HARARE, Zimbabwe —
The old thorn tree on the 13th hole has remained a constant companion for many golfers. Its branches span a radius of nearly seven meters (yards) and provide a canopy of shade for spectators. Many families have carried out their dying golfing relatives’ wishes of having their ashes strewn around its trunk, he said.
The tree was there when players wore the colonial dress of breeches and a collar and tie, replaced now by casual pants and T-shirts.
Akil Yousuf, a club member and former president of the Zimbabwe Professional Golfers’ Association, believes the tree will survive for generations. He said the thorn tree stands on “the hardest hole on the course,” the downfall of many champion golfers.
“You have to play an accurate shot,” he said. “If you err slightly to the right or left, you could be staring a bogey in the face.”