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
Golf greetings

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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Know your birdies from your eagles

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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