Swaziland – named after Mswati II the 19th century ruler – is a land locked country, bordered on its eastern side by Mozambique with South Africa surrounding it on its other three sides.
Independent from Great Britain since 1968, the one million inhabitants of Swaziland live in a country comparable in size to Wales (measuring around 125 miles in length by approximately 80 miles wide) with most of the working population employed in subsistence agriculture. A sad fact of life for this impoverished country is that it has the highest HIV infection rate in the world (a quarter of all adults) and the lowest life expectancy (32 years).
Both of these shocking statistics affecting the ordinary people of Swaziland makes the pursuit of golf within the country appear something of a grotesque irrelevance somehow. But despite this, there are in fact around a dozen golf courses in the country and the pick of these is a Peter Matkovich remodel at the opulent 4-star Sun International Resort of Royal Swazi Spa.