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Springbok and a round of Golf at the Mossel Bay Golf Club (2017-03-19) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 14 NOV 2017

Back in March, Jessica and I spent a long weekend away with my folks up at Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay. Unbeknownst to me, my dad packed in my golf clubs (and by “my golf clubs” I mean a bag filled with clubs donated to me and periodically upgraded every time my brother or dad buys something new), with the intention of putting in a day of golf over the weekend.

Which is exactly what we then did.

The Mossel Bay Golf Club itself is over a hundred years old, having been first established back in 1905 when the course was still positioned at the old aerodrome. The current golf course location came about in 1924 (after the Mossel Bay Municipality made the land available to the club), with its current form the result of a big 1999/2000 re-development that pumped new life into the golf club through the establishment of the surrounding Mossel Bay Golf Estate.

The rebranding and new, modern club facilities worked, with the club now enjoying a very healthy membership and often cited as a major tourist attraction for the town.

Seeing as I only play a round of golf probably once or twice in a year, I was really appreciative of the fact that by some miracle the weather played its part, leaving us to enjoy a cloudless, and, more importantly, windless day, all of which combined rather nicely with the golf course’s already picturesque nature.

That said, I hadn’t even set foot on the course yet before an official pointed out that without a proper golf shirt I wouldn’t be allowed to play. Cue a hasty jog to the Pro Shop situated in the clubhouse, a quick discussion with the helpful store clerks, a rushed swipe of the credit card, and finally the emergence of myself wearing something that was very definitely NOT my usual black.

As with a lot of coastal golf courses, the Mossel Bay golf course is of course very pretty, but for me the icing on the cake was definitely the herd of springbok that happen to call the course home. These guys are obviously very used to all the golf carts and angry men brandishing metal/carbon clubs, because they just lazily move about the various fairways, chewing grass, going for a gallop, or just wistfully looking out towards the sea.

I didn’t get close enough to exactly touch one, but they were definitely close enough to admire!

As for the golf itself, it was as always a mixed day, with the number of okay shots equalling the number of bad shots, with just the occasional great shot thrown in to ensure that you don’t wrap your clubs around a tree or toss them over the next convenient cliff.

(I’m speaking for myself of course. Dad had a pretty decent round on the day).

Nevertheless, it was loads of fun. The customary lunch break was had, I zoomed about in a golf cart, and I hit a lot of balls as hard as I could – seriously, what’s not to enjoy about spending a day doing this?

Also, because Ryan wasn’t there, I actually got the chance to take a few photos without being shouted at or triggering stares of annoyed contempt the whole time! (To be fair though, he just doesn’t like me wasting time if there are other people on the course. Or at least I think that’s the reason that he gets so annoyed with me every time that I whip out the phone when playing a round of golf with them).

So, the photos then:

In summary, the Mossel Bay golf course is a really pleasant course to play, well suited to casual players like myself and which definitely features some really nice views to take in. That said, from listening to my brother and dad speak about it over time, it certainly sounds like Mossel Bay can get a bit windy out there at times!

(Also, we didn’t just forget about Mom and Jessica for the day – a thank you involving supper at The Sea Gypsey was definitely well received!)

Bonus: In case you are wondering why we didn’t just play at the spectacularly picturesque Pinnacle Point golf course (which by the way, I have played before) seeing as we stay on the estate, the reason is twofold. Firstly, I’m such a casual golfer that the difficulty level of the Pinnacle Point championship golf course makes for an even more frustrating outing that what it should be, and secondly, Pinnacle Point asks a much higher fee to play – as a non club/association member, that visitor fee – around R800 – often feels just a little too steep for my liking.

Related Link: Mossel Bay Golf Club | Mossel Bay

Fun in the Sun (City): The Nedbank Golf Challenge
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The original Million Dollar Challenge was formulated by Gary Player and Sun International founder Sol Kerzner way back in 1981 to beat sporting isolation and bring the world’s top golfers to the homeland of Bophuthatswana – the only chance South Africans would have to see them play live.

With its million-dollar prize pool, it was also the most lucrative tournament in the world.

Of course, a lot has changed since then, and the Nedbank Golf Challenge as it is now known even managed to officially join both the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour in 2013, meaning that monies won counts towards those tour money lists. In fact the playing field even increased from the traditional 12 all the way up to 30 golfers!

