What’s happening at PGC?

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BGU Upcoming Events

The following online entries are open on the Boland Golf Union website: www.bolandgolf.co.za

Kleinmond Junior Championship
11 October 2020

Senior Series at Paarl
15 October 2020

Hermanus Open
25 October 2020

Senior Series at Langebaan
6 November 2020

Langebaan Junior Championship
8 November 2020

Hexvallei Open
21 November 2020

Hexvallei Junior Championship
22 November 2020

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Tour news

PGA Tour: Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Course: Corales Golf Club
Purse: $ 4,000,000
Picture source: Gettyimages.com
1.  H. Swafford (-18)
2. T. McCumber (-17)
3. M. Hughes (-16)
4. N. Lashley (-15)
5. A. Long (-14)

European Tour: Irish Open
Course: Galgorm Castle GC
Purse: € 6,215,965

Picture source: Newsbreak.com
1.  J. Catlin (-10)
2. A. Rai (-8)
T3. M. Antcliff (-7)
T3. J. Janewattananond (-7)
T5. J. Lagergren (-6)

Champions Tour
Next Event: SAS Championship
Course: Prestonwood Country Club
Purse: $ 2,100,000

Weekly winners

22 September 2020
Ladies Monthly Medal

Old Course
Silver Division (0 – 15.3)

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Paula Bester 1384 70 R120
2nd Yvette Theron 172 72 R90
Bronze Division (15.4 – 24.3)
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Martine Strasheim 6327 74 R100
2nd Annemie du Toit 6319 74 R70
3rd Barbara Hughes 2386 74 R40
Copper Division (24.4 – 36)
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Mari Kilian 2541 74 R120
2nd Bernadette Nolan 1843 77 R90
Least amount of putts
Mari Kilian – 30 putts

2 Clubs

Name Mem #
Paula Bester 1384
Nicolette Dunbar 1440
Hilary Johnson 841
Barbara Hughes (x2) 2386
24 September 2020
Heritage Golf Championship – Betterball Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Score
1st Ad Hemmes
Frederica Hemmes
47
2nd Louis Koen
Robert Saunders
47
3rd Gideon Hugo
Johan Visser
47
4th Carel De Beer
Willie Horn
47
5th Charl Goosen
Christa Goosen
47
6th Steph Lotz
Susan Lotz
46
7th Ben Fouchee
Donald Humphries
46
8th Nicolene Mans
Ronel Richards
45
9th Johan Venter
Piet de Clerk
45
10th Peter Friggens
Anton van der Spek
44
11th Paula Bester
Barbara Hughes
43
12th JP Hugo
Irvin Kellerman
43
Nearest to the Pin
Gavin Blignaut – 7th
Saretha Maritz – 17th

26 September 2020
Mercedez Benz – Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Francois Eksteen 2116 41 R190
2nd Jj Kitshoff 886 38 R150
Winelands Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st George Erasmus 2407 32 R220
2nd Christo Kilian 2297 32 R170
3rd Steyn Pienaar 4006 31 R100
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Elmar Venter 867 44 R270
2nd Jp Hugo 2242 37 R220
3rd Timothy Hadfield 425 37 R170
4th Elmien Jacobs 283 36 R120
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
 Gert Odendal  3659
Torben Martens  4190
Nicolette Dunbar 1440
Annemie Du Toit  6319
Jacques Hamman  5418
Fred Bowles  3013
George Erasmus  2407

SNAG

SNAG® – Starting New At Golf

Golf is easy to learn and playing SNAG is great fun for everyone. SNAG is an innovative golf teaching system, designed to promote golf at a beginner level through complete development by providing highly enjoyable and easily accessible equipment.

The “First Touch” equipment is fun, brightly coloured and easy to use. It can be used by children as young as 4, and similarly advancing years have no barriers.

The system emphasises the most fundamental aspect of golf coaching while keeping the learning curve simple and lots of fun. Hours of productive coaching can be had while simply playing with the tools provided within the SNAG Golf Coaching System.

SNAG Golf offers the versatility to learn and play in almost any environment you choose.

SNAG Open Day | 01 October

We will be hosting a SNAG Open Day at Boschenmeer for those interested on Thursday, 01 October.

Any children between the ages of 4 – 6 are free to join in the fun and learn more about the wonderful game of golf!

If you or anyone you know would like their children to attend and have any questions please feel free to contact us. Similarly, if you have any preferences for times for the Open Day, let us know so that we can accomodate you.

