Paarl Golf Club closes down earlier

due to State of Disaster Lockdown

We were all hoping that this day would not come but due to the total lockdown as part of the Covid-19 isolation project we unfortunately also have to close down operations as a golf course. Although only planned to start lock down on Thursday 26th of March 2020 we had to start lock down earlier due to the fact that one of our golf operations personnel tested positively for the Covid-19 virus and due to protocols that need to be followed we had no other choice than to close the Golf Club with immediate effect.

We will resume operations on Friday the 17th of April 2020. Essential golf course maintenance will be done by a skeleton staff team residing on the Estate. Should any member staying on the estate like to help please be in contact with me via manager@paarlgc.co.za or 082 373 4455.

No golf will be allowed during this period and that includes practicing on the course as well as on the driving range. Should any scouts see us ignoring the lockdown they can close the golf course down and also fine the club based on the State of Disaster Act. Please members and residents on Boschenmeer estate, help us not to get into such trouble. Booking sheets will be opened for the 17th of April onwards so please use the web page or the Golfscape app to book your rounds in advance.

As an added support to our residents the Golfing Goat Halfway House Deli will remain open for business during this lockdown period. They have developed a “lockdown menu” of fantastic meals that can be delivered to the residents free of charge should the order be R50 or more. Please make use of this generous hospitality to ensure that you get the essential stuff without having to leave the estate.

Click here to read the statement from the Golfing Goat team.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund

A big word of thanks needs to go out to quite a number of members who decided together to create a Covid-19 Disaster Fund for Paarl Golf Club. These funds will be used to ensure that people who were reliant on the golf club to be fully functional can have some “income” during the lockdown period. These are the caddies, the waiters and barmen at Golfing Goat. Should any other member wish to contribute to this fund, please feel free to donate to the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name.

Banking details

Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name

King Louis auction

We are going to celebrate Louis Oosthuizen’s Open win from 10 years ago by auctioning some very special Louis Oosthuizen memorabilia. The best part is that you can bid for the auction electronically. The link to use is https://forms.gle/zQs6sLXwWYoiAtzR9

There are three different auction items and they will also have a reserve price connected to them. The first item is The Duke Handmade in St. Andrews Scotland Hickory Putter all the way from the course where Louis won the 2010 Open.

The second item is a very special bottle of wine. The label is signed by Louis himself and has a picture of him kissing the famous Claret Jug.

This bottle, together with a photograph of Louis taken during that particular Open, is framed in a once-in-a-lifetime memory of this momentous occasion.

The third item is a magnum bottle of Roodeberg Collector’s Edition wine. You may ask “What does that have to do with Louis who has his own brand of wine?” It is actually very simple. It is the one wine that has got two ‘o’s in its name, as in Oosthuizen.
Make a bid >

Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk and Graham Retief who together managed to identify two of the gentlemen in the photo below.

Unknown, Alistair Brown (twice captain and president), unknown and on the right Kobus Loubser

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

    Cape Turtle Dove (Tortelduif)
 
Description

The ring-necked dove (Streptopelia capicola), also known as the Cape turtle dove or half-collared dove, is a widespread and often abundant dove species in East and southern Africa. It is a mostly sedentary bird, found in a variety of open habitats. Within range, its penetrating and rhythmic, three-syllabled crooning is a familiar sound at any time of the year. Its name is derived from the semi-collar of black feathers on the lower nape, a feature shared with a number of Streptopelia species. Like all doves they depend on surface water. They congregate in large flocks at waterholes in dry regions to drink and bathe.

Their body feathers are darkest on the upper side, where they are coloured in dull tones of grey and brown, with shades of lavender on the nape. It is paler below, where a tint of pinkish lavender is usually present. The lower belly and crissum (the undertail coverts surrounding the cloaca) is white. As with related species, they have white fringes and conspicuous white tips to the otherwise slate grey tail feathers. The tail pattern is particularly noticeable during the display flight.

Individual plumage variation is high, with some light and others almost sooty. Males and females look alike, although the males are slightly bigger. They measure 25–26.5 cm (9.8–10.4 in) in length and weigh 92–188 g (3.2–6.6 oz). The eyes are almost black, the bill is black and the feet are dark purple.

