Cold weather, hot specials

With the arrival of the good old Cape winter, we are very happy to announce that we have just restocked our shop with one of our favourite brands. SWAGG is a golf and active lifestyle brand that combines amazing looking clothing with the functionality you need on the golf course. Their winter range is not only stylish, but will keep you warm and comfortable on the course so that you only have one thing to worry about; your next shot.

Swing by the Paarl Pro Shop to see all that is on offer, we promise you that you will be pleasantly surprised.

And don’t forget about our other wonderful offerings. We have almost everything you would ever need to tackle the course with confidence. And if we don’t have it, we’ll source it just for you!

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Contact us at paarlproshop@gmail.com to reserve or enquire about any of our items.

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BF Golf Academy
All lessons will be conducted to comply with all Covid regulations to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

Something for the new members

Ben Fouchee Golf Academy would like to offer all those new golfers who have joined our wonderful club something to make sure you are able to take to the course with confidence. All those who have become members at Paarl GC since the return to golf on 12 June can get 50% off a 30 minute or 60 minute lesson with Ben to get you started.

From absolute beginners to scratch golfers, Ben will help you to identify ways that you can score better on the course, as well as help you become acquainted with all the happenings around the Club.

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We haven’t forgotten about our loyal faces around PGC either

Ben is also offering all members a chance to take part in his Saturday morning masterclasses. Join him every Saturday morning at 10am starting next week (11 July), where he will be addressing a certain aspect of the game that will help take shots off your scorecard. During that hour you will learn how to improve your game, meet like-minded golfers (to perhaps join your next 4ball) and have a whole lot of fun!

Did we mention that it will only cost you only R150 per masterclass? What are you waiting for? Book now as there is only space for a maximum 10 golfers per lesson.

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Don’t forget about our winter coaching specials! Would you like to sharpen up a few skills so that you come back even better than before lockdown? Book yourself into one of Ben’s great coaching packages and get a lot more than you bargained for!

This offer is valid until the end of August and packages are to be completed by the end of December 2020.

Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7161  for more info and bookings.

 

No more three putts.

Could this be why you slipped by?

The face angle of your putter at contact has between 80 and 95% influence on the launch direction of your putt. That means a tiny error could cause you to slip by the hole, even with great tempo. When the face has such a huge impact on your putting accuracy, we need to square that face.
Club path also affects accuracy, albeit less than face angle. For instance, if you have a slightly closed face angle but an in-to-out path, you could still launch the ball straight. Other factors to consider are lie angle and contact point. There’s a lot going on here, that’s why it’s best to get your putter fitted for your stroke and setup.
No more surprise misses
Consistent putting transforms your golf experience. Sometimes it means a birdie. Often it’s a solid par. But it’s always satisfying being able to stand over every putt with confidence. Let’s schedule a putting assessment for when you’re next at the course. And in the meantime, we can give you some drills to do at home.
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Fast is the new normal

Next time you’re back on a golf course, decide to experience better. Now we know what a privilege every moment, every step, every shot, is out on the course, let’s enjoy that time to the fullest.
The Srixon Z-STAR offers distance and feel – just what we all want.
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Go the distance.

Struggling to go further?

We get lots of golfers coming to us with concerns about losing distance despite no obvious swing and/or equipment changes. We like to take a holistic approach to solve this problem.
 
Long drives come in three
Using a combination of fitting and swing assessment techniques, we’ll make sure that the following trio of impact factors are helping you go the full distance.
Clubhead speed
The speed of the clubhead immediately before impact.
Smash factor
The amount of energy transferred from clubhead to ball at impact.
Ball speed
The speed of the ball directly after impact.
How much further could you go?
It’s our mission to make sure you’re hitting the ball as long as possible. It means you can take less club on approach and makes the whole game a bit easier. Next time you’re at the course, come speak to us about your game, or we could also,
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Around the golf course after 80 days

Maybe it’s just me but I am starting to believe that one of the Covid symptoms is a loss of your golf swing. Or it might be the alcohol “free” sanitizing that might have a negative effect on the golf ball’s flight. BUT something is seriously wrong. I sincerely hope it’s just me experiencing that, but if indeed there are other members suffering from the same symptoms please tell us about that. We can even create a supporting GG (Golfing Ghost) group. Membership application for this group will cost 1 Liter of alcohol-free sanitation liquid and at least two dozen of well experienced golf balls. Sessions will be scheduled for midnight on full moon days. We can only accommodate 50 members at a gathering due to current Covid regulations. It is time to take my temperature again…

Jokes aside. It is a very pleasing site to see so many golfers on the course again. The number of new members applying for membership (59 since we started again) is also a very heartwarming experience. I thought the new Millenial membership would have eased in, but 7 applications in a week surprised us all. Please members spread the word about this new membership to the younger family members and friends in your group.

I must again give a shoutout of big thanks to all the members who effortlessly adapted to the rules and regulations that we have to abide by to ensure we can keep on playing. It helps if all the members and their guests play according to these rules because then I don’t have to become the pig in the party to police the situation.

For those members who were asking about the opening of the restaurant, I need to indicate that Golfing Goat will only open when alcohol may be consumed on site, every day of the week and not just in specific time slots. The rules regarding safe distancing will also not allow them to effectively use the currently limited space available. It is just not worth the while to try and operate a restaurant with the current regulations in place. Let us hope that there will come some sense in the revised regulations that we all are waiting for.

We treasure our fairways

We came up with a solution to the filling of the sandbag without a scoop by ordering sand bottles with our own Paarl Golf Club logo on them that will be available soon. We will sell them at R50 a bottle and it will be available at our golf operations office. Please support this “We treasure our fairways” initiative and let us get those divots filled.

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Lastly, please take note that GolfRSA has requested all golfers to be aware when taking photographs on the golf course to please reflect safe distancing and all the safety protocols in place like wearing masks when within 2m of one another. Especially when these photographs might end up on social media. We need to ensure that the playing of golf always reflects adherence to all the safety regulations. We thank you for understanding.

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

We are aware of the Golfscape system errors and are constantly in contact with the service providers and developers to have these issues fixed. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to have this resolved as soon as possible. Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or golfoperations@paarlgc.co.za.

Thank you for your understanding.

By now most of you might have seen that we have our own QR code available for payment via their different bank’s masterpasses, snapscan or zapper. Be on the lookout for the square black and white QR Code that will be displayed where needed in the PGC offices.

