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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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Many moons ago

Last week’s three were identified as: (FLTR) Johan Loubser, Obie Oberlander and Andy van Wyk. Thanks to Vernon Els who identified them for us.

MD note: I will try to do a members profile on Vernon who is (according to him) one of the oldest members of the club.

The photograph for this week from that treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I will 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.
MD note: Just have a look at those prizes!

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 are available for pick up from the registration desk. Please get one or two (if you sometimes use the missus’ car) and display that in the car to get members’ treatment at the security gate.

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

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Common Fiscal (Fiskaallaksman)


This is a fairly distinctive 21–23-cm long passerine with white underparts and black upperparts extending from the top of the head down to the tail. The bird has a characteristic white “V” on the back and a relatively long black tail with white outer feathers and white tips on the other feathers. The bill, eyes and legs are black. Adult male and female common fiscals are quite similar except for the rufous lower flank of the female.

The calls are a jumbled mix of shrike-like swizzling sounds including some imitations and a harsh Dzzzttt-dzzzt-dzzzt alarm call. Most of those calls however are either threatening or alarm calls. The species sometimes produces a surprisingly sweet, quiet song, although such song, however sweet it sounds, generally is either territorial or pair-bonding in function.

Distribution and habitat

The southern fiscal lives in a wide range of habitats from grassland with fences for perching to acacia thornveld or even woodland, but avoids very dense habitats where its hunting would be impaired.


The southern fiscal is usually solitary and hunts insects and small rodents from an exposed perch or the tops of shrubs. Territorial size is directly related to the density of hunting perches. Installing more artificial perches causes the fiscal to reduce its territory size and allow more birds in the affected range.


Last week Paul Casey was nearly penalised during his second round of the Porsche European Open for a very bizarre reason.

On one of Casey’s holed putts, his ball rolled directly over a bug on the green while end route to the hole.  Check out the video here.

The Rules of Golf stipulate that if a ball in motion hits a person, animal or object on the putting green (when the ball was played from the putting green) the stroke must be replayed. A bug, in this instance, is considered an animal.

But Casey did not replay the shot, and he wasn’t notified of the potential breach until he was in the scoring area and an official showed him a video of what had transpired. However, as Casey did not know the bug was there, this takes into account a clarification.

The clarification says it is to be applied using the “known or virtual certain standard.” Therefore, if there is knowledge or conclusive evidence that the ball played from the putting green accidentally hit a person, animal or movable obstruction on the putting green, the stroke does not count.
But wasn’t the incident on video, you ask? We could all see the ball had hit the insect.

The answer to that may very well come down to Rule 20.2, which covers “Rulings on Issues Under the Rules”.

Section C, looking at “applying ‘naked eye’ standard when using video evidence” states that “If the facts shown on the video could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye, that video evidence will be disregarded even if it indicates a breach of the rules”.

Casey would have needed the eyes of a hawk to have seen the bug on his line but have a look at the video and see how it all played out…

If you have any queries, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs.

Mr R

Welcome to Golfing Goat!

Some of you might have already experienced the new revamped halfway house. Apart from being a very well run halfway house, local residents will also enjoy the convenience of the stock they hold. We congratulate Blijdskap with what they achieved in that space. They created a safe haven for our, yet to become very famous, Golfing Goat. The new name of the catering entity will be Golfing Goat and the history and heritage of this unique creature will be revealed in the next newsletter.

For now I urge all golfers, and also residents of Boschenmeer, to support this initiative and together make it the success we all would like it to be.  There will be a weekly “report” from the Golfing Goat himself on what is happening in his world here at his new Boschenmeer home.

Tunnel under construction

I thought it good to just inform the members that we need to trim the “tunnel” to allow for the bottom section to be growing again. Due to years of just trimming on top, only the canopy is growing and not the bottom hedge part. It is important from a golfing point of view that we establish the hedge effect to act as a buffer between golfers on the 10th tee and non-golfing passers-by. The trees will be allowed to form an overarching canopy but the hedge section will be trimmed back aggressively. Please understand that in the long run if will have a positive effect on that section of the Estate.

Also while we are talking garden maintenance, I can inform the members that we are busy finalising the Servest contract extension and in the process are drawing more definite lines between Servest area of maintenance and the BMHOA area of responsibility. By the time the BMHOA go out on tender for their new service provider, we will all have a clear map of who is responsible for what. I sincerely hope that we would finally succeed in getting rid of the grey areas between the two service providers.

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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.

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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.

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Many moons ago

I recently had to clear an old container from all the old documentation inside. Between the stuff I discovered a box full of old photographs. Most of the photographs were unfortunately not “identified” so that made me think to call in the help of our older senior members. I will weekly place one photograph out of that treasure chest with the hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. We will then also start building up an electronic photographic history of Paarl Golf Club. Please e-mail me at 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

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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.

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