The secret is out!

The AD333 is a premium, lower-compression golf ball that delivers superior, balanced performance for golfers who demand exceptional distance, feel and greenside control.

Find youself a sleeve or dozen at the Paarl Pro Shop.

See for yourself

Reserve yours today >

Many moons ago

Last week the first many moons ago got some reaction to one of the guys next to Mr. John Vorster.

Machiel (Giel) du Toit whose son Ettiene is still a member at our club. Thanks to all of you who notified me. I still need a name for the man on the left
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.

PGC Member Identification Disc

Paarl Golf Club members will from now on be easily identified through the PGC Member Indentification Disc that needs to be applied on the inside of your car’s windscreen at the right-hand side top. In that way Boschenmeer security personnel at the gate could identify the members clearly for quicker access to the club during peak gate periods. These discs will be available for pick up from the registration desk from the 14th of September 2019. Please get one or two (if you sometimes use the missus car) and display that in the car to get member’s treatment at the security gate.

Thank you all for your cooperation to make the security access easier and quicker.

Member Profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

Egyptian Goose (Kolgans)
Photo courtesy: Alida Kotzee

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen Aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae.  It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. Because of their popularity chiefly as an ornamental bird, escapees are common and feral populations have become established in Western Europe.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Both sexes are aggressively territorial towards their own species when breeding and frequently pursue intruders into the air, attacking them in aerial “dogfights”. Egyptian geese have been observed attacking aerial objects such as drones that enter their habitat as well. Neighbouring pairs may even kill another’s offspring for their own offspring’s survival as well as for more resources.

This species will nest in a large variety of situations, especially in holes in mature trees in parkland. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs. Egyptian geese usually pair for life. Both the male and female care for the offspring until they are old enough to care for themselves.

Golf quotes


A wedge to get you out of every situation

Now in the Shop!

The PGC Pro Shop is stocked with the new and improved Cleveland CBX2 Wedges.

Contact us
to reserve yours today!

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 if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

The first photograph features a visit by John Vorster to Paarl Golf Club. Extrapolating from the honours board behind them (last year indicated 1965) I would think that this visit took place in 1966. I would love to know who the two gentlemen are that stands next to Mr Vorster. Thanks in advance, MD.


I received a lot of e-mails and whatsapps regarding the video clip where Hudson Swafford moves his ball with a divot after taking a practice swing.

Coincidentally the same happened to Justin Rose the day before.
See the videos below to see the incidents

Rule 9.4 is applicable:
If a player lifts or deliberately touches his or her ball at rest or causes it to move the player get a one-stroke penalty. If the ball is not replaced the player get a two-stroke penalty.

Remember this rule is not applicable on the putting green. If a player accidentally moves his/her ball on the putting green, there is no penalty, but they must replace the ball.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact me at

Mr R

 Member profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (Bontkiewiet)
The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to Southern and Southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic “tink, tink, tink” alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith’s hammer striking an anvil.

Crowned Lapwings and the more localized black-winged Lapwings sometimes associate and do not show mutual aggression, even within breeding territories. Different crowned Lapwing males do however posture aggressively when nesting territories are established. The loser in an encounter assumes a special posture to signal his defeat.

“Par”-don me?

Have you ever wondered how, or why, the term “par” became a part of the golf vernacular?

It was something I wondered recently when looking back at scores from Open Championships and U.S. Opens in the 1800s and early 1900s. In those championships, a player’s total score was tallied by the number of strokes they took – obviously – but there was no designation explaining where that total stood in relation to par.

For example, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open in 1895 at Newport Country Club – just 36 holes; four loops around the course’s nine holes at the time – with a score of 173. His scores were 91-82. Based on Newport’s par-70 layout today, that would have been a 34-over 173.

Be honest. How many of you are thinking now: I could be a U.S. Open Champion?

The word “par,” officially entered the golf lexicon in 1911 when the USGA put it in play. But the word itself was around long before that. Generally, “par” was used when talking about stocks, as in, “a stock may be above or below its normal or par figure,” according to the USGA.

