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.
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.
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)
The 9th is a short hole, but has the most perfect view of the club house and chalets.
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.
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….
I am ahead of the construction time line, but the rainy season has just begun so we might just see you more often.
Not a golfer but appreciate good design and environmental landscape/constructions/stuff. Fascinating post. Lots of math and maybe physics involved as well as knowledge and skill with the game. A puzzle involving people or an obstacle course game with mandatory stunts. Looks complex, but fun. Can’t wait to see how it goes
Hey hey hey … I’ve been on blog break, so you post. 😉 … As a golfer, I appreciate seeing you design. Great last pic to see the overview. What are you see as the total yardage? Keep up the good work!!!!
The total length will be just short of 3000 metres
A good length for all! Good luck the rest of the way.
What an interesting opportunity and challenge 🙂
You have been missed but I understand life getting in the way. This sounds like a very interesting project Bulldog. Would love to see photos when it is completed.
Looks like you’re keeping busy Rob and having fun. Enjoy! 😀
What an enormous job, Rob! It’s looking fantastic 😀
Thanks Dianne… still got a long way to go, but we’re getting there…
What a stunning venue it is going to be.
Thanks, the area just lends itself to a place for a golf course with stunning views…
Can’t wait to see the end result Grandpa! It is going to be amazing!
Thanks Vasti… you having been there know it’s going to be amazing…
Looking great! and lovely to see you too! Keep up the great work!
Things are looking good my friend …When it is complete you can sit down , look at it with pride and say “I did that “…. no better feeling than that ….Job well done .
Thanks Alf… you know what it feels like to achieve something of this nature… specially in SA where everyone wants a known name to design the course, I have been privileged to get this and the achievement in the end will be very special…
Yes, we’ve missed you, your stories and beautiful photography! Congratulations on your accomplishments so far and very best wishes for the remainder of the project.
Thanks you so much…. I just wish the internet was better… to be able to get on the air more often
Mensig! KLink of jy goed besig is nou. Sterkte met jul ontwerp.
Moet sê, as dit kleinseun is op die foto … hy lyk nes oupa.
Dankie ek is… maar dis lekker
Good to hear from you Rob. It looks like a great natural setting for a golf course. As well as the existing trees, I see you are building in a number of bunkers and doglegs to add to the challenge. How long will the course be?
The course is 3000 m long, bit short but I’ve included some difficult holes, some that will make one think and others that are intimidating… but overall I’m very proud of my design… there are a lot of bunkers to come still that will increase the challenge…
Off my increasingly high handicap, 3000m for nine holes is long enough for me. Bunkers are my nemeses…I say fill them all in…lol. I look forward to seeing more pictures of your latest venture.
Looks like you’re making good progress Rob!
Thanks I am… worry a little about the Lydenburg peach rain that can hold me up so I’ve been getting as far ahead as possible…
Thank you for your update, bulldog. It’s always great to hear from you. Your project looks wonderful! I wish you much continued success and envision a legacy of thousands of golfers thanking you for creating such an experience for them.
Thanks Russ… I envision the odd golfer that will curse me as well, but that is all part of the game of golf…
Yes I’ve missed your posts, and I’m patiently waiting for your return. Your images and stories are such a treat; finish what you have set out to do and return to tell new stories.
Thanks Charlie will be back soon
Well done with the project! I’m sure it’s going to be amazing when it’s finished. Great to see you again. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia… I am very happy with the design I came up with… and yes on completion it will be a sight to see….
Love to both you and Linda. We were back in SA in September, as my darling Mom passed away on the 1st. I spent some sweet time with my sister. 🙂
I am so sorry to hear of your loss… our condolences from Linda and I
Always nice hearing from you. Looks like a very fun and gratifying project. And of course Grandpa knows what’s he doing with a camera in hand!!!
Thanks Ingrid… I have taken so many photos of the area… it all helps with the vision of what it will be like on completion
Hey bulldog – good to hear from you! Great job on the course! That’s your grandson in the last picture? ❤
Yep that is my Grandson… if you think he’s big you should see my son…
So good to hear from you! Isn’t it wonderful to create something from nothing? 😀 Hope you are all doing well and give Linda a great big hug!
Thanks Mrs P.. it is indeed a wonderful experience that so few in my position get the chance to feel… I am loving every day of work and just can’t wait for the sun to come up…
Good to hear from you, and glad the project is going well. I had a good chuckle about the rocks. Imagine a drive landing on one of those, who knows where it would end up. 🙂
You got that right… one of my big problems are the rocks, but we will rid the fairways of them, so stay on the fairway the rough might just be rougher than you think…
Of course I have missed you :), but what a fantastic job you are doing on your course!! Keep it up Bulldog – we will be waiting patiently.
Thank you… I’m enjoying every challenge that raises it’s head… none too big so far…
Looks grand and all the best of luck.
Thanks Spook… a great feeling to join the designer club
wahoo! So good to get a posting from you – I was getting worried. You sure have been busy, not that I profess to know anything at all about golf courses or the design of but looks darn impressive! Welcome back 🙂
Thanks Jan… it is all a little complicated with distances playability and all the rest that comes into it all… but boy it is a wonderful challenge,….