On the course this week

Last week Wednesday, Matt from Callaway Golf did a Odyssey putter demo for our members competition.

Here Steyn Pienaar is trying a putter on the green with Matt watching closely.
On Tuesday Srixon / Cleveland were on the course with drivers to try out for the Braai Day ladies’ competition.

While on Wednesday Ben was having a lunch break with 6 of his juniors at a holiday clinic between a short game session and going out for 9 holes on-course tuition.

Tiaan van der Merwe

Janro Oeschger

Fitting for approach shot magic

You’ve hit a #6 or even #5 iron shot into the green. When it lands, is it landing hot or soft? Are you going to hold the green?
A club fitting is more than just allowing you to hit the ball further and more accurately. We want to find iron technology that will help you hit iron shots that hit the green and stop.
Especially with your mid irons we want to be able to launch the ball on a good trajectory. We want you to be able to attack the green, or, if you’re a better player, the flag. We all know that back spin helps to stop the ball as it lands. But spin, along with launch angle is also going to influence the descent angle into the green for better stopping power.

Now improve your approach

Book an assessment with us now. Let us look at your swing and technique; your irons and how the technology helps you. Let us improve the three dimensions above. Improve these and it increases the number of magical moments on the course.
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Fall in love with golf

It’s not just children and young people that want to know that learning golf is a fun process right from the start. Anyone learning the game wants to know that.
So introduce fun into someone’s life.
If you have a spouse or sibling or friend that doesn’t play golf, then introduce us to them. We can introduce them to the game making sure they’re enjoying the experience right from the get-go. We’ll make sure they’re comfortable. We’ll introduce them to people just like them. People who want to give golf a try. We’ll help them make new friends and discover the thrill of a sweetly struck golf shot.
Send your details or contact us with their details.
Contact Ben >

Many moons ago

The photograph of last week unfortunately had no “takers” so we’ll give it another week for possible identification.
The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.


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From The Owl’s Nest

Members will remember that we featured the Spotted eagle owl nesting next to the 14th tee box some time ago. Our owl watchers would have seen that there is some other movement in the nest.  At first we all thought there were two newcomers to the course BUT we have proof that there are actually four new owls residing at Boschenmeer. Knowing that they are golf wise I thought it good to put some comments to some of the pictures. Enjoy!
Number 4 is the shy one. But we finally got him/her to at least photo bomb the picture.
Num 1: Come on number 4 show your face!
Num 2: Number 4 it is not that scary. It’s just a golf course.
Num 4: But why all the swearing?
If he pulls off that shot I will swallow a chameleon…

Wow…… raw talent that man.

Did you see that?

Our first owl in one!

Would you suggest a soft 8 iron or a forced 9 iron?

With his golfing ability, no club would be the correct club!


The new World Handicap System

The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair and equitable basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.

The new handicap system will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will be implemented on the 1st of October and the 2nd phase on the 1st of January 2020.The second phase is more technical but I will discuss this at a later date.

What do we have to know?

(a) An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
(b) A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score. For example:

Maximum Score


Strokes per hole 0 1 2 3
Par 3 5 6 7 8
Par 4 6 7 8 9
Par 5 7 8 9 10
When playing alliance – Use 2 score cards(c) A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.
(d) Rounds must be open before play
(e) Scores to be entered before midnight of day played
(f) Match play scores must be entered for handicap purposes:
(1) If less than 14 holes played enter 9-hole score
(2) 14 or more: Complete card using par plus handicap strokes for holes not played and enter adjusted gross
(g) If 9 holes are played, the player must use the appropriate CH for the course they played.

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

Mr R

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Many moons ago

Last week’s three were identified as: (FLTR) Johan Loubser, Obie Oberlander and Andy van Wyk. Thanks to Vernon Els who identified them for us.

MD note: I will try to do a members profile on Vernon who is (according to him) one of the oldest members of the club.

The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I will receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.
MD note: Just have a look at those prizes!