For golf purposes, the USGA defined “par” as, “the score that an expert player would be expected to make for a given hole. Par means expert play under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green.”

Prior to the 1900s, “par” was actually a term used interchangeably with “bogey,” but “bogey” was the term more universally used. Eventually, it was decided that “par” should be used to identify the “ideal score” on a given hole, while “bogey” would be the term used to describe a score that recreational golfers would be happy with.

Here are the yardage variables that were used to determine a holes “par” in 1911:
Par 3 – Up to 225 yards
Par 4 – 225 to 425 yards
Par 5 – 426 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

Wouldn’t touring pros love it if those specific yardages were used to identify a hole’s par today?

Those numbers changed in 1917:
Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 445 yards
Par 5 – 446 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

And, finally, they were last updated in 1956, which is incredible when you consider the innovations in golf technology since then and especially in the last 20 years:

Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 470 yards
Par 5 – 471 yards or more

So, if you ever look at scores from golf tournaments from way back and wonder why you can’t find a total in relation to par, all of this is the reason why.

Article written by TJ Auclair (T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for 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

A wedge to get you out of every bunker situation

The PGC Pro Shop is stocked with the new and improved Cleveland CBX2 Wedges.

Contact us to reserve yours today!

Have a ball of a time!

We told you that you have your own personal launch DNA and that launch angle and spin rate were critical to distance. We told you that too much spin or too little spin depending on your swing speed can rob you of 10 or more metres.
We’ve also told you that selecting a golf ball isn’t just about price or the colour of the box. Different golf balls respond in different ways to different swings.
We recommend finding a golf ball at the price you want to pay that fits your launch DNA AND your priorities. Speak to us about what improvement you’re looking for and we’ll show you a golf ball that will help. It’s our job to know how the technology translates into better golf for which golfer.
Those with aggressive swing speeds who generate really top-end ball speed might want the lower spinning, lower launching, Z-STAR XV (right) to get the maximum distance off the tee. However if that same golfer wants to prioritise greenside control over tee-shot distance, then they would be better off with the higher spinning Z-STAR.

It’s not just premium golf balls

You need to think about your swing and its priorities whether you’re paying premium price or looking for value in a 2-pce golf ball. In fact we’re aware of 2-pce golf balls that out-perform more expensive golf balls in many respects. Look at how the Srixon Soft Feel compares to two more expensive golf balls from competitors.

Some sensational numbers from the Srixon Soft Feel

And now introducing Soft Feel Brite

Now also in stock in Paarl Pro Shop

In Brite Green™, Brite Orange™, and Brite Red™ but still a Soft Feel.  The new Matte ‘Visual Performance’ covers, allow players of all skill levels to easily track the flight of the golf ball with an enhanced visibility cover. Tee to green you can follow your golf ball, and for many that’s a priority.
Whether WHITE or BRITE
Whether you’re traditional or colourful, the Srixon Soft Feel surprises many golfers. If you haven’t given it a try, come and pick up a sleeve. Or, take the time to talk to us about your golf game and where it can be improved.


What’s happening on the catering front?

So the wait is finally over and they have moved in!We welcome Blijdskap at Paarl Golf Club and sincerely hope that we will have a brilliant relationship going forward.

I must admit that the smells that come out of the top kitchen are not doing my diet good at all. When we worked through the interim menu that will be available in the halfway house, as well as the restaurant section, I really had to concentrate not drooling all over the menu. Philip Pretorius (no relation to me), head chef, is ready to cook up a storm. We hope he gets time to work on that single figure handicap as well.
Another member of the team is front of house manager, Phillip Vosloo, also a single figure handicapper who will ensure that all members and visitors will have a memorable experience at Paarl Golf Club. A core group of previous personnel from the old Wiesenhof has been retained so there will be familiar faces in the team.
Another friendly face that you will see is that of events co-ordinator, Nelia Jacobs. She will be in charge of the Winelands venue and conference facility bookings and preparations. Should any body need to book this venue please feel free to contact Nelia on 072 601 2253 or e-mail at

We wish the entire team a wonderful 5 years at PGC!