Contact us >

 

Help them remember

It’s time to slow down

We live in a frantic, online-all-the-time world. It’s common for ex-golfers to be unable to pinpoint when or why they stopped playing the game. Somewhere along the line, they simply succumbed to the pressures of modern life.
The reasons they stopped are the reasons they should restart
This kind of life is stressful, it reduces health and wellbeing. Golf is a perfect counterbalance. It’s an outdoor physical activity that’s social and fun. And it can be played by anyone, young or old, so family members or coworkers can join for a round too.
Get them back into it
Have you got a friend, colleague or family member who has forgotten the positive influence golf has on their health and life? Let’s schedule some time at the club together and help them remember.
Contact us >
 

Par 3 strategy

Got a tee-up strategy?

How you tee up on par 3s can be the difference between a solid par or birdie and a struggle to minimise the damage to just a bogey.
Distance is affected
Teeing up too high can cause you to strike the ball high up on the club face and lose ball speed. So even if your club selection was spot on, you’d still fall short of the green.
If you’re taking a short iron on a par 3, tee your ball up lower, think level with the blades of grass. With a long iron, you’ll want to go fractionally higher, as though the ball is lying atop a fluffy fairway.
Finding the best angle
Position yourself at a spot on the tee box that gives you the best angle into the green. You’ll need to base this on your natural shot pattern as well as the wind direction and strength.
Hit more greens
Let’s schedule some time on the course and help you make better decisions that will put you into more scoring positions.
Let’s play 9 >

Our caddies are blossoming

Spring is with us and together with all the flowers and trees blossoming, it was also time to let our caddies blossom with new outfits. A big word of thanks must go out to Gerd Born, who individually gathered R30 000 through the help of Sunfare, Zestfruit and Paarlberg BMW. Our caddies were issued with new shirts, caps, trousers, belts, fleece tops, jackets and shoes. We sincerely hope that these outfits would help them to perform their important task professionally.

     Watch out for exciting news about the

Winelands Venue

Please be on the lookout for exciting things that are planned for the Winelands venue. “After” covid, many artists and musicians are eager to entertain live crowds again. This is where Golfing Goat and Blixem Productions saw a huge gap in the Paarl live entertainment arena and created a very exciting programme at the Winelands venue.

Go to The Winelands on Facebook, like it and see what is planned for this venue over the next few months. I know I don’t even have to ask our members to support this initiative because I know this is what Paarl was waiting for.

All I can say is watch this space!

  Lost and found table this Saturday

This Saturday we will again have a table with all the old lost and found equipment that stayed with us for longer than 3 months. We do not have enough space to keep these items and would rather give another golfer the opportunity to get much needed equipment.

These items will not be for sale, but donations will be appreciated.

The table will also work on a first come first served basis.

  Halfway house involved in shady business

Members would see that our Golfing Goat team has been hard at work to create more shade for you as member when using the halfway house. Thanks to a financial team effort between them, Paarl Golf Club and Lew Geffin Sotheby’s, our local estate agents. They managed to also go “glamping”. We hope that the tent in front of the halfway house will become a cool haven for the golfers in years to come.

  Clubhouse renovations started

The fact that the bar, bistro and veranda area is cordonned off is not because of covid, but to safely create working space for the construction team that is busy with the renovations to the three facilities. Members would remember that we introduced the concept at the AGM, where we would be creating one big open space area through the removal of the walls between the veranda and the bar and the bistro.

This will ensure that we will be able to hold our prize givings in an area that everybody attending could firstly sit in comfort but also feel part of the entire club. It will also help to overcome the constant sound problem between the different areas. I will weekly report on the progress of this project. Watch this space!

  Club Championships fully booked

Members please note that the Club Championships will be hosted on Saturday the 31st of October and Sunday the 1st of November 2020. Since we will have certain divisions playing 27 holes per day, we will only be able to accommodate 120 players in the field.

We are FULLY BOOKED, but there is a waiting list just in case we have withdrawals.

Conditions of play >

Club Draw has started – get your lucky number and support

The Club Draw is in full swing and the first draw will happen on Friday 16 October 2020. Please make sure that you do not lose out on having a number in that draw.

Remember you cannot enter after the closing date which is the 30th of September 2020. The draw will be for members only and entries can be done through the poster below. Click on the poster to enter. The cost is R100 per month via debit order or R1200 once off for the year, and payment information will be sent through once the entry has been received. Members must commit to a 1 (one) year entry and cannot select which months they want to enter for.
Entries close 30 September 2020 and the first Draw will take place on Friday 16 October 2020.

Click on the poster to get your number in the draw.
We have 55 entries already!

Spotlight Social registration

We are now on 321!
Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 321 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 will be next in line for a bottle of wine.

