What’s happening this week?


Wednesday 29 May 2019 – Members Competition – Betterball Medal
Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 June 2019 – Club Champioships.


Ben goes all the way


Last week Ben competed in the PGA Club Professional’s Championships which was played at Durban Country Club. Ben finished in the 11th position overall but he had the best score of the seniors who were playing.

Congratulations Ben!


Please take note



The Driving Range will be opening earlier for club champs players this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening time will be from 7:30 on both days.


Practice before teeing off

Club Champ players will be offered a special fee for 25 balls or 50 balls per bucket on the two days.


Who’s been winning?


Wednesday 22 May

Betterball Stableford, 61 players


1st – Christiaan Van Schalkwyk & Sean Scott – 43 – R200
2nd – Fred Bowles & Steyn Pienaar – 43 – R180
3rd – Jan Klompje & Malcolm Novos – 43 – R150


Click here for the full results.


Friday 24 May

Sundowner winners


1st – G Damon -19
2nd – P Hamman – 19
3rd – O Oosthuizen – 18
4th – C Swart – 17

Saturday 25 May

Individual Stableford, 140 players


1st – Dick Coetzee – 38 – R300
2nd – Maggie Minnie – 37 – R250
3rd – Eldred Julius – 36 – R200
4th – Merwe van Graan – 35 – R150

Click here for the full results

Demo equipment available in Pro Shop


How to become a real player


A forged decision without compromise for everyone.



If you want some assistance with consistency and distance, we can fit you to the perfect Srixon Z585 Irons for your game.


If you want to make shot shaping and control easier, then let us show you the difference a fitted Srixon Z785 Iron makes to your control and performance.



We highly recommend these irons to our golfers because they exploit innovation in a forged design to deliver a better look and feel to everyone, while offering specific improvements to different golfers.

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Or, book a fitting with Ben


The perfect lie angle, shaft (including custom upgrades at no charge) and shaft length, and we can even mix and match the models (so play the Z785 in the shorter irons and Z585 in the mid and longer irons). The perfect setup for your golf game.


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What’s happening at the Club?

Wednesday 24 April 2019
Members Competition
Individual Eclectic Stableford
Playing 19 to 27 TwiceSaturday 27 April 2019
Members Competition
4Ball Progressive Alliance

Our winners of the week

11 April 2019
Ladies dayClick here to view results20 April 2019
4ball Aliance 2 scores to countClick here to view results

Simplify your short game

Reap the rewards of great wedge play
Over the past three weeks, we have discussed the importance of great distance control in your wedge game and how it can help you lower your scores, improve your skills and get more from your golf.
Create a wedge chart.
There are many advantages:
– Greater distance control
– Improved accuracy
– Better shot execution under pressure
– Added confidence from a variety of distances
– Less technical swing thoughts
– Better game management.
Armed with your wedge chart and your favourite distance with your favourite wedge, you’ll know where to lay-up if you can’t get to the green with your approach. That’s better game management. Every golfer, whatever their handicap, should have a wedge chart.
Fill your wedge chart
To gauge a distance for each of your swings for each wedge can be difficult without assistance. So why not book a session with us. Let’s complete your wedge chart and at the same time, we can look over your three swings. Maybe there are other improvements.
Book a session >


Better ball striking

You know you want it.
Too many golfers make poor contact with the ball with their irons because the low point of their swing is BEFORE the ball, resulting in fat or thin contact.
In the search for solid, quality ball striking you want to make contact with the ball, and then the turf. That requires a slightly descending blow or angle of attack.

What if I told you that one of the simple ways to improve your angle of attack on the ball, and therefore your ball striking is…

Yes, a towel!
Learn more >
You know your position at address and impact is different. The setup is exactly that. It’s the correct setup to allow you to make a great swing, returning to what is sometimes referred to as the ”stacked” position at impact. How do you look at impact?
Improvement makes the game more fun
Whatever your level, a small improvement in ball striking quality, makes a BIG change in how much fun you have out on the golf course. It’s time for better.
Contact us >

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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

 Member profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

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.

Quote of the week

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.