What’s happening at PGC?

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BGU Upcoming Events

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

Senior Series at Paarl
15 October 2020

Hermanus Open
25 October 2020

Senior Series at Langebaan
6 November 2020

Langebaan Junior Championship
8 November 2020

Hexvallei Open
21 November 2020

Hexvallei Junior Championship
22 November 2020

Enter now >

Tour news

PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Course: TPC Summerlin
Purse: $ 7,000,000
Picture source: pgatour.com
1.  M. Laird (-23) Won Playoff
2. A. Cook (-23)
3. M. Wolff (-23)
4. A. Ancer (-20)
T5. P. Malnati (-19)

European Tour: BMW PGA Championship
Course: Wentworth Club – West Course
Purse: € 6,215,965

Picture source: skysports.com
1. T. Hatton (-19)
2.  V. Perez (-15)
T3. P. Reed (-14)
T3. A. Sullivan (-14)
5. I. Poulter (-13)

Champions Tour: SAS Championship
Course: Prestonwood Country Club – Highlands Course
Purse: $ 2,100,000

Picture source: pgatour.com
1. E. Els (-12) (RSA)
2. C. Montgomerie (-11)
3. V. Singh (-10)
T4. G. Sauers (-9)
T4. R. Karlsson (-9)

Ladies PGA Tour: KPMG Womens PGA Championship
Course: Aronimink Golf Club
Purse: $ 4,300,000

Picture source: lpgatour.com
1. S. Kim (-14)
2. I. Park (-9)
T3. N. Hataoka (-7)
T3. C. Ciganda (-7)
5. A. Nordqvist (-4)

Weekly winners

6 October 2020
Single Stableford

Boschenmeer Course
Silver Division (0 – 15.3)

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Paula Bester 1384 37 R200
2nd Yvette Theron 172 35 R100
3rd Ingrid Meter 6440 34 R80
Bronze Division (15.4 – 24.3)
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Deirdrie Grove 1316 42 R180
2nd Jane Hall 719 37 R100
3rd Annemie Du Toit 1130 31 R100
Copper Division (24.4 – 36)
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Karin Hanekom 1448 43 R180
2nd Helena Griessel 4217 39 R100
3rd Ronel Richards 281 39 R80
2 Clubs
Name Mem #
Saretha Maritz 1320
Paula Bester 1384
7 October 2020
4 Ball Alliance – 2 scores to count

Winelands Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Renso Nel
Bjorn Van Oort
Andries Steyn
Robert Oeschger
1085
1195
1900
733
94 R230
2nd Peter Muller
Fred Bowles
Bob Izzet
Steyn Pienaar
1169
3013
2106
4006
92 R180
3rd Buks Rossouw
Leon Cronje
Dawid Naude
Benjamin Fourie
190
5479
3743
788
91 R110
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Jurie Kemp  417 Jaco Van Der Westhuizen  2567
Gert Odendal  3659  Renso Nel  1085
 Johan Leon Swart  160  Pierre Van Dyk  734
 Jacques Olivier  41  Gert Strydom  1956
 Carel De Beer  3011  Ben Fouchee  1390
 Lennie Louw  3408  Werner Bernhardt  909
 Jan Hanekom  2968
Congratulations to Ben Fouchee on his two club on Hole 25 (Par 4).

10 October 2020
4 BBB Stableford

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Gert Uys
Johan Schoeman
2667
2320
47 R330
2nd Roelof Visser
Johan Visser
3608
9130
47 R250
3rd Willem Stander
Graham Retief
0955
4952
45 R150
4th Philip Lotter
Frederik De Wet
2040
2220
45 R100
Winelands Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st D. Gempies
T. Van Wyk
Visitor
Visitor
45 R330
2nd Gustav Groenewald
Rohann Olivier
Visitor
Visitor
45 R250
3rd Neil Lyners
Cobus Thesnaar
4355
4472
42 R150
4th Francois Eksteen
Donovan Levey
2116
1574
41 R100
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Jacques Anderson
Pieter Heyns
4357
4332
43 R330
2nd David Retief
Craig Hawkins
1049
0247
42 R250
3rd Francois Viljoen
Willem Basson
3046
3839
42 R150
4th Dries Grobler
Willie Kitching
1177
2420
42 R100
2 Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Rolf Moschinsky 0196 Merwe Van Graan 0059
Piet De Clerk 3891 JP Neethling 8478
Zafer Sattar 4445 Craig Hawkins (X2) 0247
Ryk Van Schoor (Visitor)  0998 Breslau Kruger 0086

