We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on all happenings on and off the course. As with most things, we will need your support as Members to keep it interesting and sustainable!

 

Member Profile

Our first members profile is that of our Ladies Club Champion for 2019. We will work through the list of Club Champions and Runners-up in the coming weeks. We will then start with the weekly winners till we have featured all our members!

Know your Birdies from your Eagles

African Spoonbill (Lepelaar)

 

Our first bird that made the list of birds on Paarl Golf Club is the African Spoonbill.

The African Spoonbill is a long-legged wading bird. Its height is 90 cm. Its body is predominantly white, except for its red legs, face, and bill. Its wings are 365-403 mm long. This bird can be easily identified by its uniquely spoon-shaped bill. At birth, the African Spoonbill’s bill does not resemble a spoon. It is born with a short beak, that gradually develops into its spoon-like shape. It usually resembles a spoon right before it is time to leave its nest. Both the male and female birds are similar in appearance.

Diet

The African Spoonbill’s diet consists mainly of fish and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans or shellfishes, insects, larvae, and mollusks.

Behaviour

The African Spoonbill is usually a shy and alert bird. It is usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed. This bird travels by flight. The African Spoonbill feeds by fishing in shallow water. It fishes for its food by swinging its open bill from side to side in the water. Its bill acts as a scythe (hooked tool) to catch its food.

Habitat

The African Spoonbill usually resides by shallow inland waters. This bird’s habitat includes riverbanks, lake shores, marshes, plains, savannas, swamps, and water-meadows.

Where to look for them

On the 27th fairway, Friday 28 June 2019!

Photo courtesy: Alida Kotzee.
Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

 

Knockout Competition Rules

1. Each match will be played over 18 holes or until a match is won. If extra holes are required, the match shall continue in the order played over the first 18 holes until a hole and the match is won. (I.e. If you start on the 10th hole you must play the 10th as your 1st extra hole.)
2. Each hole is played for and is won by the side that holes their ball in the fewest (net) strokes or most stableford point (depending on the day’s competition format). A hole is halved if each side holes out in the same number of strokes (net) each or stableford points.
3. The match is won by the side which is leading by a number of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be played.
4. Each match MUST be played by the closing date for that round no extensions given. Both competitors should try to contact one another but the responsibility is on the first person in the draw to arrange contact and organize the match.
5. The WINNER should enter the result on the noticeboard.

Pairs Match play

As above, plus:
1. One player from the pair may compete against the other pair if his partner is unavailable.
2. Strokes are given as per the scorecard.Note:
Singles Match Play –The lower handicapped player will go down to scratch and the higher handicapped player will adjust his/her handicap lower by the same amount to strokes.
Better Ball – The lower handicapped player will go down to scratch and the higher handicapped players will adjust their handicaps lower by the same amount to strokes.

The entry fee is R100 per entry. Please enter on the entry list on the noticeboards. Entry fees will be charged to your membership account. Payments are due before the first match is played. Not payment, no entry.

NB: The person whose name is at the top of the match drawn will be responsible for arranging the match. If the match is not completed by the due date, the match will be decided by the flip of a coin by a member of the Captain’s Committee and the player/s will still be liable for payment of their entry fee.

 

Members Booking Portal

NEW booking portal powered by Golfscape

Click here for a full summary on how to use our Members Booking Portal.

 

Something special from a Member

A taste of Scottish Links

Inspired by Tom Coyne’s Book “A Course called Scotland”, 4 of us, Cobus Thesnaar, Dick Knight, Wynand Deyzel (Devon Valley) and myself, embarked on a tour of a few lesser known courses in Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray in the North-Eastern part of Scotland. The initial plan was to play 11 courses in 9 days, but being Scotland, we were met with some rain and unplayable conditions. We had to settle for walking 8 courses in the 9 days.

We started off in St Andrews just to get everyone acquainted with the feel of links courses and how to handle Gorse(!!)

Click here for the rest of this great tale from Leon Serfontein.

