Larry Gould is a Frenchman by birth, an Englishman by education and a South African by choice.
He is a former international hotelier, having worked in Europe, USA, the Caribbean, East Africa and the Seychelles. During this time in the hospitality industry he earned the nickname the "Golfing Hotelier" because of his passion for the game.
He came to South Africa in 1979 for a three-week holiday and never left. He told us: “I fell in love with the scenery, the beaches, the mountains, the people and, as a Frenchman, the wine!”
In South Africa he has been the General Manager of Fancourt in George, and with the advent of democracy and the impending tourism boom he identified the need for a guide to local golf courses for international golfers.
For the past 18 years he has produced his regional guides The Larry Gould Guides to Golf (where to play and where to stay).
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“Many professional golfers are wine aficionados, and worldwide recognised names have launched or are in partnership with vineyards throughout the world.” This quote is by golf and travel writer Michael Cunningham, writing in the Wineries Refined magazine in British Columbia, Canada.
I am so old-fashioned that I still believe that word of mouth is as important as word of mouse. My following my father’s advice that “you mustn’t be selfish – you must allow other people to meet you” of course enhances this!
Golf in South Africa began in 1885 when Lieutenant-General Sir Henry D’Oyley Torrens, commander of the British garrison stationed in the Cape founded the Royal Cape Golf Club. Well over a century later the course has stood the test of time and remains one of the Cape’s premier golfing destinations. A relatively flat course, it weaves through avenues of trees and water features which add to the appeal and challenge of the game.