Heinrich du Preez, an amateur golfer who holds 28 golf- related world records, which includes 15 Guinness World records, traded his golf cart for a Holland T5 tractor from 19 July to 27 July and travelled the country to play golf in all nine provinces in as many days.
He played at the Seasons Eco Golf Club outside Brits two weeks ago before making his way to Limpopo on the tractor for his last round at Legends Golf Resort.
This time though his quest was not just to chase a record. He raised funds for the world’s only dedicated, specialist and non-commercial rhino orphanage, situated in the Wildlife and Cultural Centre at Legends Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo. This facility looks after baby rhinos that have been orphaned after their mothers have been killed by poachers.
Heinrich teed off for the start of his epic 2 000 km journey at the Beaufort West Country Club, before making his way to the Richmond Golf Club in the Northern Cape, then on to Middelburg in the Eastern Cape, followed by Clarens in the Free State, then Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, on to Graceland Casino and Golf Resort in Mpumalanga, then to Woodhill in Gauteng before coming to Seasons in North West.
“Due to the distances and the hours I spent on the golf course and being able only to travel at a speed of 35 km/h, we spent close to 100 hours on the road and had to travel well into the night on most days,” says Heinrich.
To conclude this epic trip, Heinrich hosted a golf day at the Woodhill Golf Estate in Pretoria on 29 July to raise additional funds for the Rhino Orphanage. “We also handed over an anti-poaching vehicle to be used in the protection of these beautiful animals.”