The last time I was able to post something was after I got home from a long journey through Africa and finally made it back to Cape Town. Since then I have had an amazing time off, traveled to some new, and some old places, seen a whole lot of new things and even got in a few rounds of golf!
Not nearly as many as I would have hoped though, but at least my journey through Thailand and Cambodia didn’t prove completely fruitless and I managed to get in nine holes in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
Today though I had the pleasure of playing another nine holes at The Royal Livingstone Golf & Country Club. We arrived in Livingstone yesterday, but only had one day for activities before heading back into Botswana, but Dave and Ron, from my tour group, were keen on playing, and I was more than happy to escort them for a few holes.
They still only have nine holes open at the course, but the grass is not quite as long now and it is a little browner than it was in February. That being said, we decided to take a ball spotter from the start, the 10 000 Zambian Kwacha (US$2) for the caddy, well worth what we would save buy not losing so many balls.
My round started well, with a birdie, and apart from one bogey and one double bogey, I managed to negotiate the ‘rough around the edges’ course and carded six pars, to finish with a two over par, 38, which after only 27 holes in the last two months, I am very happy with!
Before leaving for Thailand I got to play at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town, where I shot my best ever score for nine holes, a 1-under par, 35 on the back nine to finish with 80 and draw me and my partner even on points in our fiercely contested match. So it seems while I am not able to play as often as I would like, I am still able to keep up my game and hit some really good shots in both that round and today.
The course today was not superb, the greens are bumpy, the rough more unforgiving than most Major Championships, but at $20 for nine holes, including our clubs, it can’t be beat. I can only speak for myself, but I had a lot of fun. As you know, I love golf, anywhere, and a day like today just brings that home for me!
Tomorrow we are heading back into Botswana and continuing our tour back to the Kruger Park and then to Jo’burg, where hopefully I will get to play another game while waiting to start my next tour.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos from my amazing trip I shared with my friend Anastassia in Thailand and I look forward to telling you more about the shoestring golf options on offer there in my next post!
The Shoestring Golfer