When playing a hole, a player’s ball was accidentally deflected after hitting a moving maintenance vehicle. The player’s ball ended in a thick bush resulting in an unplayable lie.

The player was not sure what to do and eventually played two balls and clarified the rule after the round.Rule 11.1b states that if a player’s ball in motion accidentally hits any person our outside influence, the ball must be played as it lies (remember this does not apply if the ball was played from the putting green). This is true even if the ball hits the player, the opponent or any other player or any of their caddies.

The definition of an outside influence is:
Any person (including another player), any natural or artificial object or anything else (including another ball in motion) except natural forces.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

Member profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

Spotted Eagle-Owl (Gevlekte Ooruil)

Currently breeding in the tree next to the 14th Tee


How to recognise a Spotted Eagle-Owl

A large grey owl, 43–50 cm tall, barred in front and blotched on the head, back and wings. Their wingspan is about 1 m. The distinguishing features of the Spotted Eagle-Owl are the prominent tufts of feathers on either side of its head, which it erects into ‘ears’ or ‘horns’, and its bright yellow eyes. The ear tufts are for show and have nothing to do with their ears or hearing. The sexes are alike in colour and size, and the juveniles resemble the adult.


The Spotted Eagle-Owl is resident throughout southern Africa, where it is the most common large owl. Its range extends across sub-Equatorial Africa to southern Arabia.


The Spotted Eagle-Owl is found in a variety of habitats, including open scrub, grassland, savanna woodland, forest patches and forest edges, but not in evergreen forest or sandy deserts. An owl pair has a territory. Their nesting site will be about 0.5–2.5 km away from the nesting site of any other owls, in a suitable habitat. The male claims the territory with his hooting call. They are adaptable and not fussy about where they nest or what they eat, which has made them a successful, widespread species. Watch out for them in the tree on the left of the 14th tee box.Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

Quote of the week



Become a short game wizard

Titleist SM7 Vokey Wedges

 This Saturday, 24 August from 10:00 am, we are having a Chipping and Ball Activation Day at the PGC chipping green. Roux Burger from Titleist will be presenting the event. The winner of the chipping comp will walk away with a dozen Titleist Pro Vx Golf Balls.

Try out these smart wedges and see for yourself how maximized spin, control and consistency brings out the confidence in your game on every shot.


Reciprocity rates


Available in Paarl Pro Shop soon!

A wedge designed for the regular golfer to be
able to hit a distance target time after time.
A better game from 90 metres in needs you to be able to make solid, sweet-spot contact every time. Without that, your distance control is lost. So here’s a new Wedge that makes it easier.
To make a 25% larger sweet spot so that you hit the perfect distance, you hollow out the cavity and create a lighter hosel, and a tapered flange, and then use that weight in the toe (with a wider sole).

The sweet spot spreads wider towards the toe where most golfers strike the ball with their wedges.

“Grinds” do not need to be complex. Their purpose is to allow your wedge to deal with whatever conditions you face.
Full wedge shots need to work with grass fairways and muddy turf. Then you need to be able to slice through sand and thick rough. Finally you want versatility for the delicate saves around the green.

Dial in your short-game

If you think a crisper, cleaner short-game with more control will bring you more birdies and pars, then we’d like to see how much cleaner, crisper, and in control you are with the Cleveland CBX wedges.
Make wedge play easier >


Spin: friend or foe?

The impact zone and launch

In the last weeks we’ve described how a simple swing fault (the angle of attack) can lower launch angle and increase spin, robbing you of 20+ metres of tee shot distance. Miss the sweet spot, and you lose more than ball speed, you also impact your launch DNA.

A common error we see is golfers consistently making contact below the sweet spot. It might still feel solid, but tests run by Golf Magazine revealed a likely loss of up to 4° of launch angle and an increase of nearly 800rpm. For the regular golfer that’s a loss of between 10 and 15 metres.

