RIP KING DAVID

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Be­tween an early morn­ing photo shoot at ‘KD’ for a story which ap­peared in the Novem­ber is­sue of Golf Di­gest, and a visit on De­cem­ber 30, I man­aged three fi­nal rounds on a lay­out many con­sid­ered the finest in Cape Town.

The af­fec­tion for King David was ev­i­dent on so­cial me­dia a­er I posted a photo of the sun ris­ing above the first fair­way, an­nounc­ing the pend­ing clo­sure. The com­ments on Face­book ran deep with golfers around the coun­try rem­i­nisc­ing about their KD ex­pe­ri­ences, par­tic­u­larly while grow­ing up, as the club was most ac­com­mo­dat­ing to ju­niors. The SA Golf Foun­da­tion ran tour­na­ments at King David ev­ery school hol­i­day.

The fu­ture of King David had been in doubt for years be­cause of its lo­ca­tion – within an in­dus­trial area ad­join­ing Cape Town air­port – and in­creas­ing costs of main­tain­ing the course. The land will even­tu­ally be sold. King David mem­bers joined Mow­bray on Jan­uary 1 as the two clubs merged.

King David was one of the first clubs in Cape Town to wel­come all races and al­ways of­fered rea­son­able green fees to vis­i­tors. I re­mem­ber be­ing dropped off early in the morn­ing by my par­ents in the school hol­i­days and col­lected in the evening a­er a full day of play­ing and prac­tis­ing. It was a ter­rific (and ex­act­ing) place to learn the game, boast­ing the finest col­lec­tion of par 3s in the Western Cape.

I’ll re­mem­ber my fi­nal round for two rea­sons; an emo­tional walk up the 18th fair­way with two good friends, played on a day that saw the mer­cury rise to 43C in the city cen­tre, the hottest day in over 100 years. — Barry Havenga

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