An immature is duller[10] and lacks the semi-collar of an adult. It also has buff edges to all the upper part and wing covert feathers, while the plumage below is broadly edged greyish-white.

Behaviour and feeding

It occupies a diverse range of habitat types, including semi-desert scrub, Boscia and Acacia savannah, a variety of woodland types, farmlands, open plantations and alien acacia thickets. Only closed forest or plantations, or the extensive waterless dune fields and gravel plains of the Namib are unsuited to their requirements. In southern Africa they are most commonly observed in fynbos regions, miombo and mopane woodlands, besides any grassland types from moist to dry regions. Their presence in the latter areas has been facilitated by the planting of trees in groves, for instance around farm homesteads.

They are vulnerable at exposed waterholes or in plantations where they are preyed on by lanner falcons and black sparrowhawks respectively. In addition they are preyed on by reptiles, wild cats, jackals, genets, herons, storks, eagles and barn owls. Nests are vulnerable to birds, snakes and locally, grey squirrel.

They feed mainly on seeds (of grasses, cereal grains, lupins, milkweeds, alien acacias and pines), but also on broken fruit and berries (of oaks, gums, currants and Lantana), and insects on occasion (earthworms, termites, weevils and other). Other recorded food items include small sedge bulbs, fleshy succulent leaves, aloe nectar and sugary aphid secretions

Breeding

They are monogamous, territorial nesters. Males display by flapping up a steep gradient before spiraling down with wings and tail spread out. From a perch or on the ground the male will engage in a bowing display, synchronized with a rolling crooning, “uk-carrroooo, …”, while the throat is inflated. A pair will give a double coo with a long second syllable when selecting a nest site. The female takes two to three days to construct the flimsy, platform nest. It is made of twigs and leaf petioles that are carefully selected by the male (as in other dove species), and delivered to her at the nest site. The nest is placed 2 to 10 meters above ground, on a horizontal branch fork. Quite often an old nest of another species may be used. Two to four pure white eggs are laid, and both sexes participate in the incubation that takes around two weeks. Chicks are fed regurgitated food by both parents and fledge after about 16 days.[ Several broods (up to 5) may be raised in a season.

Golf quote of the week

 

Paarl Golf Club remains open for social play,

dependant on the new State of Disaster rules

Please note that we anticipate a further statement on the National State of Disaster by the President. Should the rules become stricter, we as Paarl Golf Club will have to adhere to these rules. Therefore, our weekly programme may change depending on the outcome of the further restrictions that might become in place today.

We thank all golfers who helped us during the first phase of the State of Disaster in playing according to the new rules.

However, we need to warn all golfers and Boschenmeer residents that playing golf or practising on the golf course after closing time of the course will not be allowed. According to our cancellation policy, we will be able to “fine” the culprits with payment of green fees for non-affiliated members due to the fact that they would not have registered the round and allowed access to the course through the official starter.

What’s happening?

Who’s been winning at PGC?

17 March 2020
Individual Stableford
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Deidre Grove 1316 38 R240
2nd Karin Hanekom 4448 34 R180
3rd Sandra Clift 4383 34 R120
20 March 2020
Sundowner | Individual Stableford
Place Name # Score Prize
1st Jannie Van Breda 2908 20 R60
21 March 2020
4 Ball Alliance – 2 scores to count

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Loween Olivier
Yvette Theron
Vanessa Smith
Ronel Basson
1227
172
2668
3740
91 R120
2nd Eben Fourie
Morne Fourie
Philip Lotter
Simon Malherbe
3662
3304
2040
Visitor
89 R90
3rd Deon Heyns
Junaid Ahmed
Marshall Mackier
Wayne Minnies
1894
1292
4423
9476
88 R55
Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Willem Pienaar
Danie Janse Van Rensburg
Riedwaan Abrahams
Ziyaad Moerat
1352
4885
944
3441
91 R120
2nd Willem Stander
Mike Hope
Christo Van Wyk
Steyn Pienaar
955
2269
2794
4006
89 R90
3rd Peter Muller
Buks Rossouw
George Bezuidenhout
Graham Brown
1169
190
12
6696
88 R55
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Guillaume Brink
Elmar Venter
Irvin Kellerman
J.P. Hugo
997
867
2345
2242
93 R120
2nd Jacques Olivier
Kobus Kitshoff
Walter Smit
Jurian Kitshoff
 41
886
3739
3600
92 R90
3rd Bertie Sassman
Jan Lotter
Danie Olivier
Frikkie Van Greuning
243
538
4578
2560
90 R55
Click here for a full summary of the results.