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Win with Cape Business Centre

Stand a chance to win a weekend getaway for 4 in the V&A Waterfront self-catering penthouse suite. Remember what happens in the penthouse, stays in the penthouse. Click on the poster to enter and good luck…

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our lady members, Yvette Theron. Thanks Yvette for always being a sport to complete the questionnaire. May you enjoy your golf here at Paarl Golf Club and keep on smiling the way you do.

If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know what exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

Mr Rules

Windblown towel
What do I do when my wind-blown towel stops my ball on the green?

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during level 2 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 2 lockdown rules, which have not changed since their inception.

Thanks to those members (and visitors) who makes our work easier by adhering to the regulations and rules. We appreciate your continues support and help. To the few that alway need to push the boundaries please realise that your actions might cause the club to close, and many other golf courses for that matter. It is not that difficult…

Many moons ago

I did not get any takers on identifying these three people so I will give it another week. Please help us identify the individuals.
The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one pictured to the right. I sincerely hope that I receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are.

Recognise anyone? >

Know your birdies from your eagles

Fiscal Flycatcher (Fiskaal Vlieevanger)
If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week

A long and rewarding journey

Ben Fouchee’s journey of 20 years as member of the PGA of SA at Paarl Golf Club
To be in the position where I can create golfers and to grow the wonderful game of golf is a real blessing.This week I was honoured to receive a certificate from the PGA of SA for Long Service – 20 years – as a PGA Professional Member.

I turned professional in 1988 and spent my first eight years as a touring professional playing golf for a living. In 1996 I decided to try new things and began to focus more on the coaching side of the game. I made the decision to move from Pretoria to the Western Cape and started coaching at the Wagner’s Academy in Durbanville.After three years in Durbanville, the position became available as teaching professional at Paarl Golf Club and I started here in 1999. Shortly after starting at Paarl GC, I finished my training as a PGA Professional. This means that my full 20 years as a PGA Professional I have been serving at Paarl GC / Boschenmeer.
During the 20 years I have seen many changes taking place at Paarl GC. In 1999 it was only an 18-hole golf course with the old clubhouse building. The golf estate had just started developing, as well as the Boschenmeer 9. There was no Pearl Valley, Val-die-Vie, Paarl Mall or double lane road into town from the golf course. We were provided housing on the premises where we lived for five-and-a-half years. This house was situated where the tennis courts are today.

In those early years there was no driving range facility. I had to teach at the back of the clubhouse. The tee-box (hitting area) was where the carwash is today. I had a bag of practice balls and one caddie who would pick up the balls after each lesson.

Towards the end of 2001 the developer started the civil works in the area where I was doing the coaching. During November that year, I had to move the coaching to the current location of the driving range. For the first six years the golfers were hitting from the hill in the direction of Franschhoek. The third gate of Boschenmeer and all the houses in that area did not exist. We had to work from Wendy houses on the top of the hill because no building could be done on the old reclaimed dumpsite. November 2007 the driving range was realigned to where it is today.

In 1999 the club approached me to run the pro shop for them as a manager, when the golf director’s position became vacant. For one full year I functioned in this position and received a monthly salary from Paarl GC. After the year as manager of the shop, Paarl GC gave me the contract to run the shop which we have done for the last 10 years since October 2010.Since I qualified as a PGA Professional in 2000, I attended many training seminars through the PGA and progressed through the classification levels to where I am today. I am currently classified as a Fellow PGA Professional Member which is 2 levels away from the top level as Master PGA Professional. One of my duties is to assess and evaluate PGA apprentices in the Western Cape who do their practical coaching exams during their studies.

The PGA also provides pro-am tournaments in the different regions where we play monthly pro-ams at different clubs. I was fortunate enough to be the winner of this order-of-merit in 2003 and 2005. Once a year the PGA also has a Club Pro Championship where the course for this tournament is rotated between the different regions. In 2013 I was awarded as the PGA Coach of the year. In 2014 I was chosen for a PGA team to represent South Africa in the European PGA Team Championships. I captained this team where we played in Antalya, Turkey. This year I was nominated in the Western Cape in 3 categories: Professional of the year, Coach of the year and Grow Golf Coach of the year. The regional voting and final round is currently taking place.The 20 years as a PGA Professional was not without challenges. As a coach one spends many long hours a day in the sun, wind, heat, cold & wet conditions. Being a coach also provides a lot of satisfaction where you see young children starting out and becoming top golfers. It is a privilege to see them progress from having to show them how to hold a golf club to becoming scratch golfers playing for their province and their country. Quite a few of them even reached the professional circuit such as Jacques Blaauw, Oliver Bekker, Ockie Strydom, Adrian Ford and Dawie van der Walt.

