What’s happening at the Club?

Wednesday 24 April 2019
Members Competition
Individual Eclectic Stableford
Playing 19 to 27 TwiceSaturday 27 April 2019
Members Competition
4Ball Progressive Alliance

Our winners of the week

11 April 2019
Ladies dayClick here to view results20 April 2019
4ball Aliance 2 scores to countClick here to view results

Simplify your short game

Reap the rewards of great wedge play
Over the past three weeks, we have discussed the importance of great distance control in your wedge game and how it can help you lower your scores, improve your skills and get more from your golf.
Create a wedge chart.
There are many advantages:
– Greater distance control
– Improved accuracy
– Better shot execution under pressure
– Added confidence from a variety of distances
– Less technical swing thoughts
– Better game management.
Armed with your wedge chart and your favourite distance with your favourite wedge, you’ll know where to lay-up if you can’t get to the green with your approach. That’s better game management. Every golfer, whatever their handicap, should have a wedge chart.
Fill your wedge chart
To gauge a distance for each of your swings for each wedge can be difficult without assistance. So why not book a session with us. Let’s complete your wedge chart and at the same time, we can look over your three swings. Maybe there are other improvements.
Book a session >


Better ball striking

You know you want it.
Too many golfers make poor contact with the ball with their irons because the low point of their swing is BEFORE the ball, resulting in fat or thin contact.
In the search for solid, quality ball striking you want to make contact with the ball, and then the turf. That requires a slightly descending blow or angle of attack.

What if I told you that one of the simple ways to improve your angle of attack on the ball, and therefore your ball striking is…

Yes, a towel!
Learn more >
You know your position at address and impact is different. The setup is exactly that. It’s the correct setup to allow you to make a great swing, returning to what is sometimes referred to as the ”stacked” position at impact. How do you look at impact?
Improvement makes the game more fun
Whatever your level, a small improvement in ball striking quality, makes a BIG change in how much fun you have out on the golf course. It’s time for better.
Contact us >

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Many moons ago

I recently had to clear an old container from all the old documentation inside. Between the stuff I discovered a box full of old photographs. Most of the photographs were unfortunately not “identified” so that made me think to call in the help of our older senior members. I will weekly place one photograph out of that treasure chest with the hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. We will then also start building up an electronic photographic history of Paarl Golf Club. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

The first photograph features a visit by John Vorster to Paarl Golf Club. Extrapolating from the honours board behind them (last year indicated 1965) I would think that this visit took place in 1966. I would love to know who the two gentlemen are that stands next to Mr Vorster. Thanks in advance, MD


I received a lot of e-mails and whatsapps regarding the video clip where Hudson Swafford moves his ball with a divot after taking a practice swing.

Coincidentally the same happened to Justin Rose the day before.
See the videos below to see the incidents

Rule 9.4 is applicable:
If a player lifts or deliberately touches his or her ball at rest or causes it to move the player get a one-stroke penalty. If the ball is not replaced the player get a two-stroke penalty.

Remember this rule is not applicable on the putting green. If a player accidentally moves his/her ball on the putting green, there is no penalty, but they must replace the ball.

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

Mr R

 Member profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (Bontkiewiet)
The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to Southern and Southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic “tink, tink, tink” alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith’s hammer striking an anvil.

Crowned Lapwings and the more localized black-winged Lapwings sometimes associate and do not show mutual aggression, even within breeding territories. Different crowned Lapwing males do however posture aggressively when nesting territories are established. The loser in an encounter assumes a special posture to signal his defeat.

“Par”-don me?

Have you ever wondered how, or why, the term “par” became a part of the golf vernacular?

It was something I wondered recently when looking back at scores from Open Championships and U.S. Opens in the 1800s and early 1900s. In those championships, a player’s total score was tallied by the number of strokes they took – obviously – but there was no designation explaining where that total stood in relation to par.

For example, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open in 1895 at Newport Country Club – just 36 holes; four loops around the course’s nine holes at the time – with a score of 173. His scores were 91-82. Based on Newport’s par-70 layout today, that would have been a 34-over 173.

Be honest. How many of you are thinking now: I could be a U.S. Open Champion?

The word “par,” officially entered the golf lexicon in 1911 when the USGA put it in play. But the word itself was around long before that. Generally, “par” was used when talking about stocks, as in, “a stock may be above or below its normal or par figure,” according to the USGA.

For golf purposes, the USGA defined “par” as, “the score that an expert player would be expected to make for a given hole. Par means expert play under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green.”

Prior to the 1900s, “par” was actually a term used interchangeably with “bogey,” but “bogey” was the term more universally used. Eventually, it was decided that “par” should be used to identify the “ideal score” on a given hole, while “bogey” would be the term used to describe a score that recreational golfers would be happy with.

Here are the yardage variables that were used to determine a holes “par” in 1911:
Par 3 – Up to 225 yards
Par 4 – 225 to 425 yards
Par 5 – 426 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

Wouldn’t touring pros love it if those specific yardages were used to identify a hole’s par today?

