A Uniquely Special Event – Alfred Dunhill Championship Preview

Yes, it is that time again and it is magical. The South African golf scene is in full swing this week as it is that special time for the Alfred Dunhill Championship set at the majestic Leopard Creek Country Club.

Since 1996 The Alfred Dunhill Championship (at Houghton then) has always captured the attention of emerging golf sensations. Including Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, John Daly, Trevor Immelman and Darren Clarke.

For the second last, big golf event of the year there is no better setting than this picturesque Gary Player design, next to the Crocodile River, on the border of the Kruger National Park. Leopard Creek is frequently voted as the best, if not, one the best course’s in South Africa. As Wikipedia tells me: there is also a Golf Digest Global Ranking of 25 on courses outside the US. Certainly a great accolade and I agree a golfing “holy grail” from a South African perspective.

If you are around, attending is highly recommended. In addition to Leopard Creek, there is a world class field with a strong contingent of Sunshine Tour and European Tour professionals. Plus… some of the best “swingers” in the game including, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel will be exhibiting for the €1 500 000.

Not to forget defending champion, Branden Grace. He has been is fantastic form and very unlucky this year with two near misses in the Majors.  After his 2014 victory he became the first player to have won both the Alfred Dunhill Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship titles.  Not bad for the 27 year old.

If we can talk about the proverbial “horses for courses”, Charl Schwartzel is the name. The most successful player in the tournament’s history having won it three times in 2004, 2012 and 2013 and runner-up on four occasions. He commented, “It’s definitely one of my favourite courses that we play in the year, if not thé favourite. For some reason Leopard Creek always seems to spark something special in my game.”

But Louis is also feeling lucky and he said that “Leopard Creek is definitely my favourite golf course in South Africa. The place is so special, just being out in the wildlife.” And “I feel like Leopard Creek owes me a bit.” We can be sure to expect some sublime golf.

Weather for the week is also looking like its playing its part for a great tournament.

Lastly it has to be said that a very cool (and generous) aspect is that the event contributes tournament proceeds to the South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB). Which is the main support structure of golf development in South Africa, currently it has 2 300 children in its programmes and 70 coaches nationwide. I often feel we don’t do enough as it is truly a great game and this is great to see.

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