The return of Mr Rules

3 Off the tee vs 2 off the tee

I have been asked if a ball may be teed up when replaying a stroke after initial stroke was hit out of bounds or into a penalty area, from the teeing area.

When a player elects or is required to make his/her next stroke where a previous stroke was made from the teeing area, it may be played from anywhere within the teeing area and may be teed up.

Remember you are now playing 3 off the tee!

Another scenario is when the players ball in play is still in the teeing area after the first stroke on the hole was made. This could happen if the player missed the ball (fresh air) or hits an object and deflected back into the teeing area, the player may:

• Lift or move the ball without penalty
• Play that ball or another ball from anywhere in the teeing area from a tee or the ground,
• Play the ball as it lies

Remember the stroke still counts and you are now playing 2 off the tee.

Important to remember:
1. This rule only applies to the teeing area of the hole that is played.
2. The tee area is defined by the tee markers and the two club lengths behind it.

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

Register for Spotlight Social and

win a Wine of the Month

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Deon Breedt. (See his member profile in this issue of the newsletter). Congratulations Deon and enjoy wine(s) of the month which are Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs

 

We are now on 204!
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

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I received one possible identification for the person on the left to be Dave Love. The other two gentleman still remains a mystery. I will try for a last time this week.

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.  Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Common Starling (Europese Spreeu)

Description

The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling in the United States or simply the starling in the British Isles, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Like most terrestrial starlings the common starling moves by walking or running, rather than hopping. Their flight is quite strong and direct; their triangular-shaped wings beat very rapidly, and periodically the birds glide for a short way without losing much height before resuming powered flight. When in a flock, the birds take off almost simultaneously, wheel and turn in unison, form a compact mass or trail off into a wispy stream, bunch up again and land in a coordinated fashion. Common starling on migration can fly at 60–80 km/h (37–50 mph) and cover up to 1,000–1,500 km (620–930 mi).

Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts.

The common starling is largely insectivorous and feeds on both pest and other arthropods. The food   range includes: spiders, craneflies, moths, mayflies, dragonflies, damselies, grasshoppers, earwigs, lacewings, caddisflies, flies, beetles, sawflies, bees, wasps and ants. Prey are consumed in both adult and larvae stages of development, and common starlings will also feed on earthworms, snails, small amphibians and lizards.[36] While the consumption of invertebrates is necessary for successful breeding, common starlings are omnivorous and can also eat grains, seeds, fruits, nectar and food waste if the opportunity arises.

The common starling builds an untidy nest in a natural or artificial cavity in which four or five glossy, pale blue eggs are laid. These take two weeks to hatch and the young remain in the nest for another three weeks. There are normally one or two breeding attempts each year. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit. It is hunted by various mammals and birds of prey, and is host to a range of external and internal parasites.

Golf quote of the week

 

Enjoy your golf

By now I hope all our members had their first “post-lockdown” round of golf. Judging by the different reactions seen on the faces of those finishing their rounds, it was as much a surprise to them as it was to me hitting those first few balls into “open space”. Gone was the safety of the practice net and you were yet again left alone on the golf course with your own problems and thoughts. Amazing how your mind can play tricks with you in programming you to that near perfect round you are capable of based on hours and hours of hitting balls into a net. Nowhere is something so far from the truth than to think you can take that net swing and thoughts onto the golf course without any consequences. Luckily, we had the course (and specifically the rough) to blame for most of the lost balls. I can assure our members nothing was intentional, but we will slowly but surely get back into the swing of things and give the rough the attention it so desperately needs.

From my side, just a big thanks yet again to all the members who effortlessly adapted to the rules and regulations that we have to abide by to ensure we can keep on playing. Believe me if I say that I do not take pleasure in reminding adults to maintain safe social distancing and safe interaction with other golfers. It takes some concentration not to fall into old habits of touching a partners’ golf kit or for that matter anything that will keep the covid gogga alive. We will get there eventually.

Thanks also to the very positive reaction I received from my divot reminder of last week. I was told that it was very difficult getting sand into a sandbag without the usual scoop available at the sand drum. Unfortunately, we can’t leave a scoop there for everybody to touch so please understand that we need your help to get the sand into the bag somehow in order to fill those divots. If you have any ideas, please let me know.

New membership category created to cater for the Millennials

At the board meeting of Tuesday, 23 June 2020, a new membership category was “temporarily approved” to allow the Paarl Golf Club to effectively cater for the sudden spike in membership needs for the category of people aged between 25 and 35 years of age. The final approval through ratification will be done by the members as soon as we can safely hold a special meeting, or failing that, at the next AGM. A big word of thanks from our side to the board and then eventually the members that gave us the go ahead to do this.

We have developed a process that identifies a possible member “surfing” on our website to be contacted and followed up by the club. Through this we discovered that a number of Millennials who, due to the current regulations, are not allowed to play if they are not members of a recognized golf club are looking for opportunities to become members of a club. Through the new Millennial membership category, we believe that we would be able to offer these “lost” golfers a safe haven but more so create a good base of younger members that each club need to secure their future. To us it seems like a win-win situation.

This membership will fit between the current junior membership and the full membership which was always a huge financial jump that resulted in losing juniors never taking up full membership. Junior membership that usually ended after the age of 28 will now cater for the youngsters just leaving school till the age of 24. The Millennial membership will then kick in from 25 to 35 years of age.
Membership (Excl affiliation fees)    2019-2020 Rate 2020-2021 Rate Voting and unlimited possible
Full (36 years and older) R 6 900 R 7 300 Yes
Millennial (25 – 35 years of age) July free R 3 765 Yes
Junior (18 – 24 years of age) R 3 080 R 3 265 Yes

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

A big word of thanks must also go out to our members who quickly adapted to the concept of booking their rounds electronically, as well as to pay for that booking through the available electronic portals. We are constantly investigating further alternatives to make payment of anything easy at the club or through smart phones or computers.

The latest concept that will hopefully be active by the weekend will be our own QR Code where members and visitors will be able to pay via their different bank’s Masterpasses, Snapscan or Zapper.

Be on the lookout for the square black and white QR Code that will be displayed where needed in the PGC offices.

Register for Spotlight Social and win a Wine of the Month

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 180th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Rohan Geldenhuys one of our new members (see his member profile in this issue of the newsletter). Welcome Rohan and congratulations. Sincerely hoping that you will enjoy all your years of golf here at Paarl Golf Club. July’s wine(s) of the month is Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer a of bottle of wine of the month to the 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs.

 

185 members already!

New cancellation policy
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!

