Well, what can I say….I finally got to play golf here at Vic Falls!
Having started a new tour yesterday, I was pleased to find out the first official day of the tour was still here at Vic Falls, so all the guests had the chance to take part in the various activities available! This meant I had the chance too…and I took it!
Luckily for me, Jan, one of the other Gap Adventure drivers was going out in the truck, so he gave me a ride to the course. We got a little lost on the way, but finally found it.
I had already paid my green fees at Safpar, the booking agent we use at the Zambezi Waterfront, our campsite in Livingstone. The green fees are only $20 for 18 holes, and in any currency that is affordable, especially when you compare it to the exorbitant prices of the other activities on offer here.
I decided not to bring my clubs with me in the end, but the rental clubs were only an extra $10, which I thought was quite reasonable and I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the sets they had, Adams Tight Lies, were also pretty good.
It all started well, the new driver in my hand seemed to be getting rid of the fade I have been battling with lately, until about the 6th hole that is, at which stage I think it decided that I need to seek refuge from the 30 degree Celsius (90F) sun that was beating down, and I pushed that next couple of tee shots into the trees on the right of the fairway!
It was at about this time that I also realised that I was playing at almost 3000 feet above sea level (922m), which explained why I was hitting all my shots just that little bit longer than I do back in Cape Town, at sea level.
Turning after 9-holes with a 41, my bottle of water was running dangerously low, and unfortunately there was no half way house to replenish my supplies, so I had to ration what was left over the last 9-holes.
My driving woes continued at the start of the back nine, but I still managed to scramble my way around and with two nice drives on the last two holes, it set my up for two pars to close and to finish with a 43 and a total of 84.
As I came up the 18th, there was a golfer practicing, on what I guess was the equivalent of a driving range, but instead of a ball picker driving around collecting balls, like the ones I used to drive in the USA, he had a guy running around picking up each ball as it landed, all from the comfort of the big shady tree next to the 18th green! I felt so sorry for the guy, he must have been so hot. I could feel my skin starting to bubble from the heat by the end of the round and could only imagine how hot is must have been chasing after all those balls!
All in all I was very happy with my round, but was just as happy to relax in the beautiful, cool, colonial club house with a cold drink when I was done!
After re-hydrating, I got a taxi back to the Waterfront and it didn’t take me long to dive in the pool to cool off!
After the long awaited wait, I really enjoyed my round at the Livingstone Royal Golf & Country Club, and will definitely play when I have a day off in Livingstone again! For now, I think my next opportunity to play may be in Nairobi in 3 weeks!
Tomorrow morning we are leaving here and heading for Lake Malawi, I can’t wait to see and experience all the places north of here I am going to go to for the first time!