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2020 Citrusdal Open
18 January 2020
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2020 Ceres Open

22 January 2020

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Kuilsriver Ladies Cabernet Classic
22 February 2020
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Faure & Faure 2020
28 January 2020
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Britstown Droogtehulp Gholf Dag
31 Januarie 2020
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Who’s been winning?
04 January 2019
Betterball Medal
Players: 74  |  Paarl Old Course
Place Name Member Score Voucher
1 Le Roy Le Riche
Karl-Heinz Lutzeler
60 R260.00
2 Daniel Janse Van Rensburg
Rhyno Slabber
60 R200.00
3 Jannie Van Breda
Wynand Viljoen
62 R130.00
4 Johan Visser
Andre Visser
62 R60.00
Two Clubs (R25.00)
Name # Name #
Deon Breedt 213 Bertus Van Niekerk 1114
Jurian Kittshof 3611 Vanessa Smith 2668
Riefaat Meyer 71 Wynand Viljoen 498
Lourens Oosthuizen 1382 Ben Fouchee 1390
Gerhard Weissmann 3388 rian Goodwin 523
Peter Friggens 2817
Nearest to the pin 4th: Andre Visser
Nearest to the pin 14th: Gilbert Sassman
08 January 2020
Betterball Stableford
Wednesday Competition
Winelands Course  |  Players: 68
Place Name Member Score Prize
1 Jere Brits
Gert Odendal
46 R220.00
2 Lodrick Lourens
Jean Luc du Plessis
45 R150.00
3 William Brown
Alex McCormack
45 R100.00
4 Dick Knight
Cobus Thesnaar
45 R70.00
Two Clubs (R17.00)
Name # Name #
Johan Lourens 7412 Peanut Hugo 1730
Peter Muller x2 1169 Kliffie Henderson 851
Annemie du Toit 6319 John van Breda 2908
Gert Strydom 1956 Jacques Olivier 41
Michael Sass 1265 Chris Snyman 1584
Andy Higgins 2046 JL du Plessis vis 0384
Rodney Uphoff 801 Peet Bester 6587
Nearest the pin 14th: Johan Visser
Nearest the pin 20th: Michael Sass
Apologies: Jere Brits, Gert Odendal
10 January 2020
Individual StablefordFriday Afternoon Sundowner
Players: 15 | Boschenmeer Course

Place Name Member # Score Prize
1 Deon De Swardt 515 19 R80
2 Martin Du Toit 9423 16 R50
11 January 2020
4-Ball Alliance -2 Scores to CountSaturday Competition
Players: 186  | Old Course

Place Name Number Score Prize
1 Albertus Smit
Dawid (DR) Malan
Adrian Moon
Craig Schaefer
88 R120
2 JP Neethling
Kevin Hill
Frans Strooh
Sam Kushlugu
87 R100
3 Ivan Van Schalkwyk
Gert Strydom
Gideon Van Den Heever
Joep Joubert
86 R60
Winelands Course
Place Name Number Score Prize
1 Graham Brown
Bob Izzet
Fred Bowles
Johan Van Zyl
86 R120
2 Hannes Van Der Merwe
NJ Van Der Merwe
Lourens Bester
Peet Bester
86 R100
3 Alida Kotzee
Willem Pretorius
Le Roy Le Rich
Karl-Heinz Lutzeler
84 R60
Boschenmeer Course
Place Name Number Score Prize
1 Irvin Kellerman
Guillaume Brink
Bjorn Van Oort
Renso Nel
91 R120
2 Riaan Kritzinger
Deon Van Der Spuy
Werner Von Mollendorf
Jimmy Sounes
87 R100
3 Jan Lotter
Pieter Hamman
Chris Jordaan
Christo Van Wyk
86 R60
Two Clubs (R50.00)
Name # Name #
Peet Bester 6587 Lumien Orton 1817
Jacques Du Plessis 839 Saretha Maritz 1320
Francois Eksteen 2116 Elgee Bothma 4165
Louis Koen (X2) 4025 Werner Von Mollendorf Visitor
Adrian Moon 785 JL Swart 160
George Bezuidenhout 12 Bjorn Van Oort 1195
Gavin Blignaut 6362 Graham Edward May 1723
Jenny Elgie 1947
Nearest the pin 7th: Adrian Moon
Nearest the pin 17th: Elgee Bothma
Nearest the pin 23rd: Dawie Theron
Apologies: Dawid (DR) Malan


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A wonderful journey with the development

Through working together with the Hope Through Action Foundation (changing lives through sport and education) and SCORE (a non-profit organisation that specialises in changing lives through sport and recreation)  started a golf development program at the Mbekweni Sport Community Centre, a partnership was formed through PGC and BF Golf Academy with KWV as the sponsor and the process started at the centre this year during June.