Most manufacturers are now working hard to release new drivers that protect launch and spin, as well as ball speed away from the sweet spot. That helps make significant improvements to average distance as well as increasing the distance on your perfect strikes.


Don’t let spin rob you

Book an assessment with us and let’s find your personal launch DNA: the perfect match of launch and spin for the ball speed you’re creating.
Contact Ben >

It’s time to do something

Everyone benefits

Scientific research indicates that, despite the medical advances that are curing many diseases, the life-expectancy of the latest generation is going to be 5 years less than we currently live!
Last week we reported on the alarming rise in type-2 diabetes in children, youths, and teens.
We promoted golf as part of an active lifestyle. Well guess what? “Golf is proven to be great for your health over your whole lifetime.”
Golf and Health and the University of Edinburgh published an infographic that highlighted the level of reduced risk of chronic health conditions if you have an active lifestyle.
If you didn’t think that golf was an active lifestyle then note
just how active it is.

Help your family live an active lifestyle

So, as well as improving the life of a child or grandchild, introducing golf to a spouse or sibling whatever their age will improve their lifestyle and contribute to a longer and better life. It’s time to do something.
Contact Ben for an assessment >

What’s happening on the catering front?

Blijdskap, blijdskap, blijdskap!…The eagle has landed and Houston we do not have a problem for the final take over from Wiesenhof that will commence on Monday 26th of August 2019.

As an interim arrangement Blijdskap will operate their catering function out of the top kitchen behind the restaurant. The existing halfway house will be closed from Monday 26th of August 2019 until they have fully refurbished the halfway house. As an interim arrangement they will run the halfway house on the stoep and the bar. We ask the members (and visitors) during this period to please understand the situation and help us to get through this transition period as painless as possible.

I do believe that the quality of the service and the food would help to make this happen. An interim menu will be available as well as woodfired pizza’s straight from the pizza oven. Please excuse the terrible smell of freshly prepared pizza’s. We will try our best not to force anybody into a juicy thin based crispy pizza. Please also don’t expect to order your normal boring Regina’s, Four seasons, Hawaiian and Margherita pizzas but rather be on the lookout for a First tee, The Flyer, The Snowman, The Drop Zone, Lateral hazard, Out of Bounds and the Goat track.

A new name for the Restaurant has not been finalised and we eagerly anticipate the result of that competition by the end of the month. Rumour has it that they will reveal the new name when they open the Halfway House. Watch this space!

Once again I need to remind members  (and visitors) to please realise that Wiesenhof is keeping their stock as low as possible but if you feel that they are not contractually living up to the need please feel free to bring that under my attention at

Hollowtining 19 – 23 August 2019

This week is probably one of the busiest weeks from a golf course maintenance point of view in our entire golfing year. During this week the first 18 holes will be hollowtined as well as the fairways and tee boxes being verti-cut. Due to the fact that we opted for the more aggressive thicker hollow tines to support our fight against the moss far more debris is created per green.

Preparation however to make the greens “playable” will continue throughout the week in order to get a full field of golfers through on Saturday. Come Monday the 26th we will then tackle the third nine to do the same. Thanks to all the members (and visitors) who helped us through this very testing period of maintenance.

The “machine” ripping the 13th apart

The size of the holes

The 5th being sanded to fill the holes

Our greenkeeper doing the final touches himself

Moss treatment

Progress on the moss control on greens
The chemical application for the moss turned out good. No new areas were found after treatment. The struggle is to keep it as dry as possible, and that is not quite possible during the rainy season. Follow-up spray will be done after hollowtining and when sunny weather comes back to the valley.

The following steps will be taken:
• During hollowtining week 16mm diameter tines will be used instead of the 8mm double block used previously.
• By using 16mm tines we will create “pockets” filled with sand to enhance air and oxygen at the root system.
• These pockets will be filled with Silica sand to move water down to the roots and past it. This will prevent water to accumulate in the canopy of the green.
• Chemicals to stop moss spores from spreading in greens will be added to Monthly chemical application.
• Water application on greens will be adjusted to manage moss.

