- Golfing Safari in South Africa
Golf balls and penguins and lions…oh my!
While doing research for a series of articles, I realized how much excitement one can have while playing golf in South Africa. South Africa is of course, known for its crop of golf champions and its beautiful golf courses. I have always known that many of the golf courses also have a wild side but I never gave it another thought. Then I started thinking back about some I have come across.
While living in the Sabie Sand game reserve, I taught at the Skukuza primary school. I often stopped to watch a family of warthog on bended knees trimming the grass on the nearby Kruger Park golf course with impalas gracefully grazing nearby. However, you might need a game guard on lookout while playing golf since on occasion, leopard was seen crossing the greens.
My good friend Ina and I used to pack a picnic lunch and go for a stroll along the golf course at the Kruger Park lodge near Hazyview. I distinctly remember a demarcated area with a sign warning one to beware of hippos.
Driving from Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to Cape Point nature reserve, you will see road signs warning you to look out for penguins and golfers crossing the road – and, sure enough, sometimes they meet, if not at the 19th hole, at one or other of the holes at the Simon’s Town Country Club!
During further research, I come across even more amazing facts. Elements Private Golf Reserve near Bela Bela in the Limpopo Province boasts kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra, bushbuck and other species. The Hans Merensky Country Club has a framed picture of a cheetah tucking into an antelope on the wall.
A large group of the furry mongooses recently held up the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Golf Club in Sun City, South Africa.
But wait, imagine if a round of golf took you past a ninth hole harboring 39 crocodiles and a sign that reads “Do not retrieve your golf balls.” This is what you would get if you tee off at The Lost City at Sun City in Pilanesberg, North West Province!