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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Feb 23, 2005 8:41 am

As a member I felt that I need to tell you more about our beautifull course:

read here: Skukuza Golf Club

It is a beaut of a 9 hole course with 18 tees in the most exciting environment! Next time you visit please come and have around.

View of the 9th, 18th and clubhouse
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One of the std fixture on the course:
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Course rules:
Remember to fix pitch marks and replace divots else I won't be able to guarantee that a pride of lions won't take you out on the the 5th. :lol:
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Unread postby Pac » Wed Feb 23, 2005 2:13 pm

It is definetly one of my favorite coarses, yes it is not Zimbali or JCC, but the location is absolutely wonderful.
the 9th is a great hole, we will be playing there sometime inApril, probably near the end around 30th.
I love the par four 4th with the slight dog leg right, as well as the hole up at the top of the course where that little hut is.

anyone else played it? what did you think?

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Feb 24, 2005 6:11 am

Danie does not play, but many others do.

The special thing about the course is that most animals can come and go on it. A hippo has made the waterhole on the 9th its home. You'll see many impala and warthog around. I have seen what I assumed to be a leopard kill dragmarks just past the 4th green once. :shock:

The nicest being the birds.
For those of you who have not walked in the Kruger: the golf course gives you the chance to walk and see some amazing birds.

The golf course there gives us golfers who loves nature the chance to enjoy both at the same time. Maybe you guys should give it shot. It is quite a different experience!

By playing 9 holes should only take you 1:30 - 2:00 hours. Enough time afterwards to enjoy the Park!
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Unread postby Pac » Thu Feb 24, 2005 10:48 pm

ya talking about animals on the course do you still have the score card, i remember seeing a pic of a lion kill on the card taken on the course. i think the flat surface and open expanse must help them. always see elephant dung and there are always impala's .... what a great course.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu May 12, 2005 9:53 am

I have seen a picture of a cheetah lying next to its freshly killed impala on one of the fairways of Skukuza golf club.

How lucky can one be? Hope I can spot something like that in my lifetime while hacking around on the Skukuza course.

I will never complain about my golf after seeing something like that.
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Unread postby Johann » Thu May 12, 2005 12:26 pm

Absolutely fantastic little course, great atmosphere.
Last in February played with my grandfather, had to keep on reminding him where we were and not to just wander into the rough looking for his ball. Kept on forgetting to check the bushes for any predators first. :)
In September I played there with some friends. A herd of elephants came passing through with some little ones. They were a bit difficult, we had to be careful and not get to close.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:21 pm

Johann you would know very well. In the Kruger heat as soon as I hit hamstring hill(on the 3rd) I am a gonner. Having two beers to quench the first is not uncommon on the 3rd tee. That is why I play my best golf on the first two holes, And why I am looking for a hole out on the 2nd.

The most demanding walk however is on the 4th and 6th! Those two holes just kill me. Next time I am taking a cart(enough storage for the 6 pack even). Plus that tree in the fairway of the 6th is a magnet!!

Saw a herd of 5 ele's on the tee on the 5th. Made myself very small behind a tree until a "bloukop koggelmander" made his appearance. If there were any bunkers around I would have made myself a litterbox.

How do you find the greens? I reckon them to be in excellent condition for a course in the Park.

Don't worry I also hit shots from the moffie bof. Just for the fun of it. Next time look for leopard spoor on the walkover from the 9th tee alongside the dam.

Who knows? Maybe I can get a quick 9 in sometime over the weekend, but I doubt that.

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Unread postby Johann » Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:32 pm

Loams wrote:
wildtuinman wrote: How do you find the greens? I reckon them to be in excellent condition for a course in the Park.


This is a difficult question that a lot of golfers asked themselves. My answer is always to keep practising, go for more lessons and practise what the pro tells them to.


:funny:

Finding them is easy enough. Getting of them is a whole different story all together :D
Seriously, I think they are pretty good. Better than quite a few courses I've played in Gauteng.
I always end up taking a cart. Don't like dragging my bag around in Kruger heat. And they're the best carts, I usually end up driving in the Leopard. They all got animal names by the way, just in case you were wondering what the hell I'm talking about.
Breeding herd of ellies could have been messy but luckily everything went ok.
When I was at the nursery in June I noticed that a leopard is seen quite often in that area. Better be more awake next time I go. Just now, I'll have to decide to take on the leopard on the green or the crocs and hippos in the water :pray:
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Unread postby sharky » Wed Aug 24, 2005 5:32 pm

cj001 wrote:hmm that sounds awesome can any person join or is it just for
the park personell??