Members survey – thank you all!

Thanks to all the members who completed the questionnaire. Please find herewith a summary of the survey results. 2020 members survey results.

In conversation with

A message to all our friends at the Golfing Goat

By creating a mini super market during the lockdown the Golfing Goat has provided the Boschenmeer homeowners a convenient, safe environment to purchase our needed items. This was a very proactive decision by Golfing Goat and their management staff, and my wife and I are very thankful for that decision. In a time of crises the media loves to promote negativity and not even talk about the good things that are still happening. This was a very positive move and you should be commended for the forward thinking and enterprising action.

Best wishes to all the friendly faces at the Golfing Goat and keep up the good work.

Two happy Healthy Boschenmeer Homeowners.

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out. Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Big thank you to Anne-Marie Eksteen who was the first member to identify the four people in the photograph below. It was confirmed yet again by Anville van Wyk.


FLTR: Dalene van Wyk (longstanding president of ladies section), her husband Sybrand van Wyk, Pietie van Aarde and his wife Suzette. Pietie can still be seen with the corner boys from time to time.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Bokmakierie (Bokmakierie)

Description

The bokmakierie (Telophorus zeylonus) is a bushshrike. This species is endemic to southern Africa, mainly in South Africa and Namibia, with an isolated population in the mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and western Mozambique.

The adult bokmakierie is a 22–23 cm long bird with olive-green upperparts and a conspicuous bright yellow tip to the black tail. The head is grey with a yellow supercilium, and the strong bill has a hooked upper mandible. The underparts are bright yellow with a broad black collar between the throat and breast, which continues up the neck sides through the eye to the bill. The legs and feet are blue-grey. The sexes are similar, but juveniles are a dull grey-green below, and lack the black gorget.
The bokmakierie has a range of loud whistles and calls, often given in duet, but the most typical is the one that gives this species its name, bok-bok-mak-kik.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Unlike the true shrikes, which perch conspicuously in the open, the bokmakierie is shy and skulking. This bird has a typical shrike diet of insects, small lizards, snakes, small birds and frogs. It is preyed upon itself by snakes, mongooses, and large shrikes like the northern fiscal and southern boubou

It is a species of open habitats, including karoo scrub, fynbos and parks and gardens in urban areas. The bulky cup nest is constructed in a hedge, scrub or tree fork. The 2–6, usually three, red-brown or lilac-blotched greenish-blue eggs are incubated by both sexes for about 16 days to hatching, with another 18 days to fledging.

Golf quote of the week

Winter Coaching Specials 2020

1. Buy 10 lessons for R3500 and receive 9 holes on course with Ben for free.

2. Buy 6 lessons for R2000 and receive an 1 hour video analysis for free.

3. Buy a 3-lesson short game package on putting, chipping and bunkers for R1000 and receive one lesson for free on your swing.

Offer availability to purchase until the end of August. Packages are to be completed by the end of December.

Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7160  for more info and bookings.

We are back in business!
Saturday 13 June 2020 will forever be a day to remember by all golfers in South Africa and specifically Paarl Golf Club. That was our first round of “legal” golf as a member after the lockdown started for us on the 25th of March 2020. 80 days of lockdown!

I sincerely hope that all our members got a game in over the weekend because we decided to reserve play for our members over the course of last weekend. Many thanks to all the members who conveyed their appreciation to the volunteers and the limited Servest teams. We were able to start 12 hours after we got the go-ahead to open golf to our members and the course was in pristine condition.

From my side, a big thanks to all the members who abided to the rules and regulations with so much ease. Please let us keep that up seeing that we had to sign a declaration of adherence before we could operate again. This declaration unfortunately forced us to be diligent in our safety protocols and processes. Therefore, please understand if any of the golf club’s personnel request from you to adhere to the rules. We really don’t need any individual spoiling it for the entire club.

I had an opportunity to be on the course on Saturday and Sunday and I must admit that it was fantastic to walk the fairways again (with clubs in your hands). Talking of fairways, I couldn’t miss the amount of fresh divots left without any filling up. I know you might not believe me, so I did take a few photographs to back me up. In the past, we normally gave the excuse of visitors not feeling anything for our course but this weekend there was no visitors. Members please let us respect our course and at least have the decency to fill our divots with the sand that is available on each hole of the course.

I will leave you all to identify the holes and maybe remember the shot. I could have taken a photograph in all 27 holes but I thought six would bring the message across. Please respect your course and repair your divots!

   Booking and paying for a round

through the app and the website

One of the big changes after lockdown is the fact that we had to go cashless. The exchange of money between people was seen as a very high risk action and we were requested to get electronic payment methods in place. Booking a round through either the Golfscape application or the website now allows you also to pay electronically for that booking. In doing so, all we have to do when you get to the club is to ensure that you do not have a temperature higher than 38 degrees celsius.

Please feel free to contact our office if you still struggle to register on either of the two platforms and if you struggle to do the payment. I attach two documents that clearly describe the processes to follow to get this done. We thank all our members for easily converting to this new booking process as well as payment process.

Booking and paying a round through our website.

Booking and paying a round through the Golfscape application (please note that we would direct you to our web page currently but we are in the process to have the direct link active in the application).

Register for Spotlight Social and win a Wine of the Month

PGC launched its first Mobile communication application some weeks ago. It is very important that all members register on this application to make our communication with our members more direct and very easy. As I write this article we are standing on 161 members already registered on the application.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 180th, 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs!

How do you join the rest?

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!

Members survey – thank you all!

Thanks to all the members who completed the questionnaire. We will have the results available very soon and will inform all our members what we have learned from this exercise.

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out.

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

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Wagtail (Gewone kwikkie)

Description

The Cape wagtail (Motacilla capensis), also known as Wells’s wagtail, is a small insectivorous bird which is widespread and fairly common in the southern Africa. It frequents water’s edge, lawns and gardens.
The Cape wagtail is a rather dull plumaged and relatively short tailed wagtail with olive grey upperparts and face with a buff supercilium and dark lores. The underparts are creamy white and may show a faint pinkish wash on the lower breast and belly. The breast band is dusky and the sides of the breast and the flanks are olive-grey. The brownish black wings have pale edges to the feathers and the tail is blackish with the two outer tail feathers being white. The juveniles are similar to the adults but browner above and yellower below.