Many enthusiastic children were introduced. A selection process was followed and the coaching started.  Ben Fouchee did the initial basic coaching at the centre in Mbekweni and as the children became more interested, they were taken to Boschenmeer for their first encounter with a golf course.
Siya – the assistant for golf at the centre & Alwaba – programme coordinator at the centre accompanied the children. Marshalls from PGC also assisted in showing the kids around. After this initial introduction to the golf course, club and facilities the coaching was moved to the driving range and the short game area close to the clubhouse.
Liezl Klotz, a fully qualified PGA coach with lots of experience and enthusiasm was also pulled in to assist Ben with coaching the group of children. Liezl enjoys working with the children and is looking forward to the new season next year.
This year’s program ended with taking the children out to play on the golf course.  Again the children were so eager and overwhelmed by this wonderful opportunity.

Here is what a few of them had to say:

“Thank you for taking us this was a very good experience and it was nice when the coach told me I have a good swing” – Thokoza Spogter (female:12 years) grade 7 leaner at Mary Help of Christians Primary School.

“I did not know that I can hit a ball that far coz we usually hit at the net so we can’t see how long we can hit”
– Sibu Jacobs (female:13 years) grade 8 leaner at Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School.

“I was so nervous at first because I have never been out of Mbekweni before, so I had a great time” – Siyolise Tyatyam (female: 13 years) grade 6 leaner at Mbekweni Primary School.

“It was the best experience ever, it was my first time at a golf course” – Iminathi Tyatyam (male:11 years) grade 5 leaner at Mary Help of Christians Primary.

This project is a total new experience to Ben as well.  He enjoys the childrens’ interest, willingness and seeing them develop and showing progress.

To all parties envolved the project is a learning process and we all are looking forward to the new season in the new year.

Fitted for Victory

Jaco Vd Westhuizen is ready to conquer the course

Paarl GC member Jaco Vd Westhuizen reaped the benefits of a golf lesson this week, when he and his partner, Johan Van Zyl, won the Wednesday Competition. Last week Jaco was complaining about his shortgame, and so he booked a session with Ben – our Teaching Pro. After Ben identified some technical flaws with Jaco’s technique, he rectified it with the correct method which Jaco then started practicing.

On Wednesday Jaco didn’t hit the ball from tee to green, as well as he had hoped, but his shortgame saved him several times. The day consisted of windy conditions, which brings your shortgame more into play, and Jaco was ready for it. He shot an 85, which is even better than his handicap. He was however mostly satisfied with how his shortgame performed under pressure.

Well done Jaco! It is always satisfying to see our students performing well.

Invest in your game for the 2020 season by booking a lesson. Your success on the course is just as important to us, as it is to you.


Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the emails received to identify the group photo from last week. With lots of memories and historical moments, it was great to be able to identify who was in the photo.

3rd from the left is Schalk Burger Sr and next to him is André de Villiers (former South African rugby captain Jean de Villiers’ dad). Thank you for André de Villiers and Leon Serfontein for identifying members on the photo.

I sincerely hope that I will receive some feedback on who the other people on the group photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

Arina van der Vyver
Past Ladies Captain

Name? Arina
Surname? Van Der Vyver
Nickname: Why? None
Where were you born? Worcester
School: Tertiary? Matric
Favourite Food? Pasta
Favourite Drink? Gin & Tonic
Favourite Movie? Notebook
Favourite Music? 70’s Music
Favourite holiday destination? Stilbaai
Lowest handicap in golf? 16
Lowest score. Where? 86 Jumeirah Earth Course Dubai
Most memorable round of golf? Faure & Faure with Werner, our golf operations manager.
Favourite golf course? Jumeirah
Have you played overseas and where? Yes Dubai & Thailand
What’s in your bag? TalyorMade
What is your motto in life? Live to the fullest every day
If you can give 1 hint on how to improve your golf what would that be? Play more
Bucketlist: To play golf with which 4 ball and which course? Augusta – Werner, Sakkie & Annike Sörenstam
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Order of Merit Winner 2019

Congratulations to Jannie van Breda for winning the Mercedes Benz Paarl Order of Merit. The Order of Merit runs from January to November every year, and players can accumulate points based on the position they finish in the Individual Stableford competition played on the last Saturday of every month. Jannie finished on 24 points for the year and was crowned champion on Saturday 30 November 2019. We would like to thank Estienne Cronje and Mercedes Benz Paarl for their continued support.

