A round with the animals

It was a hot day at the Elephant Hills Golf Course in Zimbabwe when the OMNI field lined up to tee off on what was possibly the most unusual course any of them had played.  Most courses around the world have their share of wildlife, but the Elephant Hills is a little special in this regard.  Baboons shared the trees with the amazing Weaver Birds who spin their nests only on the western side to protect against the prevailing winds.  Impala and Wildebeest help to crop the fairways short, and Warthog crawl on their elbows, nibbling the shortened grass, expertly dodging the works of Slazenger that fall around them.  In the wet areas there was always the risk of a Crocodile or two; whereas the deep rough threatened the attentions of the local Leopard – best avoided.


As day-to-day life went on all around them the OMNI golfers battled the somewhat unconventional conditions, to put in some creditable rounds.  Bill Lloyd from Asian Tigers in Indonesia, playing off a handicap of 19 was nearest the pin on the second; honours for the longest drive on the thirteenth went to Willy Toedtli, from Trafimar relocation services, Mexico, who played off 12.  Top placings at the finish were Willy Toedtli (first) with 35 points and Tim Irwin of Kent relocation services, playing off 18, second.  Mary Graebel, playing off 26, took the ladies trophy.  Willy Toedtli is now the holder of the Paul Mason Trophy as the leading OMNI member in the competition.

Above photo: Bill Lloyd, Barry Vaughn (Suddath International) and Willy Toedtli