What’s happening at the club?


Philip Pretorius will cook up a storm


It’s official. We have signed the contract with the new catering service provider, taking over from Wiesenhof from the 1st of September 2019. We welcome on board Blijdskap (Pty) Ltd.

Blijdskap is a combination of Caylix Holdings and Fairview. Caylix owns and manages seven fuel and convenience retailing destinations in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. These facilities include various national franchise operations, such as Spur Group Famous Brands restaurants. Fairview needs no introduction as Paarl is familiar with the different venues under the Charles Back stable, from Fairview wines and cheeses to all the offerings at Spice Route.

I am convinced that Paarl Golf Club catering service will soon be the talk of the golfers, as our new caterers “secret weapon” is Head Chef Philip Pretorius, who is a very good golfer in his own right. He played provincial golf in his younger days.

The group has fantastic ideas and we look forward to walking the road with them and their vision of the following:

  • Most efficient and value for money Halfway House in the Western Cape;
  • Best end of round golfer’s experience;
  • Preferred destination for Residents with a focus on family.

We will ensure that Paarl Golf Club will also have a catering team supporting their own vision of taking PGC to a new level.

Watch this space!


No need to go thirsty on the course!


We are in the process of upgrading our water fountains. Keep an eye out for our first completed water fountain, which can be seen on the tee box of the 21st tee. We are also looking to reinstate the water points at the 14th as well as the 23rd tee boxes, so that we have permanent running water available for our golfers.

Keeping the moss at bay on the greens


Members may have seen some marked-off areas on the 18th green. These are areas where we are busy testing the effect of spraying the moss on the greens.

But, let me rather get the detail from the horse’s mouth, Mr. Murray Wietch from Servest, who explained the process as follows:

“Our approach to the moss problem is to keep the surface of the greens as dry as possible and thus provide the Bent grass with a competitive edge.

The program will be as follows:

  • Spray all the greens this week with an Aurora and Sporekill mix. (This mix attacks the moss and moss spores).
  • Raise the cutting height on the greens to give the Bent grass a chance to shade out the moss.
  • Spike all the greens which will improve surface drainage
  • Follow up the spray in 14 days
  • Hollow-tine all severely infected areas on the greens with a mini-tine. (This Removes excessive thatch and dead material).
  • Top-dress all areas on the greens which have become bumpy due to the moss dying off.

Improving the surface drainage of our greens is critical to the control of the moss. More regular spiking and aeration will form part of our program going forward.

When we do the large hollow tine in August, we will also inter seed with Bent grass seed to increase the Bent grass population in any thin areas.”

Please help us in our fight against the moss by understanding that we will have to go in aggressive, which may also have an effect on putting conditions.



Our Winelands venue and conference facility welcomes vinyl flooring


We are in the process of replacing the carpets with Leno Grand vinyl in the Winelands venue, as well as the conference facility. It was quite an interesting challenge to finally decide on the colour of the vinyl. Luckily, we called in the help from the ladies’ section under the leadership of Helaine, who made the final choice easy. The milkwood colour was the clear winner and if everything goes according to plan, we will have the venue ready for the WP Sages on the 18th of July 2019.



Tight seals and no drops!


Another important upgrade is underway. We are also in the process of sealing the clubhouse and cart garage roofs to ensure that we are ready for the big rains that we are expecting to arrive. The contract was awarded to Family Tree Products, with our member Ralph Mortlock in charge of the operations. We wish them tight seals and no drops!



Who won on the course this week?


03 July 2019
Wednesday Competition – Better Ball Stableford
(Players: 53)

Old Course

Ist – 45 pts
Sean Scott & Tim Hadfield

2nd – 45 pts
Maggie Minnie & Maria Kirton

3rd – 44 pts
Donald Humphries & Rodney Uphoff

4th – 43 pts
Jannie van Breda & Jacques Olivier

5th – 43 pts
Buks Rossouw & Bjorn van Oort

06 July 2019
Saturday Competition – Monthly Medal
Players: 83

Old course

Ist – 73 pts
Willem Pretorius

2nd – 75 pts
Riyaaz Parker

3rd – 77 pts
Zafer Satar


1st – 74 pts
Handro le Roux

2nd – 74 pts
Gert Odendall

3rd – 80 pts
Wayne Minnies

Click here for a full summary of results.


Member profile


Helaine Strydom | Ladies Captain 2019

Our next members profile is that of our Ladies Captain for 2019. We will work through the list of Club Champions and Runners-up in the coming weeks. We will then start with the weekly winners till we have featured all our members!


Q & A with Helaine



Know your Birdies from your Eagles


Dabchick (Groot Dobbertjie)


Keep an eye out for them on the 11th Fairway

Photo courtesy: Lienkie Malan
Sunday, 30 June 2019

The little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as the dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. The genus name is from Ancient Greek takhus “fast” and bapto “to sink under”. The specific ruficollis is from Latin rufus “red” and Modern Latin -collis, “-necked”, itself derived from Latin collum “neck”.[2]

At 23 to 29 cm (9.1 to 11.4 in) in length it is the smallest member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.