There is a white version of the Cape Wagtail frequenting the 19th fairway and the lawns in front of the Boschenmeer Lodges.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape wagtail’s main food is invertebrates foraging is mainly on the ground or in shallow water, often feeding on animals that are already dead. It has been recorded taking insects attracted to lights in the early morning or caught in car radiators. Other than insects it has been recorded as eating fiddler crabs, sand hoppers, snails, ticks, tadpoles, small fish, small chameleons and human food.

The Cape wagtail is a monogamous, territorial solitary nester and breeding pairs stay together over a number of breeding seasons. Like many territorial birds the males often fiercely attack their own reflection in mirrors or windows. The nest is built by both sexes and consists of a cup made of a wide range of materials, both natural and artificial, which is lined with hair, rootlets, wool and feathers. The nest is situated in a recess within a steep bank, tree, bush or frequently sited in a man-made site, such as a hole in a wall, pot plant or bridge. It breeds all year round but, egg-laying peaks from July until December. One to five eggs are laid, which both sexes incubate for 13–15 days. Once hatched the chicks are fed by both parents, until they leave the nest after 14–18 days. Once fledged they adults continue to feed them for another 20–25 days, and the young become fully independent after 44 days from fledging, occasionally up to 60 days.

Golf quote of the week

I am running out of words…

When I did this write up last week, I really thought that it would be my last “positive” attempt to relay to you as members what we are going through in the golfing industry. But nothing has happened except for two golfing entities seeking legal opinion and challenging the government as to firstly, the legality of the golf ban. Secondly, that in the regulations there are no details prohibiting golf from being practiced on a golf course under the exercise clause.

Then both Dainfern and Kayalami Golf Clubs were raided by police during the weekend and we as golfing industry were tapped on the fingers by the Director General of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr. Mkhize, through a letter already dated on the Friday prior to the raids stating: “It has, however been brought to the attention of the Department that some of the Golf estates have resumed play despite the fact that there has been clear communication about due processes regarding the return to play”.

Sorry I again lost the way and in order to deter me from doing that again I thought it appropriate to leave you with a piece from the columnist John Cockayne entitled “Fawlty logic is keeping golf courses closed”.

“I have been following the increasingly bizarre story of the continued lockdown of golf. Judging by the four telephone calls I had on Wednesday morning, I am not alone. The consensus from these calls and others is that what is going on with golf and the decisions being made about it are not only nonsensical, but also make dear old Fawlty Towers look like a well-oiled machine.

Rarely do common sense and a legal opinion align. However, in terms of playing golf this rarity has occurred, not once but on several occasions, in which senior legal opinion has been that not only should we be playing golf, but that the legal right to do so is covered by any rational interpretation within the current regulations. This means that no special permission or edicts should be required. However, the government has, not for the first time and not only in relation to golf, flipped-flopped within versions and qualifications of its own statements and wording, sowing even more confusion, both for the golf community and itself.

A central player in this mix has been GolfRSA (GRSA), which was formed six years ago to be the overarching body for amateur golf in SA. This is the first real test that this body has faced, and when asked the consensus is that it has failed to make an effective case with government for golf to be reopened. Other strands to this disappointment are emerging.

A key challenge for a number of golf club managers is that they are being pressured by GRSA members who see the body as an irrelevance. The bottom line for members is that they have paid their subs and dues and are being prevented from using their private facility as members. They contend that this refusal is based on some arcane and constantly changing interpretation of its own resolutions by a government which seems increasingly to be losing touch with the reality of the situation and the facts on the ground. It is also felt that GRSA is being “too polite” and even “pandering” to the government over this issue and that the federation needs to push back. This push back is being seen as especially important in areas such as the government’s apparent misunderstanding over the use of the term “public” in “public places” and people congregating together, when they are being so clearly misapplied to the circumstances around golf.

We need to find balance in this mess, and it should not be forgotten that the original discussions and document presented to the NCCC, was tabled by various golf bodies including GRSA. What also gets lost in the mist of feeling is that all noncontact sports have been equally affected by the continued closure. The scenario is not unlike the rules of “house arrest”, under level 4, where the government was forced by the serious discrepancies in social, economic and housing issues, across SA’s population, to adopt a one-size-fits-all solution. This was reprised with sport, which meant that no sport could be played, irrespective of the individual and structural circumstances surrounding that particular code. With such a protracted process, all that this writer is seeing at this point is a requiem being prepared for those parts of the golf sector and jobs, which will be laid to rest forever, if the status does not change immediately. In all these maneuverings and deliberations by departments and official bodies, the human tragedy that is unfolding is in danger of being lost from view.

If we stop for a moment to look past the wrangling over the golfers wanting to play and the closed courses, we can see those who have been out of work for weeks and whose livelihoods are threatened by permanent extinction.
This extinction is a done deal, unless common sense finally prevails and the golf courses reopen, without any further prevarication.

I had a very open and frank telephone discussion with GRSA CEO Grant Hepburn who confirmed that the original solutions, the proposed reopening, had been accepted and were still in place. However, he said unforeseen issues with the wording of the government’s draft regulations and court challenges to the validity of the level 3 and 4 lockdowns has caused a delay in the confirmation processes. He wants to assure SA’s amateur golfers, that no stone has been left unturned to ensure the reopening of the golf courses and he believes that with just a little more forbearance, there will be a positive outcome in the very near future.

We have previously seen the government make 180-degree turns on its own public statements, so we hope this doesn’t prove to be the case with golf. In a time of social distancing, perhaps any dancing analogy is not the best fit, but be that as it may GRSA cannot dance alone. It takes two to tango, so let’s hope the government does its bit and the golf courses are reopened without any further delay.”


Beauty

Beast

I just couldn’t say it any better. In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

Thank you very much to all those members that helped with payments into the Covid-19 Disaster fund. We appreciate every cent that is donated.

A small amount was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund leaving us with a balance in the fund of just over R17 000 to allow us to pay each caddie R1 000 on the 15th of June 2020. Should we not open we will then still have one “payment” available to the 17 caddies on the 15th of June 2020.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

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

Thank you to the Poise Cup

A word of thanks must also go out to the Poise Cup group under the energetic leadership of Solly Rajah who donated food parcels to our 17 caddies. These food parcels will be handed over to the caddies on Friday 12th of June.

Paarl Golf Club launches Spotlight Social!

PGC launched its first Mobile communication App last week, and we have been astounded by the positive response. We have already downloaded and connected more than 130 members and growing daily.

To give you an idea of what the Application looks like on your smart phone or tablet, below are a few screenshots to whet your appetite:

How do you join the rest?

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!

Members survey – Please help us!