 

We are open!

Greeting Members and friends of PGC,

Paarl Pro Shop would like to remind everyone that we are indeed open for business! As you, our customers, are our top priority, we are taking every precautionary measure to keep you safe.

On the topic of cleaning, currently we are offering a clean out offer on AHEAD summer shorts which normally retail for R650.

Now, if you buy a pair, it will be R500, but if you buy two it will be R450 each and if you buy 3 it will be R400 each!

Look out for many more great deals and discounted packages coming your way in April.

Reserve your item >

Build your best game

When you can stand over a three- or four-foot putt knowing it’s going in, you add confidence to your whole game.
NO MORE THREE PUTTS
There are many small tweaks that can help to calm the stroke. When you’re on the practice green, your main focus should be developing a rhythmic, pendulum motion that’s easy to repeat.
How important is playing better golf to you?
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Find your truth

The lie that makes a good swing better
Hitting the green from over 120 metres out with solid iron contact is a great feeling. And you could experience it more regularly when your lie angle is correct. It’s also going to make it easier to control where you land on the green.
A stubborn slice could be caused by a lie angle that is too flat for you, rather than a swing issue. By correcting this, you can avoid unnecessary swing adjustments while hitting it straighter and more consistently.
Many brands try and solve the problems they think each golfer might have at different handicap levels by creating off-the-shelf irons with a specific lie angle. But that might not be right for you.

Paarl Golf Club remains active during Corona ban

By now everybody is familiar with the State of Emergency declared by our President on Sunday 15 March 2020. As could be expected, Monday was as mad as can be, but we eventually got to grips with the consequences of the declaration.

Due to the declaration, we at Paarl Golf Club (in support with the Western Cape Golf Course Managers Association), had to determine how we are going to remain active, and also show our full support to the requests from the President. Unfortunately we had to stop the Ladies Open planned for Thursday, as well as the Winelands Senior tournament scheduled for Thursday and Friday. This was mainly done based on the fact that we might end up with more than 100 people in a confined space during the prize giving ceremony.

We also had to bring in some “local rules” to ensure the minimum chance of contamination should we keep the course open for play. Luckily golf is one of the few activities where close and direct contact with your fellow players is not necessary. We therefore concentrated on possible areas where more than one person could touch.

You will see that we are leaving our doors to the change rooms open and there are waterless hand sanitation and paper towels provided in the change rooms. We are also promoting cashless transactions where each person can handle his own card for payment. Thirdly we removed all bunker rakes and “declared” a local rule where should you land up in a bunker in an unraked area, you may place the ball in the bunker to the closest raked area not nearer to the hole. The bunkers will be mechanically raked every morning for the period till the declaration is withdrawn.

Lastly, we also removed the igloos with cold water on the 6th, 14th and 23rd holes. Ice will be provided by the starter and we urge golfers to please bring their own canister to hold water and ice. We further suggest that handling of the flagpole be limited to a minimum. Caddies were also informed not to “clean” clubs before and after rounds and when they caddy, they would leave the bag for the golfer to choose his club. After the golfer has replaced the club in the bag, the caddie will then only pick up the bag and move with the golfer.

We sincerely hope that all golfers will still enjoy the hospitality of Paarl Golf Club and that we together come through this declared disaster period without harm.

Bottomline is to enjoy every moment out there.

Lift, clean and drop on fairways stopped

We had many golfers questioning our decision to allow lift, clean and drop on our fairways. Firstly, the feeling was that overall our fairways are in a very good condition and secondly, the practice of lift, clean and drop is not fully supported by the golfing administration world.

