The news we’ve all been waiting to hear, as of Saturday, 13 June, 2020, the Simbithi Golf Course is open for play. Here is what you need to know:
The course is open for Members’ social golf, only. No mask, no play.
Booking and Arrival
CONGRATULATIONS to Bryce Varner for winning our Raffle: he and his four ball (Curt Stefano, Jonathan Booysens and Graham Wood) tee’d off FIRST on Saturday morning. Also, a huge round of applause for Sue Clarke, who hit a hole-in-one on Hole One on Saturday…not bad for a first day back!
Here’s how Sue struck the perfect shot, in her own words:
“Did you know some facts about women golfers and a hole in one? According to the National Hole in One Registry, 16% of holes in one are made by women. The average age of women who shoot an ace is 55 and they play for 15 years on average before shooting a hole in one. For women, the average hole length is 101 m. Another fact is that the most used clubs for a hole in one are the 7, 8 or 9 irons.
So in my case, I am a 55-year-old woman 😊 and I used a 9 iron and the 1st Tee measured 89m but, I have only played golf for just over a year. I have had the advantage of having Jean Freeman as my Bambi Coach and I have been to a few lessons with Warren Abery, our Sports Manager and Pro.
During lockdown I have run around the course past every hole dreaming of being able to get back on the course after nearly three months. When I heard on Friday the 12th June that the course may open on Saturday, I jumped at the chance of playing on the pristine course. On Saturday morning, armed with my mask and hand sanitiser, I was welcomed at a safe distance by Warren and my golfing partners Diana and Rene Du Toit. I found a pretty pink ball and headed to practice on the putting green. After sinking two fairly long distance putts with my first two shots, Warren told me to pick that ball up and save it for my round, rather. We headed to the 1st Tee, and I must admit I was a little terrified hitting my first ball after a few months of lockdown. Would I remember how? Would I make a complete fool of myself and miss with a crowd watching? I just put the ball down and remembered everything I had been taught and kept my head down…. all I heard was Rene shouting,” it’s the perfect shot, its going in the hole…it’s in the hole!” Needless to say there was a lot of screaming and shouting from myself and Di (I believe Kurt heard me from the 9th).
It did feel a bit strange not celebrating in the pub after the round, and hearing the bell ring, but no doubt I will be caught for a round when lockdown is over!
The funny thing is…I could not find that pink ball and was obsessing about it the whole game, but eventually found it in my cooler bag at the end of the game. Maybe I would have had a better round, but I shot an 84 which for me was not to bad so all in all it was a great start to Golf after lockdown…”
Our golfers were also met by the Garvey girls, who decided to welcome them back with treats.