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My wife and I started playing golf by accident, we went for a diving holiday to Carriacou in the Caribbian. Carriacou is the largest of the Grenadines in Grenada territory. It is seven miles long and three miles wide at the broadest point. We stayed at the Silver Beach resort where there was a German dive centre called Tanki’s and we had a great time.Unfortunately for me I had developed ear problems because of al the dives and the seawater, my left ear got infected.
So when we left Carriacou and went to Barbados to do some diving there, I could not dive. But the resort we in stayed had a golf course so we took a lesson from a big black local Pro. I can still remember he kept on saying, “hit the grass”, “hit the grass”. So from then on we were hooked.
When we returned we joined the local golfclub The Merwelanden in Dordrecht and we have been playing on our homecourse “Crayenstein” ever since. I played a few years in the and I am now a single-digit handicap 7.8 player. The next few years we played a lot of golf. Hélène’s sister, Marion lives in San Diego California, where she teaches Art at Crossmont College in El Cajon. So we spent quiet a few holidays their and played the courses in that area like Steel Canyon, Aviara, Temecula Creek, Red Hawk, Castle Creek, San Louis Rey Downs, to name few. And later on some courses in Palm Springs en Desert Springs.
I had the good luck to play a few remarkable courses. A few years ago we did a big round trip in Namibia, Africa. And on my birthday we happened to be in Swakopmund, on the Skeleton coast. My wife Hélène had as a surprise 18 holes arranged at the Rossmund Golf course. This golf course in the middle of the Namib Desert is truly spectacular! The course lies at the – usually dry – riverbed of the Swakop Rivier, some 5 kilometres before Swakopmund. The fairways are green throughout, which requires, due to the minimal rainfalls in Swakopmund, permanent irrigation. The water comes from the ablution of Swakopmund and has passed through a purification plant. Often one can see springbok and various birds, at times even Oryx antelopes. Now that was great, playing in the Namib Desert