 

Competition Results

06 June 2019
Wednesday Competition – Better Ball Stableford
(Players: 81)

Winelands Course

1st – 45 pts
Jannie van Breda & Hennie Hamer

2nd – 44pts
Bob Izzett & Andy Higgins

3rd – 44 pts
Donald Humphries & Frikkie vd Merwe

29 June 2019
Saturday Competition – Individual Stableford
Sponsored by Mercedes Benz
(Players: 148)

Old Course

1st Rassie Visser – 38
2nd Carel de Beer – 37
3rd Guillaume Brink – 37

Winelands Course

1st Granville Isaacs – 39
2nd Gideon Steenkamp – 35
3rd JP Hugo – 35

Boschenmeer Course

1st Gert Strydom – 41
2nd Hennie Hamer – 34
3rd Riaan Kritzinger – 33

Click here for a full summary of the results

 

Weather Information

For all the members that wanted to know how the current year’s rainfall compares to previous years. Here is a ten year window into the past rainfall figures in Paarl.

Making a difference

Paarl Golf Club and Ben Fouchee reaching out to golfers in Mbekweni

The Hope Through Action Foundation (HTAF) SA together with SCORE (a non-profit organisation) have been working together for many years to change lives through sport and education in the community of Mbekweni. KWV joined this initiative and with the help of Paarl GC & BF Golf Academy, a golf programme has been launched which aims to reach underprivileged young people at the Mbekweni Community Sport Centre (MCSC) in Paarl.The programme will require ongoing support and if you would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

Ben Fouchee busy with kids from Mbekweni at the newly created golf practice nets

From Willem’s desk

Attention all Paarl Golf Club Members

We are revamping our newsletter and what’s happening communication to you all on a weekly basis.

We would like to find out from you as member if there is any specific information that you would like to receive on a weekly basis.

We are planning quite a number of regular articles to enhance the communication between the club and the members but also to revitalise the utilisation and interest of the members

The following “regulars” are on the agenda:

Profile of our members: We will start off with profiles of our current club champs and different division winners and runners up. We will also profile our personnel and then we will profile the members who won the different competitions. The idea behind this is to introduce our members to the rest of the club with regards to their interests, day jobs, highlights of best rounds played where and when and all those “funny” information that each golfer has connected to him/her personally.

Golf rules explained: Although this formed part of previous newsletters we will “Paarllise” each rule to be practically implemented somewhere on our course. In that way we hope to make the rules explanation more closer to home and therefore more applicable to all Paarl golfers.

Social Media Golfing: What is the latest trends on the social media platforms with regards to the golfing world.

Course maintenance aspects: Keep members informed as to what is happening on the course from a maintenance point of view.

Golf Calendar: What’s happening the week ahead

Know your birdies from your eagles: We would like to start identifying and introducing the various bird species that frequent our golf course. I know of quite a number of birdwatchers that can really help us with special sightings and perhaps photographs of feathered visitors to our course.

Golf terminology explained: What does a stimpmeter reading of 10 actually means? What is hollow tining? And many more…….

Weather forecast for the week ahead: Obviously based on feedback from various weather apps.

If there is any other aspect that you would like us to investigate and report on please feel free to send me an e-mail at manager@paarlgc.co.za.

Hope to receive a number of good ideas from you all. Have a great one!

Willem Pretorius
MD Paarl Golf Club

 

What’s happening

Wednesday 26 June 2019 – Members Competition – Betterball Stableford

Friday 28 June 2019 – Sundowner Competition from 14:00 – Individual Stableford

Saturday 29 June 2019 – Members Competition – Individual Stableford sponsored by Mercedes Benz Paarl

Sunday 30 June 2019 – National Vineyard Rugby Club Golf Day from 11:00

Who’s been winning at the Club?

 

19 June 2019

2Ball Combined Stableford – Pro Shop Day

1st E Durant & Freddie Steyn – 68
2nd Ben Fouchee & Anton v./d Spek – 68
3rd Carel de Beer & Tim Maguire – 67

Click here for a full summary of results.

22 June 2019

4 Ball Regressive Alliance

Paarl Old Course
85
Anton Brits
Jere Brits
Louis Pretorius – (Vis)
Willem Pretorius

Winelands Course
83
David Maughan
Peter Friggens
Anton v/d Spek
Ben Fouchee

Boschenmeer Course
93
Carel De Beer
Tim Maguire
Bjorn van Oordt
Irvin Kellerman

Click here
for a full summary of results.

Warm up your golf swing this winter!

 

What’s happening?

 

Wednesday 12 June – Members Competition – Individual Stableford sponsored by Goede Hoop Meat
Thursday 13 June – Boland Nomads Golf Day from 10:30
Friday 14 June – Paarl Rugby Club Golf Day from 11:00
Friday 14 June – Sundowner Competition from 15:00 – Individual Stableford
Saturday 15 June – Members Competition – Betterball Stableford

 

We are celebrating and you are invited!

