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.

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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…

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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Hotazel… a mining town near Kathu…

Set on a bush-covered, featureless plain, Hotazel is home to bhpbilliton’s Mamatwan open-quarry manganese ore mine and sinter plant, and Wessels underground manganese ore mine. It offers a swimming pool to take the sting out of its imitative name, a mashie golf course, squash and tennis courts.

Here’s some photos… couldn’t find the devil but I’m sure he’s there somewhere…..

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Not sure I would be so proud of being the sponsor of this golf club… I’ve played here before when the course was good… but now…there’s no sponsor..

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Photos of the official buildings of this town….Municipality building…

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Post Office…….

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A few streets of the town……

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And there is even some bird life in Hotazel……maybe the devil’s budgies…

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