A rousing round of golf at the country club could bring to mind stodgy business men in loud green tartan, puttering along in the golf cart and taking the occasional hacking swing at a dimpled ball, patting each other on the back and saying things like, “good show, ol’ chap.” Change your perceptions and see just how invigorating golf can really be with 18 holes at Roodepoort Country Club for R100.
Designed by Ron Kirby and Gary Player, Roodepoort County Club is one of the youngest non-estate golf courses in South Africa. Without going so far as to utilize gopher dens as holes, the course has quite a wild feel to it and still boasts a flourishing and cosmopolitan membership. Whoever said golf is a dull sport has obviously never tried to putt across the tricky Crenshaw Bentgrass of the rolling greens which can be an adventure all on its own, almost like playing putt-putt uphill into a head-wind. In addition, haphazardly trying to hit the ball through the strong wind on the fairways will likely have some interesting consequences. There aren’t many trees to hit, but there are a few dams on the course, and losing a ball into the water can be more demoralizing than not knowing a single solution on a children’s crossword puzzle.
Other than actually playing the game, getting around the course can be quite an experience. For those who feel that renting a golf cart can sometimes bring with it the temptation to pretend you’re riding bumper cars. The only other option is walking the course, which means you’ll be hoofing it along 18 holes with a bag of clubs that can upwards of 15 kilograms. It’s good exercise, but it can be tiring. Luckily, once your game is finished, you can kick back in the upmarket ambience of the clubhouse and celebrate your foray into the world of golf with breakfast, or a sandwich if playing 18 holes took you past eggs-and-bacon time.
Of course, sweater-vests and tartan pants are not compulsory when hitting the greens.
Golf Fact: During a game of golf on the famous South American course, Janice’s Room, avid reptile-fan and sometimes-golf fan, Lisa Relshayne discovered a new species of microscopic lizard when she lost her ball in one of the large dams, and had to use her telescopic-headlamp to search for it.