Ladies Raffle

We had a R100 Ladies Raffle to win a R4000 voucher to use in the Paarl Pro Shop. Ben and Melaney did the draw yesterday and the
lucky number was 29.

Our winner was Madeleine Tully whose husband Shaun bought the ticket for her. She was thrilled and had this to say about her win:

“I am absolutely overwhelmed. Happy to spend it all at my favourite golf shop with the lovely girls – Melaney and Elana’s assistance.”

Congrats Madeline on your amazing win! There are loads of great goodies for you to choose from in store that will help to take your game to the next level.

Our happy winner, Madeleine Tully.

Lower your score without

changing technique

Only golf test robots hit it dead straight every time. Yet many golfers begin every hole trying to do just that. This leads to dropped shots, higher scores and less fun. Dispersion patterns are easy to determine and once you understand them, you’ll know where to aim to minimise your risk of landing in hazards or out of bounds.
Not sure what your dispersion pattern is? Let’s get on the range and find out.
Discover your dispersion >
“Your dispersion pattern is the area that you usually land the ball. It makes club selection a lot simpler and improves your aim. For instance, when you know that you land your driver within a 40-metre area (dispersion), you’ll have a much better idea of where to aim to give yourself the best chance of scoring. This applies through the bag.”

Lower your score now

A more enjoyable golf experience isn’t only about improving your swing. Knowing how you usually hit each club in your bag makes a huge difference. We’ll arm you with the knowledge to aim better and score lower.
Contact us >

A game for all

What does it mean to be ‘a golfer’?

Do you only consider yourself ‘a golfer’ when you’re shooting under 85? Or when you’re driving the ball over 200 metres? Is the term ‘golfer’ reserved for men, while women are consigned to ‘lady golfer’? No, no and no. If you’re on a golf course swinging a club at a ball, you’re a golfer.
Get them involved
You don’t need to be a certain age, gender or have a specific skill level to be a golfer. But you do need an opportunity to start playing. Someone to introduce you to the game. Could you be that someone? If you have a relative, friend or colleague who you think would enjoy being a golfer, why not gift them a lesson or bring them along to the course?
Invite them >

Saretha holing out again

Congratulations to Saretha Maritz who had her third hole-in-one in her life on Tuesday the 6th of October during the ladies’ competition. She decided that the 23rd hole would play faster if she holed out with only one shot. She also did the swim for honour in the clubhouse dam with grace. Watch the video below of her interview as well as the now famous swim.

Well done on your ace, Saretha!

   Bunker sand got attention

Members would have experienced that real “loose sand” bunker play, which should be back in your arsenal soon as we have loosened the bunker sand on most of the holes. Thanks to all the members who came to us and thanked us for doing that. To those that told me that they have just mastered the hard bunkers and that they now have to adapt again feel free to book a lesson on bunker play with Ben.

Club Draw closing date extended – 14 October 2020

The Club Draw closing date of 30th of September 2020 has been extended to the 14th of October 2020 after a number of members “missed” the date and pleaded for an extension. We currently have 62 entries and would like to try and reach the 100 mark to make the winnings bigger.

Entries close 14 October 2020 and the first Draw will take place on Friday 16 October 2020.
We have 62 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

We are now on 324!
Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 324 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 will be next in line for a bottle of wine. See how to win here.

Download the app >

In conversation with

This week we focus on getting to know one of our tenants, Anli, a Skincare Specialist and the founder of NewLife Skin Aesthetics. She is an internationally qualified therapist with years of experience.
She is enthusiastic and passionate about skincare. Having worked many years closely with medical professionals in the aesthetic skincare industry, Anli gained dermatological knowledge in her approach to aesthetic skincare procedures for all skin types and all skin conditions.

