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 info@blijdskap.co.za

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 paarlmrrules@gmail.com

Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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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.

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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.


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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 manager@paarlgc.co.za.

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
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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@ gmail.com.

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

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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.

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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.


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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 paarlmrrules@gmail.com

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.

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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!

What’s happening on the catering front?

You all know by now that Wiesenhof is in their last month of their 5- year food and beverage contract with Paarl Golf Club. At a meeting between PGC, Wiesenhof and Blijdskap it was confirmed and mutually agreed that Wiesenhof will close off their business on Sunday evening 25 August 2019. That evening Blijdskap will stock the bar to be ready for business on Monday 26 August 2019.

As an interim arrangement Blijdskap will have access to the top kitchen from the 19th of August 2019 to start fitting a kitchen from where they will operate in the interim period before they have refurbished the Halfway House, the Restaurant, the main Kitchen and the Bar.

We sincerely hope that the members will understand the interim arrangements where we will have the Halfway House function on the stoep in front of the bar from the 26th of August 2019. This arrangement will be in place till Blijdskap has completed the refurbishment of the Halfway House.

With regards to the competition for a new name of the restaurant, we must thank all the members who participated in this. Over a hundred name suggestions were received by close of business on Monday 5 August 2019 and now Blijdskap has the task to work through them to finalise the name. We will keep you informed as to the progress of this interesting competition.

Lastly please realise that Wiesenhof is trying to keep 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 manager@paarlgc.co.za.

Payment of membership fees

Thank you!

It is with a good feeling in my heart that I can inform the members that we really have had a fantastic response to our request for timeous payment of the new 2019 membership fees. For the first time in history we succeeded to break through the R2 million annual subscription revenue collection mark before the end of July 2019.

Please remember that all membership fees for 2019 should be paid or payment arrangements should be made with our financial department by the end of August 2019. As a management team we really appreciate the willingness from members to act when they are called upon.


Where can you tee it high and let it fly?
One of our members was disqualified for playing from a wrong teeing area. Let me clarify this rule as there seem to be confusion on the correct ruling.

Rule 6.1b states that a player must start each hole by playing a ball from anywhere inside the teeing area.

The illustration below explains when a ball is in the teeing area.

If a player who is starting a hole plays a ball from outside the teeing area (including from a wrong set of tee markers for a different teeing location on the same hole or a different hole):

(1)    Matchplay

There is no penalty, but the opponent may cancel the stroke:

•    This must be done promptly and before either player makes another stroke.
When the opponent cancels the stroke, he or she cannot withdraw the cancellation.
•    If the opponent cancels the stroke, the player must play a ball from inside the teeing area and it is still his or her turn to play.
•    If the opponent does not cancel the stroke, the stroke counts and the ball is in play and must be played as it lies.

(2)    Strokeplay

The player gets the general penalty (two penalty strokes) and must correct the mistake by playing a ball from inside the teeing area:

•    The ball played from outside the teeing area is not in play.
•    The strokes and any more strokes before the mistake is corrected (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count.
•    If the player does not correct the mistake before making a stroke to begin another hole or, for the final hole of the round, before returning his or her scorecard, the player is disqualified.

Players must remember that there is a difference to the rule when playingmatch play or strokeplay.

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

Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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African Sacred Ibis (Skoorsteenveer)
The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of Ibis, a wading bird of the family Threskiornithidae. It is native to Africa and the Middle East. It is especially known for its role in the religion of the Ancient Egyptians, where it was linked to the god Thoth. Thoth, whose head is that of an ibis, is the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and reason, and thus of truth, knowledge, learning and study, and writing and mathematics. The sacred ibis was considered the living incarnation of Thoth on earth.Description

An adult individual is 68 cm (27 in) long with all-white body plumage apart from dark plumes on the rump. Wingspan is 112 to 124 cm (44 to 49 in) and body weight 1.35 to 1.5 kg (3.0 to 3.3 lb). Males are generally slightly larger than females.

The bald head and neck, thick curved bill and legs are black. The white wings show a black rear border in flight. The eyes are brown with a dark red orbital ring. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have dirty white plumage, a smaller bill and some feathering on the neck, greenish-brown scapulars and more black on the primary coverts.

This bird is usually silent, but occasionally makes some croaking noises, unlike its vocal relative, the Hadeda.