PGC Member Identification Disc

Paarl Golf Club members will from now on be easily identified through the PGC Member Indentification Disc that needs to be applied on the inside of your car’s windscreen at the right-hand side top. In that way Boschenmeer security personnel at the gate could identify the members clearly for quicker access to the club during peak gate periods. These discs are available for pick up from the registration desk. Please get one or two (if you sometimes use the missus’ car) and display that in the car to get members’ treatment at the security gate.

Thank you all for your cooperation to make the security access easier and quicker.

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Common Fiscal (Fiskaallaksman)


This is a fairly distinctive 21–23-cm long passerine with white underparts and black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail. The bird has a characteristic white “V” on the back and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers and white tips on the other feathers. The bill, eyes and legs are black. Adult male and female common fiscals are quite similar except for the rufous lower flank of the female.

The calls are a jumbled mix of shrike-like swizzling sounds including some imitations and a harsh Dzzzttt-dzzzt-dzzzt alarm call. Most of those calls however are either threatening or alarm calls. The species sometimes produces a surprisingly sweet, quiet song, although such song, however sweet it sounds, generally is either territorial or pair-bonding in function.

Distribution and habitat

The southern fiscal lives in a wide range of habitats from grassland with fences for perching to acacia thornveld or even woodland, but avoids very dense habitats where its hunting would be impaired.


The southern fiscal is usually solitary and hunts insects and small rodents from an exposed perch or the tops of shrubs. Territorial size is directly related to the density of hunting perches. Installing more artificial perches causes the fiscal to reduce its territory size and allow more birds in the affected range.


Last week Paul Casey was nearly penalised during his second round of the Porsche European Open for a very bizarre reason.

On one of Casey’s holed putts, his ball rolled directly over a bug on the green while end route to the hole.  Check out the video here.

The Rules of Golf stipulate that if a ball in motion hits a person, animal or object on the putting green (when the ball was played from the putting green) the stroke must be replayed. A bug, in this instance, is considered an animal.

But Casey did not replay the shot, and he wasn’t notified of the potential breach until he was in the scoring area and an official showed him a video of what had transpired. However, as Casey did not know the bug was there, this takes into account a clarification.

The clarification says it is to be applied using the “known or virtual certain standard.” Therefore, if there is knowledge or conclusive evidence that the ball played from the putting green accidentally hit a person, animal or movable obstruction on the putting green, the stroke does not count.
But wasn’t the incident on video, you ask? We could all see the ball had hit the insect.

The answer to that may very well come down to Rule 20.2, which covers “Rulings on Issues Under the Rules”.

Section C, looking at “applying ‘naked eye’ standard when using video evidence” states that “If the facts shown on the video could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye, that video evidence will be disregarded even if it indicates a breach of the rules”.

Casey would have needed the eyes of a hawk to have seen the bug on his line but have a look at the video and see how it all played out…

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

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs.

Mr R

Welcome to Golfing Goat!

Some of you might have already experienced the new revamped halfway house. Apart from being a very well run halfway house, local residents will also enjoy the convenience of the stock they hold. We congratulate Blijdskap with what they achieved in that space. They created a safe haven for our, yet to become very famous, Golfing Goat. The new name of the catering entity will be Golfing Goat and the history and heritage of this unique creature will be revealed in the next newsletter.

For now I urge all golfers, and also residents of Boschenmeer, to support this initiative and together make it the success we all would like it to be.  There will be a weekly “report” from the Golfing Goat himself on what is happening in his world here at his new Boschenmeer home.

Tunnel under construction

I thought it good to just inform the members that we need to trim the “tunnel” to allow for the bottom section to be growing again. Due to years of just trimming on top, only the canopy is growing and not the bottom hedge part. It is important from a golfing point of view that we establish the hedge effect to act as a buffer between golfers on the 10th tee and non-golfing passers-by. The trees will be allowed to form an overarching canopy but the hedge section will be trimmed back aggressively. Please understand that in the long run if will have a positive effect on that section of the Estate.