We would like to test the waters through a questionnaire with the idea behind it to determine what you as member of Paarl Golf would like to “see” when we open again. Just maybe we will be able to surprise each and every one of you if we know in advance what your thoughts are on golf in general as well. Thank you to everyone that will spend some time on the few questions.

It will make Paarl Gold Club a better place to be.
Please click here to take the quick survey here.

What you should know if we open

Please find herewith some guiding details of playing golf under Covid-19 restrictions and what we as a club would expect from you when we open the golf course. Please spend some time in going through in order to arrive at the club with the knowledge and making our task easier to control the situation to the benefit of all our members.

Before the round

Bookings

• Clubs to organise a system of booking and allocation of tee times that ensures the safety of staff and golfers.
• The maximum number of golfers in a group per tee time to be confirmed by the club and must be in accordance any government requirements.

Arrival and waiting to play

• The clubhouse and locker room facilities will be closed. Limited essential access (for example to use the toilets) may be allowed by the club.
• Clubs to communicate in advance with golfers to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club, for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their tee time.
• Clubs to have procedures in place to ensure social distancing requirements in the area of the professional’s shop or starter’s building in advance of golfers teeing off.
• Trolleys, carts or other items available for hire, on condition of using safe sanitising practices.
• Clubs/facilities to have procedures in place for the practice putting green, for example giving priority of use to the players in the next group due to tee off, remove cups, or using a method of inserting the hole liner to be used that means that all of the ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only.
• Good practice for golfers to always carry hand sanitizers with them and refrain from touching their faces.

On-course items

1. All rakes and ball retrievers to be removed.
2. Ball washers and drinking fountains to be covered up.
3. It is recommended that clubs position hand sanitizers at strategic places on the course.
4. Benches and bins to be removed, covered or sign-posted in such a way that players do not touch them.
5. All other removable items to be removed. Stakes defining areas of the course can be treated as immovable obstructions.

Hole and flagstick

1. Flagsticks can be retained, but it is strongly recommended that a sign is put on the flagstick stating that it is not to be touched. There are various options in order to do this . We have opted to cut a pool noodle to the right height and wrap it around the bottom of the flagstick.
2. The cup of the golf hole should be inserted in such a way that the entire ball does not fall below the surface of the putting green and can be easily retrieved by handling the ball only.

Practice areas

1. Practice areas, including practice nets, to be closed unless safe sanitizing practices can be guaranteed.
2. The following practices will be a necessity: wash range balls regularly, remove benches/seating and club cleaning facilities, control availability on the range, ensure three- to five-metres spaces between bays, sanitize range buckets after every use and use own towel.

During the round

Guidance and reminders should be provided by clubs/facilities to golfers is to ensure that they keep at least five metres apart during the round.

Teeing areas

• Inform golfers that they should only make their way to the tee once the group in front is leaving the teeing area.
• Remind golfers to keep two metres apart at teeing areas due the normal close proximity of golfers to one another when tee shots are being played.

General

• Remind golfers to stay more than two metres apart when walking, searching for a ball or playing shots.
• Remind golfers not to touch stray balls.
• Each group to carry sanitizers. It is recommended that sanitizer is applied after each hole played.
• Golfers may not share scorecards and electronic scoring is preferred.

Bunkers

• With no rakes allowed on the course, remind golfers to make their very best efforts to smooth the sand using their club and/or their feet.

Putting green

• Remind golfers to keep two metres apart on the putting greens and not to touch the flagstick, not to share pitch mark repairers and always only handle their own equipment such as clubs and balls.

After the round

Score entry by the golfer using their HNA App and not done at the club. Remind golfers that social distancing is as important after a round as it is during the round, so when the round is completed they must leave the course and the club/facility immediately so that there are no gatherings around the clubhouse area.
Sanitize or return rental equipment for sanitizing in accordance with guidelines at the club.

Rules of golf related matters

Until further notice, the following provisions are considered acceptable on a temporary basis:
Forms of play and scoring

1. It is recommended that non-competition play is used during the initial period of golf being played, and that stroke play competitions involving players in different groups are avoided.
2. If competitive stroke play or match play is played, a method of scoring needs to be used that does not require any handling or exchanging of scorecards.
3. For competitive rounds, committees may choose to allow methods of scoring in stroke play and match play that do not strictly comply with Rule 3.3b, or do not comply with the normal methods used under Rule 3.3b. For example:

• Players may enter their own hole scores on the scorecard (it is not necessary for a marker to do it).
• It is not necessary to have a marker physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification should take place.
• It is not necessary to physically return a scorecard to the club.

Bunkers

• Should clubs not assign an individual to rake bunkers, they can declare bunkers “waste areas” that are raked each morning during standard maintenance procedures and encourage members to smooth with their foot/club upon exiting.

Flagstick

• Golfers are always required to leave the flagstick in the hole and not to touch it. It is a matter for the committee to decide whether it establishes this policy by way of a Code of Conduct or Local Rule, and whether it provides a penalty under the Code of Conduct or for a breach of the Local Rule.
• As a temporary provision, flagsticks that do not meet the specifications in Part 8 of the Equipment Rules, can be used.

Hole and ‘holed’

• The hole liner (sometimes referred to as the hole ‘cup’) is to be set in a way that means that all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green, so the ball is considered holed if any part of it is below the surface of the putting green.
• To minimise the need to lift the ball from the hole, it is recommended that the Most Likely Score (MLS) Rule, Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping, be applied. This does not prevent a player in match play conceding a stroke that is outside this length or allowing a player to putt out should they elect to do so.

Please note that modifications to the Rules of Golf during Covid-19 are for handicapping purposes only and should not be used for formal competitions, of which we expect very little of at the present time

Many moons ago

Thanks to Franz Lohbauer who identified the gentleman on the right to be Werner Mayer.

FLTR: Johan Swart (aka JL), Argenor (Archie) Lureman, Peter Dreyer, Jaco Visagie, Johan Visser and Werner Mayer

I did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Whiteye (Glasogie)

Description

This species is about 12 cm long with rounded wings, strong legs, and a conspicuous ring of white feathers round the eyes. The upperparts are green, and the throat and vent are bright yellow.