It was formerly found in Egypt, where it was commonly venerated and mummified as a votive offering to the god Thoth. For many centuries until the Roman period the main temples buried a few dozen of thousands of birds a year, and to sustain sufficient numbers for the demand for sacrifices by pilgrims from all over Egypt, dozens of ibis breeding farms (called ibiotropheia by Herodotus) were established, initially throughout Egypt, but later centralised around the main temples, each producing around a thousand mummies annually.

It began to breed in the early 20th century, and in the 1970s the first colonies of ibises were recorded in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The species is a common resident in most parts of South Africa. Local numbers are swollen in summer by individuals migrating southwards from the equator.


The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It preferably nests on trees in or near water. It feeds wading in very shallow wetlands or slowly stomping in wet pastures with soft soil. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps.

Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

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What’s happening on the golf course?

KWV Paarl Ryder Cup 2019

Paarl Golf Club welcomes the KWV PAARL RYDER CUP 2019

The inaugural tournament of the KWV Paarl Ryder Cup took place in November 2018. The tournament is the brainchild of Team Captains Albert de Lange (USA) and Franco Davids (Europe), assisted by Keon Viljoen to bring friends together annually for competitive golfing. The tournament started in 2018 with 16 players, 8 players per team, and grew in this year’s Second Addition to 24 players, 12 players per team.

Every year the tournament tees off with a Gala Dinner for the players and their partners. This year it was hosted at Hey Joe Brewery in Franschhoek. The tournament then goes into two days of action-packed, fun and competitive golfing ending with the final prizegiving ceremony.

The goal of this tournament will be to expand every year and attract the rest of the community in the Winelands region to get involved in whichever way possible. It is still early days but we as organisers look forward to better the tournament every year and to face every challenge going with it. We are happy with what we have accomplished up to date by attracting remarkable sponsors and reaching our goal which is to please our players.

This year Team Europe won the KWV Ryder Cup 2019 with 13 ½ points over Team USA’s 10 ½ points.

Member Results

31 July 2019
Wednesday Competition – Betterball Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Member # Score Voucher
1st Stephno Lotz
Gert Strydom
47 R180
2nd Frikkie v/d Merwe
Benjamin Fourie
46 R150
3rd Bjorn van Oordt
Lourens Bester
46 R130
4th Rodney Kitching
Michael Street
45 R100
2 August 2019
Friday Afternoon Sundowner – Individual Stableford

Place Name Score
1st D Cocolorus 18
2nd A Louw 17
3 August 2019
Betterball Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Member # Score Voucher
1st Jenny Elgie
Barbara Hughes
47 Q R260.00
2nd Bjorn van Oort
Werner du Toit
44 R240.00
3rd Ben Fouchee
Christopher Droomer
41 R210.00


Place Name Member # Score Voucher
1st Basson Hougaard
Ronald Alexander
42 R260.00
2nd Peter Muller
Fred Bowles
41 R240.00
3rd Steyn Pienaar
Jacques Mouton
40 R210.00


Place Name Member # Score Voucher
1st Andre Bosch
Willem Pretorius
43 Q R260.00
2nd Wikus Minnie
Jannie van Breda
41 R240.00
3rd Wynand Viljoen
Steph Lotz
41 R210.00
Click here for the rest of the results.

Cape Of Good Hope Wine Series – 3 August 2019

Cape of Good Hope Wine Series Winners
Willem Pretorius & André Bosch

Cape of Good Hope Wine Series Winners
Barbara Hughes & Jenny Elgie
Saturday 3 August 2019 the Cape of Good Hope Wines Paarl Golf Club Challenge took place and the two pairs going through to the regional finals at Metropolitan are Barbara Hughes and Jenny Elgie and Willem Pretorius and Andre Bosch. On their way to the win Jenny also performed that once in a lifetime achievement through a hole in one on the 14th hole. Congratulations to the winners and Jenny on her hole in one. We wish them all the best at the regionals.

Will we see you there?

Ladies, this one’s for you

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It’s time to do something

What is happening to our children?

Right now, we have a younger generation who are expected to LOSE 5 years of expected life because of childhood obesity, poor nutrition and activity, and the rise of type-2 diabetes and coronary disease.  Golf can help reverse this trend.
We need children to become more active. Of course, they need to participate in more than one activity, but golf should be one of the activities. It has everything for a child.

Start your child now

With young children we’re not thinking about creating Tour superstars, we’re trying to introduce them to a past-time that will offer them the chance to live an active and social lifestyle that will make them healthier for their whole life. It’s time to do something.

