New Summer Stock

Step into the season in style
Look good, play better

Great new apparel has just landed in the Paarl Pro Shop. Treat yourself or your loved ones to some new wardrobe additions. Perfect for Christmas gifts or just to reward yourself for getting through a very tough year!

Everyone here at Paarl Pro Shop would like to thank members for their support throughout the year.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive season!

 

Golf’s FUNdamentals
Your role as a parent
It’s easy to fall into the trap of measuring your child’s relationship with golf by their competitive performance. But their golfing development depends on so much more than that. And here’s where you, as the parent, have an important role to play.
Encourage your child to take part in a range of sports. This will develop their movement fundamentals; agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Instead of setting expectations of progress and success, focus on what your child wants. Encouragement goes a lot further than analysis.
Play golf with them. Not only will you get to work on your game, you also get to bond and strengthen your relationship with your child.
Most parents think of their child’s golfing journey as a funnel moving from “entry” to “elite”. But actually, it’s not a funnel, it’s a pie with FUN at its core.
Elite performance is part of the journey for a FEW children. What’s more important is that fun and healthy development are part of the journey for ALL children, regardless of skill. Really effective coaching develops golfing skills along with a love for the game.
Let them eat pie
Come and speak to us about getting your child into golf and developing their full potential, not just as golfers, but as people too.
Get them started >

Ever wondered
how good could you be?
If you’re shooting scores in the high 80s or early 90s, then you’re already showing the athletic ability to play this game well. The question now is how quickly and easily can you go lower.
Shooting low 80s is a lot of fun
We’re looking for ladies who are interested in taking their game to the next level. We want you to be shooting low 80s most times out. Interested? You don’t need to read more.
Contact us >
We’ll start with an assessment of each golfer to identify the personal opportunities, but our experience tells us that the improvement areas will lead to:
Straighter, longer tee shots with an extra 10 metres or more. Maximising the potential with better swing timing and the right launch.
More consistent ability with fairways and hybrids to reduce the challenge of length, while opening up birdie opportunities.
Iron approach shots with extra height and greater stopping power, turning the potential of good tee shots into real birdie opportunities.
From inside 40 metres, the ability to get the ball consistently within one-putt range using a range of short-game shots. Stride onto the green knowing you’re going to save par.
You can break 85
If that’s a golf experience that appeals to you, then please don’t wait. Start the journey to hitting even better golf shots.
Contact us >

End of Year Festive Season Greetings

And so 2020, a year full of interesting surprises, comes to an end. From Paarl Golf Club’s side, we would like to wish all our members a wonderful festive season with lots of memorable occasions but also some time to rest after this challenging year. To those who will be travelling, we wish you all a safe travelling experience and to those that will rather stay home and enjoy the calm period, make the most of it.

We have a very interesting festive season program here at the club so join in the fun and come and experience golf with a twist of mystery and enjoyment.

This will be the last bumper edition newsletter of this year and we will be back in our seats in the second week of January 2021.

Cleaning up the irrigation dam

Members might have noticed that there are strange machines operating on and around the irrigation dam. The main aim of the exercise is to desilt the dam as well as to try and deepen it to 3m while we are busy with the desilting.

This exercise was long overdue, as we struggled to keep the irrigation pumps drifting in the dam, and ensuring that they do not start sucking in mud and plant material. This created many other problems of which the biggest was the choking of the sprayers out on the golf course. So, in the process of overcoming the problem, the irrigation team had their hands full making sure the water gets to where it was intended to go.

The machines used in the project were both unique. The first machine was a land-bound excavator with a 17m reach. This machine could effectively work the southern side of the dam taking all the reeds and grass out but also deepening the dam within its reach.

There was no un-destructive way to get this machine to the northern section of the irrigation dam, so we had to arrange something very different. A floating excavator! This machine could climb into the dam and clean the rest of the northern section without any problems.

We also tried to stack the material on the side of the dam so as not to damage the entire course too much with heavy vehicles taking away the material. For that we created a process of separating the material between plant material and mud and sand. The mud and sand we will now work into the low-lying areas around the dam to create a higher freeboard and to get rid of the very wet areas during the rainy season. The plant material will be carted to the dump site at the driving range area during the December season, so we request that our members and the residents around the irrigation dam to please be patient with the process.

