A fleet of new John Deere machinery to mow and maintain the course has transformed the look of King David Mowbray in recent months. The kikuyu fairways are tightly mown and this makes a positive difference, despite the bare patches as the invasive poa in the fairways dies off in the hot and windy summer months. Golf Data now has the maintenance contract and the general presentation is improved. At this time of year, with the south-easterly regularly puffing away (evident in the dark clouds gathering on the mountain in the afternoon and obscuring nearby Devil’s Peak), the course plays longer than its distance suggests. The strong cross winds make the par 3s a challenge in terms of club selection, particularly the dangerous 8th and 13th which uniquely sit alongside each other divided by a water hazard.