Top of the Leaderboard. In 2002, sitting curbside after leaving a sports marketing firm, Gordon saw a gap in the golf business: many international golfers eager to play South Africa’s stunning, world-renowned courses and yet no expert to pull together all the details and make sure the tee times were booked. And so he launched CapeScout, on a shoestring, but founded on the talent at executing top golf itineraries for the world’s most discerning clientele. He quickly cornered the market on this niche, and CapeScout has become global in its customized golf trip planning, but the roots remain very deeply in South Africa.
As a photographer by hobby, Gordon has adoration for wildlife and the bush. It became a natural fit that after a nice golf holiday a bit of time on safari was both logical and wonderful. And the safari portion of the company was born, and again building off many personal friendships and relationships, that CapeScout is able to design and execute the most treasured of holidays.
In the late ’90s, after undergraduate and some time as a ski bum in Utah, Caitlin joined her first safari company as an office manager. Her ambition was to join the industry most responsible for generating funds and support conservation in Africa. She quickly moved into designing safaris, and over the last 15 years has served as Africa Program Director for two prominent US safari companies, managed safari camps in Botswana, completed her Masters in Protected Areas management, advised ecotourism development in Cambodia and Madagascar, marketed a top portfolio of African safari camps, and finally moved into private tourism consulting.
Her love of Africa runs deep and she relocated from the US to Cape Town with her family of four to share her second home with her children. She brings to CapeScout incredible in-depth knowledge of the safari industry – its key players, latest news, and hot developments – and a guaranteed custom experience for its guests.
Craig Ross has been involved with Professional Golf for the past 35 years. Craig grew up in Zambia, golfing his way through Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, before moving to his ancestral home in the North of Scotland at age 17. He then spent most of waking moments at Tain and Royal Dornoch Golf Clubs, representing various boy’s teams and competing in amateur tournaments all over the UK. At 19, John Black, Captain of the PGA Scottish region, offered him a position as assistant Professional at Grangemouth GC and allowed him to spend Scottish winters competing on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa.
As his tour career came to an end in 1986, Craig was offered the position Head Professional at the newly built, Gary Player designed, Ruimsig Country Club, West of Johannesburg. After 10 good years, he moved to Cape Town and took up residence as the Head Professional at Royal Cape Golf Club, the oldest club in Africa. Here he enhanced his reputation as a teacher and golf retailer, serving members and the first surge of international golf tourists visiting South Africa.
In 2006, Craig moved back to Johannesburg to take up the post of General Manager at The River Club, the most prestigious private golf club in South Africa, often referred to as our Augusta. Craig has always been an active member of the PGA of SA and served on its Board for 14-years, 9 of which were spent as Chairman. There are few more well connected or knowledgeable golf professionals on the continent of Africa.