 

There has never before been a better pairing: four days of golf competitions, fancy dinners, spit braai evenings and of course, lots and lots of wine!

 

Book your spot on 021 863 1140 or bookings@paarlgc.co.za.

 

 

Click here for the programme.

 

Ladies Wine & Dine evening

 

 

Part of our initiatives is to support our sponsors and to build on a long-term relationship that will benefit all parties. We have just done that by hosting our first event as a fundraiser which was held at Allée Bleue Wine Estate. Allée Bleue is one of our main sponsors who is involved on a weekly basis and at other ladies events.

 

The evening surpassed all our expectations and fun was had by all. Chef Gordon cooked up a storm and Van Zyl, the winemaker, guided us through the wines and entertained us.

 

A big thank you to Gavin Blignaut (GM) Gordon, Van Zyl, and everyone that enjoyed the night with us. We look forward to more fun-filled evenings like this.

 

BF Golf Academy

 

Last week Tuesday 4 June Ben took a picture with Paarl Ladies before he went on course with the group to provide some playing advise.

 

This Winter BEN is offering SPECIAL COACHING PACKAGES to all golfers

 

• FREE 1 hour video session when buying 3 x 30 minute lessons at R1000.
• FREE 2 hour, 9 hole on-course playing lesson when buying 6 x 30 minute lessons at R2000.

 

Offer valid to purchase during June, July and August. Lessons should be done by end of 2019.

 

 

2019 Refresher Course

 

 

There are still spots open on the following dates:

 

13 July Putting
27 July Recovery Shots

 

In the last two sessions Coach Ben will be helping you to conquer the putting green but also teach you the art of recovery shots.

 

 

Book your spot

 

Who’s been winning?

 

Wednesday Competition 5 June

Betterball Stableford, 31 players

 

1st – Brian Lawrie & Okkie Douglas 45 – R120
2nd – Hennie Hamer & Wiekus Minnie 43 – R100
3rd – Gert Odendal & Granville Adams 41 – R80

 

Click here for the rest of the results.

Friday 7 June

Sundowner winners

 

1st – D Heramb 19
2nd – Kobus Sieberhagen 18

Saturday 8 June

4Ball Progressive Alliance

 

1st – Carel de Beer, Tim Maquire, Ben Fouchee & Dan Frater 80 – R130
2nd – Gert Strydom, JL Swart, Wikus Minnie & Hennie Hamer 79 – R100

 

Click here to read the rest of the results.

From Willem’s desk

 

May 2019

 

I am happy to report that the following was done during May 2019:

 

• Completion of the Clubhouse dam!

 

• Tenders for the new catering service provider closed on Friday 24 May 2019 and we will have an appointment finalised by end June 2019.

 

• Almost completed with the maintenance of the cart paths on the golf course and will finish off middle of June 2019. Extended this appointment to also repair the potholes in the car parking area.

 

• Will install code access to the ladies and gents’ cloakrooms during June 2019.

 

• Held a successful Club Championship and crowned our new Club Champion, Daniel Cronje, shooting 1-under par over 54 holes and our new Ladies Champion, Lumien Orten, shooting 4-over par over 36 holes.

 

Congratulations you two!

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on the course.

May the fore’s be with you!

 

What’s hot in the shop?

 

Hawk Performance Eyewear special

 

June, July & August at R1200

 

Why Hawk Eyewear?

 

1. Hawk Sunglasses give full protection against the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

 

2. The sunglasses are specifically designed for sport and outdoor activities like golf, cycling and hiking.

 

3. You have the added advantage of getting 3 lenses when you buy a pair of Hawk sunglasses.
3.1 The blue lens is specifically for golf and when the sun is very bright outside it brings the colours out.
3.2 The orange lens can be used for golf as it is especially helpful on overcast days as it then brightens your sight.
3.3 The third lens is a polaroid lens which reduces the glare from water eg at dams or the sea. This lens is also suitable for just normal outdoor use.

 

4. You have multiple frames to choose from.

 

5. Every pair comes in a case for protection and storage.

 

Rulesflash 2019

 

Hi everyone,

 

While playing last week my golf ball was lying very close to the hole on the putting green. One of my playing partners had a chip from the fringe. He requested me to leave the ball incase his chip ran past the hole and it could help him to stop his ball closer to the hole. I informed him that this would be a breach of the rules.

