More than just a course

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Mugove Chigada
The Drive by the Pro-Shop at Royal Harare Golf club in the first week of January was rather interesting. They have stayed true to all that is beautiful.

This time around, it is the “step aside gents” war-cry, before introducing what they call the trendy ladies apparel to be on stock. It is as good a promotion comes. Reality is they are seeking to light up the course, and apparently the gents won’t step aside for long, literally.

With that in mind, MENSHEALTH assertion in one of their past editions targeting a specific audience about the “beauty” on the course, may not have been far-fetched.

“The views during a good golf match are usually astounding — and we’re not just talking about courses like Pebble Beach and Augusta. Indeed, the LPGA is crawling with great-looking women that light up the course,” Menshealth concluded.

And they go on to list what they call “20 Hottest Women of Golf”. Never mind about the list! Rather, this time the debate is about what is appropriate to wear on the golf course.

Golf naturally brings a lot of style with it and players that can afford whatever they want to wear. Even when professional female golfers across the world showcase their talent, they bring their A game and good looks too.

The latest fashion trends always come into play. Dee Dee Smith of Golfweek, however, says what is appropriate for female golfers differs from one golf course to the other.

“When playing a municipal course you may be allowed to wear whatever seems appropriate to you. Often ladies playing at a small local course will play in jeans and a T-shirt.

However, this is unacceptable at most private, semi-private or resort style golf courses. The management at these courses will require players to wear what is considered proper golf attire.

Although the requirements may vary slightly among courses, most dress codes are pretty standard.” Ebay, a multinational e-commerce corporation, rather gives a liberal conclusion to the whole debate.

“Whether purchasing shorts or shirts, shoes or sunglasses, golfing clothing is a personal choice. Some golfers will prefer a certain fabric while others will demand a particular manufacturer. Buying traditional golfing clothing is a great homage to the sport itself, but with so many options on the market today why limit oneself?”

Most leisure golfers never really limit themselves, do they? They light it up and just avoid going off the rails to avoid a fine. Meanwhile, Zimbabwean golfers Scott Vincent, Mark Williams and Marc Cayeux were set to raise the flag at the BMW SA Open championship in South Africa. The championship, at the golf course which has been home to the South African Open a number of times, had a prize fund of R15 000 000.

It was set to run from January 11 to 14. And just like the Joburg Open, it is another big challenge for Scott and company. At the Joburg Open at the Randpark Golf Club in December, Scott, however, went against the grain, finishing among the top 40.

That particular tournament, sanctioned by Sunshine Tour, European Tour and Asian Tour, was one of the most difficult for the Zimbabwean golfers. India’s Shubankar Sharma was champion. And now all the attention is at Glendower, a golf course Sunshine Tour says is a favourite of many professionals.

“It’s one of the best I’ve ever played, very visual, really well bunkered and extremely well set up. We don’t get to play on many traditional courses anymore. I could see this as a real potential venue for a US Open if it was in America,” European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley was quoted as saying.

Other Zimbabwean golfers that failed to make the cut include Ryan Cairns, Mohammad Rauf Mandhu and Sheldon Steyn.

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