A SUR­PRISE BUCKET LIST TRIP TO LEOP­ARD CREEK

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Gallery - Frank Mont­gomery, Oli­fants­fontein Frank has been contributing let­ters to the Gallery pages for years, and I’m glad to hear that his dream of play­ing one of our best cour­ses has come true.

In the July is­sue of Golf Di­gest you pub­lished my let­ter where I iden­ti­fied the “Big Five” of SA’s golf cour­ses that are on my bucket list.

Huge was my sur­prise when I re­ceived a call from a lady who in­vited me to come and play Leop­ard Creek as her guest! Lara Simms had read my let­ter in Golf Di­gest and taken the trou­ble to trace me via Face­book. Best of all was that Lara ex­tended the in­vi­ta­tion to my en­tire fam­ily.We made the ar­range­ments for the big day on Oc­to­ber 8.While my wife and daugh­ter were en­ter­tained and re­laxed at the guest vis­i­tor cen­tre, my son and I (above) took on the “Leop­ard” in the charm­ing com­pany of our host. It was ex­tremely hot, with the tem­per­a­ture reach­ing 44C, but that did not de­tract from an awe­some and un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence!

The course was in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion and to tread where leg­ends had gone be­fore us was like a fairy tale. But this was ac­tu­ally for real! We even saw sev­eral an­i­mals in the ad­ja­cent Kruger Na­tional Park, as if Lara had ar­ranged that es­pe­cially for us.

The golf was over way too quickly, but luck­ily not the day, as Lara and her hubby had gra­ciously of­fered us overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion in their beau­ti­ful home, and we could re­live the best day of our lives over din­ner and a cou­ple of cold ones.

Just again proof that golf is cer­tainly the most beau­ti­ful game played by true gen­tle­men and ladies, of course, as what can beat spend­ing time on the best course with a com­plete stranger, who had it in her heart to make one of my dreams come true?

I salute you Lara Simms.You are my Su­per Hero. Now I had bet­ter go and check my phone for any calls from the other four golf cour­ses on the list.

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