues for the cable car were enormous and we settled for a tour around Signal Hill and then made our way into the Winelands to franschhoek where we enjoyed a wine tasting and long lazy lunch at the excellent Rickity Bridge winery and restaurant.
Thursday took us to most people’s favourite course in the Cape Town region, Clovelly. Unfortunately it was the middle of their Festival Week and driving off the first and 10th in front of the clubhouse was a rather noisy affair. Music, loud speaker announcements and competitors driving over our heads from the clubhouse roof was all rather unsettling!! Why they took our booking at all I don’t understand, however the course was most enjoyable as always, especially for Lisbeth, Alan, Eirik and Mark, victorious with 83 pts. Camps Bay and Blues restaurant (another favourite) satisfied the inner man on our return journey where dinner, service and ambience met its usual high standards.
Westlake GC, one of the lesser heralded older courses, but never the less a very pleasant tree lined test completed this leg of the tour. Tony and Sue were runaway winners on 38pts, 5 ahead of Rae and Mark.
Enjoy your golf
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