What also makes being a coach worthwhile and gives me a lot of job satisfaction, is to help people in their later years start with golf and improve to a level where they can still enjoy the game for many years. To be in the position where I can create golfers and to grow the wonderful game of golf is a real blessing.
I want to use this opportunity to thank all the members of Paarl GC and all other students and clients who has been part of this journey and for your loyal support. Without you it would not have been possible.If you would like to read more about my background/history and see more offerings of my services please look at our website for more information.

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Paarl Golf Club invaded

September started with a very wet and rainy Spring Day. Three days later on the 3rd of September 2020 the Bergriver “invaded” the golf course on the 5th hole, reaching its highest flow for the last three years. Luckily there was no damage and we could continue play even with a very narrow fairway.

Yet another hole-in-one on the 17th

On the same day the Bergriver invaded the 5th, Janet Malan decided to invade the 17th and claimed her second hole-in-one in her career. As tradition now stands, especially amongst the ladies group, the inevitable swim in the clubhouse dam ended off a wonderful day for Janet.

Congratulations from our side and may there be many more swims in our clubhouse dam.

Interview time and the “swim”.

Watch the video below and join Janet on her swim.

  Interim bar bringing back the social vibe

The interim bar started off slowly but it did not take long for the Paarl Golf Club vibe to get back in action. Thanks to Golfing Goat for making that happen again. Please note that we will still operate without waiters till more relaxed Covid regulations will allow us more contact between the bar and the members.

  Club Championships fully booked

Members please note that the Club Championships will be hosted on Saturday the 31st of October and Sunday the 1st of November 2020. Since we will have certain divisions playing 27 holes per day, we will only be able to accommodate 120 players in the field. We are FULLY BOOKED.

  Club Draw has started

Please support and get your lucky number in the draw

The Club Draw, which will have its first draw on Friday 16 October 2020, is in full swing. Please make sure that you do not lose out on having a number in that draw. Remember you cannot enter after the closing date which is the 30th of September 2020.

The draw will be for members only and entries can be done through the poster below. Click on the poster to enter. The cost is R100 per month via debit order or R1200 once off for the year, and payment information will be sent through once the entry has been received. Members must commit to a one-year entry and cannot select which months they want to enter for.

Entries close 30 September 2020 and the first Draw will take place on Friday 16 October 2020.

We have 33 entries already!

Spotlight Social registration

We are currently on 314 members so please register on the app.

We are now on 314!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smartphone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the App
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

In conversation with

This week we get to know our lucky number 300 Spotlight Social winner Christo Lombard. Thanks Christo for being a sport and completing the questionnaire and from our side thanks for joining Spotlight Social. We wish you many years of happy golfing here in Paarl.
If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know which exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

Mr Rules

Hole-in-one

Holes-in-one are special because they are so rare. It comes at the least expected time!

Should you be lucky enough to get one, be reminded when it counts or not.

•    You cannot play a round of golf by yourself and claim to have shot a hole-in-one.
•    You need witnesses who are with you in your round to have an official hole-in-one.
•    Those witnesses must sign your scorecard to attest that the hole-in-one is legitimate.
•    If you are playing or practicing by yourself and you happen to hit a hole-in-one, it will not be recognized unless you have at least two witnesses.
•    Golfers must play a round of nine or eighteen holes for a hole-in-one to be official.
•    The golfer must start his/her hole from the official tee off area. The golf course has a recognized tee area for each hole.

Hole-in-one golfer’s duty

•    You must ring the bell!
•    There is an “unofficial” rule which has become a tradition among golfers throughout the world. If a golfer is lucky enough to strike a hole in one, he/she will celebrate properly when the round is over, by buying a round of drinks for everyone at the bar at that time.
•    The latest trend is to also go for a swim in the clubhouse dam.
•    Take note that most insurances have a Hole in one cover. Check with your insurance company!

From a club perspective

•    To have your name on the Club’s Hole-in-One board you must have completed an 18-hole round with a marker that can verify the result.
•    You will receive a Hole-in-One certificate.
•    The club also contributes a R1000 towards your drinks tab on official competition days.

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Golf carts on the driving range tee

We see more and more members staying on the estate driving on the tee box of the driving range with their golf carts.

May we please request that you refrain from that, seeing that it restricts movement of other golfers on the tee box as well as does damage the grass unnecessarily. We also see members driving from their estate homes to the clubhouse using the golf course. May we ask that you rather use the tarred roads on the estate for that driving. We sometimes do have fertilizer on the fairways and when a golf cart drives over that freshly fertilized fairway it creates tracks on the fairway that will take some time to grow out.