Those numbers changed in 1917:
Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 445 yards
Par 5 – 446 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

And, finally, they were last updated in 1956, which is incredible when you consider the innovations in golf technology since then and especially in the last 20 years:

Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 470 yards
Par 5 – 471 yards or more

So, if you ever look at scores from golf tournaments from way back and wonder why you can’t find a total in relation to par, all of this is the reason why.

Article written by TJ Auclair (T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.)

 Small beginnings but big dreams

Our golf operations manager, Werner Bernhardt, held a very successful Target 36 Opening Day at the club on Sunday 25th of August. 18 very eager youngsters attended their first Target 36 session, with most of them stepping off the golf course ready to take on the game of golf. The Target 36 concept is based on different distances from 25m to 150m where the youngster must achieve a par 36 over 9 holes of the first distance before they can move to the next distance. When they reach the level of shooting par over 9 holes from 150m they qualify for their final distance marker as well as to be declared competent to take on a full golf course.

Next date for round 2 is 29 September 2019 at Paarl Golf Club.

Pamper yourself

Come see the new Spa at Boschenmeer B-Spa as of September 2019 will be open to public and we have a 20% sale on all our treatments!
Wednesday- Gel manicure at  R150
Two Basic pedicures at R250
Thursday- 30 Min Express facial at R150
Friday- Two 30min back, neck and shoulder massage at R250

Find us in the Boschenmeer Golf Estate inside the clubhouse. For bookings contact us at 066 289 0122.

Quote of the week

I know I have!

Luckily for us we have Ben’s Refresher Course. Covering everything from the tee box to the fairways, fairways or rough, out of the bunkers, around and on the greens. This course will help all aspects of your game!

Contact us to book your spot or for any further enquiries.

What’s happening at the Club?

17 – 19 April 2019
Boland Open
1 to 18 closed – 19 to 27 can be played twice – reciprocity has been arranged.

20 April 2019
Members Competition
4Ball Alliance – 2 scores to count.

22 April 2019
Hollowtining on 1 to 18 starts
19 to 27 can be played twice – reciprocity has been arranged.

Our winners of the week

Sundowner winners

1st. W Pretorius – 25 pts
2nd. M Du toit  – 23 pts
3rd. J Brink – 23 pts
4th. H Jordaan – 22 pts

10 April 2019
Goede Hoop Wednesday Competition
Individual Stableford

Click here for results

13 April 2019
Saturday Competition
Betterball Medall

Click here for results

Dear Member

Please be reminded of our course closures:  

17 – 19 April 2019Boland Open
22 – 26 April 2019Hollow-tiningholes 1 to 18
29 April – 3 May 2019Hollow-tiningholes 19 to 27

  Reciprocity has been arranged at the following clubs subject to availability:  

Clovelly Country Club     
De Zalze Golf Estate     
Devonvale Golf Estate     
Hermanus Golf Club 
Milnerton Golf Club     
Robertson Golf Club     
Somerset-West Golf Club     
Stellenbosch Golf Club     
Strand Golf Club     
Westlake Golf Club      Worcester Golf Club 
R195 or R1200

23 to 26 April only

per Fourball incl. carts

Brush up on your golf skills

A shoutout to all members, non-members, beginners and advanced players who are looking to brush up on their technique – book your eight Saturdays to learn new skills and refresh on old ones. Pay R1500 for the package of eight lessons, or R200 per individual lesson.

Entries for single days must be received on the Wednesdays before the Saturday which the golfer wants to enter for.

For entries and more info, please call Hannarie Fouchee at 082 990 7161.

Autumn sale is still on

Come visit us in-store to see the many special offers we have available.

One such item available at a discounted price is the waterproof towel with the BF Golf Academy 20 year logo on. Herewith some features of this towel are listed.

Waterproof  towels:

  • Towel fabric on inside and waterproof fabric on outside.
  • Inside to clean the golf ball and equipment with.
  • Once the towel is wet, being a dual-fold towel, it keeps the moisture in the towel much longer with the waterproof outer fabric. This is ideal for the summer warmer days.
  • On winter days the outer fabric helps by keeping the towel dry to assist the golfer to dry their grips. (In other words the rain doesn’t penetrate through the outer fabric and that’s why the towel stays dry much longer.)

What’s happening at the Club?

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 – Members Competition – Goede Hoop Meat sponsored day
Thursday, 11 April 2019 – Paarl Ladies Open
Friday, 12 April 2019 – Sundowner Competition – The Masters Par 3 Challenge
Saturday, 13 April 2019 – Members Competition – Betterball Medal
Sunday, 14 April 2019 – Islamic Golf Day from 11:00
Sunday, 14 April 2019 – Target36 Junior Event

A shoutout to all junior golfers

Our winners of the week

Wednesday, 3 April

 Wednesday Competition, Betterball Bogey Plus
79 players

See the results here.

Saturday, 6 April

Saturday Competition, Individual Stableford
139 players

See the results here.