I had people questioning what effect this will have on the birdlife on and around the irrigation dam. We did wait for most of the water birds to hatch their babies before we started this project. We only did the irrigation dam as well as the dam on the right-hand side of the 11th green, we kept the area where most of the yellow billed ducks “reside” on the 21st hole as is – filled with reeds.

An added bonus to the cleaning up project was to see the bigger effect of the water area on both the 11th and the 21st holes. We also decided to create a new dam wall for the irrigation dam to prevent the water coming too close in front of the back of the tee boxes on the 11th hole. Although the element of water brought its own challenges, the openness of the hole will hopefully take away the fear of hitting over the water.

Watch this space!

See the machines at work.

  Your attention is needed

We are all trying to make golf at Paarl Golf club the most memorable experience possible. But it seems as if some members and visitors would like to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. With summer upon us and long days part of our day-to-day challenges we would like to point out a few annoying things that are busy creeping out again.

Slow play

Please keep up with the fourball ahead of you. Members will see that the marshals have been asked to be strict on this. We understand that a medal format is a slow format but last week we had rounds of close to over five hours. We had situations where fourballs were more than a full hole behind the group in front of them.

May we again promote ready play when it is safe to do so. We often see three golfers waiting for one golfer to go through his whole routine and when the shot is taken only then do the other golfers get ready to play.

After hours golf and practice on the course

With the days being longer and the sun only setting at around 20:00 we are now getting more and more golfers who start playing the course close to their houses and not going through registration. Please note that should you be caught doing this, a non-affiliated visitor’s fee of R740 could be charged to your name.

Please help us in preventing this from happening by not doing it and by reporting it to us when you do see somebody doing that. The last registered tee off time is 18:00. If you want to play on the course, please ensure you go through registration so that we know about you.

The same applies for times before the first tee off times. These times are critical for the maintenance teams to get the golf course prepared for you to play on in a safe and unrestricted manner. So please NO early starting as well.

Golf carts

Members as well as visitors please note that there are specific boards to direct you to the correct side of a green to pass for travelling with your golf cart. There is a good reason for this. Mainly the fact that we have prepared areas to be level and hardy against the golf cart’s wheels and tires, and secondly, the irrigation pipes run on the sides of the green which we don’t want golf carts to ride over.

Please help us manage the traffic around a green in a manner that benefits golfers. This can help the process of maintaining the pristine condition of the course. The best is to stay on the tarred golf carts where they are available.

Smokers

It seems like one of the Covid side effects is the amount of people that started smoking after the harsh lockdown. I know that cigarettes are now “cheap” compared to the lockdown prices, but please, the non-smokers don’t want “reminders” on every tee box.

Please keep your cigarette buds to yourself and please do not flick them into the gardens or the rough. They remain a menace to the maintenance personnel.

At the clubhouse there are designated smoking areas, and we urge smokers to please use them. We have created a smoker’s nest above the halfway house BUT please do not flick your cigarette buds over the side. The halfway house tent already boasts three holes in it due to smokers not thinking about what they are doing.

At the halfway house, the smoker’s den is in the parking area of the golf carts. We have provided seating at the wooden tables for specifically this reason.

The law prohibits smoking in an enclosed area as well as an area with a roof/cover over it. Unfortunately, we as Paarl Golf Club need to adhere to this legislation otherwise an inspection finding the contrary could end up in a close down of the entire clubhouse complex. I sincerely hope that the seriousness of this is understood by everybody.

Opening of the new clubhouse restaurant and bar

And then the 4th of December 2020 came with the long-anticipated opening of the upgraded bar, bistro, and veranda project. Members would remember that I reported two weeks ago that we were still on track for the opening on the 4th.

It was a hectic two weeks, but the result speaks for itself. A big congratulations must go out to the Golfing Goat project team that took over the shell we handed to them on the 16th of November. Opening night saw a lot of eager members and residents pitching up for the official opening of the Paarl Golf Club clubhouse renovation project.

With a lovely sunset as only Paarl Golf Club can provide the festivities started with fresh oysters and freshly baked spring rolls as starters. The idea was not so much to eat a lot but to try out some of the future menu items. The main course consisted of a portion of perfectly prepared pork belly and a mouth-watering piece of fillet with all the little sides that made it a perfect meal.