We therefore have decided to mark all the areas where the fairways are not conducive to play as it lies so that golfers would know when to drop at the nearest point of relief on the fairway and not nearer to the hole. We believe this will move us closer to the fundamental rule of golf and that is to play the ball as it lies. We thank all our members that supported the trial run, but also know that our members will support this new way of dealing with bad patches on our fairways.

King Louis auction

We are going to celebrate Louis Oosthuizen’s Open win from 10 years ago by auctioning some very special Louis Oosthuizen memorabilia. The best part is that you can bid for the auction electronically. The link to use is https://forms.gle/zQs6sLXwWYoiAtzR9

There are three different auction items and they will also have a reserve price connected to them. The first item is The Duke Handmade in St. Andrews Scotland Hickory Putter all the way from the course where Louis won the 2010 Open.

The second item is a very special bottle of wine. The label is signed by Louis himself and has a picture of him kissing the famous Claret Jug.

This bottle, together with a photograph of Louis taken during that particular Open, is framed in a once-in-a-lifetime memory of this momentous occasion.

The third item is a magnum bottle of Roodeberg Collector’s Edition wine. You may ask “What does that have to do with Louis who has his own brand of wine?” It is actually very simple. It is the one wine that has got two ‘o’s in its name, as in Oosthuizen.
Make a bid >

Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk and Graham Retief who together managed to identify quite a number of the gentlemen in both of these photos.

FLTR: Unknown, Wynand (Nassie) Mans (Springbok wing in the 60s and 70s), Gerrie Brandt (committee member for years and regular sponsor through his business, Kilotreads, also identified by his son Giepie Brandt), Steven de Beer (still one of the corner boys) and Izak Britz (committee member for many years).

FLTR: Andy van Wyk (previous Captain & President), Ben van Zyl, Len Horne, Henri Dickson, unknown, Frans Slabber and Arnek Smidt (WP wing during the 60s)

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Rulesflash

When to re-drop your ball

There seem to be confusion amongst players when they should “re-drop” a ball after dropping a ball to take relief (penalty or free drop).

When to drop again:
1. If the player drops a ball the wrong way.

The right way is:

a. Dropped only by player
b. Straight down from knee height, falling straight down without the player throwing, spinning or rolling it or using any other motion that might affect where the ball will come to rest.
c. The ball does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.
d. Drop a ball in the relief area. When it’s a penalty drop, the relief area is two club lengths, whilst a free drop one club length from nearest point of relief.

If a ball is dropped in the wrong way the player must drop a ball the right way. There is no limit to the number of times the player must do so.

If a player does not drop again and instead makes a stroke at the ball dropped in the wrong way, and the ball is played from the relief area the player gets a one stroke penalty. If the ball is played from outside the relief area or it was placed when required to be dropped (no matter where it’s played from), the player gets the general penalty (two strokes).

2. When the ball is dropped in the right way and then comes to rest outside the relief area the ball must be dropped in the right way for a second time. If the ball comes to rest outside the relief area after the second drop, the player must place a ball on the spot where the ball dropped for the second time first touched the ground.

Remember that if the ball is dropped in the right way and comes to rest in the relief area, the player has completed taking relief and must play the ball as it lies even if his stance is in a penalty area (water). This must not be confused when taking relief from Abnormal Course Conditions where a player must take complete relief (not touching the area from which relief is taken).

If you have any questions, please contact me at paarlmrrules@gmail.com

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

     Red-Eyed Dove (Groot Ringnekduif)
 
Description

The red-eyed dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 30 cm (12 inches) in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-du-du.

Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults, and have scalloping on the body feathers.

Behaviour and feeding

It is distributed through most of sub-Saharan Africa except in desert zones. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats other than desert. Like several other species in this genus, they are not particularly gregarious and often feed alone or in pairs. They can be found in forests near rivers.

Red-eyed doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground.

Breeding

Females lay two white eggs at a time. This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.

Golf quote of the week

Paarl Golf Club remains open for social play
Please note that the National State of Disaster declared by the President on Sunday 15 March 2020 will not affect social golf to be played at Paarl Golf Club. All the Western Cape Golf courses have decided to allow social play but we all will refrain from prize giving functions where the gathering of golfers could happen.