Also while we are talking garden maintenance, I can inform the members that we are busy finalising the Servest contract extension and in the process are drawing more definite lines between Servest area of maintenance and the BMHOA area of responsibility. By the time the BMHOA go out on tender for their new service provider, we will all have a clear map of who is responsible for what. I sincerely hope that we would finally succeed in getting rid of the grey areas between the two service providers.

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Find youself a sleeve or dozen at the Paarl Pro Shop.

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Many moons ago

Last week the first many moons ago got some reaction to one of the guys next to Mr. John Vorster.

Machiel (Giel) du Toit whose son Ettiene is still a member at our club. Thanks to all of you who notified me. I still need a name for the man on the left
The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

PGC Member Identification Disc

Paarl Golf Club members will from now on be easily identified through the PGC Member Indentification Disc that needs to be applied on the inside of your car’s windscreen at the right-hand side top. In that way Boschenmeer security personnel at the gate could identify the members clearly for quicker access to the club during peak gate periods. These discs will be available for pick up from the registration desk from the 14th of September 2019. Please get one or two (if you sometimes use the missus car) and display that in the car to get member’s treatment at the security gate.

Thank you all for your cooperation to make the security access easier and quicker.

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Egyptian Goose (Kolgans)
Photo courtesy: Alida Kotzee

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen Aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae.  It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. Because of their popularity chiefly as an ornamental bird, escapees are common and feral populations have become established in Western Europe.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Both sexes are aggressively territorial towards their own species when breeding and frequently pursue intruders into the air, attacking them in aerial “dogfights”. Egyptian geese have been observed attacking aerial objects such as drones that enter their habitat as well. Neighbouring pairs may even kill another’s offspring for their own offspring’s survival as well as for more resources.

This species will nest in a large variety of situations, especially in holes in mature trees in parkland. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs. Egyptian geese usually pair for life. Both the male and female care for the offspring until they are old enough to care for themselves.

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A wedge to get you out of every situation

Now in the Shop!

The PGC Pro Shop is stocked with the new and improved Cleveland CBX2 Wedges.

Contact us
to reserve yours today!

Many moons ago

I recently had to clear an old container from all the old documentation inside. Between the stuff I discovered a box full of old photographs. Most of the photographs were unfortunately not “identified” so that made me think to call in the help of our older senior members. I will weekly place one photograph out of that treasure chest with the hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. We will then also start building up an electronic photographic history of Paarl Golf Club. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

The first photograph features a visit by John Vorster to Paarl Golf Club. Extrapolating from the honours board behind them (last year indicated 1965) I would think that this visit took place in 1966. I would love to know who the two gentlemen are that stands next to Mr Vorster. Thanks in advance, MD.


I received a lot of e-mails and whatsapps regarding the video clip where Hudson Swafford moves his ball with a divot after taking a practice swing.

Coincidentally the same happened to Justin Rose the day before.
See the videos below to see the incidents

Rule 9.4 is applicable:
If a player lifts or deliberately touches his or her ball at rest or causes it to move the player get a one-stroke penalty. If the ball is not replaced the player get a two-stroke penalty.

Remember this rule is not applicable on the putting green. If a player accidentally moves his/her ball on the putting green, there is no penalty, but they must replace the ball.

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

Mr R

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Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (Bontkiewiet)
The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to Southern and Southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic “tink, tink, tink” alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith’s hammer striking an anvil.

Crowned Lapwings and the more localized black-winged Lapwings sometimes associate and do not show mutual aggression, even within breeding territories. Different crowned Lapwing males do however posture aggressively when nesting territories are established. The loser in an encounter assumes a special posture to signal his defeat.

“Par”-don me?

Have you ever wondered how, or why, the term “par” became a part of the golf vernacular?

It was something I wondered recently when looking back at scores from Open Championships and U.S. Opens in the 1800s and early 1900s. In those championships, a player’s total score was tallied by the number of strokes they took – obviously – but there was no designation explaining where that total stood in relation to par.