See you in 2020!

FLTR: Steph Lotz (Vice Captain PGC), Jannie van Breda (Order of merit winner 2019) and Estienne Cronje from Mercedes Benz Paarl

Employee of the year

As in any other business, we at Paarl Golf Club also recognize our star performers on a monthly basis with an outright winner at the end of the calendar year. Some of you might be familiar with the fact that we have a good Samaritan in an overseas family, who for each of the last 5 years “sponsored” the funds to support the employee of the month as well as employee of the year competition.

This year Junaid Ahmed, our debtors’ clerk, took the honours of being selected as the employee of the year. In second position was Carmen Baxter and third was Jaco Botha. We thank each and every member of the PGC for their continuous effort in making PGC a wonderful golfing experience.

Paarl Golf Club employee of the year winners:
FLTR: Jaco Botha (3rd), Junaid Ahmed (winner) and Carmen Baxter (runner-up)

Sundowner competition revamped

We had various requests to try and regenerate the Sundowner competition on a Friday afternoon. We sat down with Ben and decided that PGC will take over the administration, running, scoring and prize giving of the Sundowner again. We also agreed on the following rules applicable to the Sundowner competition.

The Sundowner competition will be every Friday from 15:30 to 17:00. If you want to play in the Sundowner please book accordingly. Due to the limited tee times available we would not be able to accommodate walk-ins without bookings. The costs to play in the sundowner will be as follows:

R20 – Unlimited members
R120 – Full members
R110 – Junior (Under-28) members
R90 – Scholar members
R200 – Affiliated Visitor
(These costs include green fees and competition fees)

• Unfortunately, will we not be able to accommodate non affiliated visitors due to a restricted tee time availability for specifically the Sundowner competition.
• Bookings are essential – Players wishing to take part in the Sundowner MUST book their tee times in advance to avoid disappointment. If no bookings are made, players will not be able to participate and qualify for the Sundowner green fee special.
• Walk-ins will be accepted for social play ONLY and not form part of the Sundowner competition or qualify for the green fee special.
• Visitors MUST produce their handicap card at registration to be able to take part in the Sundowners.
• As this is an official competition, players MUST abide by the R&A rules of golf.
• Players MUST enter their scores after their round.
• Each player will be required to hand in a completed and signed scorecard as per the rules of golf.

Halfway house 15 minute time constraint

With the fantastic food offerings available in the halfway house, we increasingly experience situations where golfers “forget” that there are another 9 holes to be played. (Sometimes I also feel like just sitting to try get over the 9 holes that were just played. BUT the show must go on!) In order to ensure a 15-minute turnaround time in the halfway house, we would like to suggest the following:

If the chef has his “specials” on the fire in front of the halfway house, we would suggest that no further requests for preparation of food by the chef be done. What we mean by this is that golfers then either enjoy the chef’s special or select something to eat from the ready food cabinet such as pies, pizzas, croissants, quiches, chocolate brownies and muffins. I know that the breakfast in between the two nines is probably the thing that most golfers play for, but hopefully we will have a system in place soon where you as golfer would be able to pre order your preference to be ready when you enter the halfway house. We are investigating a few options and will have something in place soon.

In the meantime, please help us to maintain a 15-minute turnaround time in the halfway house to ensure that the entire field can easily move through and that we do not create problems for the marshals who have to control this.

Another request is that you please hold on to your till slip if you felt that you were not helped quick enough in the halfway house. Through that invoice and our camera feed we would then be able to confirm if indeed there was time wasting going on. Thank you for your willingness to help us achieve this goal.