The little grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.

Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks, sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles ages, eventually turning black in adulthood.

In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enables easy identification of this species. The little grebe’s breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee, which sounds like a horse whinnying.


This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze. Outside of breeding season, it moves into more open water, occasionally even appearing on the coast in small bays.


The little grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.

Like all grebes, it nests at the water’s edge, since its legs are set very far back, and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid. When the adult bird leaves the nest, it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. This makes it less likely to be detected by predators.[9] The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults.

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


What’s the deal with Slow Play?


Let’s look at what the Rule Book says


Every week members of the captain’s committee or the management team are confronted by members complaining about slow play.

I will share with you what the rule book says on PACE OF PLAY and some ideas how we can improve on this.

Rule 5.6b states:

A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace.

Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.

Players are encouraged to allow faster groups to play through.

(1) Pace of play recommendations, the player should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time taken to:

-Prepare for and make each stroke;
-Move from one place to another between strokes and;
-Move to the next teeing area after completing a hole.

When it is a player’s turn to play:

-It is recommended that the player make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds (as per Paarl Golf Club pace of play guidance)
-The player should usually be able to play more quickly than that and is encouraged to do so.
-The timing will start when a player has had enough time to reach his ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.
-Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.
-On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable time to lift clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

(2) Playing out of turn to help Pace of Play

Depending on the form of play, there are times when you may play out of turn to help the pace of play:

In match play, the players may agree that one of them will play out of turn to save time.
In stroke play, players may play “ready golf “in a safe and responsible way.

What is ready golf:

Players are both allowed and encouraged to play out of turn in a safe and responsible way such as when:

-Two or more players agree to do so to save time;
-A player’s ball comes to rest very short distance from the hole and the player wishes to hole out, or;
-An individual player is ready and able to play before another player whose turn it is to play under the normal order of play, so long as in playing out of turn the player does not endanger, distract or interfere with any other player.

But if the player whose turn it is to play and indicates that he or she wants to play first, other players should generally wait until the player has played.

A player should not play out of turn to gain an advantage

All the above was taken out of the rule book

The following are examples that I noticed often on the course and will help the pace of play if players adhere to this.

1. A player is allowed three minutes to search for his ball before it becomes lost. Remember the 3 minutes searching time starts when you or your caddie reach the point where your ball most likely would be. If a player’s ball might be lost outside a penalty area or out of bounds to save time play a provisional ball.

2. Scoring: Do not keep score on the green. If it is your honour to tee off on the next hole, play your ball before you score. Players like to score on the steering wheel of golf carts. You will be waiting on the tee for other players to play score on the tee-box.

3. If one of your fellow competitors is searching for a his or her ball play your ball first and then help with searching.

4. Leave your cart or trolley behind the green in the direction of the next tee. Typical examples are: (a) on hole no 23 a player plays his tee shot into the right greenside bunker he parks on the path on the right play from the bunker and then proceed to the green and putt, instead of driving his cart to the back of the green.(b) on hole no 17 a player plays short of the green, chip onto the green but leave his trolley behind and proceed to putt instead of parking the trolley at the back of the green.

5. If players balls are close to the green allow the player whose ball is in a bunker to play first as he still must rake the bunker.


We therefor would like to appeal to all our members to be considered to other players.

If you can add to this list or have any questions, please contact me.

Enjoy your golf
– MR R


What do wine and golf have in common?


Introducing the Cape of Good Hope Wine Series
In association with GolfRSA
03 August 2019



Play for a good cause

Sanlam Cancer Challenge
13 July (Gents Only)


This week’s success story

A round of applause for Nicolene!


Nicolene Mans, one of our Paarl GC members added another trophy to her cabinet.

Nicolene, who only started playing golf about a year ago and who came through our Ladies’ Beginner Programme, won the Senior Copper Trophy at the Boland Ladies Tournament, held at Devonvale this past weekend.

This was her second victory, after she also won the C-Division in the Ladies Club Championship.
Nicolene was struggling with her short game recently, but after a short game lesson with Ben her confidence was restored, and the result was a successful victory at Devonvale.

One thing is for sure, this will not be her last trophy!

Congratulations to Nicolene, a prime example of what can be achieved in a short period of time if you are committed.

Are you looking to improve your golfing game? Well, we can help you out.

Contact us to book a coaching session.


Sundowner results

And the winners are…


1st: G Uys – 21
2nd: F Pauw – 19
3rd: A Joost – 19

Please note that golfers should take note of conditions of competitions. Scorecards that are incorrectly completed will not be considered.


Coaching specials


Take control of your game

Refresher Course
Saturday 13 July, 10:00 am



Click here to view the program.

For entries and info call Hannarie Fouchee: 082 990 7161


Winter Coaching Special

July & August 2019