Contact Ben for an assessment >

Maybe it’s time to introduce your kids to…

SNAG® – Starting New At Golf

Golf is easy to learn and playing SNAG® is great fun for everyone. The “First Touch” equipment is fun, brightly coloured and easy to use. It can be used by children as young as 4. It is fabulous golf teaching and learning tools and definitely not toys.

SNAG is an innovative “First Touch” golf teaching product. It is designed to promote golf at a beginner level through complete development. This is possible by providing coaching with highly enjoyable and easily accessible equipment.

SNAG is offered at Paarl Golf Club to kids between 4 and 8 years old on Tuesday afternoons. This term we will be starting on Tuesday 6 August.

Please contact Hannarie Fouchee for more info on 082 990 7161.

Spin: friend or foe?

This is a bigger deal than many think

A colleague of ours recently picked five golfers at random in his club. Three men and two women of differing ages. He spent 20 minutes with each one and their driver (along with alternative configurations).
Changing the spin rate with the same swing speed has a huge impact on the distance the ball travels. Too much backspin for the ball speed and the ball will have too much lift and balloon. Too little spin and the ball doesn’t have enough lift and dies quickly. (Read The Magnus effect and Bernoulli’s principle if you want more physics).
The laws of physics (proven with the data from hundreds of thousands of golf swings) means that those with slower swing speeds generally benefit from a higher launch angle and more spin, than someone with more aggressive swing speeds.
Matching swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate on tee shots, will make upwards of 40 metres of difference for some golfers. How much difference would it make to you?

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 >

Don’t put your golf on ice this winter
This is the last month to take advantage of the winter season Coaching Specials. Before spring comes knocking, make sure you are ready for it!

A river runs through it!

The 5th hole
The 11th hole
Wet and wild!

Members would remember that it was just over a year ago that we were amid a severe drought. Various plans and actions were taken to be better prepared should the Berg river ever stop flowing again. But last week saw a fantastic rainy week with lots of water flowing from the mountains down through the Berg river.

Luckily we did not get any damage to the course but we are alert seeing that the Bergriver dam is now 100% full and overflowing which means that every high intensity rainfall in the dam area will flow directly out without any buffering to the Bergriver. We are monitoring the rainfall predictions as well as trying to create space in some of our dams to at least take up some water before it all flows into the river.

The high flows of the river also allowed the otters to come upstream into our dams on the course. A family of six was seen early Saturday on the banks of the irrigation dam between 11th and 21st tee boxes. We hope they enjoy their visit but need to find their way back to the river quickly. Below is also the standing of the dams in our area where it can be seen that we are now better off than all previous four years indicated as well. Important for PGC is Wemmershoek dam’s level due to the fact that Paarl gets its water from that particular dam.

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This week I will clarify a situation that occurred on the first hole.  A player hit his ball into the penalty area on the right-hand side of the fairway.

The penalty area was only partially filled with water

and he found his ball in the penalty area.

He was contemplating if he should play the ball as it lies but he decided against it because his stance would have been in the water.

He then informed his marker that he would treat his ball as unplayable and take a penalty relief (Rule 19.1)

His used the back -on-the-line relief option (Rule19.2b) and dropped his ball in the penalty area and played from there.

This is where the player transgressed as Rule 19.1 clearly states that the player is the only person who may decide to treat his or her ball as unplayable by taking penalty relief except in a penalty area. If a ball is unplayable in a penalty area the player’s only option is to take penalty relief under Rule 17 (penalty areas).

When he played the dropped ball from the penalty area he played from a wrong place and gets the general penalty( 2 shot penalty or match play loss of hole).

If the player gained a significant advantage by playing from the wrong place compared to where he should have played from this would be treated as a serious breach and is therefore disqualified, unless he corrected his mistake before playing from the next tee or for the final hole before returning his scorecard.

To decide if there was a serious breach, the factors to be taken into account include:
•    The difficulty of the stroke
•    The distance of the ball from the hole
•    The effect of obstacles on the line of play
•    The conditions affecting the stroke
In this case the player was not disqualified as his ball crossed the edge of the penalty are very close to where his ball was lying.

