Akabeko Golf Course.

We recently had a drone flying and taking photos for our course signage… and this is one of the overhead photos I received…

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and the back of the score card gives a more clearer idea of the layout…

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And here is a photo showing an old farm house that the owner is converting into the golf clubhouse as well as conference venue, wedding venue etc…

This conversion will mean the 3rd hole will become the 1st and so on… I love this idea as one will start off with a par 5 and finish the 18th with a par 5..

Here’s a photo of the old house, so old one could almost call it historic…

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We are to develope a driving range near the clubhouse, with a jungle gym to keep the kids entertained, this is going to be a special place in the future. Braai facilities and a boma (an area to have a larger fire for people to congregate around for warmth and companionship, an old African custom) will make this a special place for golf days, or conferences.

I look forward to the completion of the facilities as we have many sponsored golf days in early next summer. Also a fun Golf day for Fathers day on the 18th of June.

Akabeko Boutique Hotel and Golf Course.

I have shared about the golf course, and realise I’ve neglected to share anything on the Hotel. This is a five star experience, with secluded lodges that guarantee a quiet restful stay.

The lodges or rooms are set in a black wattle forest with beautiful gardens surrounding each. A river runs below all the rooms, a lovely sound of trickling water can be heard, not loud enough to keep you in the toilet, but enough to ensure a peaceful sleep.

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A walkway follows the river … with small dams that attract birds and otters …

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The gardens …

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The tree ferns, cycads and so many more indigenous plants … with beautiful flowers ,,,

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The restaurant, with a top chef that produces plates of food that are to die for..

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A well stoked bar and a wine rack that keeps one looking up…

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and then to think that outside is a golf course, (9 hole par 35) that will test your golf length and accuracy… and while you’re playing, the others can enjoy the spa or massage or sit and enjoy the quiet of the lounge.

Want to know more about the hotel ?? http://www.akabekohotel.com/ 

Hope to see some of you there and playing the golf course that is open to the public…

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As the course continues to improve and the rains (when they come) aids the fairways growth, the golf course becomes more and more of a dream come true.

As the photo from the first tee shows the first fairway.

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The course wants to welcome all the permanent new arrivals, oh how happy these animals make me…

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The sable are young yet already they show the deep chested pride they’re well known for..

I am to stay on at the course and will now be in a position to blog more, to share my golf course with you all. I’m sure that you know it is not really my course and belongs in its entirety to the owner of the Akabeko Boutique Hotel, but my design and build, tweaked to his  satisfaction, still feels as though its mine…

This has been and will always be the most desired “bucket list” happening in my life.

 

 

 

Akabeko Golf Course

It’s been a long time coming.

A return in part to blogging. Why? Well we have reached that stage where not much more can be done before the rain falls.

When will it rain? Wish I knew…

The greens are so close to completion, just here and there that we need the grass to reach total coverage. Fairways have been top soiled and the grass in part is pushing through without water, strange but true…

It has been a dream designing and converting this….

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To this

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And this …

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Into this….

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and the real joy is having the wild life now on the course… doing their inspection…

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I’m hoping to get back into blogging on a more regular basis, so look for my likes and comments on your blogs…

Akabeko Boutique Hotel Golf Course.

I know I’ve been gone for a while, and maybe you haven’t even noticed I’ve been missing so I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve achieved so far.

You do remember I was off to design and build a 9 hole golf course? Well that’s where I’ve been and still there. A big problem is a lack of internet and cell phone signals, so I have to climb a hill (at my age it feels like a mountain) to do anything on the internet.

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The design accepted I climbed into the construction. Lydenburg district is well known for rain that can last for weeks, so it was eyes down and go for it while it’s dry.

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The setting of the course is breath taking and with spots like this for tee boxes it is not difficult to design a course with character. (I have sworn at myself for some of the holes)

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The 9th is a short hole, but has the most perfect view of the club house and chalets.

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The 8th is one of the par fives and two long shots might just see you on the green, but they will have to be good shots.

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The 6th is probably to be considered an intimidating hole, hitting off the tee between the trees with a dog leg left to the green, bunker protected is actually easier than it seems. (If I can play it everyone else should be able to.)

And one last photo of the area, breath taking to say the least….

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I am ahead of the construction time line, but the rainy season has just begun so we might just see you more often.

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A few more photos from our trip…

Does sunset not supply the most beautiful colours for photography…

The Kalahari Tented camp we stayed in… no fences so any animal can get up close… had the brown hyena calling outside the tent, I looked for the witches but saw none…

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These wildebeest past within touching distance, but look at the colour after sun set…

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The Giraffe are always entertaining as the bend to drink…

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This was the view we had of the nearby water hole… no need to drive around, the game comes to visit you…

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and one more of the entertainer… the “Rooi-muishond” Literal translation “Red Mouse Dog” but actually known as the “Slender Mongoose”

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Till we meet again, go well… will do my best to get on the air as and when I can…