Around the golf course after 80 days

Maybe it’s just me but I am starting to believe that one of the Covid symptoms is a loss of your golf swing. Or it might be the alcohol “free” sanitizing that might have a negative effect on the golf ball’s flight. BUT something is seriously wrong. I sincerely hope it’s just me experiencing that, but if indeed there are other members suffering from the same symptoms please tell us about that. We can even create a supporting GG (Golfing Ghost) group. Membership application for this group will cost 1 Liter of alcohol-free sanitation liquid and at least two dozen of well experienced golf balls. Sessions will be scheduled for midnight on full moon days. We can only accommodate 50 members at a gathering due to current Covid regulations. It is time to take my temperature again…

Jokes aside. It is a very pleasing site to see so many golfers on the course again. The number of new members applying for membership (59 since we started again) is also a very heartwarming experience. I thought the new Millenial membership would have eased in, but 7 applications in a week surprised us all. Please members spread the word about this new membership to the younger family members and friends in your group.

I must again give a shoutout of big thanks to all the members who effortlessly adapted to the rules and regulations that we have to abide by to ensure we can keep on playing. It helps if all the members and their guests play according to these rules because then I don’t have to become the pig in the party to police the situation.

For those members who were asking about the opening of the restaurant, I need to indicate that Golfing Goat will only open when alcohol may be consumed on site, every day of the week and not just in specific time slots. The rules regarding safe distancing will also not allow them to effectively use the currently limited space available. It is just not worth the while to try and operate a restaurant with the current regulations in place. Let us hope that there will come some sense in the revised regulations that we all are waiting for.

We treasure our fairways

We came up with a solution to the filling of the sandbag without a scoop by ordering sand bottles with our own Paarl Golf Club logo on them that will be available soon. We will sell them at R50 a bottle and it will be available at our golf operations office. Please support this “We treasure our fairways” initiative and let us get those divots filled.

Reserve yours >

Lastly, please take note that GolfRSA has requested all golfers to be aware when taking photographs on the golf course to please reflect safe distancing and all the safety protocols in place like wearing masks when within 2m of one another. Especially when these photographs might end up on social media. We need to ensure that the playing of golf always reflects adherence to all the safety regulations. We thank you for understanding.

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

We are aware of the Golfscape system errors and are constantly in contact with the service providers and developers to have these issues fixed. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to have this resolved as soon as possible. Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or golfoperations@paarlgc.co.za.

Thank you for your understanding.

By now most of you might have seen that we have our own QR code available for payment via their different bank’s masterpasses, snapscan or zapper. Be on the lookout for the square black and white QR Code that will be displayed where needed in the PGC offices.

The return of Mr Rules

3 Off the tee vs 2 off the tee

I have been asked if a ball may be teed up when replaying a stroke after initial stroke was hit out of bounds or into a penalty area, from the teeing area.

When a player elects or is required to make his/her next stroke where a previous stroke was made from the teeing area, it may be played from anywhere within the teeing area and may be teed up.

Remember you are now playing 3 off the tee!

Another scenario is when the players ball in play is still in the teeing area after the first stroke on the hole was made. This could happen if the player missed the ball (fresh air) or hits an object and deflected back into the teeing area, the player may:

• Lift or move the ball without penalty
• Play that ball or another ball from anywhere in the teeing area from a tee or the ground,
• Play the ball as it lies

Remember the stroke still counts and you are now playing 2 off the tee.

Important to remember:
1. This rule only applies to the teeing area of the hole that is played.
2. The tee area is defined by the tee markers and the two club lengths behind it.

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

Register for Spotlight Social and

win a Wine of the Month

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Deon Breedt. (See his member profile in this issue of the newsletter). Congratulations Deon and enjoy wine(s) of the month which are Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 200th, 250th, 300th and from there onwards every next 100th member that register. So please get those fingers working and register. There might be a bottle of wine up for grabs

 

We are now on 204!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

In conversation with

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 3 lockdown

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

I received one possible identification for the person on the left to be Dave Love. The other two gentleman still remains a mystery. I will try for a last time this week.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are.  Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Common Starling (Europese Spreeu)

Description

The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling in the United States or simply the starling in the British Isles, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Like most terrestrial starlings the common starling moves by walking or running, rather than hopping. Their flight is quite strong and direct; their triangular-shaped wings beat very rapidly, and periodically the birds glide for a short way without losing much height before resuming powered flight. When in a flock, the birds take off almost simultaneously, wheel and turn in unison, form a compact mass or trail off into a wispy stream, bunch up again and land in a coordinated fashion. Common starling on migration can fly at 60–80 km/h (37–50 mph) and cover up to 1,000–1,500 km (620–930 mi).

Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts.

The common starling is largely insectivorous and feeds on both pest and other arthropods. The food   range includes: spiders, craneflies, moths, mayflies, dragonflies, damselies, grasshoppers, earwigs, lacewings, caddisflies, flies, beetles, sawflies, bees, wasps and ants. Prey are consumed in both adult and larvae stages of development, and common starlings will also feed on earthworms, snails, small amphibians and lizards.[36] While the consumption of invertebrates is necessary for successful breeding, common starlings are omnivorous and can also eat grains, seeds, fruits, nectar and food waste if the opportunity arises.

The common starling builds an untidy nest in a natural or artificial cavity in which four or five glossy, pale blue eggs are laid. These take two weeks to hatch and the young remain in the nest for another three weeks. There are normally one or two breeding attempts each year. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit. It is hunted by various mammals and birds of prey, and is host to a range of external and internal parasites.

Golf quote of the week