We have also ensured through a few “local rules” that contamination possibilities will be minimised:

At Paarl Golf Club we will only rake the bunkers mechanically in the mornings. All rakes will be removed to avoid any possible contamination. Should you end up in a bunker and in an unraked lie you may place the ball in the bunker on the nearest raked surface not nearer to the hole.

The doors to the change rooms will be left open to golfers and all our change rooms will be equipped with hand sanitizing units and paper towels.

Should you wish to have a drink afterwards, we suggest you do that with your fourball at a table of your own. The tables will be placed as far apart as practically possible. Golfing Goat will be open and functioning with even stricter sanitation protocols.

No prize giving functions will be held to avoid the gathering of golfers.

Caddies are advised to place the bags they carry so that golfers could choose their own club and handle the clubs in “isolation”.

Lastly, please exchange congratulations after the game through the now known elbow greeting and respect each individual’s sense of space.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. See you on the golf course!

What’s happening?

The Golfing Goat weekly specials

Arabella Ladies Golf Open

20 March 2020

2020 Montagu Golf Club Open

28 March 2020
Click here for full details and the entry form.

2020 SA Mid Amateur Stroke Play Championship

Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate
Wednesday 29th April to Friday 1st May 2020

Click here for full details and the entry form.

2020 Bobby Locke Open

29 March 2020

Wellington Ladies Golf Day

02 April 2020
Call 021 873 4762 to book your spot.

Mondaine Worcester Classic 2020

17 – 18 April 2020

Who’s been winning at PGC?

10 March 2020
4 Ball Betterball/Combined
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Rita van Lill
Sandra Clift
3284
4383
61 R135
2nd Vero Vervaeke
Elmari Roux
0550
vis
57 R105
3rd Maggie Minnie
Ronnie de Robillard
2020
2851
53 R60
11 March 2020
Individual Stableford
Place Names Score
1st Graham Retief 40
2nd Steyn Pienaar 39
3rd Cor Swart 38
14 March 2020
Windhoek Lager International Pairs – Better Ball Stableford

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Gert Kruger
Kathleen Martens
0707
4191
46 R140 Q
2nd Graham Retief
Tim Hadfield
4952
0425
46 R100 Q
3rd Le Roy le Riche
Karl Lutzeler
0514
3797
46 R70
Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Anton van Lierop
HP van der Merwe (Jnr)
3683
3357
44 R140 Q
2nd Zafer Sattar
Ziyaad Moerat
4445
3441
42 R100 Q
3rd JP Hugo
Irvin Kellerman
0997
2345
41 R70
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Sam Kuslouglo
Frans Strooh
0140
2139
45 R140 Q
2nd Wikus Minnie
Dick Coetzee
0852
4846
44 R100 Q
3rd Christopher Droomer
Tom van Zyl
1642
1733
44 R70
Click here for a full summary of the results.

Renovation of dining facilities

Those members that did not attend the AGM might not be familiar with the fact that the Board of PGC has approved the planned renovations of the bar-restaurant and veranda area.

The idea is to combine the bar, the restaurant and the veranda in front of the bar under one roof space. The captain Jacques Olivier has been the driving force behind this idea and got the ball rolling with some conceptual ideas and input from a few experts. We would like to thank him for this initiative and hope that we will be able to get construction going when we start the April hollowtining process.

Below is an architect’s vision of the look and feel of this area:

King Louis auction

We are going to celebrate Louis Oosthuizen’s Open win from 10 years ago by auctioning some very special Louis Oosthuizen memorabilia. The best part is that you can bid for the auction electronically. The link to use is https://forms.gle/zQs6sLXwWYoiAtzR9

There are three different auction items and they will also have a reserve price connected to them. The first item is The Duke Handmade in St. Andrews Scotland Hickory Putter all the way from the course where Louis won the 2010 Open.

The second item is a very special bottle of wine. The label is signed by Louis himself and has a picture of him kissing the famous Claret Jug.

This bottle, together with a photograph of Louis taken during that particular Open, is framed in a once-in-a-lifetime memory of this momentous occasion.

The third item is a magnum bottle of Roodeberg Collector’s Edition wine. You may ask “What does that have to do with Louis who has his own brand of wine?” It is actually very simple. It is the one wine that has got two ‘o’s in its name, as in Oosthuizen.