She will be able to provide you with the best possible treatment suitable for your specific skin concerns and she will educate and share her knowledge with you to give you the best advice regarding your skin.

The Salon

Step into the luxurious space of absolute serenity at Boschenmeer Golf Estate and treat your skin to any of NewLife Skin Aesthetics services.

Anli provides personal, one on one consultations and treatments for every client’s unique skin requirements. Contact Anli on 083 750 7722 to book a well-deserved treatment.

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

Mr Rules

Loose impediments
This week I will discuss loose impediments sticking to your golf ball.

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during Level 1 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 1 lockdown rules, which have not changed since their inception.

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

Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk who helped with the identification of the two gentlemen in the middle.
If you would like to find out who the mystery golfers are, click the link below.

Who are they? >

Here is the photograph from this week’s treasure chest. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise anyone.

Recognise anyone? >

Know your birdies from your eagles

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

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week

What’s happening at PGC?

Click here for a detailed weather forecast for the week.

BGU Upcoming Events

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

Kleinmond Junior Championship
11 October 2020

Senior Series at Paarl
15 October 2020

Hermanus Open
25 October 2020

Senior Series at Langebaan
6 November 2020

Langebaan Junior Championship
8 November 2020

Hexvallei Open
21 November 2020

Hexvallei Junior Championship
22 November 2020

Enter now >

Tour news

PGA Tour: Sanderson Farms Championship
Course: Country Club of Jackson
Purse: $ 6,600,000
Picture source: skysports.com
1.  S. Garcia (-19)
2. P. Malnati (-18)
3. J. T. Poston (-16)
4. K. Bradley (-15)
5. H. Norlander (-15)

European Tour: Scottish Open
Course: The Renaissance Club
Purse: € 6,215,965

Picture source: golfweek.usatoday.com
1. A. Rai (-11) Won playoff
2. T. Fleetwood (-11)
T3. R. Rock (-10)
T3. M. Warren (-9)
T5. L. Herbert (-9)

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

LPGA Tour Results
Mel Reid finishes strong to capture ShopRite LPGA Championship for first tour win.
Course: Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club – Bay Course
Purse: $ 1,300 ,000

Picture Source: 2020 Getty Images

1.  M. Reid (-19)
2. J. Kupcho (-17)
T3. J.Song (-16)
T3. N. Hataoka (-14)
T5. N. Korda (-12)

Weekly winners

29 September 2020
Tuesday Ladies Competition

Winelands Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Mari Kilian
Elmien Jacobs
2541
283
45 R140
2nd Sandra Clift
Nicolette Dunbar
4383
1440
45 R100
3rd Paula Bester
Marianne Friggens
1384
3120
43 R60
Two Clubs
Names Mem #
Annemie du Toit 6319
Jane Hall 718
Mari Kilian 2541
30 September 2020
Betterball Medal

Boschenmeer Course

Place Name Score Prize
1st JP Hugo
Cor Swart
62 R260
2nd Graham Brown
Johan van Zyl
63 R200
3rd Ben Fouchee
Erik Styl
63 R140
4th Robert Oeschger
Christian Van Schalkwyk
64 R80
Two Clubs
Name Name
Peter Friggens Christian Van Schalkwyk x 2
Herman Matthee Riaan Kritzinger
Rolf Moschinsky
Congratulations to Mike Hope on his hole-in-one on hole number 7.

