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The Inaugural MAD(L) Matchplay Challenge

We arrive back in Joburg in time for pre dinner drinks at the Browns. Don produces two of our Rainbow’s Edge reds to enjoy with the succulent BBQ beef we are having. Mark enthusiastically decanters both bottles into a carafe, not realizing he blends a Cab Franc with Cab Sav, creating a new Cab Franc Sav blend, of course it was thoroughly enjoyed, so much that we now understand Rainbow’s End are looking to bottle more!

Our final day in South Africa is a big one, it’s the Inaugural MAD(L) Golf Challenge; Mark and I are taking on Alison and Don in matchplay.  The four of us tee-off at 7:50 on the 10th at Bryanston Country Club, the hosting course for this invitational event, a beautiful and challenging course with lots of water in play.  

At the turn we refuel with a hot breakfast (they really know how to play golf in this country: caddy’s and hot brekkie, what a great way to play 18).  Mark and I are playing well and are 3 up as we hit off for the final 9.  Alison has been our close contender throughout the morning, with little support from her partner.  It’s just not Don’s day, he is just not getting it together.

Alison win’s the next hole and Don the following (on a technicality, nothing to do with his golf), bringing them one short of leveling the score, but that was the last glimmer of hope with Mark and I claiming victory over the next 4 holes, claiming our win on the 16th hole.  We celebrate over lunch before we have to race home for a quick turn around to the airport.

We look forward to a rematch somewhere in the world, with the Brown’s returning to the UK it might be somewhere on our travels this year or next.  As I have said before, we cannot thank Mark, Alison, Sacha and Jayden enough for such generous hospitality, it was wonderful to catch-up with you all and we hope we can return the generosity in the near future.

Our travels through South Africa far exceeded our expectations.  We only explored a small part, but what we have seen was wonderful and will encourage us to return.  One last thanks goes to Sharry Couzyn from Wildside Safari who without we would not have had such a hassle free, well organised trip.