There were also two desserts in the form of a deconstructed milk tart and a home-grown yoghurt. When Le Roux Conradie, manager of the Golfing Goat at Boschenmeer, introduced the chef and her team at the end of the evening, everybody was surprised by their youth and the quality of food they dished up. I see a bright future ahead for the Golfing Goat and their newly appointed chef and chef assistants. But just don’t sit there and drool, come and put their skills to the test with your own tastebuds.

We look forward in welcoming all our members, their families, and the residents of Boschenmeer to make the Golfing Goat restaurant at Paarl Golf Club one of their regular culinary stops.

   The Winelands venue hosting “Die Broers”

For those of you who haven’t as yet experienced one of our top South African musicians at the Winelands venue please do not stay left out. We started with a very packed programme in November and we obviously must taper down towards the end of the year. The last performer will be Jannie du Toit tonight.

Last week it was “Die Broers” making feet itch in the Winelands venue. It was good to see people singing along and just forgetting about Covid and the year 2020. Please be on the lookout for the programme in the new year.

Feel the vibe with these two short video clips.

 

Annelize Lucas Physiotherapy

Coming soon
11 January 2021

Next Club Draw – 11 December 2020

Please note that the December Club Draw will take place on Friday the 11th of December 2020. It will coincide with the Putt for Dough initiative that will take place that afternoon before the draw.

Entries are still open and the 3rd Draw will take place on Friday 11 December 2020.

We have 83 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 363 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 is next in line for a bottle of wine.

We are now on 363!
For your efforts you can be next in line to win a bottle of wine with compliments from the “Wine of the Month”. Thank you to the members that have registered so far. See how to win here.

Download the app >

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our new members, Nicholas Hall, our B-division Club Champion for 2020. We hope that you  enjoy your golf here at PGC and that you keep on playing the golf that made you play a 72 gross. We all dream about “that” round.

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

Slow play

I have addressed this problem before, but it still seems to be a problem and that players do not play ready golf anymore. Let me share with you what the rule book says on pace of play and give you some ideas on how we can improve on this.

Know your rules >

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

Keep rolling in those birdies and enjoy your golf.

Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during Level 1 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 1 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 always 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

This is the first time this has ever happened. Three weeks running with no takers on identifying any of the people in the photo. Last chance members.
Here is the photograph from this week’s treasure chest. I had no takers last week so I’ll run this one for another week. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za
if you recognise anyone.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Eagle Owl (Kaapse ooruil)
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

 

What’s happening at PGC?

Putt for Dough

Join us for a day that promises to be fun for the whole family! Putt for Dough will take place on Friday 11 December.

Tour news

PGA Tour: Mayakoba Golf Classic
Course: El Camaleon Golf Club
Purse: $ 7,200,000

Picture source: pgatour.com

1. V. Hovland (-20)
2. A. Wise (-19)
T3 3. A. Long (-17)
T3. T. Hoge (-17)
T5. H. English (-16)

European Tour: South African Open
Course: Sun City Golf Club
Purse: € 6,215,965

Picture source: europeantour.com

1. C. Bezuidenhout (-18) RSA
2. J. Donaldson (-13)
3. D. Frittelli (-11) RSA
4. D. Burmester (-10)
5. JC. Ritchie (-9)

Ladies PGA Tour: Volunteers of America Texas Shootout
Course: Old American Golf Club
Purse: $ 1,750,000

Picture source: LPGAtour.com

1. A. Stanford (-7)
T2. I. Park (-5)
T2. Y. Noh (-5)
T2. S.Y. Ryu (-5)
5. J.Y. Ko (-4)

Ethan and Bianca did us proud

Robertson Open
6 December 2021

Congratulations to Bianca Lohbauer with her win in the Ladies Division at the Roberson Open. Bianca also finished 2nd overall in the GolfRSA Race to 2021.

Well done, Bianca!
GOLFRSA Race to 2021

Congratulations to Ethan Smith – Boland’s winner of GolfRSA Race to 2021.

The big prize for Ethan is a spot in the SA Amateur Open in 2021 and GolfRSA will contribute R5 000 towards his costs for the SA Amateur.

Great job, Ethan!

Windhoek Larger International Pairs

Congrats to all the winners of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs Ladies Event and goodluck to the pairs that qualified for the regionals!

Two of the three pairs going through to the next round are from Paarl Golf Club. Congratulations to the following ladies:

Left: 1st place Karin Hanekom & Yvette Theron.
Right: 2nd place Carla Hermans Van Belle & Loween Olivier.