03 October 2020
Monthly Medal

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Jurie Kemp 0417 69 R350
2nd Archie Steyn VIS 69 R300
3rd Jaco Pieters VIS 70 R250
4th Francois Viljoen 3046 70 R200
5th Donald Humphries 0469 70 R150
6th Bianca Lohbauer 0998 71 R100
Winelands Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Rolf Moschinsky 0196 67 R350
2nd Elmien Jacobs 0283 67 R300
3rd Frans Theron 0864 71 R250
4th Jacques Olivier 0041 72 R200
5th AJ Rossouw VIS 72 R150
6th Jannie Van Breda 2908 74 R100
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Ben Fouchee 1390 68 R350
2nd Louis Lourens 0451 72 R300
3rd Butch Strasheim 3190 73 R250
4th Terence Jayiya 2614 74 R200
5th Hertzog Rousseau 3939 74 R150
6th Willem Basson 2667 74 R100
2 Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
 Philip Smith 0653 Danie Olivier 4578
Cobus Barnard 3196 Donald Humphries 0469
Ronel Basson 3740 Peter Muller 1169
David Naude  3473 Torben Martens 4190
Hendrik Hamer x 2 0207 Yvette Theron 0172
Hannes Louw  5673 Ben Fouchee 1390
Dave Barnard x 2 VIS Archie Steyn VIS

Paarl Pro Shop

Srixon Bonus Ball Deal

Paarl Pro Shop is offering a BONUS Srixon 3ball sleeve:
Buy a dozen balls at the prices below and receive a free BONUS sleeve.

Ulti Soft  – R80 per sleeve – R320 per dozen

Srixon Soft Feel Brite Orange – R90 per sleeve – R360 per dozen

Srixon Soft Feel White – R90 per sleeve – R360 per dozen

Srixon Q star  –  R160 per sleeve – R640 per dozen

AD333  – R99 per sleeve – R396 per dozen

Don’t miss out on our Srixon promotion!

SNAG at BF Golf Academy

SNAG Open Day

We had horrible weather conditions yesterday and still had six juniors attending the SNAG Open Day. Two 4-year olds, two 5-year olds and two 8-year olds.

They all had great fun and all of them are interested in signing up for the program which will start on Thursday 8th October at 15:00.

Despite the weather our juniors had lots of fun!

Future golfers in the making.

If you or anyone you know would like their children to attend and would like to sign-up for this last term’s program, or if you have any questions, please feel free reach out to us by clicking the button below or by phoning Hannarie on 082 990 7161.

Contact us >

Together we can narrow the gap

Tour Professionals are hitting their tee shots to within a short iron or wedge shot from the green. We might not be able to do that, but there is a way we can narrow the gap.

We can narrow the gap

We can fit you with a driver that gives you a better launch, tolerates mishits and helps you hit it straighter. Come and see us and let’s narrow the gap.
Contact us >

How low can you go?

If you’re scoring in the 90s or 100s, the question isn’t “can you go lower?” but “how low can you go?” And more importantly, “how much more fun can the game be?”
Let’s get going
Together, we’ll start with an assessment of your game where we identify your most promising improvement opportunities. That’s the beginning of a journey that we know will help you.
Contact us >

Fly your country’s colours at PGC

We would like to invite those members that were born in other countries to feel free to supply the PGC with a flag from their country so that we can share that with our other members. It will also be good to see what nationalities we do have here at PGC.

Thanks to Ad Hemmes who started this idea of representing their birth country by providing us with a flag from the Netherlands. We are in the process of making new PGC flags as well to ensure that our flagpoles are doing what we expect from them. The size of the flags should be 1800mm by 1200mm at least. We are looking forward to seeing which countries will be represented on our flagpoles.

   Feedback on the moss situation on our greens

Members have been very interested as to what we were doing to the moss on the greens. After the extensive hollowtining and verticutting and with the interseeding now starting to show results with the warmer weather we can look forward to some good rolls on all our greens. We are now in the phase where we physically remove and patch those areas of moss still active after all these actions. We have also started again with applying fungicide to reduce spores on our greens.

Members that do repair their pitchmarks would have realized that the greens are definitely firmer and harder due to the fact that we are now getting good drainage of water to the lower levels of the greens and that the “healthy environment for moss” created by water that could not drain away will eventually ensure that the moss will no longer have “support” to exist

On the right is an example on the practice pitching green where a pitchmark was not repaired and after the rains the moss used the damming up of water in the pitchmark to settle and start growing.
Please repair those pitchmarks and help us with the fight against the moss.