Air pockets filled with sand
Golf greetings

Paarl Kruger League Team makes history again

This is your captain Ethan Smith reporting from De Zalze GC…

The Paarl Kruger League Team 1 has reached this year’s final of the Boland League Tournament. Our team has performed exemplarily throughout the season with dropping less than 1.5 points a match, no player has lost more than once this season and we have 3 players who are left unbeaten. Our achievements however are not what has defined this team this year, but rather the team spirit and comradery at every match; always enthusiastic to give it their best, enjoy the day and always up for a long one and a laugh at the 19th.

Our team/squad is very strong with most of the club’s top performers as well as two from Pearl Valley GC, as allowed in the new Boland rule for clubs without a league team. Every player knows what they must do when they pitch up and perform this task more often than not as the results show.

In the pool rounds we were left unbeaten and won twice without dropping a point. Especially great results were the wins against Worcester and Stellenbosch 2 away from home, as they are formidable at their respective fortresses.

In the semi-final we faced Stellenbosch 1 at Devonvale, which we won 5-1. It was also the last league match for Daniel Cronje for the club before he left for college in America. He did so in style and is still unbeaten this year.

The final this past weekend took place at De Zalze GC on the 17th of August. We played against Theewaterskloof and the match was tight from the very beginning and scores were indicating a 3-all draw at almost every stage of the day. Me, WP Botha and Anton Pieters, winning on the last hole secured our three points. Unfortunately, Luca Schwarte and Liam Milard had already lost, leaving the fate of the match with the game between our HP van der Merwe and Theewaterskloof’s Angello Keffers.

HP unluckily had a lost ball on the 8th hole (our 17th) and went one down, going down at the last hole, where Angello sunk a monster 30ft putt to halve the hole and won the match, leaving it at a 3-all draw. A playoff between myself and Jurian Mostert was going to determine the final result. At the second playoff hole I sank the final putt to win the hole to be crowned the 2019 Kruger league champions.

I would just like to thank the squad for the excellent performance. Everyone who played for us played a huge role in this year’s campaign. The squad is really a great group of guys that created an atmosphere and results to be very proud of.

As a team we would also like to thank the club as well as the members for their continuous support no matter what form it came in, like: walking up the steps of the clubhouse to be greeted by members who care about the league. In the end our results is something which adds to our team spirit and drive.

MD’s note: Ethan, from my side, thank you very much for not only being an inspirational captain but more importantly for sinking that crucial putt. To the team, guys thank you for making history again. You made us proud and confirmed that Paarl Golf Club is a club to be reckoned with. We are trying to determine when last Paarl Golf Club managed to win the Kruger League. If any member can help us with that, we would appreciate that. The last photograph to recall a winning team was 1980.


Two weeks ago, the fairway of hole no 5 was partially flooded and some players were unsure what to do when their ball came to rest in the water and could not be found.

Remember the overflow of water beyond the red stakes is classified as an abnormal course condition and in this case temporary water (casual water).

Rule 16.1e is applicable
If a player’s ball has not been found and it is known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in or on an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may use the following relief option instead of taking stroke and distance relief: The player may take relief using the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the abnormal course condition as the spot of the ball for purposes of finding the nearest point of complete relief.

Once the player puts another ball in play to take relief in this way:

• The original ball is no longer in play and must not be played.
• This is true even if the ball is then found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time.
• If it is not known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in or on an abnormal course condition and the ball is lost, the player must take stroke-and-distance relief.
• Known or virtual certainty means more than just possible or probable. It means that either:

There is conclusive evidence that the event in question happened to the player’s ball, such as when the player or other witnesses saw it happen or although there is a very small degree of doubt all reasonably available information shows that it is at least 95% likely that the event in question happened.

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

Rainfall at PGC compared to last year – correction

Congratulations to David Gass and our greenkeeper, Wynand for “finding Nemo”! David and Wynand wins a game with the MD on one of the Paarl 18 holes when it suites them… and David I heard about my new name “Noah”.

