Course Rating Review

Everyone will be glad to know that SAGA will review our course rating on 19 February.  We are of the opinion that our Old Course, Winelands Course and Boschenmeer Course are not rated correctly and that an error occurred with the ratings of the three 9-holes and their combination, affecting our overall course ratings. This will be tested and reviewed on the 19th. Thank you to Steph Lotz for organising this!

Course Update

The stacked stone wall of the dam between the 9th and 18th holes has for a long time been a bone of contention. We are busy costing alternative solutions to address this and seal the dam to restore this area to the feature that it should be for Paarl Golf Club.

As most of you would have seen, rehabilitation of the 24th fairway after the damage of the drought last year is under way. Grass sods will be planted here soon – thank you all for your patience!

Lastly, we are busy upgrading our river water extraction point to optimise water extraction of our installed pump capacity. Wynand built himself a flow-through pool in the river and we are in the process of constructing a filter and protection system for our river pumps. This will be installed next week.

Managing Director Appointment

To ensure that everyone receives the announcement on the MD appointment, the original announcement is included here.  I spent a few hours with Willem this moring and he is rearing to go!

Good day All
 
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Willem Pretorius as Managing Director of Paarl Golf Club, effective from 1 March 2019.
 
Willem is currently the Senior Civil Engineering Manager at Drakenstein Municipality and he previously held various senior management positions in both private business and city councils.  Willem is a keen golfer and active member of PGC and a resident of Boschenmeer.
 
Please join me in welcoming Willem as our new MD and wishing him well with the challenges of managing a financially sustainable golf club in today’s economic environment.
 
Christian van Schalkwyk
Chairman of the Board

Annual General Meeting

Please note that the new date for the AGM will be 27 February.  A number of resolutions and changes to our MOI is to be decided on at this AGM and all members are urged to please attend this once a year event.

With the arrival of our new Sidewinder cutter we are in a position to cut a bigger green surrounds area at a consistent high for better shot-making around the greens. Over the next few weeks we will be growing some green surround areas out a bit more than what you are used to, to get consistent grass heights and cuts. Please bear with us – your scoring from around the greens should improve in future!

Our previous weed spray was a success and we are doing a follow-up spray per nine holes over three consecutive Mondays, starting 21 January. We will therefore only have two nines open on these Mondays.

Further fairway rehabilitation after the drought will be done in January with aerovating, sod planting and sprigging in some areas.

To assist speed of play and course protection (sandbags and divot repairs) our starters will give each fourball on competition days a full standardised speech. Your cooperation in this regard will be appreciated.

Welcome to our new staff!

A new face in registration – Lourens Oostuizen
Lourens matriculated at Paul Roos Gimnasium in 2014 and thereafter completed his PGA apprenticeship at Swingfit in 2018. He is currently studying marketing through the International Marketing School and is a keen golfer, playing off a 1.6 handicap index. A big welcome to Lourens and we hope he finds a happy home here at Paarl Golf Club.
 

Employee of the month – December 2018
Elnarie Lategan was awarded the employee of the month for December 2018. Elnarie was given specific targets and tasks by the financial manager which was measured over a 3 month period. Elnarie achieved the target and contributed more than what was expected in her normal line of work. She is a friendly and hardworking individual who is eager to learn and implement new tasks to the benefit of the Club, its members and fellow colleagues.

New staff at Wiesenhof
Introducing Chef Johné, don’t let his young looks deceive you, Chef Johné has worked in some of the most pristine restaurants in the valley and has some signature dishes to tickle your fancy.

Mark Simonse joins the Wiesenhof team as the new General Manager. Mark has been in the industry for 11 years and has recently joined us from Leeu Collection in Franschhoek.

AGM notice

Please note that we have decided to postpone the AGM by a few weeks to February. This will allow the Board to properly prepare, discuss and formulate resolutions that needs to be circulated to members prior to the AGM. Due to the December holidays, we run into this problem every year. A new date will be communicated asap.

From the Academy

We have a winner!

We recently ran a Srixon promotion whereby our customers who bought any dozen Srixon balls, received an automatic entry into a draw for R10 000 worth of goods in our Pro Shop.

The draw was done on 19 December and the lucky winner was Mr Jaco Pienaar, who received an early Christmas present.

We just want to thank all our customers who supported us and wish them better luck next time we run another promotion.

Watch this space…

Our junior golf is starting soon. All ages welcome! Keep an eye out for more information.

We are proud to announce that Saayman’s will start the PGC gardens maintenance contract from January 2019.

We hope that this is the beginning of a long term relationship and to add value to our golf course, players and most importantly our residents on the estate. This will fit in with the work that they are already doing for the Boschenmeer Home Owners Association in these areas. Servest are also in the process of appointing additional staff to concentrate on the on-course garden areas. We are confident that a noticeable difference will be apparent by March next year.

Click here to learn more about Saayman’s and what they do.

Our staff shines

We recently had our annual Staff Awards in order to give thanks to our hardworking employees and everything they do for us. Employer of the year was awarded to Coby Solomons, one of our cleaners, and joint second place was awarded to Junaid Ahmed (Financial Assistant) and Elnarie Lategan (Creditors and Registration Clerk). Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to PGC throughtout the year. We look forward to a successfull 2019!

