In July I planned a surprise weekend getaway for Brant. He had no idea where we were going until we arrived at Legends Golf and Safari Resort. The draw to this destination for a quick vacation is their famous Extreme 19th Hole, which I booked prior to arrival.
The resort is a two-hour drive from Pretoria. On the way and we saw a herd of wildebeests and a giraffe.
At check-in, we were given a map and keys to our room. The resort is spread out and you have to drive or take a shuttle everywhere you go, so we were thankful to have our own car. We found our room easily and were pleased that it was clean, spacious, and had a nice view.
We spent the first afternoon exploring the resort. The scenery was beautiful and the atmosphere was very peaceful and relaxing.
We signed up to play a full round of golf the next morning. I rented a set of golf clubs for me, and managed to sneak Brants’ clubs in the car before we left. Golf is not my sport at all. I averaged 10-12 shots per hole, but I managed an 8 on two holes and, somehow, one 5 (on a par 3)- so I call that a win for never taking lessons and having only playing a handful of times in my life. I somehow managed to land in the sand on EVERY SINGLE HOLE- and that, unfortunately, is not an exaggeration. We played the front 9 and then took a break to do the 19th hole before playing the back 9.
The extreme 19th hole was a highlight of the trip. You take a helicopter to the top of the mountain and try to land a golf ball on the a green, shaped like Africa, 400 meters (~1,312 feet) below.
Standing from the top you can see how far down you have to hit it. Technically, the hole is a par 3, but I’m sure you can tell that any gust of wind would throw you off track from that high in the air. They give you 6 balls to hit and they are numbered. You have a spotter down below to watch where you ball lands. If you don’t get your first ball in the fairway or on the Africa-shaped green, you have to take a drop. You get up to 5 drops on top of the mountain and then you have to save your last ball for a drop in the fairway. I used every single one of my drops, so my score was pretty high before I even left the top of the mountain.
The helicopter ride was probably more fun than hitting the ball off the mountain. The pilot liked to spin the helicopter around and make you feel like you were free-falling. It was a little scary, but very memorable and fun.
Once we were on the ground, we had to locate our balls and finish the hole. In the pictures below, I was standing by the flag and aiming up at the mountain where we just hit the ball.
The end result for this very extreme par 3? I got a 16 and Brant got a 13. It was fun, and to me, that was more important than my terrible score. 🙂
The next day we scheduled quad biking and archery.
The biking was fun, but Brant thought we had to drive too slow and would back off so he could race back and catch up with us. We even saw some zebra while on the bikes but my camera was put away. Our faces were filthy after kicking up all of the red dirt for an hour. I didn’t take any pictures of the archery, but will mention (brag) that I won the competitive game we played where we got points for specific places we hit on the target.
That evening we went on what was probably the most uneventful game drive ever in all of Africa. We saw a crocodile, a warthog, and some ducks. Our guide was terrible. We met up with people who were with us on the game drive at dinner afterwards, and we all agreed it was pitiful. Other groups saw a lot more than we did- so I think we just drew the bad straw and had a lacking guide. The scenery, as is often the case in Africa, was beautiful and my iPhone camera never does it justice.
Brant was very pleased with this surprise kid-free vacation. We had a lot of fun, and would highly recommend the 19th hole. Maybe if we get a chance to go again we would take the scenic helicopter ride since the pilot was so much fun.
Love from South Africa! xoxoxo