They are very vocal, and constantly keep in touch with soft trilled pee, pree or pirreee callnotes. The song consists of repeated long jerky phrases of sweet reedy notes, varying in pitch, volume and temp, usually starting off with teee teee or pirrup pirrup notes, then becoming a fast rambled jumble of notes, which may incorporate mimicked phrases of other birdcalls.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

This is a sociable species forming large flocks outside the breeding season. It builds a cup nest in a tree and lays 2-3 unspotted pale blue eggs. The eggs hatch in 11–12 days, and fledging occurs in another 12–13 days. The peak breeding season is September to December.

The Cape white-eye feeds mainly on insects, but also soft fleshy flowers, nectar, fruit and small grains. It readily comes to bird feeders.

Golf quote of the week

Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

Greetings members,

We hope you are all staying warm and remaining positive! We at Paarl Pro Shop are optimistic that we will be able to see all of your smiling faces very soon.

Due to all the rumours and uncertainty around the immediate future of our industry, we feel it would be unfair to you to make any promises. However, we have plenty of surprises and offers waiting for you as soon as we get the go ahead from the powers that be.

If you have made any purchases over the lockdown period, we will be contacting you personally to arrange the delivery of your items.

In the meantime, stay warm and keep an eye out for any communications that might be coming your way this weekend, should we hear anything. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you want any golfing advice, to make any requests for products that you might want for the upcoming winter of golf or even just a friendly chat.

Contact Ben >

 

Golf’s next generation.

It’s competition time.

From the age of about 16 years old, junior golfers who started their journey at 6, will move from learning to play, to what the athlete development model calls “training to compete”. This is where we fine-tune skills and start to incorporate competitive elements into training.
Practice makes permanent
Lots of research into expertise has revealed that the most significant factor in mastering a skill is practice. But it’s not as simple as just hitting hundreds of golf balls for hours at a time. The quality of that practice is extremely important. We’ll help your child work on the things they need to, so they can reach their full potential.
Happy, healthy children
When a junior starts to master golf skills, we see them experience joy and excitement. They become more self-confident. They are happy and eager to learn. That’s what golf can do for your child. If you have a child who could benefit from the game, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or
Start a conversation now >
 

Come back stronger.

Build your upper legs for more power.

It’s possible to improve your golf game from home. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and certain exercises are particularly good for your swing.
Your upper legs have the biggest muscles in your body. You can improve the consistency of your golf swing by making sure these muscles are strong and functional. It will help to improve your general mobility as well.
The box squat is a simple yet effective exercise to build upper leg strength and power.
Watch video >
Get stronger
If you’re interested in how better fitness can improve your golf and your health,
Contact us >

 

We are ready for the challenge

to remain a club of choice after Covid

To you, our members, thank you!

After last week’s plea to members to please maintain their subscriptions and monthly debit orders we were inundated by members offering to even pay their subscriptions earlier in order to help during this pandemic situation. It yet again confirmed that we have a fantastic group of members that will always try to help wherever they can. I cannot tell you how proud this makes me and my team here at Paarl Golf Club.

Through the many discussions it was also clear that members would like to know how we plan to get through this financially and what we were predicting will be the financial situation come end July 2021.

Apart from revisiting our proposed budget for 2020/21 financial year through various scenarios and assumptions, we also had a hard look at all our expenses and managed to trim our expenses by a planned 32%. It meant that a number of service providers were stopped which at the end would result in our team here at PGC would just need to do more to make ends meet. As a further saving, we opted to pay our non-working personnel 50% of their salary and not go for the “no work, no pay” principle that is being applied at most of the golf courses in the country, but widely in the business world as well. We managed to give our personnel 50% of their salary for May 2020 and also plan to do the same in June 2020. This is possible due to the fact that we have been successful with our TERS application for April and plan to do the same for May and June.

Through the TERS top-up, most of the non-working personnel will get close to their full salary for the months of May and June. Should the government extend the TERS process to July, we will follow the same rule. Further to this we also did not budget for 13th cheques/bonusses, as well as no increase in salary. Some of our bigger service providers were also asked to trim their accounts with certain percentages. Servest came to the table and offered us a 30% discount on the administration fee as well as to optimize their expenses on the maintenance budget of the course. From where we would have ended up with a negative bank balance, we managed to change that dire situation to end with a positive bank balance by end July 2021.

A word of caution however. The current projection is based on assumptions made in a very unstable world. Should any of them prove to be off the mark, things may change for the worse very quickly. Therefore, it is imperative for our club members to maintain their financial support of the club. “Now is the time to be loyal!”

Our thanks go out to our board who supported us all the way through this process of finalizing a budget that we can work with. As time goes on and more information becomes available we will obviously review the budget regularly to ensure that we succeed in our aim to have at least three months of operational funds remaining in our bank account by the end of the financial year.

Just a word of thanks yet again to our volunteer team maintaining the golf course in a magnificent condition. Members would be surprised when they get to play again to see what transpired during the Covid weeks. A special word of thanks must go out to Sheila Moss for giving each volunteer a pizza of their choice at the Golfing Goat as a gesture of thanks. The team appreciated that tremendously. Talking about Golfing Goat, a big thanks must also go out to them who keep the volunteer team “steamed up” with a complimentary coffee to each volunteer on the day they work. Practice those long rough grass shots because that will be very useful playing those first few rounds. I tried to capture these conditions in the following photographs. Enjoy and play them in your minds.

See what is waiting for you when they allow us to play the game we love. The course is looking magnificent and it will be a tough test for you all when we start again

In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

Thank you very much to all those members that helped with payments into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund. We appreciate every cent that is donated. We are planning to pay our caddies this coming Friday for the two weeks ahead should we not get started soon.

A further amount of R26 500 was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster fund leaving us with a balance in the fund of R33 050 that will allow us to pay each caddie R1 000 this coming Friday. Should we not open, we will then still have one “payment” available to the 17 caddies that we have registered with the club.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

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

Paarl Golf Club launches Spotlight Social!

Some members might have remembered that I said at the AGM that we are working on a communication app that would change our entire way of communicating to our members as well as to create a one stop shop where every member can have access to the booking app (golfscape), the Handicap Networks App (HNA), two weather forecasting apps, the PGC newsletter, critical golf club documentation and a number of other good information that each golfer could do with. Welcome to Spotlight Social!

We understand that your smart phone is at the center of all your communication, so we have created Spotlight Social to work hand in hand with that in mind.  With Spotlight Social you form communities, chat groups and one-on-one interactions which all enables you to effectively stay connected.

Big groups or organizations made small. With Spotlight Social you can see all your communities within a club or organization on your home screen. Each community is different and you can see the members and follow the various newsfeeds, events calendars, listings and bulletin boards.

