Thursday, 3 January 2013

Wanted: a new type of African missionary

I could be very patronising here and say, "It's Africa, what do you expect?"

But I won't, because we live in a global village and the Internet lives in Africa as it does everywhere else. So when Uganda's Entebbe Golf Club displays the same old predilection with length as golfing dullards worldwide, I'm going to be just as exasperated as if the course modifications being talked about were taking place in Edinburgh or El Paso.
'“The new design will maintain Entebbe as the longest course in the country with it having three of the longest par-5s,” disclosed Innocent Kihika, the chairman EGC.'
So what, Mr Kihika? How does it play? Does it grab your imagination by the gonads on the first tee and not let go until the 18th green? Does it confound norms by playing shorter than most courses yet still stretching your game and calling for every club in the bag?

Because that's how we measure courses these days. Simply banging on about length, length, length is a bit '70s-retro, like judging a bloke by penis-size. The game has moved on.

And to be frank, I'm surprised that Jack Nicklaus Design's African representatives, no less, don't appear to have brought that point home to you.

Maybe missionary work costs extra.

[Stuart Ritchie provides an engaging assessment of Entebbe Golf Club here]
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