Bunker sand to get attention

Members will see that we are busy loosening up the bunker sand in order to get a softer bunker to play from. We will concentrate first on the green surrounding bunkers and get them more playable. It will not be possible to replace all the sand in the bunkers as eventually thought before the Club Championships, but we will ensure that the greenside bunkers will be softer than they currently are.

In order to replace the bunker sand we will have to remove all the contaminated bunker sand and refill them physically. We will however replenish them with new bunker sand where there is not too much mud-contaminated bunker sand.

  Don’t practice and drive

We often see members hitting drivers in our warm-up nets. The force of a driver shot onto the netting is unfortunately very severe and reduces the lifespan of our warm-up nets. May we please request that our members refrain from hitting woods into the warm-up nets. Thank you for your understanding.

  Bring your own towel

We got the go-ahead to open up our showers again but with one proviso: whoever wants to shower must bring along their own towel. This is part of the Level 1 Covid regulations, particulary for gyms, that we need to adhere to. From the 1st of October the showers will be ready for those golfers bringing their own towels. Again thank you for understanding and enjoy your shower!

  Club Championships fully booked

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

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

Conditions of play >

Club Draw draws to a close – 30 September 2020

The Club Draw has reached the closing date of 30th of September 2020. We have 61 entries and will have to decide if it will be worth our while to continue with the draw. The anticipated numbers unfortunately never materialised and therefore we will have to make a call on the future of the draw. We will inform you as soon as the decision has been made.

Entries close 30 September 2020 and the first Draw will take place on Friday 16 October 2020.
We have 61 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

We are now on 322!
Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 322 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 will be next in line for a bottle of wine.See how to win here.

Download the app >

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of the Golfing Goat’s management in Le Roux Conradie. He is the friendly face that everybody sees around the bar most of the time (and he doesn’t even drink!).

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

Mr Rules

Dangerous situation on the golf course
I received this very interesting video and was asked to answer and clarify a few questions based on the clip.

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during Level 1 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 1 lockdown rules, which have not changed since their inception.

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

Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk who identified the man on the right as Johan Loubser. I did not get any takers on identifying the other two people so I will give it another week. Please help.
The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one pictured to the right. I sincerely hope that I receive some feedback on who the people in the photograph are.

Recognise anyone? >

Before Anville sends me his regular email identifying all the players, I will confess that I identified Jan Hanekom on the left, and Anville van Wyk on the right. Do you know the two gentlemen in the middle?

Recognise anyone? >

Know your birdies from your eagles

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

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week

SNAG

SNAG® – Starting New At Golf

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

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

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

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

SNAG Open Day | 01 October

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

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

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

Contact us >

 

Help them remember

It’s time to slow down

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

Par 3 strategy

Got a tee-up strategy?

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

Our caddies are blossoming

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

     Watch out for exciting news about the

Winelands Venue

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

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

All I can say is watch this space!

  Lost and found table this Saturday

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

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

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

  Halfway house involved in shady business

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

  Clubhouse renovations started

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

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

  Club Championships fully booked

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

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

Conditions of play >

Club Draw has started – get your lucky number and support

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

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

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

Spotlight Social registration

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

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

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In conversation with

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

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

Mr Rules

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

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during level 2 lockdown

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

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

Many moons ago

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

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Know your birdies from your eagles

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

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Golf quote of the week

A long and rewarding journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paarl Golf Club invaded

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

Yet another hole-in-one on the 17th

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

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

Interview time and the “swim”.

Watch the video below and join Janet on her swim.

  Interim bar bringing back the social vibe

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

  Club Championships fully booked

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

  Club Draw has started

Please support and get your lucky number in the draw

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

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

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

We have 33 entries already!

Spotlight Social registration

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

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

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

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

And that’s it – you are good to go!

In conversation with

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

Mr Rules

Hole-in-one

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

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

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

Hole-in-one golfer’s duty

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

From a club perspective

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

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Golf carts on the driving range tee

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

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

Many moons ago

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

Know your birdies from your eagles

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

Description

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

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

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

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

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

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

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

Golf quote of the week

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

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

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.