Spotlight Social has sophisticated tools that allow you to save posts and view these in a set of filtered feeds and users can like posts and share these to other social media platforms.

Spotlight Social is a free app for users and does not have in-app purchases.

What you can do with Spotlight Social:

• All your activities in one place
Access all your communities and golfing information in one place under the parent club, organization or facility.

• Connect with users in your communities
You will be able to see who belongs to each community you’re in and easily communicate with them right within the app.

• Never miss a beat
You now will be able to stay more connected than ever before to your club, facility or organization. See when events are scheduled, enter them or save them for future retrieval

The App is available on your SmartPhone or Tablet so:

Please click here (if you are on your smart phone) or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store.
•    You can then download the app.
• Create your profile using your [email address] as it is linked to the Paarl Golf Club Community and remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you good to go.

See what we were up to during the lockdown period. Your feedback on the app would also be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions of further enhancements can also be sent to me and I will see how we can incorporate that into the app.

Looking forward communicating with you via our new app. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

When will we be allowed to play again?

This is probably the question I am asked most on a daily basis. I wish I could give a definite date but we await the publishing of the new amendments to the Disaster Act in order to see if our proposals to the minister dating back to the 27th of April 2020 was at all incorporated in the new regulations. Nothing was hinted by the President on Sunday night but we hope that the published version would have more restrictions lifted with more detail what should happen. If indeed the Government Gazette gets published today, we will hopefully have an answer on what we could do from the 1st of June 2020. Let us all hope that we will be able to function as a social distancing sport.

Should we get the go ahead later today or tomorrow… please note that there would be some regulations that we as golf club needs to adhere to.  We need to screen each golfer arriving at the club for temperature and should we register a temperature of 38° with any one of our distance temperature gauges we will not be able to allow that player to go any further. The screening will take place at the door of the players entrance. Boschenmeer residents that is also members of the club will have to go through the same procedure so please take that extra walk to get through the “gates”. There will be sanitising stations available after you have entered so please make use of them. The toilets have been deep cleaned and will also be sanitised daily. No showers or lockers may be used so please understand that access to that would be restricted.

A further critical point is that you should preferably pay when you book your round as far as possible. We will have credit card facilities ready with the main idea to not exchange any cash between hands. After you have been screened for temperature you can then move through to the golf course where the starter would finally check if you are good to go. They will be able to see if you have paid your fees and should they not get the green light they will ask you to go back and finalise the payment of your round first. Please allow for some time to do that if you don’t pay when you do your booking. We have arranged with Golfscape that the booking app and the website will give you the opportunity to pay electronically.

We will notify all the members via SMS and/or e-mail if we will open on Monday as soon as we get the go ahead.

For those of you who would have activated Spotlight Social you would get a notification on your app.

Now let’s all hold thumbs for a positive outcome of the lockdown level and allowing golf to be played.

Many moons ago

I finally bowled out all our members with this photo of last week. I had no takers on idetifying any of the gentlemen on the photo. I will therefore await any feedback I can get to identify at least some of them.

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

Know your birdies from your eagles

Olive Thrush (Olyflyster)

Description

It can reach a length of 24 cm (9.4 in) and a weight of at least 101 g (3.6 oz). The tail and the upperparts are coloured dull olive brown. The belly is white and the rest of the underparts have an orange hue. The throat is speckled with white spots. It can be found in evergreen forests, parks, and gardens.

The male’s song is a mix of fluted, whistled and trilled phrases, which varies geographically. It occasionally mimics other birds

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The female builds a cup nest, typically 2 to 9 m (6 ft 7 in to 29 ft 6 in) above the ground in a tree or hedge. The 1–3 (usually 2) eggs are incubated solely by the female for 14–15 days to hatching, and the chicks fledge in another 16 days.

Its diet consists of earthworms, insects, snails, fruits, and spiders.

Golf quote of the week

Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

Get up and down more often
I sincerely hope that the golf courses will open up very soon. I have never had such a long break from the game since I started 40 years ago. Most golfers probably feel the same and can’t wait to get back on the course. Let us stay positive and in the meantime, work on the parts of our game we can.

Today I am going to teach you how to play the lob shot.

At Boschenmeer most of the greens are built up and when you miss them with your approach shots, you often need a lofted chip shot to get the ball up and stop quickly on the green. Many golfers are not confident to play this shot, opting for the safe option by just playing a normal chip shot somewhere onto the green. With a little bit of practice, you can master this shot, giving you a much better chance to get the ball closer to the flag.

How to play the lob shot:

1. Which club to use

You will always use the club in your bag with the most loft, which will either be a sand wedge (54 to 56 degrees) or a lob wedge (58 to 62 degrees).

2. The setup

You can have your feet a little further apart than for a normal chip shot. Place the ball a bit further forward in your stance. Open your stance by aiming further left (for right-handed golfer). Depending on the club you use and how high you want to hit the ball, you can also open the club face to add more loft. Important note: You normally need a decent lie to attempt this shot.


Feet slightly further apart

Open stance

Open the club face

3. The technique  

You need a longer back swing for this shot, therefore you need to hinge your wrists when you swing the club back.  Keep the club face open on the way through and use the bounce of your wedge to slide through the grass. Imagine that the ball has legs and you have to knock out the legs under the ball. What most people find difficult with this shot is to make such a big swing for a short shot. Remember the loft on the club face will transfer energy upwards and ony slightly forward.


Backswing

Impact

Follow through
Final thought: With some practice you will find your rhythm and begin to trust your strike, which will lead to controlling your flight and distances.

Good luck and stay safe. I hope to see you all soon.

Contact Ben if you would like more tips or drills on how you can improve your golf during the lockdown period.

 

Golf’s next generation.

Playing to improve.

Once juniors have learned and practised the fundamentals of the golf swing for several years, it’s important that we start to emphasise fitness too. In athlete development models, this stage of a junior golfer’s journey occurs between 12 and 16 years old, and is called “play to improve”.
Playing additional sports
Rather than prescribing fitness exercises to improve physical conditioning, one of the best things young golfers can do is play a sport that also complements golf. Tennis is a great example. It strengthens aerobic fitness, agility and speed, as well as hand-eye coordination.
Happy, healthy children
When a junior starts to master golf skills, we see them experience joy and excitement. They become more self-confident. They are happy and eager to learn. That’s what golf can do for your child. If you have a child who could benefit from the game, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or
Start a conversation now >
 

Come back stronger.

Improve ball striking.