Many moons ago

Thanks to Peter Herrmann who identified “Magnum” on the right to be Phillip Bredenhan, an attorney from Bellville.
The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. It did not get any reaction last week so just to be fair I will let it run another week. I sincerely hope that I will receive some feedback on who the people in the photograph are. Click here if you recognise the individuals in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Brown-throated Martin (Afrikaanse Oewerswael)
Look out for these birds on the 8th where they fly over the river and nest against the wall of the river.

Description

The brown-throated martin or brown-throated sand martin (Riparia paludicola) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family.

It has a wide range in Africa. It is a partially migratory species, with some populations making seasonal movements. It is usually associated closely with water as its specific epithet paludicola suggest.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Its brown back, small size and quicker, jerkier flight separate brown-throated martins at once from most other members of the swallow family. It is most similar to the sand martin, Riparia riparia, which is its northern counterpart.

The 12 cm long brown-throated martin is brown above and white or pale brown below. It lacks the narrow brown band on the breast shown by the sand martin; the bill is black and the legs are brown. Sexes are similar, but the young have pale tips to the feathers on the rump and wings.

The brown-throated martin is colonial in its nesting habits, with many pairs breeding close together, according to available space. The nests are at the end of tunnels of 30 to 60 cm in length, bored in sandbanks. The actual nest is a litter of straw and feathers in a chamber at the end of the burrow. Two to four white eggs are the normal clutch, and are incubated by both parents.

If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Golf quote of the week

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during Level 2 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 2 lockdown rules, which have not changed since inception. I see a lot of members and visitors who seem to forget that there are specific rules that we need to adhere to. Various golf courses have been visited by the police over the last three weeks and we don’t want Paarl Golf Club to be the reason why golf was stopped in the Western Cape. So please stick to the rules and ensure that everybody can play the game we love.

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

 

What’s happening at PGC?

Tour news

PGA Tour: Tour Championship
Course: East lake Golf Course
 Photo cred: PGATOUR.com
Scores after round 3:
1.  D. Johnson (-19)
T2. X. Schauffele (-14)
T2. J. Thomas (-14)
4. J. Rahm (-13)
5. C. Morikawa (-12)

European Tour: Andalucia Masters
Course: Valderrama Golf Course
Purse: €3,000,000

Photo cred: EuropeanTour.com
1.  J. Catlin (+2)
2. M. Kaymer (+3)
T3. J. Harding (+4) (RSA)
T3. A. Rozner (+4)
T3. W. Besseling (+4)

Champions Tour
No event played over the weekend
Next event: Stanford International
Date: Sep 11-13, 2020

Weekly winners

01 September 2020
4 Ball Alliance – 2 Scores to Count
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Annemie Du Toit
Nicolette Dunbar
Maggie Minnie
Linky Malan
6319
1440
2020
3314
89 R70
2nd Alida Kotzee
Martine Strasheim
L’May Whitfield
707
6327
858
86 R50
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
Annemie Du Toit 6319
Maggie Minnie 2020
Ronnie De Robillard 2815
 05 September 2020
Monthly Medal

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Andre Labuschaigne 3637 65 R280
2nd Timothy Hadfield 0425 68 R240
3rd Stephan Olivier 1353 69 R200
4th Michael Hope 2269 70 R160
5th Brian Lawrie 1088 70 R120
Winelands Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Ravi Naidoo 5599 68 R280
2nd Shannon Ebden 2033 71 R240
3rd Wayne Minnies 9476 71 R200
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Elmien Jacobs 0283 72 R280
2nd Dawid Maritz 8769 73 R240
3rd Francois Viljoen 3046 74 R200
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
Stephan Olivier 1353
Jurie Kemp 0417
Gideon Van Den Heever 2470
Dawid (DR) Malan 3336
Mike Lochner 8508
Johan Venter 1216
Christian Van Schalkwyk x 2 0769
Graham Retief 4952
  Charl Goosen 1874
Danie Olivier 4578
Willie Storm 4088
Irvin Kellerman 2345
Wikus Minnie 0852
Peter Muller 1169
Frans Strooh 2139
Shannon Ebden 2033

Spring has sprung at

BF Golf Academy & PGC Pro Shop

Spring business hours for the driving range
Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00 – 18:00
Sundays 9:00 – 17:30
If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Coaching questions can be directed to coaching@bfgolfacademy.com and for retail requests please contact paarlproshop@gmail.com

Par 18 Challenge

Where: PGC Chipping Green
When: 5 September 2020
Time: 09:30-12:00
Cost: Free

Getting up and down to save par (or better yet, make birdie) is always a huge relief when you find yourself in tricky situations around the green. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a straightforward chip, especially here at Paarl Golf Club where many of our greens are elevated and have plenty of contours.

