Larry (Lawrence) Gould is a Frenchman by birth, an Englishman by education and a South African by choice.
A career in the hospitality industry allowed him to enjoy working in Europe, the USA, East Africa, the West Indies and the Seychelles. In South Africa he was the GM of the Alphen Hotel in Cape Town, The Stellenbosch Hydro and Fancourt in George.
A passion for golf, travel and hotels led him to publish his guides to golf in South Africa (where to play and where to stay.)
Larry’s stated mission is to promote South Africa as one of the World’s great golfing destination and the Cape Guide is now in its 15th year of publication. He has been on the board of Cape Town Tourism and often travels both locally and internationally as a guest speaker on his favourite subject, ‘How to keep your sense of humour when three putting the 18th green!’
He lives in Cape Town and his French background allows for a love of food, wine and the people of his chosen country.
He lives with Peggy, his golfing partner and partner in life.
As I write this, the terms ‘Credit Crunch’ and ‘Global Downturn’ are part of our daily vocabulary. Many of the golf courses and hotels featured in my previous publications are experiencing their own downturns in revenues and budget restraints preclude them from participation in any marketing of their product. Fortunately the circle of life has a way of balancing man and nature’s ups and downs and I have a belief in my Father’s regular advice when adversity called, that ‘this too shall pass’.
It has been my pleasure for the past 15 years to experience all of the courses, hotels and guesthouses featured here (well somebody’s got to do it) and over that period, if anything, the Cape region has become the golfing Mecca of South Africa. In 2006, the prestigious International Association of Golf Travel Agents (IAGTO) voted the Garden Route as the best Golf Tourism Destination in Africa and the Middle East. Without doubt the award is valid and on a personal note I would not hesitate to add the other regions of the Cape to this award.
Golf Tourism is big business these days and the Cape has, since our democracy in 1994, seen a remarkable growth in international golfing visitors and, as you are reading this guide, I trust you are one of them. Allow me to conclude that the on-course variety, standards and challenges will be equalled with the off-course beauty of not only this wonderful part of the world, but also our remarkable people who will, with their welcome, friendliness and attention to your needs, make you forget all about economics!
Enjoy your visit.
Cape Town – June 2010