Lift, clean and drop on fairways

Just to confirm to all members (and visitors) that due to the heat and minimum rain we are experiencing, there are some areas on the fairways that might not be conducive to the rule “play it as it lies.”

We therefore have made a local rule that when you do land up in such an area on the fairway you may lift, clean and drop the ball within one club length not nearer to the hole.

We sincerely hope that this would ease the pressure there is on the greenkeeping staff to maintain perfect fairways under trying conditions. These areas also don’t have to be marked anymore because the decision lies with the golfer if their lie is, or is not acceptable.

Droogtehulp financial feedback

Members would recall that we held a Droogte Hulp Golf Day on the 31st of January 2020. Paarl Golf Club offered the course for free to the organisers and Golfing Goat also pitched in with supplying the food for the day on their account.

We anticipated to get R250 000 in for the day but the final figures came as a big surprise totalling at R315 000. This amount was made up as follows:

Income from 4 ball teams: R116 250.00
Raffle: R3 950.00
Mulligans: R8 850.00
Putting: R500.00
Main Auction: R139 500.00
Quiet Auction: R45 951.00
Total: R315 001.00
Thanks to everybody that contributed to make this day a success. A big word of thanks also came from the Britstown Farmers who benefitted from this day.

New board members and portfolios

During the Annual General Meeting we bid farewell to a few board members and welcomed two new ones. Three board members reached the end of their term, namely Leon Cronje, Andre Moller and Amanda Williams. We thank them for their efforts during their term. A special word of thanks to Leon who kept the finances healthy and transparent.

We also had to say goodbye to our President, Christie Viviers, who always were there to help when it was needed. A new President in Joep Joubert was elected and we look forward to seeing what Joep is going to leave as his presidential legacy.

We also welcome two new board members in Ganief Daniels and Kobus Sieberhagen. At the first board meeting we also placed these board members in the new structure of the board. A few portfolios were created that coincide with the different sections within the PGC.

The following portfolios were created:

• Chairman Christian van Schalkwyk
• Managing Director Willem Pretorius
• Finance and Business Development Carel Goosen
• Golf Operations and Marketing Kobus Sieberhagen
• Captains’ and Course Committees Jacques Olivier
• Ladies and Fundraising Helaine Strydom
• Water Affairs and HOA Liaison Des O Reilly (Vice Chairman)
combined with Infrastructure together with Ganief Daniels
and Ancillary Revenue

New kid on the block

We welcome Maria Kirton to the PGC team!

Maria was appointed in the position of Golf Experience Coordinator who will be responsible for various facets of the golfing experience at PGC with her immediate challenge to optimise the registration desk at PGC. She will also be involved with the coordination of the group bookings from a golfing experience point of view as well as the new members interaction with the club and how they experience PGC as a new member.

We look forward to what Maria’s energy and passion for the game of golf would bring to PGC.

New face in registration

Members might have noticed that there is another new face at registration desk.

Tiaan van Niekerk was appointed on a temporary basis to help at registration during the peak season. He is also evaluating the interaction between the financial system, Jonas, and the tee time booking system, Golfscape, that is used by registration. He will help out till the end of the peak season that comes to an end before we hollowtine our greens from 19 April 2020.

Welcome, Tiaan!

We want you!

Marketing and Public Relations Officer

Click to enlarge

Many moons ago

The photograph of last week bowled everybody out. I had no feedback on any of these gentlemen pictured below. Maybe it was just missed so I sincerely hope that somebody out there might recognise some of them.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Speckeled Pigeon (Kransduif)
Description

The speckled pigeon (Columba guinea), or (African) rock pigeon, is a pigeon that is a resident breeding bird in much of Africa south of the Sahara. It is a common and widespread species in open habitats over much of its range, although there are sizable gaps in its distribution. It is sometimes referred to as a Guinea Pigeon due to its similar colouring to some species of guineafowl.

This is a large pigeon at 41 cm in length. Its back and wings are rufous, the latter heavily speckled with white spots. The rest of the upperparts and underparts are blue-grey, and the head is grey with red patches around the eye. The neck is brownish, streaked with white, and the legs are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-doo.