For example, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open in 1895 at Newport Country Club – just 36 holes; four loops around the course’s nine holes at the time – with a score of 173. His scores were 91-82. Based on Newport’s par-70 layout today, that would have been a 34-over 173.

Be honest. How many of you are thinking now: I could be a U.S. Open Champion?

The word “par,” officially entered the golf lexicon in 1911 when the USGA put it in play. But the word itself was around long before that. Generally, “par” was used when talking about stocks, as in, “a stock may be above or below its normal or par figure,” according to the USGA.

For golf purposes, the USGA defined “par” as, “the score that an expert player would be expected to make for a given hole. Par means expert play under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green.”

Prior to the 1900s, “par” was actually a term used interchangeably with “bogey,” but “bogey” was the term more universally used. Eventually, it was decided that “par” should be used to identify the “ideal score” on a given hole, while “bogey” would be the term used to describe a score that recreational golfers would be happy with.

Here are the yardage variables that were used to determine a holes “par” in 1911:
Par 3 – Up to 225 yards
Par 4 – 225 to 425 yards
Par 5 – 426 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

Wouldn’t touring pros love it if those specific yardages were used to identify a hole’s par today?

Those numbers changed in 1917:
Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 445 yards
Par 5 – 446 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

And, finally, they were last updated in 1956, which is incredible when you consider the innovations in golf technology since then and especially in the last 20 years:

Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 470 yards
Par 5 – 471 yards or more

So, if you ever look at scores from golf tournaments from way back and wonder why you can’t find a total in relation to par, all of this is the reason why.

Article written by TJ Auclair (T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.)

 Small beginnings but big dreams

Our golf operations manager, Werner Bernhardt, held a very successful Target 36 Opening Day at the club on Sunday 25th of August. 18 very eager youngsters attended their first Target 36 session, with most of them stepping off the golf course ready to take on the game of golf. The Target 36 concept is based on different distances from 25m to 150m where the youngster must achieve a par 36 over 9 holes of the first distance before they can move to the next distance. When they reach the level of shooting par over 9 holes from 150m they qualify for their final distance marker as well as to be declared competent to take on a full golf course.

Next date for round 2 is 29 September 2019 at Paarl Golf Club.

Pamper yourself

Come see the new Spa at Boschenmeer B-Spa as of September 2019 will be open to public and we have a 20% sale on all our treatments!
Wednesday- Gel manicure at  R150
Two Basic pedicures at R250
Thursday- 30 Min Express facial at R150
Friday- Two 30min back, neck and shoulder massage at R250

Find us in the Boschenmeer Golf Estate inside the clubhouse. For bookings contact us at 066 289 0122.

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A wedge to get you out of every bunker situation

The PGC Pro Shop is stocked with the new and improved Cleveland CBX2 Wedges.

Contact us to reserve yours today!

Have a ball of a time!

We told you that you have your own personal launch DNA and that launch angle and spin rate were critical to distance. We told you that too much spin or too little spin depending on your swing speed can rob you of 10 or more metres.
We’ve also told you that selecting a golf ball isn’t just about price or the colour of the box. Different golf balls respond in different ways to different swings.
We recommend finding a golf ball at the price you want to pay that fits your launch DNA AND your priorities. Speak to us about what improvement you’re looking for and we’ll show you a golf ball that will help. It’s our job to know how the technology translates into better golf for which golfer.
Those with aggressive swing speeds who generate really top-end ball speed might want the lower spinning, lower launching, Z-STAR XV (right) to get the maximum distance off the tee. However if that same golfer wants to prioritise greenside control over tee-shot distance, then they would be better off with the higher spinning Z-STAR.

It’s not just premium golf balls

You need to think about your swing and its priorities whether you’re paying premium price or looking for value in a 2-pce golf ball. In fact we’re aware of 2-pce golf balls that out-perform more expensive golf balls in many respects. Look at how the Srixon Soft Feel compares to two more expensive golf balls from competitors.

