RIP KING DAVID
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