Drought relief support from PGC

We are all familiar with the drought conditions in various areas of our country. Some of these areas are “very close to home”. PGC and Golfing Goat have decided to pull our resources together and do something that would help these areas during these harsh times. We will hold a special Drought Relief Golf Day on Friday the 31st of January 2020. Costs would be R2000 per fourball of which PGC will donate all our greenfee income to the drought relief kitty. Golfing Goat will also ensure a wonderful golfing experience food and beverage wise with their “income” also going to the drought relief kitty.

You will also see two small “JOJOs” in the clubhouse, one in the bar area and one at registration desk, where we would like you to clear you small change into (so that you don’t have to carry that weight while playing golf). Also be very aware that the Club Captain might just dish out some fines for “infringements” that he may see fit for the JOJO. Please let us support this initiative because we all know too well where we were two years ago with availability of water at Paarl Golf Club as well.

Get to know the Pro

Pablo “Sore Feet” Larrazabal

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Time to get festive!

Play more for less

Picnic with Kaleidoskoop

8 December 2019

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Members Survey

Paarl Golf Club needs every member to help us become the club of the year!

Show your support by completing a member’s survey currently run by CMASA (Club Management Association of South Africa), who are currently in the process of evaluating our application towards club of the year. Before 17:00 on the 19th of November 2019 we need at least 465 members to complete the survey. This will make the 40% reaction minimum to be reached in order to get through to the next level of adjudication.

We know we don’t have to be worried, but just to make it worth your while, there is a fantastic bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey up for grabs in a lucky draw from all the surveys received.

Please complete the survey here.

Happy Birthday Mr. Player

Thursday 31st of October 2019 was quite a special day for Paarl Golf Club. We had the honour of Mr Gary Player playing nine holes of golf with three fortunate members. George Bezuidenhout, president of Boland Golf Union, played with Gary at Pearl Valley earlier that morning. After the game, George told Gary of how Paarl Golf Club has overcome the drought and in what a fantastic condition the golf course was. Gary accepted the invitation there and then to come and play nine holes at our course.

Hurriedly a fourball was created to join George and Gary. Our captain, Jacques Olivier and I got the call up and we were excitedly ready at the first tee when they arrived. After a few welcomes and Gary showing a few youngsters how to hold two drivers between the point and middle finger as well as a few photographs with eager golfers, we finally got to play this memorable nine holes.

It was a fantastic experience to see Gary on the day before his 84th birthday still hitting the ball as well as ever. He did test our bunker sand at the second and when he missed his first ball, he proceeded to hit the fifth ball from the bunker into the hole. It just proofed that he still is one of the world’s best bunker players ever. We wish Gary a fantastic 85th year of his life and hope to see him at Paarl Golf club again.

On the fourth tee box.
From left to right: Willem Pretorius, Gary Player, Jacques Olivier and George Bezuidenhout
Gary Player on the ninth of PGC with George Bezuidenhout and Jacques Olivier Our Chef Philip Pretorius with Gary Player after the game

Member Privileges Explained

It is the season of Corporate Days again and I thought it would be a good idea to explain Member Privileges and Corporate Days to clear up any confusion. Below is an extract from the membership contract that explains the situation in detail:

I sincerely hope that this will clear up the fact that Member Privileges only apply to competitions that forms part of the normal golf calendar of the Golf Club (That is Wednesday competitions, Saturday Club Competitions and Club Championships). It is therefore not possible to receive Member Privileges for Corporate Days, special competition days organised by either a Member of the club or groups. Therefore, special Fundraising Golf Days organised by the Ladies Section (such as the British Open, Xmas Mix, President’s Day etc), the Winelands Tournament and days where we try to raise funds for other entities, such as Rusoord Old Age Home and the Burger Xmas Fund Day, are not seen as unrestricted and therefore members privileges do not apply.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Dietary Preferences

It has come to my attention that there are certain dietary preferences that are not readily available at times in the Halfway House and the restaurant. We would like to ensure that we at least set arrangements in place to overcome this problem as soon as possible.

I had a chat with the Golfing Goat’s team, and they are fully willing to provide special dietary preferences, but will need some notification to make preparations for. I think it is fair to request any members with specific dietary preferences to just arrange with Golfing Goat 48 hours in advance.

I sincerely hope that through this arrangement, we are able to accommodate all Members with special dietary preferences. Contact us for further enquiries.