Some sensational numbers from the Srixon Soft Feel

And now introducing Soft Feel Brite

Now also in stock in Paarl Pro Shop

In Brite Green™, Brite Orange™, and Brite Red™ but still a Soft Feel.  The new Matte ‘Visual Performance’ covers, allow players of all skill levels to easily track the flight of the golf ball with an enhanced visibility cover. Tee to green you can follow your golf ball, and for many that’s a priority.
Whether WHITE or BRITE
Whether you’re traditional or colourful, the Srixon Soft Feel surprises many golfers. If you haven’t given it a try, come and pick up a sleeve. Or, take the time to talk to us about your golf game and where it can be improved.


What’s happening on the catering front?

So the wait is finally over and they have moved in!We welcome Blijdskap at Paarl Golf Club and sincerely hope that we will have a brilliant relationship going forward.

I must admit that the smells that come out of the top kitchen are not doing my diet good at all. When we worked through the interim menu that will be available in the halfway house, as well as the restaurant section, I really had to concentrate not drooling all over the menu. Philip Pretorius (no relation to me), head chef, is ready to cook up a storm. We hope he gets time to work on that single figure handicap as well.
Another member of the team is front of house manager, Phillip Vosloo, also a single figure handicapper who will ensure that all members and visitors will have a memorable experience at Paarl Golf Club. A core group of previous personnel from the old Wiesenhof has been retained so there will be familiar faces in the team.
Another friendly face that you will see is that of events co-ordinator, Nelia Jacobs. She will be in charge of the Winelands venue and conference facility bookings and preparations. Should any body need to book this venue please feel free to contact Nelia on 072 601 2253 or e-mail at info@blijdskap.co.za

We wish the entire team a wonderful 5 years at PGC!


When playing a hole, a player’s ball was accidentally deflected after hitting a moving maintenance vehicle. The player’s ball ended in a thick bush resulting in an unplayable lie.

The player was not sure what to do and eventually played two balls and clarified the rule after the round.Rule 11.1b states that if a player’s ball in motion accidentally hits any person our outside influence, the ball must be played as it lies (remember this does not apply if the ball was played from the putting green). This is true even if the ball hits the player, the opponent or any other player or any of their caddies.

The definition of an outside influence is:
Any person (including another player), any natural or artificial object or anything else (including another ball in motion) except natural forces.

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

Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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Spotted Eagle-Owl (Gevlekte Ooruil)

Currently breeding in the tree next to the 14th Tee


How to recognise a Spotted Eagle-Owl

A large grey owl, 43–50 cm tall, barred in front and blotched on the head, back and wings. Their wingspan is about 1 m. The distinguishing features of the Spotted Eagle-Owl are the prominent tufts of feathers on either side of its head, which it erects into ‘ears’ or ‘horns’, and its bright yellow eyes. The ear tufts are for show and have nothing to do with their ears or hearing. The sexes are alike in colour and size, and the juveniles resemble the adult.


The Spotted Eagle-Owl is resident throughout southern Africa, where it is the most common large owl. Its range extends across sub-Equatorial Africa to southern Arabia.


The Spotted Eagle-Owl is found in a variety of habitats, including open scrub, grassland, savanna woodland, forest patches and forest edges, but not in evergreen forest or sandy deserts. An owl pair has a territory. Their nesting site will be about 0.5–2.5 km away from the nesting site of any other owls, in a suitable habitat. The male claims the territory with his hooting call. They are adaptable and not fussy about where they nest or what they eat, which has made them a successful, widespread species. Watch out for them in the tree on the left of the 14th tee box.Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

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What’s happening on the catering front?

Blijdskap, blijdskap, blijdskap!…The eagle has landed and Houston we do not have a problem for the final take over from Wiesenhof that will commence on Monday 26th of August 2019.

As an interim arrangement Blijdskap will operate their catering function out of the top kitchen behind the restaurant. The existing halfway house will be closed from Monday 26th of August 2019 until they have fully refurbished the halfway house. As an interim arrangement they will run the halfway house on the stoep and the bar. We ask the members (and visitors) during this period to please understand the situation and help us to get through this transition period as painless as possible.