 

After the game we had an ongoing debate on the topic of backstopping.

 

 

What is backstopping?

 

Backstopping is when a golfer leaves a ball unmarked on the green, usually near the hole, while another player hits his shot — typically a chip or bunker shot — onto the green.

 

There have been various opinions about backstopping, with some players saying that they are not marking the ball so as not to interrupt the pace of play. Then there are players to call out backstopping as a form of cheating.

 

The latest incident was at the LPGA event in Thailand.

 

Ariya Jutanugarn pitched to within 12 cm of the hole on the 18th green. She then looked at Amy Olsen to see if it was OK to mark or tap in her putt. Jutanugran stopped, appeared to be waved off by Olsen. Amy then hit a low runner towards the hole. The ball was ready to run past the pin, but collided with Ariya’s ball and stopped within 25cm. Jutanugran was able to replace her ball and both players made birdie.The match officials saw no transgression of the laws and no one was penalised.

 

Click here to see the incident.

 

If one looks at the rule, some will believe they should have been penalised.

 

15.3a/1 – Breach of Rule for Leaving Helping Ball in Place Does Not Require Knowledge

 

In stroke play, under Rule 15.3a, if two or more players agree to leave a ball in place on the putting green to help any player, and the stroke is made with the helping ball left in place, each player who made the agreement gets two penalty strokes. A breach of Rule 15.3a does not depend on whether the players know that such an agreement is not allowed.

 

For example, in stroke play, before playing from just off the putting green, a player asks another player to leave his or her ball that is near the hole, in order to use it as a backstop. Without knowing this is not allowed, the other player agrees to leave his or her ball by the hole to help the other player. Once the stroke is made with the ball in place, both players get the penalty under Rule 15.3a.

 

The same outcome would apply if the player whose ball was near the hole offered to leave the ball in play to help the other player, and the other player accepted the offer and then played.

 

If the players know that they are not allowed to make such an agreement, but still do it, they are both disqualified under Rule 1.3b(1) for deliberately ignoring Rule 15.3a.

 

My advice to players: Mark your ball!

 

Please contact me with any queries at paarlmrrules@gmail.com

 

Good golfing,
Mr R

 

Who’s been winning at the Club?

 

2019 Club Championship

 

Gents

 

Club Champion – Daniel Cronje – 215

B Div Champion – Anton Brits – 250

C Div Champion – Calvyn Orten – 55

Senior Div Champion – Jannie van Breda – 235

Super Senior Champion – Steph Lotz – 68

 

Ladies

 

Club Champion – Lumien Orton – 148

B Div Champion – Alida Kotzee – 202

C Div Champion – Nicolene Mans – 59

Senior Champion – Maggie Minnie – 160

 

Click here for a full summary of results.

 

29 May 2019
4 BBB Medal

 

Paarl Old Course

1st. Rashid Shaik & Ganief Daniels – 62

 

Click here for a full summary of results.

 

Friday 31 May 2019
Sundowner

 

1st Gert Uys – 15 pts
2nd Phillip Lotter – 14 pts
3rd Eben Fourie – 12 pts

 

Rules for Sundowner competitions

 

Please be informed of the following requirements for scoring when playing in the Sundowner competition on Fridays:

1. Each player must complete and hand in their own scorecard. All 3 or 4 players cannot hand in one card for all the players.

2. Scorecards must be completed correctly. If not, the player will be disqualified and cannot win a prize.

3. The following details must be on the card:

3.1 Name and Surname of player and marker.
3.2 Handicap
3.3 Date
3.4 Competition – Sundowner
3.5 Score and Stableford points per hole
3.6 Totals added up
3.7 Signatures of player and marker

 

4. Players must make sure that they use the correct scorecard for the designated 9 holes on which they play the competition.

 

5. After the rounds players must put their scorecards in the Sundowner scorecard box. Only these scorecards will be eligible for winning prizes.

 

BF Golf Academy

 

2019 Refresher Course – Bunker play

 

 

8 June

 

This Saturday Coach Ben will be helping you to escape the sand trap in a more efficient manner and get you attacking those pins.

 

 

Book your spot

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

Hours

 

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.

Learn more

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.

 

Book now

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

Rulesflash

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)
Description
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.

Behaviour
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.