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Sishen Golf Club, or Kalahari Country Club.

A visit to Sishen where my Son lives has had me photographing and playing this course on a regular basis…..

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A wonderful club house greets you, with a restaurant, Ladies bar and lounge, members pub, and a lovely big stoep where braais and socialising takes place on a regular basis..

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The course is built within a Camel thorn forest, a protected tree, so unless a permit is obtained even a dead tree may not be touched…  apart from this being a hazard if you play off line it certainly adds to the beauty of the course..

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Now for some of the views of the course… a tough course, with great greens that run true… they have some problems but when you consider you’re in the Kalahari….. semi desert…. the course is wonderful..

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The Camel Thorn tree can be a great hazard…. strike one and get a thorn in the ball, throw it away. But it also has a habit of retaining your ball if it wants too….

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That is in this tree…. way out of reach…..

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But then some will refuse to loose a ball and go in search of it….(Where’s the bikini..???)

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The tree is in flower at the moment and I took this photo so you get an idea of the thorns and flowers..

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I love the signage that the course has… the pictures are mounted on old Railway sleepers…  the red-billed buffalo weavers nests, adorn many of the thorn trees….

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They have now started to build houses in and around the Golf Course and it is being done very tastefully with them being well back from the course and well camouflaged. Their web site is well worth a visit…

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They even have a Guest house next to the first fairway… what a place to stay…

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Watch out for the wild life and birds… there are some magnificent opportunities to photograph them.. look at my other blog to see some of what I have captured here….

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Champagne Sports Resort

Situated in the tranquillity of the Central Drakensberg, boasting the most spectacular view of Champagne Castle and Cathkin Peak, lies Champagne Sports Resort. This cosy hideaway’s unique combination of convenient location, country club atmosphere, luxury accommodation and friendly staff makes packing your bags to leave this eternal place a challenge.
Champagne Sports Resort is more than a hotel in the mountains, it is an experience. From the 18-hole championship golf course to the roaming herds of Blesbok and the rare birdlife that inhabit the estate, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And, with five dams stocked with bass or trout, as well as outstanding sporting facilities and cultural activities, this enduring resort provides a balance between recreation for sports enthusiasts and tranquillity for those seeking relaxation.
Only a four-and-a-half hours drive from Johannesburg and 2-hours from Durban, the resort is ideally situated for both relaxing leisure weekends and for corporate conferences.

Golf
Put your skills to the test on our 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Hugh Baiocchi to provide an exciting challenge whatever your handicap.
The clubhouse is easily accessible from the resort and you have access to caddies, motorized golf carts, a well-stocked Pro-Shop, as well as lessons from our Resident Professional Golfer.
The clubhouse is also equipped with both ladies and gentleman’s locker room and a bar, and light meals are served in the golf lounge and on the magnificent veranda which overlooks the golf course and the mountains beyond.

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