FRIENDLY WELCOME AT SAKABULA
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.