I do believe that the quality of the service and the food would help to make this happen. An interim menu will be available as well as woodfired pizza’s straight from the pizza oven. Please excuse the terrible smell of freshly prepared pizza’s. We will try our best not to force anybody into a juicy thin based crispy pizza. Please also don’t expect to order your normal boring Regina’s, Four seasons, Hawaiian and Margherita pizzas but rather be on the lookout for a First tee, The Flyer, The Snowman, The Drop Zone, Lateral hazard, Out of Bounds and the Goat track.

A new name for the Restaurant has not been finalised and we eagerly anticipate the result of that competition by the end of the month. Rumour has it that they will reveal the new name when they open the Halfway House. Watch this space!

Once again I need to remind members  (and visitors) to please realise that Wiesenhof is keeping their stock as low as possible but if you feel that they are not contractually living up to the need please feel free to bring that under my attention at manager@paarlgc.co.za.

Hollowtining 19 – 23 August 2019

This week is probably one of the busiest weeks from a golf course maintenance point of view in our entire golfing year. During this week the first 18 holes will be hollowtined as well as the fairways and tee boxes being verti-cut. Due to the fact that we opted for the more aggressive thicker hollow tines to support our fight against the moss far more debris is created per green.

Preparation however to make the greens “playable” will continue throughout the week in order to get a full field of golfers through on Saturday. Come Monday the 26th we will then tackle the third nine to do the same. Thanks to all the members (and visitors) who helped us through this very testing period of maintenance.

The “machine” ripping the 13th apart

The size of the holes

The 5th being sanded to fill the holes

Our greenkeeper doing the final touches himself

Moss treatment

Progress on the moss control on greens
The chemical application for the moss turned out good. No new areas were found after treatment. The struggle is to keep it as dry as possible, and that is not quite possible during the rainy season. Follow-up spray will be done after hollowtining and when sunny weather comes back to the valley.

The following steps will be taken:
• During hollowtining week 16mm diameter tines will be used instead of the 8mm double block used previously.
• By using 16mm tines we will create “pockets” filled with sand to enhance air and oxygen at the root system.
• These pockets will be filled with Silica sand to move water down to the roots and past it. This will prevent water to accumulate in the canopy of the green.
• Chemicals to stop moss spores from spreading in greens will be added to Monthly chemical application.
• Water application on greens will be adjusted to manage moss.

Air pockets filled with sand
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Paarl Kruger League Team makes history again

This is your captain Ethan Smith reporting from De Zalze GC…

The Paarl Kruger League Team 1 has reached this year’s final of the Boland League Tournament. Our team has performed exemplarily throughout the season with dropping less than 1.5 points a match, no player has lost more than once this season and we have 3 players who are left unbeaten. Our achievements however are not what has defined this team this year, but rather the team spirit and comradery at every match; always enthusiastic to give it their best, enjoy the day and always up for a long one and a laugh at the 19th.

Our team/squad is very strong with most of the club’s top performers as well as two from Pearl Valley GC, as allowed in the new Boland rule for clubs without a league team. Every player knows what they must do when they pitch up and perform this task more often than not as the results show.

In the pool rounds we were left unbeaten and won twice without dropping a point. Especially great results were the wins against Worcester and Stellenbosch 2 away from home, as they are formidable at their respective fortresses.

In the semi-final we faced Stellenbosch 1 at Devonvale, which we won 5-1. It was also the last league match for Daniel Cronje for the club before he left for college in America. He did so in style and is still unbeaten this year.

The final this past weekend took place at De Zalze GC on the 17th of August. We played against Theewaterskloof and the match was tight from the very beginning and scores were indicating a 3-all draw at almost every stage of the day. Me, WP Botha and Anton Pieters, winning on the last hole secured our three points. Unfortunately, Luca Schwarte and Liam Milard had already lost, leaving the fate of the match with the game between our HP van der Merwe and Theewaterskloof’s Angello Keffers.