The leading 10 players from the top 30 on the Race to Dubai and the FedExCup will be eligible, along with the winners of the Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour and Australasian Tour money lists. Players also can qualify through the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship in the weeks before the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

That of course happens later in December this year, but if you want to catch something a little sooner, then there is always the Nedbank Golf Challenge Amateur Series taking place in July on the very same Gary Player Golf Course.

The new revamped Amateur Series will see a combined field of A & B division players compete in their respective divisions to take home the replica trophy and coveted title. The competition is also open to both senior and female golfers.

In addition, the winner in each division will win tickets to the tournament and 2 nights’ accommodation. Thomas Bjorn, 2013 winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, will present the winner with the trophy at this year’s 2014 Nedbank Golf Challenge.

As always, if you are there for golf at the Gary Player course, then you probably should’t look much further than the legendary Sun City Resort for your accommodation needs.

Sun International’s popular Sun City Resort provides a completely unique holiday experience for all ages, with over one hundred exciting activities, a vibrant, energetic casino, and a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. From the 3-star family-oriented Cabanas hotel to the opulent 5-star Palace of the Lost City, you have the opportunity to enjoy your stay at Sun City as a romantic getaway with your partner, a wild weekend with friends or a special holiday with the whole family.

The Sun City Casino, located at the 4-star Sun City Hotel, is a complete, lively gaming area providing fun for all adults, while children have access to a huge selection of entertainment options close by. The 5-star Cascades Hotel in all its lavish colonial style, offers beautiful surrounding gardens and a peaceful bird aviary.

Day visitors also have access to all of the fun Sun City has on offer, from High Tea at the Palace to exclusive game drives in the Pilanesberg National Game Park, home to the Big Five.

Known particularly well for our wonderful sporting and recreational facilities, including two world-class golf courses, and the magical Valley of Waves waterpark, the Sun City Resort brings you a truly unmatched experience.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty decent getaway to me!

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Related Link: Nedbank Golf Challenge | Sun City

Joke Factory: What Game are You Playing? Jokes & other Funny Stuff 14 SEP 2012

A newbie muffed his tee shot into the woods. From there, he then proceeded to hit the ball into a couple of trees, before managing to smack it across the fairway and into a clump of trees on the other side. Finally, after banging away several more times, he proceeded to hit the ball back on track, but this time it landed straight in the middle of a sand trap close to the green.

Making his way to the sand trap, he noticed that the Club Pro had been standing and watching his progress for a fair while now. Walking up to him, the newbie asked, “What club do you reckon I should use now?”

“I don’t know,” replied the Pro. “What game are you playing?”

Joke Factory: The Usefulness of Tees Jokes & other Funny Stuff 31 AUG 2012

A golfer is on his way to Sun City to play in the annual golf tournament there. Passing through some pretty rural terrain, he is brought to a grinding halt when his BMW suffers a flat tire on one of the rear wheels.

As he is busy changing the tire, a local comes across the scene and notices the two tees that has fallen out of the golfer’s pocket as he worked on the wheel.

Curious, the local asks the golfer what they are.

“Oh those?” the golfer replied. “They’re called tees and they are for resting my balls on when I drive.”

“Bliksem!” exclaimed the local. “Those guys at BMW think of everything!”

Joke Factory: Correcting My Stance Jokes & other Funny Stuff 24 AUG 2012

“I’m not so sure about the new Pro that the club hired,” said Peter. “He seems a little… strange.”

“Oh, why do you think that?” asked Fred.

“Well, he just tried to correct my stance again.”

“So?” said Fred. “You know he is just trying to help your game.”

“Yeah I know,” replied Peter, “but I was standing at the urinal at the time!”

Joke Factory: Cutting Down on Sexy Time Jokes & other Funny Stuff 18 AUG 2012

George is not having a good day on the golf course. None of his drives are going straight, his putting is horrendous, and to be honest, he just wasn’t being himself.

So the rest of his usual four-ball gathered around him and asked if something was up.

“It’s the wife,” said George. “As you all know, she’s taken up golf, and since she’s begun playing, she’s completely cut my sexy time down to only once a week!”