Behaviour and feeding

Its flight is quick, with regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings that are characteristic of pigeons in general.

The speckled pigeon is frequently seen around human habitation and cultivation. Most of its food is vegetable, and it gathers in large numbers where grain or groundnuts are available.

Breeding

This species builds a large stick nest on protected rocky outcrops and in urban areas often atop covered pergola pillars and on flat roofs under deep eaves and lays two white eggs.

Golf quote of the week

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Windhoek Lager International Pairs

14 March 2020

Clanwilliam Agrimark Golf Day

7 March 2020

Lambertsbaai Junior School Golf Day

14 March 2020

2020 Boland Closed Championship

Robertson Golf Club
15 March 2020
36 Holes

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Arabella Ladies Golf Open

20 March 2020

2020 Bobby Locke Open

29 March 2020

Wellington Ladies Golf Day

02 April 2020
Call 021 873 4762 to book your spot.

Who’s been winning at PGC?

03 March 2020
Ladies Competition – Medal & Putting
Place Names # Score Prize
Silver Division
1st Deborah James 0659 73 R95.00
2nd Yvette Theron 0172 75 R65.00
   Bronze Division
1st Elmien Jacobs 0283 69 R95.00
2nd Kathleen Martens 4191 73 R65.00
Copper Division
1st Marianne Friggens 3120 70 R95.00
2nd Jannie du Plessis 0675 76 R65.00
04 March 2020
BetterBall Bonus Bogey
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Rashid Shaik
Christian Palazzolo
5851
1142
+12 R200
2nd Guillaume Brink
Cor Swart
0997
4412
+11 R160
3rd David Naude
Leon Cronje
3743
5479
+9 R120
06 March 2020
Friday Sundowner – Individual Stableford
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Willem Basson 3839 21 R50
2nd Dawid (DR) Malan 3336 20 R30
07 March 2020
Monthly Medal

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Graham Retief 4952 69 R380
2nd Rolf Moschinsky 196 69 R280
3rd Steyn Pienaar 4006 69 R190
 Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Erik Troost 7684 68 R380
2nd Nic Van Wyk (Visitor) 4391 72 R280
3rd Nicholas Hall 2295 72 R190
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Frikkie Van Greuning 2560 71 R380
2nd Danie Olivier 4578 74 R280
3rd Carel De Beer 3011 75 R190
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PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to thank all the members that attended the PGC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020. It turned out to be a very informative and positive meeting ending in a friendly cheese and wine function sponsored by our own Golfing Goat team.

A special thanks must go out to the members who supported our plan of being more aggressive to the moss problem. You will see the Servest teams already in action with testing sections on one of the practice greens. We will keep the members informed on the progress with our plan.

As a follow up on one of our vision points to average 53 200 rounds per annum, we can report that our February 2020 rounds total of 6 634 rounds are the second highest ever. Compared to the 5 year average of 6 397 for February month, this confirms that we are starting to get the amount of golfers through that we need. Well done to everybody that formed part of this phenomenal month!

Friday fire

We had quite a scare last Friday when the mountain fire almost got out of hand, ending very close to the Boschenmeer Estate Gate 2.

Luckily the wind died down and the fire could be extinguished the next day. Although very scary, it made for quite interesting photographs and a number of photographers from the Estate gathered to capture this event.


View from the 25th fairway towards the mountain

View from the Estate towards the fire at the back of some of the houses
Montagu Island Challenge

It is almost time again for the monthly Montagu Island Challenge! Our members have the chance to win a delicious hamper from Montagu fruits if they manage to hit the island in the clubhouse dam more regularly than the other competitors.

This happens every Meat Wednesday after the game where the members get the chance to “buy” 4 golf balls for R20 and then proceed to hit them towards the island from the veranda. The winner is determined through a process of elimination and this has become quite a favourite amongst the members.

Last month’s winner was our own captain, Jacques Olivier, who managed to hit all 4 balls on the island and then proceeded to beat Jannie van Breda in the playoff to secure his Montagu hamper.