Members would recall that I tried to give figures of rainfall per month compared to last year. Excel played a trick on me when I dragged 2019’s figures in under 2018. Due to formulas still active (and I obviously didn’t know about) it ended up with really good figures for 2019 that is not correct.

Below are the corrected rainfall figures and the wrong one’s crossed out.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
2018 8 4 10 100 148 178 65
2019 12 10 8 5 20 17 200 18  296 58 338 58 97 171

Member of the week

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Spurfowl (Kaapse Fisant)
The Cape spurfowl, or Cape francolin (Pternistis capensis) is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae. This francolin is endemic to the southwestern Cape of South Africa.

The Cape francolin is a bird of scrubby open areas, preferably close to running water. Its nest is a grasslined scrape under a bush, and six to eight eggs are laid (but sometimes two females will lay in one nest). This species can become very tame if disturbance is limited, and will feed in gardens, by roadsides, or with farmyard chickens. It will run rather than fly if disturbed, but even while quite small at just a few weeks old, it flies readily and strongly if startled or pressed.

The call is a loud “cackalac-cackalac-cackalac”. (MD: Almost the same when a golfer hits a bad shot and want’s to tell his friends that he’s not happy).

The Cape spurfowl is 40–42 cm in length. The male, at 600–915 g, averages larger than the female, at 435–659 g. This large francolin appears all dark from a distance, apart from the red legs, but when seen closer the plumage is finely vermiculated in grey and white, with a plainer crown and nape.

The sexes are similar in plumage, but the male has two leg spurs, whereas the female has at best one short spur. The juvenile is similar to the adults, but has duller legs and clearer vermiculations. The large, dark francolin is unlikely to be confused with any other species in its range.

Quote of the week

Paarl Liga: Maak ons trots!

Die Paarl se Brodie 2 Span het die top agt in die Boland Voorgee Liga behaal en sal die 17de Augustus op die Paarl golfbaan teen Darling uitspeel. Dit, na ‘n besonderse goeie vertoning teen die Wynlande Valleie Streek groep, waarvan hulle vier wedstryde gewen en twee verloor het, maar goed genoeg gedoen het om bo aan die tafel te geeindig het.

Die stand van sake na die groep uitspeel vir die Brodie Liga se vier streke:
1. De Hoek (10 punte)
2. Devonvale (9 punte)
3. Swellendam (8 punte 22,5 vir)
4. Paarl 2 (8 punte 22 vir)
5. Darling (10 punte)
6. Worcester (9 punte)
7. Kleinmond (7 punte)
8. Caledon (6 punte)

Hulle gaan uitspeel op 17 Augustus teen (die tuisbaan is in hakkies):

1. De Hoek teen Caledon (De Hoek)
2. Devonvale teen Kleinmond (Devonvale)
3. Swellendam teen Worcester (Swellendam)
4. Paarl teen Darling (Paarl)

Sterkte aan ons Brodie 2 span die komende naweek teen Darling!

Beware of the swimming golf cart

We all know that we had a lot of rain and that the dams on the course are all filled to the brim. However, with the rains arrived not only the otters at the irrigation dam but we had a very strange “specie” in the dam on the first hole. When we got the call that there is a new “specie” in the dam we did not expect to find “Nr 17” in the middle of the dam. The recovery of one of our rental golf carts (Nr 17) meant that some guys had to brave the cold water but as usual the team did not disappoint. Nr 17 had one day in intensive care but recovered well and is back on the payroll.

We should learn from this that you cannot trust the brakes of the golf carts if park against a steep incline, especially when the entire incline is wet grass.


Member Profile


Know your birdies from your eagles

African darter (Slanghalsvoël)
The African Darter, also known as the snakebird or, “Slanghals” in Afrikaans, is a waterbird that is common throughout sub-Saharan African. It has earned the name snakebird for the way that it swims – it keeps its entire body very low in the water, with only the neck and the head sticking out, giving it the appearance of a swimming snake.

Did you know? When it flies, the African darter will thrust its head forward slightly and fan its tail. It will frequently soar high above its colony.