From the golfing Goat’s mouth…

Fairview’s goats have long been legendary animals of the Cape Winelands, but what do we really know about these goats? Where did they come from, why do they roam, why are they so darn mischievous and why on earth have we named our world class Clubhouse Restaurant and Halfway House after them? We had a chat to Fairview and Spice Route owner Charles Back, to get to the bottom of the story….

“When my late father was first looking to bring goats to the farm, he wanted above all to make sure that he brought only the most interesting line he could possibly find. His research led him to a particularly obscure family of goats from Ethiopia”

“As the legend goes, in the 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder was having trouble with the sleeping patterns of his goat herd. Although they were out all day and free to roam the grassy hills of the Ethiopian countryside, they returned during the evenings with more energy than before and kept him up all night! One day he decided to follow the herd. He discovered that the goats were eating berries from a specific bush and were uninterested in grazing on the grass. These berries turned out to be Arabica coffee beans and thus coffee as we know it today was born.”

“These coffee discovering goats became a hot commodity as it was said their years of ingesting coffee beans had changed the genetic makeup of their milk and gave it a distinct cappuccino-esque flavour. Before long the herd was disbanded and sold to slavers all across the Middle East where after descendants of these goats were spread all across the world. Notable descendants of the famed Ethiopian Coffee Goats include the Three Billy Goats Gruff of Norwegian Folklore; Nanny and Nanko who were Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America’s pair of goats, whom resided with him in the White House and our very own goats here at Fairview who’s escapades of running loose and eating grapes led to our famed Goats do Roam range of wines.”

Bruce the famous goat caddie
 “Lincoln’s goats were the first of the line to be introduced to America but by 2018 there were descendants in just about every state including Oregon where at the Silvies Valley Ranch and Golf Course, a goat named Bruce became the world’s first Goat Caddie. News of Bruce’s endeavors travelled fast via G(oat)Mail and soon the word had reached our herd at Fairview. Our goats were inspired by their distant cousin’s success, especially once they heard Bruce was receiving all the organic peanuts he could ever hope for after every 9 holes. They now dream of following in Bruce’s footsteps but have been met with much resistance. The local caddies feel threatened by the fact that these goats are willing to work for peanuts. This has brought about the formation of the Goat Caddie Union of South Africa who is leading the charge for integration in the caddie industry. A worthy cause I’m sure you’ll agree.”

“Whilst we await South Africa’s very first goat caddie, we’ve decided to honour the struggle these goats are facing by naming our brand-new Clubhouse Restaurant and Halfway House after these brave goats. Introducing the Golfing Goat. A place for good food, good drink and having a laugh.”

“This story and many of the facts in this story are entirely fictional. No goats were harmed or sold into slavery in the making of this story.”

Mercedes Benz Paarl Order 0f Merit 2019

During the year, every last Saturday of the month the Individual Stableford Competition has been sponsored by Mercedes Benz Paarl. Prize winners not only wins prizes on the day, but also gets allocated points for the place they finish on that day: i.e. 1st Place = 10pts, 2nd Place = 9pts and so forth. We keep track of all the points and then have placings for the final event that will be held on Saturday 30 November at Paarl Golf Club.

Below are the standings of the top 10 players leading the order of merit and they will compete for the grand prize. There will still be prizes for players who have not qualified, so please book your tee time as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

1. Maggie Minnie – 21
2. Butch Strasheim – 20
3. Danie Janse van Rensburg – 17
4. Karl Lutzeler – 17
5. Riaan Kritzinger – 17
6. Jannie van Breda – 16
7. Craig Hawkins – 13
8. Ganief Daniels – 13
9. Guillaume Brink – 13
10. Joseph Williams – 12

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Estienne Cronje and Mercedes Benz Paarl for their continued sponsorship and support during the year.

See you on the fairways.

In conversation with our Members

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Know your birdies from your eagles

Peacock (Pou)

Our own resident Peacock with two new “members” of the peacock family


Peafowl is a common name for three species of birds in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies. Male peafowl are referred to as peacocks, and female peafowl as peahens, though peafowl of either sex are often referred to colloquially as “peacocks.” Male peafowl are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage. The latter is especially prominent in the Asiatic species, which have an eye-spotted “tail” or “train” of covert feathers, which they display as part of a courtship ritual.


