Let’s forget the quest for money for a moment, says NCG’s Matt Chivers, and focus on the magic and the memories offered by golf’s most global circuit…
You’ve saved a pot of coins ready to take around the world with your parents subsiding the vast majority of your airfares, hostels and pedalos.
You’ve always fancied Australia. Who hasn’t? But an authentic safari in South Africa has always been at the top of your bucket list too.
Why not head to Brisbane, nip over to Johannesburg, and then return to Sydney to start your expedition with a bang?
You loved South Africa so much though, so let’s head back and discover Joburg all over again, followed by Malelane.
There’s only one way to see out the first portion of your travel log, and that’s on the stunning island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Now imagine embarking on this exact journey, but playing golf along the way. May I introduce the Opening Swing on the DP World Tour?
On this staggering circuit, you play golf in every corner of the planet and this was evident in its first portion before the turn of the year.
It is the gap year of golf tours.
It’s the tour for the explorers of the game – the ones with their clubs in a duffel bag and a guitar bursting out the top.
It’s the tour of dreadlocks underneath the golf cap, and campfire singers. It’s where you ‘find yourself’ and discover the ‘true meaning of life’.
You adapt to every terrain, every grass type. Hard sand, fluffy sand. You’ve survived near-death experiences in heinous hazards full of deadly wildlife, and now you can make a score from anywhere.
Sure. You get the Scottie Schefflers and Patrick Cantlays who go straight into work from university. They’re earning the big bucks, and good luck to them.
The United States has the undoubted lure of cash and some of your acquaintances have taken placements within a new Saudi-funded initiative too.
But will they see what Thorbjorn Olesen has seen at Amata Spring in Thailand? Or will they ever boast a scrapbook like Jorge Campillo’s from Nairobi?
Even Max Homa, one of the richest office junkies around, took unpaid leave (very much PAID leave) to discover Sun City at the end of 2023.
You’ve lived, and I can think of no better way to summarise golf’s global tour.
Money? Forget it. That will come and go. The best things in life are priceless.
The DP World Tour’s new itinerary has shown that when you stop and take in the view, there is no other place like it, and that’s what should be celebrated.
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