Paarl Golf Club remains active during Corona ban

By now everybody is familiar with the State of Emergency declared by our President on Sunday 15 March 2020. As could be expected, Monday was as mad as can be, but we eventually got to grips with the consequences of the declaration.

Due to the declaration, we at Paarl Golf Club (in support with the Western Cape Golf Course Managers Association), had to determine how we are going to remain active, and also show our full support to the requests from the President. Unfortunately we had to stop the Ladies Open planned for Thursday, as well as the Winelands Senior tournament scheduled for Thursday and Friday. This was mainly done based on the fact that we might end up with more than 100 people in a confined space during the prize giving ceremony.

We also had to bring in some “local rules” to ensure the minimum chance of contamination should we keep the course open for play. Luckily golf is one of the few activities where close and direct contact with your fellow players is not necessary. We therefore concentrated on possible areas where more than one person could touch.

You will see that we are leaving our doors to the change rooms open and there are waterless hand sanitation and paper towels provided in the change rooms. We are also promoting cashless transactions where each person can handle his own card for payment. Thirdly we removed all bunker rakes and “declared” a local rule where should you land up in a bunker in an unraked area, you may place the ball in the bunker to the closest raked area not nearer to the hole. The bunkers will be mechanically raked every morning for the period till the declaration is withdrawn.

Lastly, we also removed the igloos with cold water on the 6th, 14th and 23rd holes. Ice will be provided by the starter and we urge golfers to please bring their own canister to hold water and ice. We further suggest that handling of the flagpole be limited to a minimum. Caddies were also informed not to “clean” clubs before and after rounds and when they caddy, they would leave the bag for the golfer to choose his club. After the golfer has replaced the club in the bag, the caddie will then only pick up the bag and move with the golfer.

We sincerely hope that all golfers will still enjoy the hospitality of Paarl Golf Club and that we together come through this declared disaster period without harm.

Bottomline is to enjoy every moment out there.

Lift, clean and drop on fairways stopped

We had many golfers questioning our decision to allow lift, clean and drop on our fairways. Firstly, the feeling was that overall our fairways are in a very good condition and secondly, the practice of lift, clean and drop is not fully supported by the golfing administration world.

We therefore have decided to mark all the areas where the fairways are not conducive to play as it lies so that golfers would know when to drop at the nearest point of relief on the fairway and not nearer to the hole. We believe this will move us closer to the fundamental rule of golf and that is to play the ball as it lies. We thank all our members that supported the trial run, but also know that our members will support this new way of dealing with bad patches on our fairways.

King Louis auction

We are going to celebrate Louis Oosthuizen’s Open win from 10 years ago by auctioning some very special Louis Oosthuizen memorabilia. The best part is that you can bid for the auction electronically. The link to use is

There are three different auction items and they will also have a reserve price connected to them. The first item is The Duke Handmade in St. Andrews Scotland Hickory Putter all the way from the course where Louis won the 2010 Open.

The second item is a very special bottle of wine. The label is signed by Louis himself and has a picture of him kissing the famous Claret Jug.

This bottle, together with a photograph of Louis taken during that particular Open, is framed in a once-in-a-lifetime memory of this momentous occasion.

The third item is a magnum bottle of Roodeberg Collector’s Edition wine. You may ask “What does that have to do with Louis who has his own brand of wine?” It is actually very simple. It is the one wine that has got two ‘o’s in its name, as in Oosthuizen.
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Many moons ago

Thanks to Anville van Wyk and Graham Retief who together managed to identify quite a number of the gentlemen in both of these photos.

FLTR: Unknown, Wynand (Nassie) Mans (Springbok wing in the 60s and 70s), Gerrie Brandt (committee member for years and regular sponsor through his business, Kilotreads, also identified by his son Giepie Brandt), Steven de Beer (still one of the corner boys) and Izak Britz (committee member for many years).

FLTR: Andy van Wyk (previous Captain & President), Ben van Zyl, Len Horne, Henri Dickson, unknown, Frans Slabber and Arnek Smidt (WP wing during the 60s)

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.


When to re-drop your ball

There seem to be confusion amongst players when they should “re-drop” a ball after dropping a ball to take relief (penalty or free drop).

When to drop again:
1. If the player drops a ball the wrong way.

The right way is:

a. Dropped only by player
b. Straight down from knee height, falling straight down without the player throwing, spinning or rolling it or using any other motion that might affect where the ball will come to rest.
c. The ball does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.
d. Drop a ball in the relief area. When it’s a penalty drop, the relief area is two club lengths, whilst a free drop one club length from nearest point of relief.

If a ball is dropped in the wrong way the player must drop a ball the right way. There is no limit to the number of times the player must do so.

If a player does not drop again and instead makes a stroke at the ball dropped in the wrong way, and the ball is played from the relief area the player gets a one stroke penalty. If the ball is played from outside the relief area or it was placed when required to be dropped (no matter where it’s played from), the player gets the general penalty (two strokes).

2. When the ball is dropped in the right way and then comes to rest outside the relief area the ball must be dropped in the right way for a second time. If the ball comes to rest outside the relief area after the second drop, the player must place a ball on the spot where the ball dropped for the second time first touched the ground.

Remember that if the ball is dropped in the right way and comes to rest in the relief area, the player has completed taking relief and must play the ball as it lies even if his stance is in a penalty area (water). This must not be confused when taking relief from Abnormal Course Conditions where a player must take complete relief (not touching the area from which relief is taken).

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

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Know your birdies from your eagles

     Red-Eyed Dove (Groot Ringnekduif)

The red-eyed dove is a largish, stocky pigeon, typically 30 cm (12 inches) in length. Its back, wings and tail are pale brown. When flying, it shows blackish flight feathers. The head and underparts are dark vinous-pink, shading to pale grey on the face. There is a black hind neck patch edged with white. The legs and a patch of bare skin around the eye are red. The call is a loud doo-doo-du-du.

Sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller than adults, and have scalloping on the body feathers.

Behaviour and feeding

It is distributed through most of sub-Saharan Africa except in desert zones. It is a common, if not abundant, species in most habitats other than desert. Like several other species in this genus, they are not particularly gregarious and often feed alone or in pairs. They can be found in forests near rivers.

Red-eyed doves eat grass seeds, grains and other vegetation. They often forage on the ground.


Females lay two white eggs at a time. This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays two white eggs. Its flight is quick, with the regular beats and an occasional sharp flick of the wings which are characteristic of pigeons in general.

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