It was the perfect Cape Town day, not a breeze in the air. It seemed as if summer finally arrived in our city. With these perfect conditions, I headed off to Steenberg Golf Estate to play in the annual Canal Walk Foundation Golf Day.
I hadn’t played for a couple of months and knew the pressure was on, as this is the foundation’s biggest fundraising initiative.
The Canal Walk Foundation was established in 2005 to support a full spectrum of education, humanitarian and cultural projects and initiatives that contribute to the upliftment, development and empowerment of the community.
Beneficiaries include learners at all levels of education and training as well as music, arts and sports education and development. The foundation assists both educational institutions and learners through the provision of facilities, opportunities and resources for basic needs such as books, uniforms and meals for learners and more advanced, specialised educational requirements.
This was my first time playing at Steenberg Club and I was warned about this course. It’s a visually spectacular course, but technically challenging. Set in the idyllic surroundings of the Constantia Valley, the par-three, not-so-short 14th hole, features the largest green in Africa at 76 meters in length. Indigenous shrubs guard the green and the mound has been shaped to echo the distinctive mountain range behind.
The 18 hole course was designed to make full use of natural features and hazards such as the vineyards, pine forest and gentle waterways. Its environmental diversity gives the course its unique character.
As with most golf days, the day is rounded off with prize giving and each of the 17 teams walked away with a prize from various sponsors. Other prizes included in a raffle were an Ipad; a scooter and a holiday cruise.
With the big raffle prize being a diamond pendant from Browns Jewellers valued at R30 000, every guy had their eye on this prize as it would make the perfect after golf day gift, quite different from the regular toasters, ice makers and various other prizes often given away, and that the golfers wives and girlfriends get given after a golf day.
This is that perfect prize that would please any lady when her man returns home from a golf day.
This day together on the golf course raised over R100000 for the Canal Walk Foundation.
I’m already looking forward to next year.