Inaugural Hilton Durban Golf Day Raises Funds & Profile For Charity

This information originated in U.K. English.

November 02, 2015

DURBAN, South Africa - Hilton Durban, hosted the inaugural Hilton Durban Golf Cup at the Durban Country Club (DCC) on Friday 23 October. The day was characterised by great golf and exceptional food, with the prize-giving dinner, being held at the recently opened Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els Winebar & Grill. The big winner of the evening, was the Els for Autism Foundation, which benefited from the proceeds of a silent auction. The R30 000 raised, will be used by the Els for Autism Foundation to support local initiatives in KwaZulu-Natal.

“It was both a pleasure and an honor to help raise the profile and raise funds for this exceptional foundation, started by golfing legend Ernie Els”, said Markus Fritz, general manager of Hilton Durban. It gave the field of 40 golfers extra incentive knowing they were playing for fun, but also with a purpose. The prizes and auction items were great too… so it was a win-win for everyone involved.”

Local golfer Chris Beukes came out tops as winner when he shot a 40, followed by Jason Bird and Muss Gammon at second and third places respectively. The top prizes included a trip to Dubai to attend the final European tour event, ‘Race to Dubai’, a weekend away for two people, for two nights at the Conrad Pezula in Knysna and 100 000 Hilton Honors points to be used in any property worldwide.

There was fun for the young as well on the practice tee at the DCC, with a ‘GameOn’ Golf Clinic run by the Ernie Els Centre for Autism with assistance from SNAG KZN. Twelve children on the Autism spectrum, from various Durban schools, were given the opportunity to learn the basics of golf in a relaxed, fun environment. The ‘GameOn’ concept aims at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction and promoting healthy living through golf, for individuals living on the autism spectrum. For more information on Hilton Durban, please visit:


SNAG is the best first touch program to effectively teach the game of golf to people of all ages and level abilities. SNAG offers the versatility to learn and play in almost any environment, even indoors. SNAG is all about having FUN whilst learning the fundamentals of golf. It truly makes golf accessible to everyone, regardless of age, gender or social demographic. SNAG is a proven development program designed for new learners, and contains all the elements of golf in a modified and un-intimidating form. It is an exciting way to get the entire family involved. The SNAG system builds on strong fundamentals for putting, chipping, pitching and full swing to develop playing ability, quickly and efficiently. It incorporates developmentally appropriate equipment and instruction that allows golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as a soccer field, indoors, or on the beach.

The Hilton Durban has partnered with golf superstar, Ernie Els, with the opening of the Big Easy Durban by Ernie Els. Echoing Els’ easy style, restaurant is unpretentious, yet sophisticated, and brings a together all the elements that make a restaurant more than just a venue. Great food, amazing décor and a laid-back vibe…Big Easy-style. Big Easy Winebar & Grill is the first Ernie Els inspired restaurant outside of Stellenbosch and takes it’s name from the champion golfer’s nickname. Els is known as much for his effortless golf swing as for his big heart and philanthropic efforts and is synonymous with all-round excellence; pursuing the best in sports and leisure, while always staying true to his love of family and country.


Dionne Collett
Take Note Reputation Management (For Hilton)
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Joyce Moggridge
Hilton Worldwide
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