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.

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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.

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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

Reserve your set >

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.
Contact Ben >

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.
Play 9 with Ben >

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.

Why am I not receiving my newsletter?

Now that our newsletter is talked about, I find more and more members saying that they do not receive our newsletter. There can be a few reasons why.

The first issue is that we might not have your latest email address on our members database. We provide RetailTribe (our service providers who send out the newsletter) on a weekly basis with our latest distribution list of emails from the members database. Please make sure that we have your active email address on our members database. Please feel free to contact the office if you are not sure about that and we will quickly help you.

The second reason you might not receive the newsletter is because the newsletter email is stuck in your spam folder. Please have a look in your spam folder to “open” the pathway of the newsletter to your inbox.

The third problem we have is that members who have unsubscribed from our newsletter in the past are automatically ignored when a new newsletter is sent out. Please fee free to contact our office to rectify this and re-subscribe to our newsletter.

The fourth issue is a bit more complicated. Each email address gets a sending score. The higher the score, the more chance it has of being delivered to the recipient. When the score is low, it takes more precautions in sending it to the recipient because it sees the email as a threat to your sending score. For example, if an email bounces multiple times, it will be suppressed or removed in case it is a spam trap. A spam trap can blacklist you and reduce the deliverability of your entire database. This is best practice in email marketing.

We want you all to get the newsletter so please help us in overcoming these issues mentioned above to ensure effective delivery of the newsletter to your email inbox. Get in touch for further inquiries.

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

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 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.
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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

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs.

Mr R

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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 if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

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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)

Winelands 2019 – Done and Dusted

The Winelands Tournament came to a grand finale on Saturday 12 October 2019 with an evening filled with live music, wonderful food and lots of prizes handed out. Looking back at what happened during the week, I would think all members partaking in some of the days will agree that the Winelands was back on track with full fields for each of the individual days.From the Champagne Classic on Saturday 5th of October, through to the Members Day on Wednesday the 9th of October 2019, to the Winelands Classic held on Friday and Saturday 11 and 12 of October 2019, a very high standard of golf course presentation and entertainment was maintained. My thanks go out to my team, who made sure that each Member received the ultimate golfing experience.

A very happy crowd enjoying the final evening of the Winelands Classic in a very fitting theme decorated venue, done under the leadership of Amanda Williams.
MC of the evening Captain Jacques Olivier- BOOM!
First day winners as well as tournament winners, the Mercedes Benz team (FLTR): Estienne Cronje, Helaine Strijdom (Ladies captain handing out prizes), Jan Hanekom & Charl Ellis. Johan Bresler could not attend the prizegiving. Runners-up for the tournament (FLTR): JP Hugo, Andre Strijdom, Renso Nel and our Club President, Christie Viviers. Ingrid Meter could not attend the function.
Helaine Strijdom (Our Ladies Captain) enjoying her hole-in-one celebration on the 17th hole during the Members Day, with the sun setting on a successful Winelands Tournament.

Many moons ago

We surprisingly had no feedback from any of the members on last week’s photo. Please members help us out on this one.
The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with Gideon-Hendrik Hugo

Know your birdies from your eagles

White-Breasted Cormorant (Witborsduiker)

This is a very common and widespread bird species. It feeds on the sea, in estuaries, and on freshwater lakes and rivers. Northern birds migrate south and during winter along any coast that is well-supplied with fish.

The great cormorant often nests in colonies near wetlands, rivers, and sheltered inshore waters. Pairs will use the same nest site to breed year after year. They build their nest, which is made from sticks, in trees, on the ledges of cliffs, and on the ground on rocky islands that are free of predators.

The great cormorant feeds on fish caught through diving. This bird feeds primarily on wrasses, but they also feed on sand smelt, flathead and common soles. Cormorants consume all fish of appropriate size that they are able to catch in summer and noticeably go for larger, mostly torpedo-shaped fish in winter.

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On the course this week

Paarl Pro Shop’s agent Marlon, supplier of Titleist equipment and apparel, will be hosting a putter demo as part of the Champagne Classic Festivities at the clubhouse short game area tomorrow.

Marlon will have the newest models of Titleist’ Phantom – Scotty Cameron putters available for golfers to try out.

The putters will be available from 9 o’clock onwards.

Looking to improve your short game? Try out the latest Pantom range from Titleist and become a phantom on the greens. Reserve your spot now.

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Many Moons Ago

We had positive feedback from Eugene Booysen as well as Nols Heunis on last week’s photo. On the left is André Streicher and the right, Johan (Johnny Wild) Wiid. They both think that the two gentlemen were members of Stellenbosch GC. The lady remains a mystery.
The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

Member Profile

Know your Birdies from your Eagles

Pied Kingfisher (Bontvisvanger)
DescriptionThis is a medium-sized kingfisher, about 25 cm (9.8 in) long with a white with a black mask, a white supercilium and black breast bands. The crest is neat, and the upperparts are barred in black. Males have a narrow second breast band while females have a single broken breast band.


When perched, the pied kingfisher often bobs its heads up and down and will sometimes raise its tail and flick it downwards. It calls often with sharp “chirruk chirruk” notes.  Unlike some kingfishers, it is quite gregarious, and forms large roosts at night.


This kingfisher feeds mainly on fish, although it will take crustaceans and large aquatic insects such as dragonfly larvae.  It usually hunts by hovering over the water to detect prey and diving vertically bill-first to capture fish. When not foraging, it has a straight rapid flight and has been observed flying at nearly 50 km/h.

It can deal with prey without returning to a perch, often swallowing small prey in flight, and so can hunt over large water bodies or in estuaries that lack perches that are required by other kingfishers.


The breeding season is February to April. Its nest is a hole excavated in a vertical mud bank about five feet above water. The nest tunnel is four to five feet deep and ends in a chamber. Several birds may nest in the same vicinity. The usual clutch is three to six white eggs.  The pied kingfisher sometimes reproduces cooperatively, with young non-breeding birds from an earlier brood assisting parents or even unrelated older birds.

Boland Ladies IPT Team

Congratulations to Paarl Golf Club member, Vanessa Smith, for her selection to represent the Boland Ladies at the IPT Championships at the Riviera on Vaal course in Gauteng. Boland ended in the fourth spot with Ekurhuleni winning, Western Province second and Gauteng third. Vanessa, we knew you could do it!

Back row from left to right: Vanessa Smith from Paarl Golf Club, Megan Streicher, Ineke Brynard, Shani Brynard.
Front row from left to right: Chrystal Beukes (Captain), Annerie Coetzee (Manager), Tarryn Borsutzky (President), Bianca Wernich.

The Golfing Goat opens their doors!

And there he was! The Golfing Goat opened his doors officially last night with a fantastic evening of wine tasting and matching thingies to rattle the taste buds. A huge gathering of golfing members, as well as Boschenmeer homeowners, came to witness this occasion.  It was good to see the interaction between all attending the opening function. As customary by now, the Golfing Goat pulled out all the stops to make this a memorable moment for all attending. We wish him (I think the golfing goat is a he) a long and fruitful stay here at Paarl Golf Club. Please support him in his endeavours to provide an excellent halfway house to the golfers, but also a well-used convenient shop for the Boschenmeer residents.

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On the course this week

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

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

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

Tiaan van der Merwe

Janro Oeschger

Fitting for approach shot magic

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

Now improve your approach

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

Fall in love with golf

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

Many moons ago

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


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From The Owl’s Nest

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

Wow…… raw talent that man.

Did you see that?

Our first owl in one!

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

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


The new World Handicap System

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

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

What do we have to know?

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

Maximum Score


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

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Mr R

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