Peafowl are omnivores and eat mostly plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians. Wild peafowl look for their food, scratching around in leaf litter either early in the morning or at dusk. They retreat to the shade and security of the woods for the hottest portion of the day. These birds are not picky and will eat almost anything they can fit in their beak and digest. They actively hunt insects like ants, crickets and termites; millipedes; and other arthropods and small mammals.

Quote of the week

A game for all

Take on the course with confidence!

Ben’s ladies beginner programme has been an absolute hit of late. Andrea Kritzinger completed the course in 2017 and has progressed to becoming a full time member and part of the committee at Paarl GC. She has now proceeded to mentoring the new ladies who attend Ben’s programmes so that they can take their games onto the course!

Renata Gomes and Laudine Strydom both recently attended the programme and have not only improved their golf, but discovered a full-blown passion for the game!

Andrea, Renata and Laudine having fun on the course!
Have a look at what they have had to say about Ben’s coaching below:

In August this year I joined Paarl GC all because of the ladies beginner programme. It is a wonderfull programme which includes the help from Ben. He is definitely the best teaching master around. Ben is very patient and walks you through all the details step by step. Because of Ben’s knowledge and his experience over so many years, this definitely qualifies him at the top of my list of coaches. I have learned a lot from Ben during each lesson and his passion for the game is contagious!
Laudine Strydom

The transition from the driving range to the course is made easy under Ben’s guidance.
Andrea Kritzinger

Renata & Laudine
What has followed adds to this already great story!

Laudine had a follow-up lesson with Ben this past Monday to sharpen up her game. The next day in the Tuesday Ladies Competiton Laudine, paired with Andrea, went on to win the Combined Stableford competition with a great 65 points!

This goes to show what can be done when you have dedication to the game, a great coach and a great attitude! Well done Andrea and Laudine!

Date: 5 November 2019
Format: Combined Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Number Score
1 Andrea Kritzinger
Laudine Strydom
2 Helena Griessel
Annelize Burger
3 Barbara Hughes
Elmien Jacobs
4 L May Whitfield
Alida Kotzee

Joanne Jordan, Charmaine Viljoen & Nicky Hahn also attended Ben’s programme and this is what Nicky had to say:

Fantastic beginners course. Great personalised service from you both. Bens patience can be commended. Hope to see you all on course for many years to come!
Nicky Hahn

Joanne Jordan, Charmaine Viljoen & Nicky Hahn

If you would like to improve your game and have a ton of fun while you’re at it, make sure you contact Ben today!

What’s hot in Paarl Pro Shop?

Cleveland Bloom 2018 ladies set

Will be in stock at Paarl Pro Shop next week!

Was R12 000
Now R 9 500!

The Cleveland Bloom 2018 ladies set is an all in one complete set which features a lightweight, long-distance driven technology that was specifically engineered for the beginner and intermediate woman golfer.


• Cleveland Bloom max cart bag
• Cleveland Bloom driver
• Cleveland Bloom fairway
• Cleveland Bloom irons:
Bloom irons are designed with advanced lightweight technology.
• Cleveland Bloom putter
The bloom putter features a traditional, confidence-inspiring look of the classic 10i putter
• Cleveland Bloom wedge

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You’ve come this far, now get closer

Face any short game challenge
Out on the course you come across various surface textures,
lie angles and distances. Your short game equipment
should be able to handle this.

CBX 2 has a grind for every situation.

Whether you land on crispy fairways or light dirt, the V-shaped 46° – 52° sole is your go-to for full wedge shots.
Gone a bit wayward and hit a bunker or heavy rough? Pull out the S-shaped 54° – 56° wedge.
When you just miss the green and need to get it up and down, the C-shaped 58° – 60° wedge will do the trick.

Trust your wedge
Most amateur golfers hit the ball near the toe. They know what it’s like to see their ball fall short and right of the green. But with a sweet spot that extends to the toe, the CBX 2 makes it easier for you to trust your club.