Luckily for you, Ben will be running a Par 18 Challenge this Saturday, 5 September. In order to improve your short game, you need to identify where your game is at currently by setting a benchmark. Ben will be helping you do just that by setting up a series of 9 holes where you will attempt to get up and down on each hole.

By testing yourself in these different situations throughout the 9 holes, Ben will be able to identify areas that will help you get up and down more often and therefore, reducing your score when you get on the course.

No bookings are necessary so please do join us next Saturday to find out how you can work on your short game to get more enjoyment from your golf. Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7161 for any questions.

 

Help them remember

Golf has so much to offer

A lot of people who played golf through their teens and twenties, stop playing as career and family commitments put pressure on their time. Some come back to the game in middle-age. But many don’t come back at all. Let’s find these ex-golfers and remind them why golf is such a great pastime.
Golf keeps them active
18 holes equals at least 10,000 steps, matching daily health guidelines.
Golf is a very social game
It’s a great way to build a strong circle of friends.
Good for relationships
It’s the perfect way to spend the day together outdoors with a loved one, sharing healthy competition and joy.
Get them back into it
Have you got a friend, colleague or family member who has forgotten the positive influence golf has on their life? Let’s schedule some time at the club together and help them remember.
Contact us >
 

Par 3 strategy

Coming up short?

Many golfers fall short of par 3 greens because they select a club based on a perfect shot. But perfect shots are rare. How many times have you come up short?
Know your numbers
There are five distances you should consider on each par 3. The distance you hit the ball on a perfect strike, and the distance you’re most likely to hit the ball. Then you can use the yardages to the front, back and middle of the green to plan what club you’re going to use. Is your perfect shot going to get you in trouble? Is your regular shot going to leave you short?
Don’t let the ego get in the way of playing better golf. After all, what matters more; hitting a good spot on the green or the number club you took to hit it?
Hit more greens
Let’s schedule some time on the course and help you make better decisions that will put you into more scoring positions.
Let’s play 9 >

  Spring is here…They say

1 September 2020 – Spring Day

Apparently spring should have arrived but I think Covid got hold of her as well. Spring Day saw a few daring ladies play their usual Tuesday game of golf but the “Michelin Man” outfits confirmed that temperature and weather did not play along to make it a memorable day.

Now we wait. We have completed our hollowtining process and even done the reseeding of most of the old course greens in preparation for sunny dry weather. As soon as the sun gets a chance to shine again, on the greens in particular, it will show if our efforts over the last three weeks were worth our wile. Watch this space.

“Augusta” getting back to it’s normal splendor
Inter seeding taking place on the practice putting green The size of those seeds!

  Payment of membership fees due end of August 2020

According to the MOI of Paarl Golf Club, all annual membership fees must be settled within one month of the invoice date which was the 1st of August 2020. Should the membership be unpaid by the 31st of August 2020, membership rights will be revoked and the membership will be defaulted until the subscriptions have been settled.

Some members may have received an email reminding them that we have not yet received their annual subscription payment. For those of you who have settled the amount, please forward the proof of payment to Junaid Ahmed at debtors@paarlgc.co.za in order for us to reactivate your account to play golf again.

A soft block will be put on those accounts not settled which will prohibit you from booking a tee time, and for that matter from playing golf as well. Please feel free to contact our financial department if there are reasons that make payment at once difficult to see if we can somehow accommodate you.

  Interim bar created in the Winelands Hall

And so Wednesday the 2nd of September 2020 arrived and we were as ready as can be in our “new” interim bar in the Winelands hall. We even lit the fireplace for the cold weather, but at time of print we still haven’t had any takers at the bar. I will have to just go and have my normal gin and dry lemon to officially open the bar and test if everything is fully functional. We look forward to many hours of good camaraderie and (responsible) drinking.

We are ready, are you?
See you soon!

  Club Championships open for bookings

Only 4 spots left!

Members please note that the club championships will be hosted on Saturday the 31st of October and Sunday the 1st of November 2020.

Since we will have certain divisions playing 27 holes per day, we will only be able to accommodate 120 players in the field. We are currently standing on 116 players. Please make sure that if you haven’t booked as yet and you want to play to get hose last 4 spots still open.

Just click on the advert below to electronically enter for the championships.

We have 116 entries already.
Only 4 spots left!

  Club Draw has started – Get your lucky number in the draw!

The Club Draw, which will have its first draw on Friday 16 October 2020, is in full swing. Please make sure that you do not lose out on having a number in that draw. Remember you cannot enter after the closing date which is the 30th of September 2020.

The draw will be for members only and entries can be done through the poster below. Click on the poster to enter. The cost is R100 per month via debit order or R1200 once off for the year, and payment information will be sent through once the entry has been received. Members must commit to a one year entry and cannot select which months they want to enter for.