Employee of the Month

As part of our commitment to give everybody visiting Paarl Golf Club a memorable experience, we try to motivate all the personnel through an employee of the month award! This is based on something special and extraordinary done by that specific individual who then gets nominated for this accolade. For the month of February 2020 we had three nominations for special performances.

Congratulations to Junaid Ahmed, Anwar Sias and Jaco Botha for their outstanding efforts during February 2020.

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Many moons ago

Thanks to a number of members who helped us out with the names of these five gentlemen. Franz Lohbauer was quickest out of the blocks identifying his Kruger team mates from the 80s.


They are FLTR: Dicky Kock, Gavin Brown, Gerrit Visser, Franz Lohbauer and Jimmy Bredenkamp.
Dan Frater also helped with Dicky Kock, identifying him as the son of Uli Kock, while Leslie Watson also helped with three of the names.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Rulesflash

Tee it forward
I’ve noticed numerous players playing from the white tees and struggling to reach some of the fairways which then also affects their pace-of-play.

Taken from this week’s Golf Chat by Dale Hayes:

Jack Nicklaus, Golf’s Greatest Golfer, has been quoted as saying; “I don’t hit the ball as far as I used to, which is why I don’t tee off the back tees anymore!

Well if Jack Nicklaus doesn’t, why should we. 85% of golfers who tried the forward tees, said they had more fun.

Here’s a simple guide to help you decide which tees you should be using:

Driver in Metres Course in Metres
180 5000: Red tees
220 5500: Blue tees
240    6000: White tees
Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

If you have any questions, please contact me at paarlmrrules@gmail.com

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 Water Thick-Knee (Water Dikkop)
 
Description

The water thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus), or water dikkop, is a species of bird in the thick-knee family Burhinidae. The species is found across sub-Saharan Africa, usually close to water.

The water thick-knee is 38 to 41 cm (15–16 in) and weighs 293–320 g (10.3–11.3 oz). It has a heavy bill that is black with yellow at the base. The wings are broad and blunt and the tail is short.

Behaviour and feeding

The water thick-knee is a terrestrial feeder that forages at night. Although it is typically associated with water it can be found foraging up to 1 km from water. It feeds on insects, crustaceans and mollusks.

Breeding

The water thick-knee generally breeds in the dry season or early rainy season. It is a monogamous breeder. The nest is a simple scrape in sandy or stony ground, usually close to water. The clutch size is two sandy-yellow eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs for 22-25 days, and both are responsible for feeding the young.

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What’s happening?

The Golfing Goat weekly specials

Join us >

Laughter is good medicine for the soul

Windhoek Lager International Pairs

14 March 2020
 

Clanwilliam Agrimark Golf Day

7 March 2020
 

Lambertsbaai Junior School Golf Day

14 March 2020

2020 Boland Closed Championship

Robertson Golf Club
15 March 2020
36 Holes

Click here for an entry form

Arabella Ladies Golf Open

20 March 2020

Wellington Ladies Golf Day

02 April 2020
Call 021 873 4762 to book your spot.

Who’s been winning at PGC?

25 February 2020
Ladies Competition – 4 Ball Mystery Alliance
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Marianna Friggens
Helaine Strydom
Maggie Minnie
Vero Vervaeke
3120
1310
2020
550
57 R90.00
2nd Hilary Johnson
Aletha Ling
Elmien Jacobs
Hilary Johnson
0841
2859
0283
0841
85 R50.00
26 February 2020
4 Ball Betterball Stableford
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Peet Bester
Dawie Pretorius
6587
3182
47 R300
2nd Carel De Beer
Gert Odendal
3011
3659
47 R230
3rd Frikkie Van Der Merwe
Donald Humphries
3747
469
46 R150
29 February 2020
Individual Stableford

Old course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Gerrit van Niekerk 3037 42 R300
2nd Francois Eksteen 2116 41 R250
3rd Willem Basson 3839 40 R200
 Winelands Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Rashid Shaik 5851 38 R300
2nd Rob Thompson 9962 36 R250
3rd Shaun Burrows 0650 36 R200
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names # Score Prize
1st Janet Malan 6912 39 R300
2nd Hannes Louw 5673 39 R250
3rd Bjorn van Oort 1195 38 R200
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