Got spin?
At the end of a round, take your wedges to the practice green and check your shot dispersion.
It’s also loads of fun
Having the right equipment design is not just reassuring, it opens the game up to be more enjoyable.
We love wedge play
Being able to approach wedge shots creatively makes the game a lot more fun. To be able to do this, you need to practice. Let’s go greenside together and help you sharpen your short game.
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Fix par 3 mistakes

Making the flag your only focus on par 3s, increases risk and closes off possibilities. And it often leaves you staring at double or triple bogey.
If you want to make more birdies, par 3s are not the holes you should be targeting. Landing your tee shot in the most achievable area on the green and leaving two putts for par is a much better approach. Flag hunting often leads to forced swings, loss of control and unnecessary bogeys.
Data from the PGA Tour shows that par 3s have the highest average score compared to par 4s and par 5s.
Better course management
Swing improvement takes time, but good strategy brings immediate results. We’ll help you make better decisions on the golf course that will put you into more scoring positions.
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Members Survey

Paarl Golf Club needs every member to help us become the club of the year!

Show your support by completing a member’s survey currently run by CMASA (Club Management Association of South Africa), who are currently in the process of evaluating our application towards club of the year. Before 17:00 on the 19th of November 2019 we need at least 465 members to complete the survey. This will make the 40% reaction minimum to be reached in order to get through to the next level of adjudication.

We know we don’t have to be worried, but just to make it worth your while, there is a fantastic bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey up for grabs in a lucky draw from all the surveys received.

Please complete the survey here.

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Approved Audited Annual Financial Statements

We are glad to report that our annual audit has been completed and the board has approved the audited annual financial statements.

I am pleased to inform you that the club received a clean audit once again this year.

A copy of the annual financial statements can be obtained on request from Heidi Strydom on 021 863 1140 or accounts@paarlgc.co.za.

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the emails received to identify the group photo of last week. We still need a few names. Thank you to Susan Hattingh, who identified four individuals out of the group photo.

She also shared many amazing memories with me and paid me a visit in my office to hand over her Paarl Golf Club 1908 – 2008 book as a contribution to the Club, filled with lots of memories and historical moments.

We received another email from Albertus Smit:
Frans Party one day said: “Ek was nou
so dors ek het amper water gedrink’.
Very interesting article and photo also received from Susan Hatting.

The Western Province Team. On the far right is Dolly Kruger from Paarl Golf Club.

I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

Elnarie Lategan
Employee and Member of PGC

Name? Elnarie
Surname? Lategan
Nickname: Why? Ella
Where were you born? Paarl
School: Tertiary? New Orleans Senior Secondary School
Favourite Food? Pastas – all types of pastas
Favourite Drink? Gin and Dry Lemon
Favourite Movie? A Walk to Remember
Favourite Music? 90s R&B
Favourite holiday destination? Swakopmund
Lowest handicap in golf? 31
Lowest score. Where? When? 99 – Paarl Golf Club – Vineyards Golf Day
Most memorable round of golf? At De Zalze
Favourite golf course? Paarl Golf Club
Have you played overseas and where? No
What’s in your bag? TaylorMade – Irons, Putter and Driver
What is your motto in life? Never give up!
If you can give 1 hint on how to improve your golf what would that be? Focus on short-game distance over direction.
Bucketlist: To play golf with which 4 ball and which course? Leopard Creek Country Club – Gary Player, Louis Oosthuizen and Dave Gleeson.
Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Black-Headed Heron (Swartkopreier)



This black-headed heron is a large, elegant member of the Ardeidae family. Although it looks very much like its grey-headed relative, it can be distinguished by the black-on-white strip on its head. The black-headed heron’s bill, legs, head and throat are all black, against which the yellow eyes and brown back are quite striking. The white underwing coverts can be seen during flight.


The majority of the black-headed heron’s diet comprises of land insects, but it is also known to dine on reptiles, small birds and mammals. These include beetles, scorpions, skinks, centipedes, mole-rats, vlei rats, laughing doves, and cattle egret chicks and eggs, when available. The heron stalks its prey by moving slowly and deliberately through the grasses and reeds, swaying its head from side to side. Once it sees a potential victim, it stands dead-still before striking it powerfully with its bill and impaling or seizing it.


The black-headed heron prefers habitats that are rich in grassy plains and open savannahs. Since it feeds in shallow waters, it is also found in reedy marshes, coastal creeks, next to rivers and lakes, or around temporary pools. They are not strictly migratory, but will move in response to the availability of food.

Rules flash

Currently we are not playing preferred lies (placing). I was asked if a player is entitled to get relief when his/her golf ball is lying on the fringe of a green and a sprinkler is directly between the ball and the flagpole (see pictures below).

Unfortunately, no free relief is allowed, and the player will have to play the ball as it lies or take a penalty drop. The player may only take relief if the sprinkler interferes with his stance or swing.

