Ian Woosman Visit
Former Masters winner and World No 1 Ian Woosnam has hailed Legend Golf & Safari Resort's tribute to the famous 12th hole at Augusta a perfect replica.
Welsh golfing legend Woosnam recently visited Africa's most talked about leisure venue to take on the challenge of the world-famous Extreme 19th golf hole and to view for the first time the Signature Course golf hole he designed.
But it was the resort's newly-opened, 10-hole Tribute Course – which pays homage to some of the greatest golf holes ever designed – which brought back memories for the former Ryder Cup captain who began his charge to victory during the US Masters in 1991 on the 12th hole.
He said: “Not everyone gets to go to Augusta so come to Legend Golf & Safari Resort and play the Tribute Course.
“The 12th is one of the most famous golf holes every designed and this is a great replica.”
Woosnam is one of 18 world-class golfers behind the planet's most innovative, 18-hole championship golf courses - the Signature Course at Legend Golf & Safari Resort.
The man behind hole number 12, the longest Par 3 on the course, followed in the footsteps of fellow legendary signatures Raphael Jacquelin, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington when he visited the award-winning venue to play the hole he designed.
After inspecting his Par 3, Woosnam said only minor alterations were necessary: “I would like to slow the bunkers down a bit but it's looking good and settling down nicely.
“A couple of alterations and it will be really nice. I'm certainly happy and I think the concept of a Signature Course with 18 different designers is such a great thing. To fly the flag for Wales on the course makes me immensely proud.”
The Welshman then joked: “It would be nice to have a little waterfall – it would be so pretty! What do you think the owner would think of it?”
While at Legend Golf & Safari Resort, Woosnam also took on the challenge of the Extreme 19th – the longest and highest Par 3 in the world. Accessible only by helicopter, the hole is a breathtaking experience and a challenge that none should refuse.
With the tee placed at the top of the majestic Hanglip Mountain, the Extreme 19th is the most dramatic Par 3 in the world, as well as the longest at almost 400m an the highest at 400m.
Woosnam, who made a four on the hole, said: “It's difficult with the wind but I'm pretty pleased with what I've done today.
“It is without doubt a unique golf hole.”