I am excited already!! While I have known the 2017 South Africa programme for some time, when it was added to the website I still found it quite a thrill. The two questions I am most frequently asked are “where is your favourite location?” and “what is your favourite golf course?”
A return to Fancourt after several years is overdue and South Africa’s no.1 resort will not disappoint. The first week of the tour, which is at Fancourt, has already sold out. However, we have just secured ten 1-Bed Suites for four nights from the 25th February, thereby presenting the option to stay at Fancourt at the end of the South African Tour, after the week in Knysna. The details of the additional four night itinerary will be appearing on the web-site soon, but do let Iain know if you are interested in the extended stay. By the way,anyone already booked on the first week or interested in attending at the end of the tour should consider playing the unbelievable Links course, it is imperative to book a long time in advance. Tee times are severely restricted and most unlikely to be available when you arrive. Ask Iain to do it now!
The second week CapeTown Tour promises spectacular views from the hotel’s ocean view rooms in the beachside suburb of Milnerton. Looking over the bay to the city and Table Mountain each morning, with a sundowner in hand each evening following some excellent golf and knowing that dinner, as always in South Africa, will be the best of fare……I can’t wait!
But it doesn’t need to end there. On the third leg in Knysna the accommodation will give you beautiful lagoon views on the vibrant waterfront area, a plethora of restaurants on your doorstep and once again, superb golf, not forgetting our favourite day; golf at Plettenburg Bay and dinner at the rustic Lookout……life doesn’t get much better than this!
Of course there is much more to do in South Africa than play golf, eat great food and drink excellent wine while continually surrounded by stunning scenery. For those who wish, excursions can be arranged on the free days and if you might like to stay on a little longer to experience a safari for instance, Iain would be only to pleased to help.
Anyway, that is why I unhesitatingly answer South Africa as my favourite location. Woodhall Spa is my favourite golf course. Who would like to join me for two or three rounds at this oasis in rural Lincolnshire, long time rated no.1 inland course in the UK?
Our selections for the US Open were not exactly inspired were they? Congratulations to Dustin Johnson, a very worthy winner, especially under such extraordinary circumstances, finally a Major Champion and long overdue. Anyone who saw the controversial incident on the final day must surely wonder whatever the USGA were thinking. Apart from them not seeing what the rest of the world saw, exonerated by his playing partner, Lee Westwood, at the time and given a ruling by the referee, that should have been the end of the matter in my opinion.
So who for The Open? I’m going for Chris Wood. I’ve always thought he has the potential, with a good record in the Open and following that win at Wentworth, maybe this is his time.
Please remember we have our on going programme of tours and coaching events between now and the South African Tour in February, much of which has very limited availability and now we have passed the longest day, the final Northern Europe events at home, Ireland and Sweden are just around the corner. Golf & Coaching and a Golf & Cuisine Week in Portugal during October, followed by events further south during November in Madeira and Tenerife hosted by Barney lead us to the ever popular Festive weeks. Finally, it is not too late to snap up the last places on our November long haul event to Sri Lanka.
Greetings from what I would like to say is a sunny England, however the weather has been decidedly changeable to put it mildly. Fortunately it hasn’t affected our successful Golf and Coaching and Academy programme at Staverton, and the odd shower hasn’t deterred any of our keen students. If it is possible I feel that the levels of keenness and wanting to improve just keep going up, it certainly is keeping David and I on our toes!
This year we have had an excellent mix of new and returning clients and the chance to really immerse themselves in their golf for a few days is proving really beneficial. What is so great for both student and teacher is the chance to try out the new (and old to be fair!) skills on the golf course in the afternoon and also look at course strategy, which from a coaching point of view is far better on grass than on paper! Having covered the subject in depth, the classroom reviews are really interesting, and the group discussions provide an excellent learning environment for all. We still have some places remaining in our summer series, so if you fancy what is really a golfing MOT don’t hesitate to come along.
Further afield I am really looking forward hosting our Golf week starting on 5 November in Tenerife with some really fun courses, and then returning to Madeira the following week. 2015 was my first visit to the Island and straight away has become one of my favourite venues!
As David mentioned our predicting skills for the US Open were a little off the mark, much like the USGA handling of the rules towards Dustin Johnson. On the up and coming front Jennie has decided to go for burly Irishman Shane Lowry who can sink putts and pints of Guinness with equal aplomb . Iain has decided that as no one mentions Sergio Garcia anymore as a possible winner, this is precisely the time he will win . On the subject of best players never to have won a major I have gone down the Henrik Stenson route, as he was so impressive in his recent win that I think it is time for said major. Perhaps don’t put your pension fund on our tips, but a fiver each way may well pay dividends.
It seems rather bizarre that my opening sentence is going to be about there only being four UK tuition events left this season. Where has the year gone?! As David and Barney have both intimated above, the events are coming thick and fast, with availability on some of the events now down to a few places remaining. For the UK tuition events, we do still have places available on the 22nd July Golf Academy weekend, both August Golf & Coaching events and the Golf Academy at the beginning of September.
We do seem to experience pulses of bookings though, especially as we get to within a month of the events commencing; hence if you are interested in booking these events, please let me know. We also have a couple of places available on what should be a super trip to North Wales.
With David’s Festive trips filling up effectively before they were even launched, Barney has stepped into the breach and is hosting two super weeks, one in Lagos in the Western Algarve and one in Vilamoura for New Year, places for both are still available.
The tour to South Africa is ever proving popular, so much so that the Fancourt week sold out within three days. As David has mentioned we have now booked a four night extension from the 25th February, which will involve playing three rounds on a combination of the Montagu and Outeniqua courses, as well as two Golf Clinics.
Please keep an eye on the website as the availability on our events are updated regularly and we are busily working on the 2017 programme and will be rolling them out on the website soon.
All the best,
Hello from a very hot Florida, while David is in Italy and Barney has just left Daventry. Needless to say it is not a hardship updating the website from an air conditioned house as it is far too hot to golf – never thought I would say that. Iain is working very hard on putting together the 2017 programme as he has said, but as both David and Barney have said there are still lots of fun events to be had in 2016.
We really do look forward to your feedback on the events that you have had and also trips that you might like to see in the future. David is asking if anyone would like to join him at Woodhall Spa so please let us know.
Keep feeding back and enjoy your golf.
With kind regards,
David and the team
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