It’s possible to improve your golf game from home. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and certain exercises are particularly good for your swing.
Solid, consistent ball striking requires a smooth swing plane. Strong glutes (buttocks) stabilise your pelvis, and this helps you to swing on plane more consistently. When your glutes are strong, it also helps to reduce lower back pain.
Bridges are a great way to strengthen your glutes.
  Watch video >
This Titleist Performance Institute video explains why hip mobility is so important.
Watch video >
Get stronger
If you’re interested in how better fitness can improve your golf and your health,
Contact us >

 

Paarl Golf Club needs its members to stand together

We are all going through a very uncertain period in the world’s day to day existence. Covid-19 will always have a place in history and not because of its mortality rate, but more about the devastating effect it had on the world economy. We are all battling with the idea of survival and just reaching the end of this pandemic alive.

Why this negative approach to a weekly golf club newsletter? We receive daily requests from members to stop their payments for a period or even cancelling membership immediately. We fully understand that there are situations more dire than ours, but please allow me to just say that we as a club will not be able to maintain the golf course in the condition that it is currently, if we do not spend money on a daily basis. We cannot afford to let the course go unmaintained seeing that it would cost us far more to get it back to its former glory.

In order to achieve that, we are spending close to R1 million per month to maintain the course and all its amenities. This is done so that when we get the green light from government to operate again, we would be able to entertain our members immediately. Remember that at level 4 and 3 it is only members at a club that may play golf. We will not have the luxury of local and overseas visitors that always makes a huge portion of our yearly income. It is therefore clear that we need every member to stand with us in this fight for survival. Please try and maintain your subs and debit orders for us all to have a good golf course ready for play when we can.

We are doing a lot behind the scenes to make electronic payment of all your golfing costs easily and effortlessly. Please realize that electronic payment will become the norm from now on and it is also a regulation for the opening up of golf courses under levels higher than level 1.

Booking a round on our website as well as through the Golfscape App will also allow you now to pay for the round there and then. This will ensure that when you get to the golf course to play you just need to go through our temperature scan and sanitation stations to start playing. We are also getting ourselves ready for all other ways and means of electronic payment including the ability to pay with your topped-up membership card.

See what is waiting for you when they allow us to play the game we love. The course is looking magnificent and it will be a tough test for you all when we start again

In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

We were hoping that by now we would have been able to get the golf course open and playable but to no avail. Now we hope for some good news for the beginning of June 2020. Let us hope that the decision makers are serious about opening up golf courses and not using Covid for other reasons as well. Our Covid-19 Disaster Fund has been helping a lot of needy people to have some income during this lockdown period. Through this fund we paid R93 250 to the Golfing Goat personnel that were reliant on tips and a fully functional restaurant and bar. Due to the fact that this will probably not be possible till November/December, the Golfing Goat had no other choice than to retrench 30 of their 41 personnel. It was a very tough decision but they had no other choice.

Closer to home our caddies (not part of the PGC personnel) were given a R1000 Shoprite voucher each at the beginning of lockdown as well as R500 per week in order to sustain their “normal” income. These contributions amounted to R34 000 and was funded via the Caddy Foundation fund created by PGC. A further R34 000 was also paid to the caddies from the Covid – 19 Disaster Fund which would help them till end of May 2020.

A total amount of R133 800 was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster fund and to date R127 250 has been paid out leaving us with a balance in the fund of R6 550. We once again thank everybody that contributed to this fund and assure you that those that were helped through this would have liked to convey their thanks to each and everyone of you. If we want to continue the help to the caddies we would need more funds to be deposited into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

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

    Visitors ignore lockdown rules

We have been trying to keep people off the course during this lock down period and I must admit that at a point in time I was worried that we would not succeed in that. However, all the residents on Boschenmeer are really trying hard not to walk the course without a golf club in hand. Thank you very much for understanding and making my policing work so much easier. I also don’t like to stop a person just trying to keep his game in tact during these testing times.

But you always get those that will misuse a vulnerable situation. Luckily they were caught red handed playing on the golf course. Their “membership” is currently reviewed and they might end up giving our fish back. I am talking about the two ball otters that now frequents our fairways and made the irrigation dam one of their “fresh fish” take away spots. Please be on the watch out for them and forgive them for “fishing” without permission.

Thanks to Michael Palframan and Alida Kotzee for capturing these two on video for all to enjoy.

Many moons ago

I was informed by David Maughan that we made an error with identifying a person as Percy Muggeridge. It was Brian Porter, the managing Director of the Porter Group, who according to David was a formidable motor businessman and he also confirmed this identification with a family member. Thanks for  that David. If I am correct the man on the left is Brian Porter and next to him is David Muggeridge. Hopefully I have got this correct now.
Then again a big thanks to Anville van Wyk who identified the two gentlemen below.

On the left probably a sponsor of the day. Hidden behind him is Johan Loubser, captain who also served as Boland President. Photo taken 1978/79. On the right, the late Sarel du Plessis. Nicknamed “Silwer Sluiper”. Soft spoken gentleman, loved by all but a cunning golfer. Played Brodie league for Paarl and rarely lost his game. Sarel’s golfing trick was if you are equidistant from the pin to take a wood or too long iron from his bag where a 6 or 7 iron would have done the job. Obvioulsy the opponent would watch him and reclub. When the opponent’s ball dissapeared over the green. Sarel would put the wood back and take out the correct club. Those days there were no distance markers or fancy GPS support.

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

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Bulbul (Kaapse Tiptol)

Description

The Cape bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in coastal bush, open forest, gardens and fynbos in western and southern South Africa.
The Cape bulbul is 19–21 cm (7.5–8.3 in) long, mainly dull, blackish brown with a diagnostic white eye-ring, and yellow undertail coverts. The head has a small crest. The short, straight bill, legs and feet are black and the iris is dark brown. The sexes are similar in plumage.

This species is much darker than the other South African bulbuls, and differs in the eye ring colour and brown lower belly, whereas the other dark bulbuls have a pale lower belly. The dark belly helps to identify juveniles, which lack the distinctive eye ring of the adult.

The most typical call of this species is a liquid whistle of two or more varied notes pit-peet-pitmajol, piet-piet-patata.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape bulbul is a common and conspicuous bird, which tends to perch at the top of a bush. It is active and noisy, usually seen in pairs or small groups foraging for fruit, nectar and insects.

This species nests mainly in the southern spring from September to November. The nest is thick walled cup concealed by foliage in a small tree or shrub.

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