FRIENDLY WEL­COME AT SAKABULA

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On De­cem­ber 24 I played at Sakabula, near How­ick in the KZN Mid­lands. I made a book­ing via the club’s on­line sys­tem, and ex­plained that, as it was my birth­day, I would ap­pre­ci­ate an early tee time. When I pitched at Sakabula on the day, Chris and Gene van Zyl, the own­ers, wel­comed me by name. Be­ing a stranger at such an early time meant it could only be me!

They made my birth­day mem­o­rable by a few un­ex­pected ges­tures, and we spent half an hour af­ter the round dis­cussing any­thing and ev­ery­thing. It wasn’t what they gave me that made a last­ing im­pres­sion, but the way they made me feel spe­cial. Their friend­li­ness and at­ten­tion to de­tail shows that golf clubs can be proac­tive in re­tain­ing mem­bers. Judg­ing by the friendly at­mos­phere at Sakabula, and the mem­bers’ ob­vi­ous en­joy­ment of the club, it is pay­ing div­i­dends. Ray Bienedell, Gaut­eng

Sakabula cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary this year, and boasts the only 18-hole course in the Mid­lands, just a few kilo­me­tres from the N3. It’s a pri­vately owned course, de­signed by the late Ger­rie de Jong, a farmer, busi­ness­man, and mem­ber of par­lia­ment, who founded the Sakabula Coun­try Es­tate in Mer­rivale. He read books on golf course ar­chi­tec­ture to help him with the de­sign.

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