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SAFARI GOLF SCHOOLS


INTRODUCTION

One of the perennial difficulties with golf schools is that they are run at one venue which limits the participants’ ability to see and or experience much more than just a small ‘piece’ of a region and or country.

The Safari Golf Schools programme was developed to overcome this by hosting self contained golf coaching modules in different regions.

The problem of the technical overlap, when ‘mixing’ coaches, was addressed by limiting each coaching module’s content to a specific area of the game.


THE PROGRAMME

The various programme modules are geared to provide individual tuition within the context of small groups and the teaching programme is then combined with on course modules, with all sections being run under the guidance of qualified PGA Professionals

 

The programme provides an ideal vehicle through which to learn golf or improve your golf game and see South Africa at the same time.

The non-golf section of the programme provides a balanced ‘menu’ of game-viewing, sightseeing and other activities to entertain both the golfer and the non-golfer at each venue or as an integral part of an itinerary.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

A typical itinerary would be structured as follows:


Day 1: Full swing module

• Arrival in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport

• Transfer to Sun City by road • Check into hotel of residence

• Introduction to the programme and the Professionals

• Welcome dinner

 

Day 2:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• On range at The Lost City for swing recording on video.

• Lunch

• Full swing clinic and review of each guests’ swing recording

• On course at The Lost City for 9 holes with the Professionals

• Evening game drive followed by a boma ‘bushveld’ braai (Bar-B-Q)

 

Day 3:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• Champagne breakfast in the Pilanesberg National Park.

• Lunch

• On course at The Gary Player Country Club for an 18 holes competition with the Professionals

• Prize giving dinner

 

Day 4:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• Transfer to OR Tambo international airport by road

• Arrival at Cape Town international airport

• Transfer to Cape wine-lands by road

• Check into hotel of residence

• Dinner and introduction to the programme and Professionals

 

Day 5: Short game module

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• On range for short game clinic and swing recording at Stellenbosch Golf Club

• Lunch

• On course for 9 holes with the Professionals

• Dinner at a wine farm


Day 6:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• On range for short game corrections at Stellenbosch Golf Club

• Lunch

• Wine tour

• Dinner at hotel of residence

 

Day 7:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• 18 holes on course with the Professionals

• Lunch

• Cape tour including the Waterfront and or Table Mountain

• Dinner at the Cape Town Waterfront

 

Day 8:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• Transfer to Cape Town international airport by road

• Arrival at Skukuza airport

• Transfer to hotel of residence by road

• Check into hotel of residence

• Dinner and introduction to the programme and Professionals


Day 9: Playing strategies and trouble shots module

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• On range for warm up and trouble shots clinic at Skukuza Golf Club

• Lunch

• On course for 9 holes with the Professionals

• Late afternoon game drive

• Dinner at hotel of residence

 

Day 10:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• On range for warm up and trouble shots review at Skukuza Golf Club

• Lunch

• On course for 18 holes with the Professionals

• Prize-giving dinner at hotel of residence


Day 11:

• Champagne breakfast in the Game Park

• Transfer to Skukuza airport by road

• Check into hotel of residence in Sandton

• Balance of the day at leisure

• Farewell and prize-giving dinner at hotel of residence


Day 12:

• Breakfast at hotel of residence

• Transfer to OR Tambo international airport –departure

Notes:

The programme modules are extremely flexible and can accommodate more coaching or more on course time, different time frames and can include other regions such as Durban and the Garden Route and alternative destinations such as Botswana, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

The programme can also be ‘city’ orientated i.e. Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg, or can mix the cities' stays with more traditional wildlife destinations i.e. Kruger or the Pilanesberg.

A programme can also be wholly focused on wildlife destinations which have golf facilities nearby and where the cities provide the entry and departure portals.

It is also possible, especially on a longer programme, to dedicate a portion of the time exclusively to a ‘safari’ element i.e. a visit to the Okavango where there is no golf and then return to the golf programme later in the itinerary.


THE VENUES

Excellent golf courses and hotels are available throughout southern Africa.

Each coaching venue is selected to provide the best combination of course, practice and functions’ facilities.

A recommended venue will provide most of the following.

• A championship class course; most of the courses have, or do host full PGA tour events.

• Practice facilities, which incorporate both golf driving range and short game areas and which have resident qualified PGA instructors.

• A fully stocked retail outlet and catering from snack meals to formal dinners.

• Most golf courses will have hotels on site or access to 4 star plus hotel facilities in the immediate area.

 


THE COSTS

Each programme’s final budget is tailor made and determined by various factors including the number of guests, choice of venue, type of functions and activities, etc.


NON GOLF ELEMENTS

The ‘safari’ elements of our golf tours are overseen by Albert Driescher from Perception Travel.

Albert started his career in conservation in the mid 1980’s as a junior ranger working for the former Natal Parks Board in Zululand on the North Coast and Drakensberg areas of the province. He then worked as a conservation officer for the South African Defence Force at various training areas across South Africa and was actively involved in rhino monitoring and security for the better part of ten years while in service of the Mpumalanga Parks Board.
After completing his post-graduate studies in environmental management, he was part of monitoring team surveying vegetation across South Africa and managed a research site for three European universities on animal behaviour for four years.

He is a qualified trails ranger and his taste for adventure has taken him down roaring rapids in his kayak, up to cloud base in his paraglider and across the Indian Ocean to distant islands on a sailboat.
Currently he is running his own business enterprise called Perception Travel, providing personal guiding services for the discerning traveller, while preparing himself for a small climbing project on Everest! 



CONCLUSION

Safari Golf Schools offer an ideal multipurpose holiday whatever the final composition of the participants’ golf ability levels or destinations.

The programme options are extremely flexible, personalised, focused and cost effective, whilst providing golfers, of all skill levels, with an unique opportunity to learn from and play with qualified coaching Professionals, whilst taking in some of South Africa’s most popular wildlife, tourist and cultural attractions accompanied by a qualified wildlife tour-guide.


The golf coaching programme is managed by John Cockayne who is a Founder member of the PGA of South Africa and who has been the golf coaching programme Director and Head Coach with the various Golf Academy programme sinces 1988.
This role has included the development, implementation and hosting of golf teaching programmes for tour groups, companies, low handicap players, beginners and junior golfers throughout southern Africa.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

For more information please contact: John Cockayne: Telephone 0027 73 8967931 / Email cathco@mweb.co.za



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