Karkloof Safari Spa Golf Hall of Fame Newsletter


We have not yet finalised the date for the upcoming Induction Banquet, but this should be determined during the next few days.

Behind the scenes there have been difficult times with very little financial support, but there are times when we need to say 'thank you'.

Ever since the inception of the Induction banquet, Fred Worner, the owner of the fabulous Karkloof Safari Spa near Pietermaritzburg (which is the world's finest spa facility with Thai ladies indulging you in their 17 treatment rooms), has assisted us to raise funds by giving away trips to Karkloof Safari Spa every year at the Induction. At the end of last year when our sponsor surprising did not renew their sponsorship, Fred step into the breach, such that Karkloof Safari Spa took over this sponsorship which is the life blood of the Golf Hall of Fame museum.

So many museum compliments, but only Karkloof Safari Spa stumped up. I really hope you will consider them as a future pampered holiday destination (see:, and to Fred Worner, a huge thank you!

Player salutes Olympic heroes

Gary Player says the entire country should be extremely proud of the golfers who flew the flag for our nation. "The fact that only four golfers in the whole of South Africa are Olympians is a fantastic accolade in itself. They are now true Olympians, and that honour can never be taken away," he said. The nine-time Major winner who captained Team South Africa, said "I couldn't help but feel a tremendous sense of elation, pride and amazement at what I had witnessed". "A game that has been the anchor and provider for my family for 63 years, made a triumphant return to the greatest sporting show on earth. I always say that when I look back on my career there are no regrets, but if I had one it would be that I never enjoyed the opportunity to stand up and represent my country as an Olympian. Nonetheless, I'm delighted to have been a part of this experience, and will never forget it. Golf left Brazil in far better shape than when it arrived," he told News24.

'Capturing the Fire - The Sally Little Story'

It's all systems go for the launch of 'Capturing the Fire - The Sally Little Story' on October 4 at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. 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. The cost is R 1000 per person and each guest will receive a signed copy of the book. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support the Little Golf Trust.

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.


* Local legend Mark McNulty was the guest speaker at the opening ceremony at the Junior Africa Open which was held at San Lameer last week. McNulty who know lives at the golfing estate on the KwaZulu-Natal South coast urged the large group of young golfers to understanding the importance of honesty "in this unique sport". "Golf is a game like no other and if you are honest to yourself on the course, you will be honest to yourself in life". McNulty who was one of the leading players on the European Tour from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, told the SA Golf Hall of Fame that he has now sold his property in Florida - near his old Zimbabwean friend Nick Price - and now spends most of his time in Africa where most of his family lives.

* Johan Immelman, the father of 2008 Masters champion Trevor has been named Golfweek's 2016 Father of the Year. Immelman who built a green in the front yard of their South African home for the young boy, sent him to the US in 1995 where he won the 1995 Rolex Junior Classic, considered one of the biggest events. He made it to the final of the 1997 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, which qualified him for the 1998 U.S. Amateur Public Links at Torrey Pines in San Diego. There he defeated Jason Dufner to earn a berth in the Masters. 'When my son said he was going to be great,' Johan said, 'I took it seriously.'

* The Gary Player Stud Farm (Pty) Ltd has an exceptional draft on offer at this month's National Two Year Old Sale. The Colesberg farm will offer 16 juveniles. Top class racehorses reared and bred by the farm include former Equus Champion Lady Windermere, Derby winner and Gr1 Vodacom Durban July runner up Superwood, Sangria Girl, SA Derby hero Kadarko, and World Over.


I once worked as a cigarette salesman. I won 10 times on the PGA Tour, twice in Europe and five times on the Sunshine Tour. I also clinched three Million Dollar titles at Sun City between 1989 and 1992. In 1994, I bought a vineyard in Paarl and got into the wine business. For every bottle I sell, R1 is donated to the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy.

Answer: David Frost


"It was unreal; incredible. Gary and I were walking side by side and he was like a kid in a toy store ... just a grin from ear to ear and loving every second of it and it's only gotten better since then. I'm 23 and I had to have a seat down but Gary stood for the whole three-hour opening ceremony. The guy is incredible ... he wasn't going to miss a thing."
- Brandon Stone on the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics

"That son of a bitch Locke was able to hole a putt over 60 feet of peanut brittle."
- Lloyd Mangrum, one of Bobby Locke&#acute;s 1940s tour rivals

You must be a hell of a chipper and putter because you can't hit the ball worth a damn".
- The starter to Gary Player at his first Open Championship at St Andrews in 1955

"I couldn't sit - obviously - and I couldn't stand either because my knees were shaking so badly."
- Theo Goosen on witnessing his son Retief winning his first US Open in 2001

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:


At the 2008 Masters, the final two holes - both par fours - proved to be a coronation for Trevor Immelman, the end for Tiger Woods. Despite finding the greenside bunker at the 17th the South African salvaged par again and effectively slammed the door on any late challenge. 'At that stage, I knew I was leading, but I didn't know by how much.' Showing a maturity beyond his years, he whipped his 45.9 gram guided missile up the fairway at the 18th and it came to a rest in a great big, ugly divot the size of a dollar bill. Of course, he had to play it as it lied (many tour pros believe this is the unfairest rule in the game and that divots should be treated as ground under repair). Raymond Floyd who won the Masters 32 years earlier once noted that the first step in dealing with a ball in a divot is mentally overcoming the unfairness of it. If the lie rattled him, it never showed, but he now concedes that "it wasn't an ideal situation". "I had tried to remain as even tempered as possible that week and I tried to downplay the adversity." He stripped an eight iron to land in the middle of the stage in one of sport's greatest theatres. Game over and playing partner Brent Snedeker joined in the generous applause. "I've played with very few golfers who can manage their emotions, manage their swings and manage that golf course as well," the American noted.


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The Hall of Fame is sending best wishes to all of its members celebrating October 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.

03: Harold Henning
09: Annika Sorenstam
14: Beth Daniels
17: Ernie Els
18: Denis Watson
19: Louis Oosthuizen
20: Jake Roos
23: Justin Hobday
23: Chi Chi Rodriquez
25: Mark McNulty
27: Des Terblanche

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