Swinging down south

2018-07-19 06:01

GOLF is in the limelight with the inter-varsity golf championships taking place at Port Shepstone Country Club this week.

It is the second time this important student competition is taking place on the South Coast and for all the right reasons.

Firstly, at this time of year, the Highveld courses are frost parched and it can be bitterly cold up there even during the day. In the Cape, their winter rains can put a dampener on any prospect of a good weather week for golf.

Here, even during our winter months, have glorious warm weather and our superb golf courses are in pristine condition.

This is why we are a 365 destination for all sorts of leisure land or ocean activity — including golf.

If one adds that at times students like to get into social mode and enjoy some sort of holiday at the same time and where better than here at one of South Africa’s most popular coastal destinations.

I know from my own varsity days that after a day’s play there was also scope for nocturnal jollification as well.

Margate for example is an ideal place for a bit of youthful exuberance after the scorecards have been handed in. Besides some of the universities being a bit distant (e.g. UCT and Stellenbosch), most tertiary institutions are in fact located in our key source markets (Gauteng, Free State, North West and KZN).

From an access point of view, the South Coast is ideal for the teams to come here and compete.

Our team will be handing each student a copy of our Southern Explorer Route Guide so that they can consider returning here to vacate and/or play the other fine courses we have.

Not only that, if they enjoy their stay, when they go back to campus they can spread the good word about our destination and who knows, more batches of sea, sun and sip seeking students may return year after year.

What to some may seem as being just a week-long event for future graduates, we see them as welcome guests and future customers.

May they also graduate from the tee boxes, fairways and greens to becoming loyal South Coast visitors during the years ahead.

Cum laude nog al!

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