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News from Wentworth, 27 June 2005

Only a relatively short website report this Monday, as I haven't really been doing much apart from spending time around the house at Wentworth and hitting balls at Queenwood, where the practice facilities are fantastic. The weather was amazing last week in London, so I made the most of it and worked hard on my game.

At the weekend I was invited with Liezl to Wimbledon Centre Court for the day, along with a lot of other sports stars and celebrities. I love tennis anyway and always make a point of going to Wimbledon every year; we really enjoyed the day.

Coming up this week...

Unfortunately we had some very sad news that my grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, had died at the age of 97. So this week we'll be flying back to South Africa to lay him to rest. It's very upsetting, obviously, but at the same time we all want to celebrate his incredible life, which he really lived to the full. He was a great character and a big influence on all of us. He was the one who started golf fever in the family, introducing my dad to the game and then me and my brother. He lived in George, not far from the house we now have down there overlooking the ocean - although he grew up on a farm in Gauteng, actually the same piece of land where we're building the Gardener Ross Golf & Country Estate. We're all going to miss him a lot.

Anyway, I'll come back to London at the end of the week. I have a couple of things to do here in London, including a company day at Wentworth, before I fly over to Ireland at the weekend for my first site visit to Hangman's Point in Kinsale Harbour, County Cork. I've mentioned this new development a couple of times in recent months. It's my first golf course design in Europe; and it's a pretty amazing place to start. There's already a photograph on the website, which gives you an idea of just how spectacular the land is that we're working with.

I'll write again at the start of next week.

Until then, bye for now.

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