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Dear Tourism Colleague,

Serious about golf...
... or maybe not so serious ...

... don't even have a handicap yet ? (let me get back to you on this)

We've got golfing for everybody!!

Amazing South African golf courses are renowned for being marvellously beautiful. Of course they are world class. South Africa also has good weather for golf. Lots of sunshine all year around, although in the winter period, in the Cape, those glorious days may be interrupted by rains, usually not lasting for more than a couple of days though.

There are some famous links golf courses in South Africa, with magic views of the sea and with mountain backdrops inland. You might be seriously challenged by winds on these links and can show off your real talents. South Africa is one of the world's most favoured golf destinations with over 600 South African golf courses spread all over the country. I will just name a few.

The South African Airways Open was first played at Durban Country Club in 1924. The course was then 2 years old and very little has changed in its excellent layout since then.

Durban Country Club will host the event for the unprecedented 16th time in 2005, Jan 20-23. The course weaves its way through thick coastal shrub and then, in contrast, leads into a decidedly parkland feel over some holes. As a test, Durban Country Club is one of the most demanding. When the wind blows, a round of 75 is really an achievement.

In Cape Town and the immediate surrounds there are 28 golf courses. The oldest golf course in the country, The Royal Cape, hosted the South African Championships as far back as 1910 and naturally portrays a sense of history and tradition.

At Sun City the onlooker on the other side of the fence might well be a giraffe. Gary Player designed this fabulous golf course neighbouring on the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

On the Garden Route you just have to play at Fancourt, with four courses to choose from, close to George. All along the Garden Route there are some real gems, amongst them Pezula, on one of the heads of Knysna Lagoon, the high vantage point allowing for majestic panoramic views.

In an article in one of the many golf magazines that are available today, I read that not one of the top players in the PGA tour is driving as far as last year and that the average length will be the same as for 2003, i.e. 241 metres! That is far as far as I am concerned. The question is has the elite player come as far as he possibly can? For amateurs there are certainly still a few metres to gain.

Nicolas Our golf coach Nicolas says: Golf is a whole experience of exercise, social get-together, fresh air, nature, relaxation and fun. It is also a matter of discipline and practice, practice...

Lagoon Dam View The South African Travel Corporation offers a wide variety of South Africa golf tours:

1 week of golf in Cape Town and surroundings or in KwaZulu-Natal.

1 or 2 week South Africa golf tours in Cape Town and on the Garden Route. Luxury.

Get a group of 12 together to come and play for South African Travel Corporation Trophy and your stay in South Africa will be free (conditions apply).

GOLF - Be wild, go green - A 10 day South African golf tour for beginners, including golf coach. No handicap needed. You will get your handicap here. This is what you/your partner have been waiting for.

We take you on a fabulous golfing experience to learn, to get a handicap, to enjoy nature and South African wine in your leisure time and to swim in natural hot springs.

Elephant All South Africa golf tours can be combined with extended golfing and/or wildlife safari, in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Kruger or the Northern Province. There are malaria free areas.

Your golf tour in South Africa can be tailor made to suit your needs or choose one of our package tours.

Contact us for details of availability, cost, dates etc on info@satravelco.com.

Hot Stuff!

Vine Autumn Organic wine is becoming increasingly popular and South African organic wine farmers produce excellent wines, winning award after award. Very hot stuff is that we take you on a wine trip you never dreamed of, a WILD WINE ODYSSEY, meeting the winemakers, having dinner with them, visiting their cellars, sharing their secrets and foremost tasting their wines. We will be away for a whole week off the beaten wine track, close to nature in a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. Dates: Twice monthly from September 26 Price: From as little as R11,950 for 7 days excl airfares. To book e-mail us on info@satravelco.com

The whales are here and they are many. On May 16 the first Southern Right Whale arrived in Walker Bay. They come here from the cold waters to mate and to give birth. Peak season September-October. Watching those gentle, submarine like creatures from the rocks is an awesome experience. They are huge, 15 meters and 58 tons! And they are close to land.

Flowers The Western Cape got a lot of rain first week in August with floods as a result, but good for the flowers and to fill up the dams. More rain fell a week later and it seems that the flowers are going to be good. Daisies, vygies, bulb flowers, proteas will colour the ground and the mountain slopes. Spring is a magic time. The flowers open about 11 if it is a sunny day, and start to close at 3. (here in South Africa we compare them to government employees!!) If no sun, they do not open.

GOLF is very hot at the moment. Book one of our South Africa golf tours now! Winter in the northern hemisphere means full summer in South Africa.

Stream Remember that each day is a rare gift. Enjoy it and use it wisely!

Erika
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