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

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs.

Mr R

Quote of the week

Members on the move

We were all looking forward to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. What we did not anticipate during the month of October was that the booking sheets did not fill up as expected. Especially Saturdays and the days when the Springboks did their thing on the rugby field. After investigation, we realised that a number of members migrated to Japan to be part of the Rugby World Cup.

I know of Wikus Minnie and Johan Minnie, who went to Japan to see the first few South African games, as well as two Namibian games before they came back. Then on Sunday, we witnessed Renso Nel on World television supporting the Boks against Japan.

Please let us know who else had the time and money to be part of Rugby World Cup 2019.

A very happy group of South Africans (and Namibians) in Japan. Johan Minnie on the left and Wikus Minnie on the right.
Just when Renso thought he slipped under the radar, the TV camera picked him up and exposed another Paarlite in Japan.

Many moons ago

Last week’s three were identified as: FLTR Andy van Wyk, Rudy Maree and Iaan Bent (non-member). The lady again remains a mystery. Thanks to Kevin Maree, Anneline du Plessis and Jan Hanekom who identified them for us.
I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

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Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Reed Cormorant (Rietduiker)

This is a small cormorant at 50–55 cm length and a 85 cm wingspan. In the breeding season, the bird is mainly black and glossed green. The wing coverts are a silvery colour. It has a longish tail, a short head crest and a red or yellow face patch. The bill is yellow.

Sexes are similar, but non-breeding adults and juveniles are browner in colour, with a white belly. Some southern races retain the crest all year round.

The reed cormorant can dive to considerable depths, but usually feeds in shallow water. It frequently brings prey to the surface and catches a wide variety of fish. It prefers small slow-moving fish, and those with long and tapering shapes, such as mormyrids, catfishes, and cichlids.
Two to four eggs are laid in a nest in a tree or on the ground, normally hidden from view by long grass.

This is a common and widespread species and is not considered to be threatened. It breeds on freshwater wetlands or quiet coasts.

Golf quote of the week

We are so proud of our lady golfers!

Congratulations to the beginners who took on the course for the first time!

Ben took the nine ladies out on the course between yesterday and today as a nice ending to their Beginner Programme.

Annelize Trieloff, Getha en Charmaine Viljoen, Tanya Becker en Ben
Mecia Hugo, Nicky Hahn, Francette Coetzee, Ben, Jeannerie Jooste, Joanne Jordan
Paula Bester and Elmien Jacobs (Lady members) welcomed the newcomers

Get your juniors into golf

On Tuesday 15 October, San-Mari – SNAG instructer for BF GOLF ACADEMY – started with this year’s last term programme. Chef Philip’s son – also called BEN – had his first exciting session experiencing the SNAG coaching system.
With SNAG (Starting New At Golf) instruction  bright coloured “first touch” equipment is provided. It is easily accessible equipment and provides a lot of fun to the young kids.

It is fabulous golf teaching and learning tools. SNAG promotes golf at a beginner level through complete development.

If you want to get your junior in this lifetime sport, contact us.

Golf with a cause

This year a wonderful project to develop underprivileged children through golf in Mbekweni at the Community Sport Centre was launched. This venture was made possible through a partnership between Hope Through Action Foundation, SCORE , KWV,  PAARL GC & Ben Fouchee ACADEMY who all joined forces.

Ben started coaching sessions at the Mbekweni Community Sport Centre during the third term. It was soon realised that the children need exposure to the golf course and coaching facilities.

On Wednesday 16 October this was made possible. Almost 20 children arrived in two taxis that was organised by Alwaba who is the co-ordinater at the Sport Centre. Siya, who is the coaching assistant and mentor to the kids for golf at the centre also accompanied them. The team from the golf club welcomed them to take them on a tour of the facilities: Ben and Hannarie Fouchee, Lusanda and Kama (two marshalls at the club) who translated and Jeff Spinks of Hope through Action also joined the group.

Kids arriving at Paarl Golf Club
They had the opportunity to hit balls under the watchful eye of Ben at the Driving Range
Two taxi drivers, Jeff Spinks (Hope through Action), Hannarie & Ben (BF GOLF ACADEMY), Kama (PGC), Alwaba (MCSC), Lusanda (PGC), Siya (MCSC)