Reminder of the PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to remind members that the PGC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020 at 18:30 in the Winelands Hall.

We would like to invite members to please attend this important meeting and should you like to nominate anybody for some position on the Board or the Captains Committee, please note that you need to hand in a completed nomination form  at the PGC Administration office by 12:00 on the 20th of February 2020.

We look forward to sharing some interesting opportunities coming your way in 2020.

Vandalism remains a reality on the estate

Members might have seen, especially when playing early mornings that infrastructure on the golf course does suffer vandalism from time to time.

A concerted effort between PGC and BMHOA is currently taking place to try and curb the constant vandalism taking place. These incidents are happening more frequently when the school holidays are in place. There are also certain “hot spots” that will be under surveillance more often to try and catch these vandals red-handed. Please help us in identifying these culprits in order for us to deal with them in the proper manner. Below just an example of what they are up to.


Photo above of scene early morning on the 21st Tee box where the dustbin was rolled over and vandalised. The half barrel keeping the divot sand was emptied and cracked.

Rulesflash

Rules regarding starting times

Lately there is an increase of players arriving late at the teeing area and therefore starting their round late. Here is what the rules of golf have to say about starting your round: Rule 5.3a is applicable.

A player’s round starts when the player makes a stroke to start his or her first hole.

The player must start at (and not before) his or her starting time:

• This means that the player must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point set by the Committee.
• A starting time set by the Committee is treated as an exact time (for example, 9am means 9:00:00 am, not any time until 9:01am)

If the starting time is delayed for any reason (such as weather, slow play of other groups or the need for a ruling by a referee), there is no breach of this Rule if the player is present and ready to play when the player’s group is able to start.

Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.3a
Disqualification, except in these three cases:

• Exception 1 – Player arrives at starting point, ready to play, no more than five (5) minutes late: The player gets the general penalty (2 shot) applied to his or her first hole.

• Exception 2 – Player starts no more than five (5) minutes early: The player gets the general penalty (2 shot) applied to his or her first hole.

• Exception 3 – Committee decides that exceptional circumstances prevented player from starting on time: There is no breach of this rule and no penalty.

The interpretations of golf clearly state that examples of circumstances that would not generally be considered exceptional include:
• The player gets lost or his or her car breaks down on the way to the course.
• Heavy traffic or an accident results in the journey to the course taking longer than expected.

Hopefully this will make players aware that they should be ready to play when it is their starting time.

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

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the email received to identifying the gentleman in the photo.  His name is Johnny Pauw, the man behind the Boschenmeer Golf Estate development. Thank you, Jan Hanekom for being the first member to identify of the gentlemen in the photo.

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 is. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to administration@paarlgc.co.za or we can take a photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

African Jacana (Groot Langtoon)
Description

African Jacanas are conspicuous and unmistakable birds. They are about 30 cm long, but females are larger than males. They have chestnut upperparts with black wingtips, rear neck, and eyestripe. The underparts are also chestnut in the adults, only in juveniles they are white with a chestnut belly patch. The blue bill extends up as a coot-like head shield, and the legs and long toes are grey.

Food and feeding

African Jacanas feed on insects and other invertebrates picked from the floating vegetation or the surface of the water.

Breeding

African Jacanas breed throughout sub-Saharan Africa. It is sedentary apart from seasonal dispersion. It lays four black-marked brown eggs in a floating nest.

The Jacana has evolved a highly unusually polyandrous mating system, meaning that one female mates with multiple males and the male alone cares for the chicks. Such a system has evolved due to a combination of two factors: firstly, the lakes that the jacana lives on are so resource-rich that the relative energy expended by the female in producing each egg is effectively negligible. Secondly the jacana, as a bird, lays eggs and eggs can be equally well incubated and cared for by a parent bird of either gender. This means that the rate-limiting factor of the jacana’s breeding is the rate at which the males can raise and care for the chicks

The parent that forms part of the harem is almost always the one that ends up caring for the offspring; in this case, each male jacana incubates and rears a nest of chicks. The male African Jacana has therefore evolved some remarkable adaptations for parental care, such as the ability to pick up and carry chicks underneath its wings.

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