Weekly Winners

02 December 2020
4 BBB Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Reuben Riffel
Ghost Player
0598
46 R280
2nd Graham Brown
Tim Hadfield
6696
0425
45 R220
3rd Brian Lawrie
Stroebel Hofmeyer
1088
3634
45 R180
4th Peet Bester
Emile Goosen
6587
8797
43 R120
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Ockert Scholtz 836 Dirkie Viviers (Vis) 4061
Nico Coetzee 588
05 December 2020
Monthly Medal

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Graham Retief 4952 66 R320
2nd Dick Knight 2577 69 R260
3rd Zaheer Parker 0892 70 R200
4th Willie Kitching 2420 70 R140
5th Peter Friggens 2817 70 R80
Winelands
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Donald Humphries 0469 66 R320
2nd David Gorry Vis 69 R260
3rd Willem Pretorius 0706 71 R200
4th Frikkie Van Der Merwe 3747 71 R130
5th Felix Mthembu Vist 72 R80
Boschenmeer
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Alexander Kock 1213 70 R320
2nd Adriaan Hemmes 4062 70 R260
3rd Hendrik Hamer 0207 71 R200
4th Pierre Botha Vis 71 R140
5th Francois Viljoen 3046 72 R80
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Ian V Schalkwyk 1787 Damon Munday 3052
Christo Lombard 2743 Adriaan Hemmes (X2) 4062
Willie Griessel 4061 Annemie Du Toit 6319
Franz Lohbauer 6017 Werner Greeff 4144
Rashid Shaik 5851 Thembi Steenkamp 1688
Willie Storm 4088 David Maughan 0842
Alida Kotzee 707

 

Interesting information from the HNA database

Golf bounces back
With golf clubs having been closed for business for a total of 77 days during the nationwide lockdown, the number of rounds played in 2020 has understandably taken quite a hit. However, in October HNA recorded a record high number of monthly rounds on the handicap system, with no fewer than 383 458 scores being entered. The previous high of 371 667 was recorded back in December 2018.

The number of active golfers has also increased, with a total of 86 285 golfers having submitted scores on the HNA system in October 2020 – a 7,2% increase on the same period last year.

Despite the lengthy lockdown period, there are still 101 keen golfers who have managed to play more than 100 rounds of golf in 2020.

At Paarl Golf Club, Fred Bowles did manage to get the most rounds (183) in to date. As an unlimited member he therefore averaged R34,60 per round. Indeed, very affordable golf!

The lockdown did seem to create a fair bit of rustiness in our golfers, though. In June of this year, only 11% of recorded rounds were equal to or better than the player’s Handicap Index, whereas that figure increased to 19% in October of this year.

The average handicaps for men and women have stayed stable over the course of the year. For men, the average Handicap Index is 13.62, while for women it is 20.21.

Once again the clubs with two courses dominate the ‘most rounds’ category, led by Country Club Johannesburg with 35 386 scores entered so far this year. In second place is Randpark, with Mount Edgecombe in third. The 18-hole club with the most scores entered this year is Westlake, ranked fourth on the list.

Paarl Golf Club managed to get 38 532 rounds registered on our system. Please note this includes corporates and groups as well as unaffiliated members and international players that would not all enter their scores on the HNA system.

Fancourt tops the list when it comes to visitor rounds, ahead of Royal Durban. Then follows a long list of Gauteng clubs, including Wingate Park, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington, Kyalami, Irene, Glendower, Randpark, Waterkloof, Eagle Canyon, The Els Club, Reading, Ruimsig and Huddle Park. The first Cape course, De Zalze, comes in 15th spot on what is a bunched list.

Festive Season Golf Program

It’s been a tough year and you’ve all earned a well-deserved holiday. So, we’ve come up with a jam-packed Festive Season Program to ensure that you end the year on a high note.

Family Fun Day

Join us for a day that promises to be fun for the whole family! Putt for Dough will take place on Friday 11 December.

Next Club Draw – 11 December 2020

Please note that the December Club Draw will take place on Friday the 11th of December 2020. It will coincide with the Putt for Dough initiative that will take place that afternoon before the draw.