Entries close 30 September 2020 and the first Draw will be done on Friday 16 October 2020.

We have 29 entries already!

Spotlight Social registration

We are currently on 295 members so please register on the app. Remember number 300 will receive a bottle of wine of the month.
We are now on 295!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our members, Danie Malan. Thanks, Danie, for always being a sport and completing the questionnaire. From our side, thanks for what your enthusiasm means to Paarl Golf Club. We wish you many years of happy golfing here in Paarl. We both dream about Mt. Everest, but I start to think that will be one mountain too high for me at this stage.
If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know which exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

Mr Rules

Nine-hole scores

Nine-hole competitions and nine-hole rounds are becoming increasingly popular globally. This is mainly due to the time it takes to play 18 holes, but also due to personal preferences. As such, 9-hole scores are an important part of the handicap calculation.

What you need to do when playing nine holes and you want to enter your score:

• Look up your 9-hole course handicap, which is what you will play off for the nine you select to play.
• This can be done on the handicap terminal, the Club system, HNA phone app or a course handicap chart at the course
• When entering your score, use your 9-hole course handicap to adjust your maximum score on any hole that you blow out on and enter this adjusted gross score for nine holes.
• The system will automatically convert it in to an 18-hole differential on your handicap score history by adding par plus your remaining handicap strokes for the second nine, plus 1 extra shot.
• Note that if you are not sure about what to enter for your handicap score, you can enter your hole-by-hole scores on the app, terminal, or HNA website. The system will then adjust your scores for the maximum allowed on a hole according to your course handicap, and enter your adjusted gross score for you.
• Take note that you can score exceptionally on a nine-hole round!

When can you NOT enter a nine-hole score?

• When the score cannot be ratified by a playing partner or competitor
• When the types or number of clubs were limited (as in a competition in which only iron clubs were allowed)
• When the round played included the use of “Mulligans”
• When more than one ball was used at a time
• When the course played is not officially rated including when a course is set up much longer or shorter than the Average Playing Length when the rating of the course was determined
• When the player used non-conforming clubs, balls or tees, or with respect to Rule 14-3 (Rules of Golf) where an artificial device was used in the execution of stroke or when equipment was used in an unusual manner during the execution of a stroke.

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 2 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under level 3 lockdown rules, which did not change since inception. I see a lot of members and visitors who seem to forget that there are specific rules that we need to adhere to. Various golf courses have been visited by the police over the last three weeks and we don’t want Paarl Golf Club to be the reason why golf was stopped in the Western Cape. So please stick to the rules and ensure that everybody can play the game we love.

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

Last week’s photograph did not get any reaction, so just to be fair I will let it run another week. Please members ,help me out on these four individuals below. Click here if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.
The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Click here if you recognise the lindividuals in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

        Barn (European) Swallow (Europese Swael)
 
Description

There are six subspecies of barn swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere. Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina, the Cape Province of South Africa, and northern Australia. Its huge range means that the barn swallow is not endangered, although there may be local population declines due to specific threats.

The barn swallow is a bird of open country that normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight. This species lives in close association with humans, and its insect-eating habits mean that it is tolerated by humans; this acceptance was reinforced in the past by superstitions regarding the bird and its nest. There are frequent cultural references to the barn swallow in literary and religious works due to both its living in close proximity to humans and its annual migration. The barn swallow is the national bird of Austria and Estonia

The adult male barn swallow of the nominate subspecies H. r. rustica is 17–19 cm (6.7–7.5 in) long including 2–7 cm (0.79–2.76 in) of elongated outer tail feathers. It has a wingspan of 32–34.5 cm (12.6–13.6 in) and weighs 16–22 g (0.56–0.78 oz). It has steel blue upperparts and a rufous forehead, chin and throat, which are separated from the off-white underparts by a broad dark blue breast band. The outer tail feathers are elongated, giving the distinctive deeply forked “swallow tail”. There is a line of white spots across the outer end of the upper tail. The female is similar in appearance to the male, but the tail streamers are shorter, the blue of the upperparts and breast band is less glossy, and the underparts paler. The juvenile is browner and has a paler rufous face and whiter underparts. It also lacks the long tail streamers of the adult.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The preferred habitat of the barn swallow is open country with low vegetation, such as pasture, meadows and farmland, preferably with nearby water. This swallow avoids heavily wooded or precipitous areas and densely built-up locations. The presence of accessible open structures such as barns, stables, or culverts to provide nesting sites, and exposed locations such as wires, roof ridges or bare branches for perching, are also important in the bird’s selection of its breeding range.