HP unluckily had a lost ball on the 8th hole (our 17th) and went one down, going down at the last hole, where Angello sunk a monster 30ft putt to halve the hole and won the match, leaving it at a 3-all draw. A playoff between myself and Jurian Mostert was going to determine the final result. At the second playoff hole I sank the final putt to win the hole to be crowned the 2019 Kruger league champions.

I would just like to thank the squad for the excellent performance. Everyone who played for us played a huge role in this year’s campaign. The squad is really a great group of guys that created an atmosphere and results to be very proud of.

As a team we would also like to thank the club as well as the members for their continuous support no matter what form it came in, like: walking up the steps of the clubhouse to be greeted by members who care about the league. In the end our results is something which adds to our team spirit and drive.

MD’s note: Ethan, from my side, thank you very much for not only being an inspirational captain but more importantly for sinking that crucial putt. To the team, guys thank you for making history again. You made us proud and confirmed that Paarl Golf Club is a club to be reckoned with. We are trying to determine when last Paarl Golf Club managed to win the Kruger League. If any member can help us with that, we would appreciate that. The last photograph to recall a winning team was 1980.


Two weeks ago, the fairway of hole no 5 was partially flooded and some players were unsure what to do when their ball came to rest in the water and could not be found.

Remember the overflow of water beyond the red stakes is classified as an abnormal course condition and in this case temporary water (casual water).

Rule 16.1e is applicable
If a player’s ball has not been found and it is known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in or on an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may use the following relief option instead of taking stroke and distance relief: The player may take relief using the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the abnormal course condition as the spot of the ball for purposes of finding the nearest point of complete relief.

Once the player puts another ball in play to take relief in this way:

• The original ball is no longer in play and must not be played.
• This is true even if the ball is then found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time.
• If it is not known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in or on an abnormal course condition and the ball is lost, the player must take stroke-and-distance relief.
• Known or virtual certainty means more than just possible or probable. It means that either:

There is conclusive evidence that the event in question happened to the player’s ball, such as when the player or other witnesses saw it happen or although there is a very small degree of doubt all reasonably available information shows that it is at least 95% likely that the event in question happened.

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

Rainfall at PGC compared to last year – correction

Congratulations to David Gass and our greenkeeper, Wynand for “finding Nemo”! David and Wynand wins a game with the MD on one of the Paarl 18 holes when it suites them… and David I heard about my new name “Noah”.

Members would recall that I tried to give figures of rainfall per month compared to last year. Excel played a trick on me when I dragged 2019’s figures in under 2018. Due to formulas still active (and I obviously didn’t know about) it ended up with really good figures for 2019 that is not correct.

Below are the corrected rainfall figures and the wrong one’s crossed out.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
2018 8 4 10 100 148 178 65
2019 12 10 8 5 20 17 200 18  296 58 338 58 97 171

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Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Spurfowl (Kaapse Fisant)
The Cape spurfowl, or Cape francolin (Pternistis capensis) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. This francolin is endemic to the southwestern Cape of South Africa.

The Cape francolin is a bird of scrubby open areas, preferably close to running water. Its nest is a grasslined scrape under a bush, and six to eight eggs are laid (but sometimes two females will lay in one nest). This species can become very tame if disturbance is limited, and will feed in gardens, by roadsides, or with farmyard chickens. It will run rather than fly if disturbed, but even while quite small at just a few weeks old, it flies readily and strongly if startled or pressed.

The call is a loud “cackalac-cackalac-cackalac”. (MD: Almost the same when a golfer hits a bad shot and want’s to tell his friends that he’s not happy).

The Cape spurfowl is 40–42 cm in length. The male, at 600–915 g, averages larger than the female, at 435–659 g. This large francolin appears all dark from a distance, apart from the red legs, but when seen closer the plumage is finely vermiculated in grey and white, with a plainer crown and nape.

The sexes are similar in plumage, but the male has two leg spurs, whereas the female has at best one short spur. The juvenile is similar to the adults, but has duller legs and clearer vermiculations. The large, dark francolin is unlikely to be confused with any other species in its range.

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