The male darter’s body is almost completely glossy black with the exception of the white streaking on the face and body, and the colouration of the neck, which has a warm chestnut hue. The female (like the juvenile birds) is browner than the male with less noticeable white streaks. Both of them have gold-coloured eyes with brown bills. The male’s bill is slightly larger than the female’s. This bill is used to impale fish and is, as a result, strong and sharply pointed.

Weight: 1 – 1.35 kg, Length: 81 – 97 cm, Wingspan: 115 – 128 cm.

As a waterbird, the African Darter can be found around fresh and brackish waters that are surrounded by (or close to) fresh vegetation. They need trees or bushes for their roosting.

The African Darter is able to dive for long periods of time in search of a meal. It swims with its entire body under the water, which allows it a more surprising ambush, as it does not create a massive disturbance to the water when it dives or surfaces.

They are often found perched on stumps above the water, on jetties or on bare branches. If surprised or threatened, it dives vertically into the water for protection. On exiting the water, it will spread its wings to allow them to be dried by the sun and air. This is because it does not have the oil ducts of other birds and is, therefore, not waterproof.


Hi everyone

During the rainy season I receive a lot of queries involving temporary water. Last week I discussed temporary water in a bunker.

This week I was asked to clarify the following:
• After his approach shot the player’s ball landed on the fringe just short of the green.
• He wanted to use his putter but there was temporary water in his line of play.
• The player wanted relief from the temporary water.

The player is not entitled to relief from temporary water on his line of play when his ball lies off the green.

The player is only entitled to relief from an abnormal course conditions (such as temporary water) that interferes on his line of play when his ball lies on the green. The interfering abnormal condition may be on or off the green. (Rule 16.1a)

If the player’s ball is on the putting green and there is interference by an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may take relief by placing the ball on the spot of the nearest point of complete relief.  (Rule16.1d)

The nearest point of complete relief must be either on the putting green or in the general area.
• If there is no such nearest point of complete relief, the player may still take this free relief by using the point of maximum available relief as the reference point, which must be either on the putting green or in the general area.

GolfRSA  Level 2 Rules Seminar

GolfRSA has been facilitating a series of two-day Level 2 Rules Seminars in order to educate everyone involved in golf administration about the latest changes to the Rules of Golf.

The next Seminar is scheduled to be held at King David Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town in October 2019.

Date: 14 -15 October 2019
Venue: King David Mowbray Golf Club
Cost: R1000 per delegate (includes preparation material, rules books, lunches and teas)

For more information and entries, please click here.

Enjoy your golf.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Mr R

Rainfall at PGC compared to last year

Many members asked how the rains this year compare with last year’s rains. Here is a look at the first seven months of the year compared to last year. It is quite clear that we have had a very good rainy season so far. We sincerely hope that we can keep up the good rains to fill all the bigger dams but also get in the much-needed rounds of golf in between.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
2018 8 4 10 100 148 178 65
2019 12 8 20 200 296 338 97

Course update

Good day

As we are all aware, we had some good rainfall in the past weeks. The water table is starting to fill up and fairways takes longer to drain. There are currently a few fairways that are very wet. The Boschenmeer fairways are 19,26 and 27 floods very quickly as the Wateruintjiesvlei dam level rises.

We will do our outmost to allow golf carts on the course. This however requires every golfer to adhere to signs and instructions given by starters regarding the status of the course please.

We need to protect our course in order to have a great golfing experience every time we play.
Thank you for assisting us in this matter.

Golf Greetings

Quote of the week


Paarl Gim wasn’t the only winner!

Congrats Butch!
 Ben congratulating Butch Strasheim
Butch Strasheim was the lucky winner of our Interschools raffle hamper.

Golfers bought raffle tickets and had to predict the winner of the Interschool’s rugby match last Saturday.
Paarl Gim won (as Butch predicted) and he was the winner of the subsequent draw for the raffle hamper.

We would like to thank everyone who supported this Paarl Pro Shop competition!

Coming soon!

New CBX2 wedges are on the way!