Karkloof Safari Spa Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter
JULY 2016  


We are delighted that both the Legends Golf & Safari Resort and Pearl Valley Golf Course have renewed their sponsorship with the museum.

Legends is renown for having eighteen individual holes each replicating one of the world's most famous holes. And the 19th requires a helicopter ride and a crack at the extraordinary map of Africa green. Add in the wildlife and you have a magnificent resort.

Pearl Valley, on the other hand, has recently been bought out by Val-de-Vie, and Ryk Neethling is very excited about the new hotel which is being completed. It will be operated by the Mantis Group which will also be releasing some new property at the state-of-the-art Jack Nicklaus course situated next to the famous Val-de-Vie polo fields.

The annual Golf Hall of Fame Induction event is scheduled for the 15th of November where Nomads will receive the Harry Brews award for their unselfish contribution to the improvement of golf.

We will soon welcome the Louis57 brand at the museum and they will be offering Els, Goose, Oosthuizen, and Frost wines for sale and tasting, as well as additional key major winner merchandise. We really hope you will pay us a visit.

Finally to further pep up the museum, Karkloof Safari Spa has acquired a magnificent hologram which is drawing a lot of interest at the museum. Remember Karkloof Safari Spa have packages tailored from your home direct to their amazing holiday destination. For more information, contact Karkloof Safari Spa.

* The Golf Hall of Fame is looking for a sponsor for the Induction Gala Banquet and Invitation Golf event. This is not expensive, and in return, there are substantial benefits. Contact Barry 082 9907952 or for more information

Ernie's on a roll again

It was a roller-coaster week for Hall of Famer Ernie Els who returned to Oakmont, the site of his historic 1994 first US Open victory. Despite striking the ball beautifully (and putting well), a pair of 75's meant that he did not make the cut for the second round. However, the new-look Els took positives from the experience and, a week later, he was in the hunt to win the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club with sublime putting and stellar iron play. He may have slipped back in the final round, but he had found himself in the final pairing for the first time in years. And there was more good news for the Big Easy. He secured the most votes from his fellow Tour players in a recent SI poll that asked, "If you were in a bar fight, who would you want to have your back?"

Read all about it...

South African golf legend Sally Little will soon launch a book based on excerpts from her life's journey entitled 'Capturing The Fire' The series of 24 short stories, tells how a reluctant Sally was coaxed into golf by her father, Percy, during her junior school years, how she was forced to compete with the adult men at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Cape Town, in her early teens, as the women refused to play with her because she was too good. Sally tells how the lure of professional golf forced her to leave her homeland, as a teenager and become an American Citizen before competing on the world stage for almost 30 years. The trials and tribulations of living away from home, losing her mentor and father while herself battling the debilitating effects of Endometriosis and a full hysterectomy at age 26, something that almost ended her career prematurely. Her amazing fight against all odds, to come back and win her second Major, something that made her world renowned as one of the best LPGA golfers of all time. Her fractured love life and her eventual retirement from competitive golf but certainly not the end, as she has devoted her life to finding the next 'Sally Little' somewhere in the townships of South Africa and putting her on the world stage.

Senior Tour Teams up with Conservation

The SA Senior Tour has teamed up with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), to create a series of events that will see 10 endangered animals benefiting from sponsorship raised towards each event. The Seniors Tour aims to make these events its flagship events, including 3 majors (Open Championship, PGA and Masters). The 7 remaining events will be standard tour events, all under the Senior Tour's auspices. The events will also have a environmental component, ensuring selected courses comply with required elements that fall within this important aspect of golf courses. For more information, please contact Accelerate Sport, Gary Grant +27 (82) 9903723 or

Hall of Fame Museum

Following last year's opening of the new Hall of Fame Museum at the V&A Waterfront, the venue continues to attract golf lovers from around the world. Situated near the famous Clock Tower, the spectacular venue has been widely acclaimed and includes a retail store, library, memorabilia dating from 1850, and a putting green.


* Ernie Els slammed the USGA for messing with Dustin Johnson's head after it warned him that they disagreed (after reviewing footage) with the golfer's opinion that he hadn't made the ball move on the putting surface. Johnson triumphed anyway, becoming the 2016 US Open Champion.

* Gary Player Design has been hired to renovate the Edinburgh Course at the Wentworth Club in Surrey. The club's owners are investing millions of pounds to help enhance the golf course and facilities at Wentworth. Player's team will introduce a new bunker programme, as well as renovations to the irrigation system.