If you have any questions, please contact me at paarlmrrules@gmail.com
Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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Know your birdies from your eagles

Mallard (Groenkop Eend)

Photo courtesy:   Alida Kotzee
Date:  28 June 2019
Where to look for them:  11th Green

The mallard (/’mæl??rd/ or /’mæl?rd/) (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck that has been introduced to South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on their wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black or iridescent blue feathers called a speculum on their wings; males especially tend to have blue speculum feathers.

The mallard is 50–65 cm (20–26 in) long, of which the body makes up around two-thirds the length. The wingspan is 81–98 cm (32–39 in) and the bill is 4.4 to 6.1 cm (1.7 to 2.4 in) long. It is often slightly heavier than most other dabbling ducks, weighing 0.72–1.58 kg (1.6–3.5 lb). Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes. This species is the main ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks.

The female lays eight to 13 creamy white to greenish-buff spotless eggs, on alternate days. Incubation takes 27 to 28 days and fledging takes 50 to 60 days. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch.

Please note the following when “feeding” the Mallards on the course:

•    Bread can equal a death sentence – While many people believe that it is harmless to toss breadcrumbs to ducks, this can actually be incredibly detrimental to their health. Bread has very poor nutritional value, and fills up the duck, keeping it from foraging for healthy foods. Eating too much bread can cause angel wing in ducks, which causes the bones to twist during growth, and inhibits flight. Instead of feeding bread, feed duck’s lettuce, corn, peas, or birdseed.

Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

Paarl Ladies decided to bring their charity closer to home in 2019

The Paarl Ladies golf section became aware of the Paarl Stimulation Centre for disabled children in New Orleans through Carmen Baxter, our friendly PGC registration lady. This centre provides daily care to 33 disabled children.

On request from the PGC Ladies they received a list of the centre’s needs and the ladies immediately set about as to aid those needs. With the cold of winter and shortage of blankets to cover the children who are mostly wheelchair bound, the ladies donated/collected close to 60 blankets on the 16th of July and it was delivered to the centre on Mandela Day on the 18th of July.

Barney Liebenberg, a local building contractor from Boschenmeer Estate, is busy compiling a quotation to repair the highest priority items such as water leaks, dysfunctional bathrooms and toilets, kitchen cupboards, fitting a stove and some paint work. Barney offered his personal support and supervision free of charge and the PGC Ladies will only need to pay for labour and materials. We hope to start with the repairs on the building by the end of July 2019.

A huge need was also to get the centre’s stove replaced and once again one of our members, Ingrid Meter, came to the rescue and donated a gas top stove with electrical oven to the centre. A huge thanks to Ingrid for this generous donation. The ladies undertook to install this stove and provide a gas bottle and to keep it filled through their charity drives and collection on an ongoing basis.

There is also a very great need for specific educational toys and materials as well as CD players and TV’s. The PGC Ladies will work very closely with the centre’s staff to determine what will be the correct learning materials to acquire as we collect and receive funding.

Any member or parties are therefore invited to donate into the ladies’ section charity account for learning materials, food supplies and maintenance materials required for the centre. It will be highly appreciated if you can help our charity provide this much needed service to the disabled children in our community

Please contact Helaine Strydom, the lady captain in this regard at helainestrydom@gmail.com or on her cell +27 84 549 8439.

Paarl Ladies “bag” another successful wine pairing evening at Back’s

The ultimate pairing

Wine and the Paarl Ladies golf section go hand-in-hand and they once again succeeded in getting the two parties involved to party. The second wine pairing initiative from them, to give tribute to their sponsors, happened at Back’s Restaurant on Thursday evening, 25th of July. The evening started off with a wonderful cheese and wine pairing masterly performed by the man himself, Charles Back. Each wine and cheese had a story to tell and Charles as well as the PGC ladies and their companions enjoyed every story on its own. It was wonderful to experience Charles’ passion for wine in general and we all went back home knowing a lot more about the topic than before. Interesting fact that Charles pointed out was the fact that the oldest wine-making country (some 8000 years ago) was Georgia in the old Russia.

A wonderful magnum wine bottle was then auctioned by Charles himself and the successful bidder was Morkel Pieters from Kropman Paints. Helaine Strydom, our ladies captain, decided that her gift from Charles (another magnum) also needed to go on auction and our men’s captain, Jacques Olivier, decided that he should have that bottle. All the others tried bravely to secure that bottle but he fought each bid off gallantly to walk away with the winnings.

Well done ladies for yet a wonderful initiative from all of you!

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