November’s draw had the following three members winning some well-timed cash:

David Eisenstein – R1 000
John Tully – R600
Louis Minitzer – R300

You can still get your entry into the Club Draw! A decision was made that those who did not have a ticket for the draw can still get one but the buy-in remains the same at R1200. If you want to do it by debit order you now will have to arrange with our financial department to determine the correct amount according to the date that you want to start. This means that everybody can still buy-in so please let us do that because it is for a good cause helping the captains committee to create funds for projects on the course

Entries are still open and the 3rd Draw will take place on Friday 11 December 2020.

We have 83 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 349 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 is next in line for a bottle of wine.

We are now on 349!
For your efforts you can be next in line to win a bottle of wine with compliments from the “Wine of the Month”. Thank you to the members that have registered so far. See how to win here.

Download the app >

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our new members, Koos Loots. Thanks Koos, for being a sport and completing the questionnaire. We hope that you enjoy your golf here at PGC and that you keep on playing the golf that made you win the Gary Player Club Championships!

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

The term ‘birdie’

This week we will discuss where the term ‘birdie’ originated from. The answer stems from a golf match at Atlantic Country Club USA in the early part of the twentieth century (1903).

There are several variations as how, where and when the first birdie was scored. But there is agreement that it was during a game at the club with money waged on it. Some histories say it was a foursomes match; others that it was a three ball.

It is believed that brothers AB and William P. Smith were playing a round of golf with George A Crump, who later went on to build Pine Valley. They were playing the par 4 2nd hole at the country club. Ab Smith’s second shot went within inches of the hole and he proclaimed, “That was a bird of a shot.” ( in American slang “bird” meant something wonderful). He proclaimed that with a score of one under par he should be paid double for such a feat. It was agreed upon and from that day forward we call that a “birdie”.

There are still some variations on the story and on which hole it occurred. Some believed that it happened on the 12th hole. Either way, the club commemorated the event with a stone plaque at the 12th hole, although this is now the site of the chipping green.

Know your rules >

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

Keep rolling in those birdies and enjoy your golf.

Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during Level 1 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 1 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

Here is the photograph from this week’s treasure chest. I had no takers last week so I’ll run this one for another week. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za
if you recognise anyone.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Canary (Kaapse Kanarie)
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

What’s happening at PGC?

Putt for Dough

Join us for a day that promises to be fun for the whole family! Putt for Dough will take place on Friday 11 December.

Weekly Winners

25 November 2020
4 BBB Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Louis Lourens
Jacques Mouton
0451
0257
48 R250
2nd Ravi Naidoo
Ghost
5599 48 R200
3rd Piet van Zyl
Wayne Sorour
Vis
Vis
47 R175
4th Ganief Daniels
Rashid Shaik
0177
5851
46 R150
5th Frikkie Van Der Merwe
Donald Humphries
3747
0469
45 R125
6th Dawid (DR) Malan
Sam Kusluoglu
3336
0140
44 R100
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Rashid Shaik 5851 Graham Retief 4952
David Eisenstein 2633 Andy Higgins 2046
Gert Strydom 1956 Jacques Mouton 0257
Dawie Pretorius 3182 Evan Gritsch 0078
Willie Horn 0765 Piet van Zyl 0041
Jp Hugo 2242 Renso Nel x 2 1085
28 November 2020
Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Willem Stander 0955 40 R300
2nd Braam van Schalkwyk 2105 39 R250
3rd Mathys Odendaal 2305 39 R200
4th Dawid Maritz 8796 39 R150
5th Shannon Gaskin 1540 39 R100
6th Kobus Neethling 1266 37 R75
Winelands
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Donald Humphries 0469 39 R300
2nd Rusty Mac Gillivray 1261 37 R250
3rd Rob Thompson 9962 36 R200
4th Johan Van Zyl 0766 35 R150
5th Barbara Hughes 2386 34 R100
6th Amanda Williams 1558 33 R75
Boschenmeer
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Christian Palazzolo 1142 35 R300
2nd Granville Isaacs 5968 35 R250
3rd Felix Mthembu vis 35 R200
4th Christo Kilian 2297 33 R150
5th Andre Moller 3281 33 R100
6th Willem Basson 3839 32 R75
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Andre Kock 1053 Carel De Beer 3011
Ravi Naidoo 5599 Freddie Steyn x 2 2672
Christian V Schalkwyk 0769 Jack Edwards 0276
Jako Pienaar 1969 Ralph Mortlock 2008
Felix Mthembu 0865 Christo Kilian 2297
Johan Strydom 0226