The barn swallow is similar in its habits to other aerial insectivores, including other swallow species and the unrelated swifts. It is not a particularly fast flier, with a speed estimated at about 11 metres per second (25 mph), up to 20 metres per second (45 mph) and a wing beat rate of approximately 5, up to 7–9 times each second.

The barn swallow typically feeds in open areas 7–8 m (23–26 ft) above shallow water or the ground often following animals, humans or farm machinery to catch disturbed insects, but it will occasionally pick prey items from the water surface, walls and plants.

The barn swallow drinks by skimming low over lakes or rivers and scooping up water with its open mouth. This bird bathes in a similar fashion, dipping into the water for an instant while in flight
The male barn swallow returns to the breeding grounds before the females and selects a nest site, which is then advertised to females with a circling flight and song. Plumage may be used to advertise: the breeding success of the male is related to the length of the tail streamers, with longer streamers being more attractive to the female. Males with longer tail feathers are generally longer-lived and more disease resistant, females thus gaining an indirect fitness benefit from this form of selection, since longer tail feathers indicate a genetically stronger individual which will produce offspring with enhanced vitality.
The breeding season of the barn swallow is variable; in the southern part of the range, the breeding season usually is from February or March to early to mid September, although some late second and third broods finish in October.

Both sexes defend the nest, but the male is particularly aggressive and territorial. Once established, pairs stay together to breed for life, but extra-pair copulation is common, making this species genetically polygamous, despite being socially monogamous.

As its name implies, the barn swallow typically nests inside accessible buildings such as barns and stables, or under bridges and wharves. Before man-made sites became common, it nested on cliff faces or in caves, but this is now rare. The neat cup-shaped nest is placed on a beam or against a suitable vertical projection. It is constructed by both sexes, although more often by the female, with mud pellets collected in their beaks and lined with grasses, feathers, algae or other soft materials. The nest building ability of the male is also sexually selected; females will lay more eggs and at an earlier date with males who are better at nest construction, with the opposite being true with males that are not.
There are normally two broods, with the original nest being reused for the second brood and being repaired and reused in subsequent years. The female lays two to seven, but typically four or five, reddish-spotted white eggs.

Hatching success is 90% and the fledging survival rate is 70–90%. Average mortality is 70–80% in the first year and 40–70% for the adult. Although the record age is more than 11 years, most survive less than four years.

If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Golf quote of the week

What’s happening at PGC?

Tour news

PGA Tour: BMW Championship
Course: Olympia Fields North Course
Purse: $9,500,000
 Photo cred: PGATOUR.com
1.  J. Rahm (-4)
2. D. Johnson (-4)
T3. J. Niemann (-2)
T3. H. Matsuyama (-2)
T5. T. Finau (-1)

European Tour: UK Championship
Course: The Belfry
Purse: €1,000,000

Photo cred: skysports.com
1.  R. Hojgaard (-14)
2. J. Walters (-14) (RSA)
T3. B. Hebert (-13)
T3. M. Kaymer (-13)
T5. B. Wiesberger (-12)

Champions Tour: Charles Schwab Series
Course: Ozarks National
Purse: $3,000,000

Photo cred: golfchannel.com
1.  P. Mickelson (-22)
2. T. Petrovic (-18)
3. K. Sutherland (-16)
4. R. Karlsson (-15)
T5. S. Stricker (-14)

Weekly winners

26 August 2020
Wednesday Competition – 4 Ball Alliance 2 Scores to Count
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Dawid Malan
Anton Van Lierop
HP van der Merwe
Andre Moller
3336
3683
3265
3281
91 R235
2nd Bjorn Van Oord
Renso Nel
Cor Swart
Jean Steenkamp
1195
1085
4412
1195
90 R185
3rd Rob Thomson
Paul Kretzel
Torben Martens
Franz Panzer
9962
5215
4190
9962
89 R105
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
Graham Retief 4952
Robert Oeschger 0733
Stephno Lotz 0333
Christian Palazzolo 1142
PJ Vermeulen 3623
Allan Donald 1096
Dian Willemse 0753
Buks Rossouw 0190
Dawie Pretorius 3182
Deon de Swart 0515
Wikus Minnie 852
Saturday 29 August 2020
Mercedes Benz Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Donald Humphries 0469 41 R300
2nd Timothy Hadfield 0425 36 R250
3rd Ian Van Schalkwyk 1787 35 R170
Winelands Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Bruce Blaine Vis (1979) 34 R230
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Paul Kretzel 5215 38 R300
2nd Martine Strasheim 6327 34 R250
3rd Butch jnr Strasheim 1264 34 R170
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
Karl-Heinz Lutzeler 3797
Jacques Mouton 0257
Le Roy Le Riche 0514