We are back in business!
Saturday 13 June 2020 will forever be a day to remember by all golfers in South Africa and specifically Paarl Golf Club. That was our first round of “legal” golf as a member after the lockdown started for us on the 25th of March 2020. 80 days of lockdown!

I sincerely hope that all our members got a game in over the weekend because we decided to reserve play for our members over the course of last weekend. Many thanks to all the members who conveyed their appreciation to the volunteers and the limited Servest teams. We were able to start 12 hours after we got the go-ahead to open golf to our members and the course was in pristine condition.

From my side, a big thanks to all the members who abided to the rules and regulations with so much ease. Please let us keep that up seeing that we had to sign a declaration of adherence before we could operate again. This declaration unfortunately forced us to be diligent in our safety protocols and processes. Therefore, please understand if any of the golf club’s personnel request from you to adhere to the rules. We really don’t need any individual spoiling it for the entire club.

I had an opportunity to be on the course on Saturday and Sunday and I must admit that it was fantastic to walk the fairways again (with clubs in your hands). Talking of fairways, I couldn’t miss the amount of fresh divots left without any filling up. I know you might not believe me, so I did take a few photographs to back me up. In the past, we normally gave the excuse of visitors not feeling anything for our course but this weekend there was no visitors. Members please let us respect our course and at least have the decency to fill our divots with the sand that is available on each hole of the course.

I will leave you all to identify the holes and maybe remember the shot. I could have taken a photograph in all 27 holes but I thought six would bring the message across. Please respect your course and repair your divots!

   Booking and paying for a round

through the app and the website

One of the big changes after lockdown is the fact that we had to go cashless. The exchange of money between people was seen as a very high risk action and we were requested to get electronic payment methods in place. Booking a round through either the Golfscape application or the website now allows you also to pay electronically for that booking. In doing so, all we have to do when you get to the club is to ensure that you do not have a temperature higher than 38 degrees celsius.

Please feel free to contact our office if you still struggle to register on either of the two platforms and if you struggle to do the payment. I attach two documents that clearly describe the processes to follow to get this done. We thank all our members for easily converting to this new booking process as well as payment process.

Booking and paying a round through our website.

Booking and paying a round through the Golfscape application (please note that we would direct you to our web page currently but we are in the process to have the direct link active in the application).

Register for Spotlight Social and win a Wine of the Month

PGC launched its first Mobile communication application some weeks ago. It is very important that all members register on this application to make our communication with our members more direct and very easy. As I write this article we are standing on 161 members already registered on the application.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 180th, 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!

How do you join the rest?

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!

Members survey – thank you all!

Thanks to all the members who completed the questionnaire. We will have the results available very soon and will inform all our members what we have learned from this exercise.

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 did not receive any help on the three gentlemen below. I will therefore give it another week for our members to come through and help me out.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the ladies and gentlemen in 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

Cape Wagtail (Gewone kwikkie)

Description

The Cape wagtail (Motacilla capensis), also known as Wells’s wagtail, is a small insectivorous bird which is widespread and fairly common in the southern Africa. It frequents water’s edge, lawns and gardens.
The Cape wagtail is a rather dull plumaged and relatively short tailed wagtail with olive grey upperparts and face with a buff supercilium and dark lores. The underparts are creamy white and may show a faint pinkish wash on the lower breast and belly. The breast band is dusky and the sides of the breast and the flanks are olive-grey. The brownish black wings have pale edges to the feathers and the tail is blackish with the two outer tail feathers being white. The juveniles are similar to the adults but browner above and yellower below.

There is a white version of the Cape Wagtail frequenting the 19th fairway and the lawns in front of the Boschenmeer Lodges.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape wagtail’s main food is invertebrates foraging is mainly on the ground or in shallow water, often feeding on animals that are already dead. It has been recorded taking insects attracted to lights in the early morning or caught in car radiators. Other than insects it has been recorded as eating fiddler crabs, sand hoppers, snails, ticks, tadpoles, small fish, small chameleons and human food.

The Cape wagtail is a monogamous, territorial solitary nester and breeding pairs stay together over a number of breeding seasons. Like many territorial birds the males often fiercely attack their own reflection in mirrors or windows. The nest is built by both sexes and consists of a cup made of a wide range of materials, both natural and artificial, which is lined with hair, rootlets, wool and feathers. The nest is situated in a recess within a steep bank, tree, bush or frequently sited in a man-made site, such as a hole in a wall, pot plant or bridge. It breeds all year round but, egg-laying peaks from July until December. One to five eggs are laid, which both sexes incubate for 13–15 days. Once hatched the chicks are fed by both parents, until they leave the nest after 14–18 days. Once fledged they adults continue to feed them for another 20–25 days, and the young become fully independent after 44 days from fledging, occasionally up to 60 days.

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