* Meanwhile, an all-star field has been announced for the Berenberg Gary Player Invitational at Wentworth Club in London on July 18, including 15 Major winners and current Masters Champion, Danny Willett. Black Knight International and title sponsor Berenberg will bring together stars from the men's and women's game, following The Open at Royal Troon, under the banner of a Union of Golf and Giving. Competitors from the men's game include Player, Tom Watson, Danny Willett, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Colin Montgomerie, Jason Dufner, Tom Lehman, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, Charl Schwartzel, Marc Leishman, Paul McGinley, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam, Rich Beem and David Howell.

* Nick Price's Florida home is on the market for $22 million. And the Presidents Cup captain is open to offers. The house squats on seven acres in Jupiter and features numerous rooms.

* Sanlam in collaboration with the Cancer Association of South Africa hosted the Ernie Els Sanlam Cancer Challenge on 21 May at Graceland Country Club. The objective was to raise funds and create awareness of the fight against cancer.


My middle name is Raymond. My first victory was at the 1980 Swiss Open. In 1983, I won my first PGA Tour event with a wire-to-wire four-shot triumph over Jack Nicklaus at the World Series of Golf. After that win, it would be another eight years almost before Price won again on the PGA Tour. Nevertheless, I did shoot the lights out at Augusta at the 1986 Masters when I scored a course record 63. By the mid-1990s, I was regarded as the best player in the world with three Majors under my belt.

Answer: Nick Price


'Muhammad Ali was simply the best. He was both brilliant and controversial. He inspired and empowered athletes all over the world. He was the GOAT of boxing. We should all celebrate his legacy. Rest in peace.'
- Gary Player

'When I'm around my boy, or talking to my boy, I change. I just go in his world. I'm kind of at peace because I'm listening to my boy being himself.'
- Ernie Els on his autistic son Ben

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.
- Arnold Palmer

'Jordan Spieth has the best short game by a mile. He has a bit of a kink in his swing that I have noticed. I'd love to be able to sit down with him for ten minutes of time.'
- Gary Player

'The greatest thing about tomorrow is, I will be better than I am today. And that's how I look at my life. I will be a better golfer, I will be a better person, I will be a better father, I will be a better husband, I will be a better friend. That's the beauty of tomorrow.'
- Tiger Woods

The Hole Truth and Other Mostly True Stories

is a collection of short stories, experiences and anecdotes from Dale Hayes, Denis Hutchinson and Simon Hobday. Dale, Denis and Simon are three of the great characters of South African golf. They hail from a time when golf was less serious and, as such, players got up to a lot more mischief both on and off the course. With over 150 years combined experience as professional golfers, the three former SA Open champions and Hall of Fame members have seen and done it all. Thankfully, they still remember most of the details. In The Hole Truth and Other Mostly True Stories, Dale, Denis and Simon invite you inside the ropes to relive their funniest golfing moments. In short, it's a fun, light-hearted read about South African golf, as told by three of the naughtiest buggers to have graced the golf course. It retails for R299 and is available now at Takealot (click here:


Just weeks after South Africa had stunned the world by holding its peaceful democratic elections which saw Nelson Mandela becoming President, Ernie Els found himself in contention the US Open at the Oakmont Country Club, in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On day three, the lanky young South African was turning heads with his big and easy swing. The tournament went to an 18-hole play-off on the Monday. Loren Roberts had a narrow one-stroke lead over Els on the 16th, but he bogeyed the hole. They both birdied the 17th and both pared the 18th to finish all square and force a sudden death. After halving the first extra hole, they headed to the 11th where Roberts found heavy rough. Els found the green with his second and, after Roberts' par putt lipped out, he two-putted for the championship. Els had become the first foreign-born golfer since Australia's David Graham captured America's championship in 1981. The Big Easy was moved to tears when he was handed a phone and the voice on the other side was that of Mandela saluting his accomplishment.


- Branded shirts, pants, caps for men and women
- Fabulous autographed memorabilia
- Huge array of smaller branded items
(sale items will shortly be featured on our website)

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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating July birthdays! To send your wishes, visit our Facebook page @ Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame on their special day or buy a commemorative brick on our Walk of Fame.

01: Dale Hayes
07: Tony Jacklin
13: Ian Palmer
16: Thomas Aiken
18: Brandon Grace
18: Nick Faldo
18: George Coetzee
20: James Kampte
21: Gene Littler

Acquire a brick on the Wall of Fame for R950, and add the words in remembrance for your club, friend, family, yourself, or just to show your support of the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and help us to keep our golfing history alive!

Support the Museum, become a member and enjoy various benefits

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