All the winners are picture below with Heidi Strydom (Financial Manager).

Inside the ropes

Our Captain, Steph Lotz, and Arno Erasmus have been driving the upgrade of our stakes and ropes during the past few months. This is one of the special projects funded by the proceeds of last year’s Winelands event.

We’re going viral

Everyone will be happy to know that our internet service is now on fibre. Our PGCguest Wifi is now stable. Availability of our online booking system is also now vastly improved. We have also concluded an agreement with Golfscape and members can look forward to making and managing their golf bookings via a PGC app by April next year.

Watch this space

We have received numerous applications for the PGC Managing Director position and hope to make an appointment in January 2019.

AGM reminder

Reminder of our AGM on 29 January next year. Formal notice of this will be communicated in due course.

We have a winner

Jako Pienaar received an early Christmas present last night when his name was drawn as the lucky winner of our R10 000 Srixon Draw! Jako has already left for holidays, so we will do a proper handover once he’s back. Congratulations Jako, spend it wisely!

Happy holidays!

Festive season greetings to all and thanks for supporting your club the past year. All of the best for 2019 and happy golfing!

Exciting 9-hole membership launched

 

Mr Rules reports tha it seems that not all players know the correct procedures available when they take relief from a lateral water hazard.

The confusion is that players are under the impression that they can only drop within 2 clubs from the margin of a lateral water hazard.

When a player’s ball is in a lateral water hazard the following options are available.

In the diagram, a player has played a ball from the teeing ground (Point A) into the lateral water hazard at Point B. It last crossed the margin of the hazard at Point C. He may play the ball as it lies or, under penalty of one stroke:

(a) play another ball from the teeing ground – Rule 26-1a;

(b) drop a ball anywhere on the far side of the hazard on the dotted line from the hole through Point C, e.g., Point D – Rule 26-1b;

(c) drop a ball in the shaded area on the near side of the hazard which is all ground within two club-lengths of Point C, but not nearer the hole than Point C – Rule 26-1c(i); or

(d) drop a ball in the shaded area on the far side of the hazard which is all ground within two club-lengths of Point E, but not nearer the hole than Point E – Rule 26-1c(ii).

The player may not drop a ball on the so-called “line-of-flight” at Point F or anywhere else on the line the ball followed from A to B, except in the shaded area on the near side. Nor may he drop a ball within two club-lengths of Point G, the point on the far side of the hazard directly opposite Point C.

 

 

Every Monday, at 6.30am in summer and 8am in winter, Jeff Spinks arrives at the club to welcome those who wish to play in the weekly Seniors Competition.    The number of competitors varies between 18 in winter and 30+ in summer.

Volunteer Jeff succeeded Frikkie van der Merwe and is keeping up the excellent work of his predecessor.    Jeff is going into his third year as organiser, keeper of the finances and recorder of weekly results – winners, 2-clubs, Nearest the Pins, etc.  He is ably assisted by Piet Hugo who takes the scorecards and keeps a running calculation of the most consistent performers against handicap.     This summary is also used in the selection of the league team. Monday, at 6.30am in summer and 8am in winter, Jeff Spinks arrives at the club to welcome those who wish to play in the weekly Seniors Competition.    The number of competitors varies between 18 in winter and 30+ in summer.

Membership, currently at 56, is restricted to male members of Paarl Golf Club, over 50 years of age and incurs a fully paid up membership fee of R50 pa.   The weekly competition fee is R20.

The club participates in the Winelands Senior League.  There are 10 match-play fixtures per year against Stellenbosch, Devonvale, Strand, Bellville, Durbanville, Parow, Kuilsriver, Helderberg and Somerset West.   Green fees are the same for all clubs and are agreed annually.  PGC has traditionally paid league green fees and provided league shirts every two years.

The committee organises an end of year function and prize-giving which for the past two years has been held at Simondium Country Club – it is the right size and the food is good.    The beginning of the year function is usually a spit braai and held at the BOMA.

Jeff says that one of the strengths of the seniors is that games are played properly, eg. putting out, and according to the Rules of Golf and play is relatively fast moving.   Formats are varied week by week with prizes for first and second places in the competitions plus nearest the pin and two clubs.    “And they are a nice group of people!”

Well done Jeff and your team – your members appreciate all that you give back to the game.

Boschenmeer Golf Estate is proud to announce the introduction of Club House Online. This is an online portal for our members. The portal allows members to book online – make your tee time reservations, view your accounts, view the balance on your membership card and other correspondence. We are excited that you can, in the comfort of your home or office, connect with the Club.

In order, to access this facility, we need you to register on the system.

To register, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to www.boschenmeergolf.co.za
  2. Click on “member login”
  3. Enter your membership number, Full name and Surname as it appears on your statement (Please note: your membership number must have six digits, for example, if you members number is 1234 you must enter 001234. Always add zeros at the beginning of your membership number so that your membership number has 6 digits.)
  4. It will ask you to insert a username and password of your choice
  5. Once registered, please go to the Member Central, located on the top left hand of the web page, to make use of the online system.

Please note, that on  Saturday 19th November and Wednesday 16th, we will set up a registration desk to assist members with the registration process, if you are unable to follow the steps above.