Anyone can join when the parks stopped subsidizing the club it got into financial difficulties, as we had a long history with the club one of our members put together a proposal for them to increase their membership. You can join online through www.globalhadicaps download the form pay your money and hey presto you're a full member of Skukusa Golf Club with a SAGU hadicap card. So you can claim affiliation discount from all SA golf clubs
(unfortunately I'm not anything to do with Global handicaps I just joined Skukusa through them.) :(

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:02 am

Wild@Heart wrote:
wildtuinman wrote:Why I absolutely simply love golfing in Kruger!!!

Leopard on the second green!


Now what would you scream when you tee off there ... I don't think the leopard will understand "FOUR!!!"

:twisted:


The second is a par 3 crossing some water just infront of the tee. A very tricky green I have to add.

It is also here where you very often spot the namaqua doves. I have always wondered when a leopard would suprise some there. Well there you go.

four!! - could be changed to Voertsek!!
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Oct 27, 2005 7:04 am

VOERTSEK!!! PING!! DROP!!! GOEF!! HOLE IN ONE!!! :dance:

Leave the ball ... let's get going before that Leopard sees us :lol:
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Unread postby matthew » Thu Jul 06, 2006 4:37 pm

After some serious persuasion by WTM, I am to give you an account of a rather strange encounter with “certain” wildlife on the Skukuza Golf Course. The “encounter” has been mentioned on the forum before- but not in detail.

In March this year, a mate and I decided to visit the park with the girlfriends and golf clubs in tow. After a couple of early mornings, the girls were tired and wanted a sleep in, giving us the perfect opportunity to venture forth on the hollowed ground of the SGC- and venture forth we did!

We loaded up the Golf cart:
1. First the beers- vital (that’s akin to leaving the medi-kit at home)
2. The golf balls- cause I’m not fetching my ball when its in that bush
3. The clubs- for the sport and protection

After a fairly uneventful first couple of holes (ok- I lie- I’m not the best golfer- but then my attention is not on the golf) we arrived at the 4th tie, to find a perfect imprint of a lion paw in the wet ground, together with a steaming pile of evidence! (Now you understand the extra golf balls!) With the golf partner keeping watch (over the beers- not in direct sunlight please :D - and for possible stalking lions) we played on.

On the 8th I pushed my drive slightly, under a tree, but still in the fairway and therefore not warranting a new ball, I was duly dropped off at my ball while my partner (who drives slightly further than I do- ok ok, a lot) went after his. With a pitching wedge in my hands, I lined up the shot and “assumed the stance”. I knew that I had to win this hole to tie up the game and give me a chance to take the match. The concentration was immense! I pictured the perfect shot, then myself making the perfect shot and started my backswing…

What the…. :shock:

The footsteps of a charging horse
The snort of an something angry

Cue panic and a look….. its an impala. Shoo- the relief!

But its charging at me………!
PANIC- I did what any normal man would do!

I dropped the only weapon I had :redface: and swan dived behind the tree- it missed me by millimetres. Then the enraged, snarling and snorting beast of an impala stopped- looked me up and down and calmly walked away, passed my hyperventilating partner rolling on the floor. (Not from concern- from laughter)

I dusted myself off, picked up my pitching wedge and looked at my ball, freshly ground into the grass with impala prints on it. I lost the game, I lost a lot of pride- but that’s golf folks!
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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:52 pm

That is an extremely funny story Mathew, :lol: but I can just imagine how easy it is to panic and assume the worst when your nerves are already on edge.
Not only because of your impending drive but just because of where you are. :big_eyes: and what might have come charging in. :wink:
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Unread postby Tshukudu » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:17 pm

Hi Elfreda
Unfortunately their is no map for the course as far as I know.
The experience however is great as you are playing in the wild with no fences. (Dont go in the rough) :twisted:
I have seen elephant, Buffalo, Crocodile, Hippo and one lonely leopard on the course and have the photo's:lol:
I will be there next week for 2 games with my social club :dance:
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Unread postby DuQues » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:17 pm

From the very nicely written review:
Golf carts are available. Armored personnel carriers are not.

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