“That’s not so bad,” chirped up one of the guys from the four-ball. “Consider yourself lucky – she’s cut some of us out altogether!”

Playing Golf in Mossel Bay on the Pinnacle Point Golf Course My Life 20 MAR 2012

Seeing as Dad has fractional ownership in a gorgeous house up on the Pinnacle Point Golf resort in Mossel Bay, I suppose I have had plenty of opportunities to tackle such a great course before – the only problem is, I simply haven’t bothered, because to be quite frank, this golf course is way above my skill level! (After all, I’m little more than a social golfer you know, playing no more than one or two times in a year!)

However, a couple of weekends ago, when Jessica and I joined Mom, Dad, Ryan and Claire for a Lotter Clan weekend away in Mossel Bay, Dad successfully twisted my arm and got me to join him and Ryan for a Saturday 18 hole round on the course – a course which, just as I had suspected, I was horribly unprepared for! :)

In an effort to save itself and pull in the numbers, Pinnacle Point has been forced to drop its exclusive act and in the process lower its playing fees from a somewhat ridiculous R700 in the early days, to just over half of that today. Of course, you are required to play the course with a golf cart, so if you don’t have your own you’ll need to factor that in as well, but nevertheless, it is a decent deal for such a stunning and breathtaking golf course.

An additional thing which they’ve had to open up is the once exclusive club house, meaning that as an ordinary member of public, you can now order food and sit inside the beautiful venue, taking in the breathtaking views as you are forced to take a twenty minute break after completing the 9th.

As I mentioned before, Dad caught me a little unprepared for this one, and on arrival it was noted that I only possessed a measly 5 or so golf balls in my bag, woefully too little as it quickly became apparent that it is quite easy (and normal for a player of my skill level) to lose balls at a rate of 1 to 2 per hole, thanks to the course’s proximity to some nasty fynbos and even more deadly cliff faces!

This meant digging into Dad’s bag for balls, though at the rate at both he and I were smacking balls away, we eventually ended up eating into Ryan’s reserve balls as well!

(Thankfully an early morning walk the next day would reclaim some of these!)

It really is a beautiful course that gets progressively harder thanks to the location, and happily I pulled off some pretty nice shots which I was quite pleased with. We were lucky that there wasn’t really a wind to contend with on the day (not that it stopped me from sending balls out into the sea mind you), and in the end we all enjoyed a fantastic (and lengthy) day out in the sun.

As it ended up, Ryan was the big winner on the day (and deservedly so based on some brilliant shots he managed to pull off), though I’m pretty sure Mom would have liked us to have come home a good couple of hours earlier that what we eventually did (the course was fairly busy) – she’s not used to looking after an energetic little Jessica! :)

Anyway, to check out some pictures I snapped whilst on the course (much to Ryan’s annoyance of course), view the gallery here.

Photo Gallery: Playing Golf at Pinnacle Point (2012-02-18) My Life | Photo Gallery 18 FEB 2012

Seeing as I really am more of a social golf player, only really stepping out onto a golf course maybe twice a year if I’m lucky, it is no surprise that up until now, I haven’t dared to tackle Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point, a tough golf course that is way above my skill level.

However, this did not seem to stop my dad, who insisted that Ryan and I join him for an afternoon out on what truly is a magnificent course. I ended up thoroughly enjoying my day, despite the fact that I probably lost at least a bucket worth of balls (most of which weren’t mine in the first place!)

Beautiful course, and I for one am pretty happy that Pops managed to twist my arm into playing it! :)

(For the record, Ryan won the day, having played some truly glorious shots in the process)

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Photo Gallery: Pinnacle Point Weekend Away (2012-02-17) My Life | Photo Gallery 17 FEB 2012

Mom and Dad’s week at Pinnacle Point session had rolled into play once again, and this time around it attracted the interest of the entire Lotter clan, meaning that Mom, Dad, Ryan, Claire, Jessie and myself were all making the trip through to Mossel Bay to enjoy some well deserved time away from work.

Unfortunately neither of our partners in crime (i.e. Riley or Chantelle) could make it up with us, but despite this we all enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing family weekend away! (And I even got to experience some golf on the awesome Pinnacle Point golf course!)

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