Luxury golf holidays in South Africa

When you’re looking for a golf holiday, if you play golf to a good standard, you’ll probably be looking for a challenging course… one that will make you think; one with unusual hazards maybe; one that will test your golfing skills.

Well, have I got THE golf course for you. It’s WILD. Very wild.

Top golf course designers

It’s in South Africa so you won’t suffer jet lag getting there. It’s the Legend Golf & Safari Resort. Each of the 18 holes has been designed by a different renowned top golfer – Colin Montgomerie, Bernard Langer, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen are just a few of them.

Legend Golf & Safari Resort Signature Course

19-hole golf course

The most amazing hole is the Extreme 19th. Yes, an optional 19th hole. It will cost you around £150 to play it but that’s because a helicopter is needed to get you to the tee up the Hanglip Mountain.

Unbelievable. Get to the top, look down at the Africa-shaped green… and, yes, it’s that itzy-bitzy postage stamp-sized green way down below – 400 metres way down below in fact.

See the Big 5 – Luxury safari holiday in South Africa

Not only will you be able to play the most exciting golf hole ever, but you can also enjoy an exceptional safari experience at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort as the Big 5 roam wild and free in the conservancy.

For more information on the Legend Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa, and the Extreme 19th, click here >>

How to cook flying fish, Barbados style

Recipe for flying fish

Cooking flying fish Barbados ‘local’ style:

  • mix together a grated onion, a chopped green pepper, a blade or two of chopped chives, seasoning (thyme, parsley, salt, pepper) and a few drops of lime juice
  • spread this mix over the meaty side of the fish
  • Let rest for one hour
  • Dip fish into beaten egg, then breadcrumbs, and fry gently in a little oil for around 10 minutes
  • Serve with wedges of lime

Flying fish: the national fish & dish of Barbados

Unfortunately for the Barbados national fish, it is also a component of the island’s national dish – flying fish with cou-cou. It’s a blend of corn meal and okra, or breadfruit and green bananas.

Flying fish melts at the Waterfront Café in Barbados

Appetising alternatives to flying fish with cou-cou are flying fish melts – delicate roe, crisped in oil, with horseradish aioli – from the Waterfront Café on the bustling Careenage in Bridgetown. It’s a casual venue with a steel pan band on Tuesday nights.

Waterfront Cafe, a picturesque place to have lunch in Barbados

Eat flying fish for lunch at the Waterfront Cafe, Barbados

Lunch at the Country Club at Sandy Lane, Barbados

Try the scrumptious grilled fish sandwiches served at the chic and tranquil Clubhouse Restaurant at The Country Club at Sandy Lane. Sandwiches come with cucumber salad, tartar sauce and stunning panoramic views over the wonderful Barbados golf course to the sea.

Flying Fish Restaurant in St Lawrence Gap, St Michael, Barbados

Looking for a restaurant in Barbados where you can eat flying fish? Then pop into the Flying Fish Restaurant on the south coast of Barbados – in lively St Lawrence Gap, St Michael – to eat flying fish prepared in three different yummy ways… Parmesan crusted, Banks Beer battered, or coconut pan fried – go on Wednesdays or Saturdays for the steel pan man option.

Hurricanes in the Caribbean

Oh dear. My last blog was saying how trendy the air-conditioned Cane Bar at the Jalousie Plantation in St Lucia was… after Hurricane Tomas’ recent visit it might well be more air conditioned than the owners would like.

Hurricane hitting New Orleans

I remember feeling as guilty as I do now when I had a double-page travel article published on the must visit city of New Orleans. Date of publication? The day Hurricane Katrina devasted Louisiana.

I think from now on I’ll keep my mouth firmly shut and ‘pen’ locked away for the whole of the Caribbean hurricane season. Maybe I’ll add a few weeks on either end for good measure.

Latest worldwide weather website

Want to know what the weather is like in the Caribbean at this time of the year, Weather Underground is a fantastic up-to-the-minute weather website. Check it out if you’re planning a holiday, especially in the tropics.

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