David Frost last played Royal Cape Golf Club 14 years ago, but he’s back at the oldest course in South Africa for this week’s Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, where he aims to compare his game to the youngsters.
“I still enjoy playing and like to measure my standards by other peoples’ game. Hopefully I can make some pars against the young guys. I get a weekly update on who the Sunshine Tour winners are. I know the names, but not really the faces, so I look forward to meeting some of them and seeing how they perform,” he said.
The 55-year-old has played the course many times over the years, but the last time he teed up for a competitive round was at the Vodacom Players Championship in 2000.
“I played a lot of my amateur golf here at Royal Cape and won the Western Province Match Play here in ’79. That was a long time ago! I played league for Royal Cape and played the South African Open here a couple of times. It’s good to be back and see some of the old faces,” he said.
These days he competes on the Champions Tour and finished the year in 13th place after a season that included nine top-10 results. He was unable to clinch victory, but his 33 years as a professional have taught him to remain patient.
“I don’t really plan on winning a tournament when I start out, I just try to play steady golf. Hopefully on the Sunday I’m in position to capitalise and get to the finish line. I’ve always tried to play my golf one shot at a time and if the win there, then great!” he smiled.
A successful career in golf and winemaking have allowed Frost to become benevolent at events such as the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open and this week’s he given a keen junior the chance to carry his clubs.
“I’m involved with the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy and I have one of the young guys caddying for me this week. That’s one of the main reasons I’m here, so hopefully something will come from that,” he said.