Members Survey

Paarl Golf Club needs every member to help us become the club of the year!

Show your support by completing a member’s survey currently run by CMASA (Club Management Association of South Africa), who are currently in the process of evaluating our application towards club of the year. Before 17:00 on the 19th of November 2019 we need at least 465 members to complete the survey. This will make the 40% reaction minimum to be reached in order to get through to the next level of adjudication.

We know we don’t have to be worried, but just to make it worth your while, there is a fantastic bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey up for grabs in a lucky draw from all the surveys received.

Please complete the survey here.

Happy Birthday Mr. Player

Thursday 31st of October 2019 was quite a special day for Paarl Golf Club. We had the honour of Mr Gary Player playing nine holes of golf with three fortunate members. George Bezuidenhout, president of Boland Golf Union, played with Gary at Pearl Valley earlier that morning. After the game, George told Gary of how Paarl Golf Club has overcome the drought and in what a fantastic condition the golf course was. Gary accepted the invitation there and then to come and play nine holes at our course.

Hurriedly a fourball was created to join George and Gary. Our captain, Jacques Olivier and I got the call up and we were excitedly ready at the first tee when they arrived. After a few welcomes and Gary showing a few youngsters how to hold two drivers between the point and middle finger as well as a few photographs with eager golfers, we finally got to play this memorable nine holes.

It was a fantastic experience to see Gary on the day before his 84th birthday still hitting the ball as well as ever. He did test our bunker sand at the second and when he missed his first ball, he proceeded to hit the fifth ball from the bunker into the hole. It just proofed that he still is one of the world’s best bunker players ever. We wish Gary a fantastic 85th year of his life and hope to see him at Paarl Golf club again.

On the fourth tee box.
From left to right: Willem Pretorius, Gary Player, Jacques Olivier and George Bezuidenhout
Gary Player on the ninth of PGC with George Bezuidenhout and Jacques Olivier Our Chef Philip Pretorius with Gary Player after the game

Member Privileges Explained

It is the season of Corporate Days again and I thought it would be a good idea to explain Member Privileges and Corporate Days to clear up any confusion. Below is an extract from the membership contract that explains the situation in detail:

I sincerely hope that this will clear up the fact that Member Privileges only apply to competitions that forms part of the normal golf calendar of the Golf Club (That is Wednesday competitions, Saturday Club Competitions and Club Championships). It is therefore not possible to receive Member Privileges for Corporate Days, special competition days organised by either a Member of the club or groups. Therefore, special Fundraising Golf Days organised by the Ladies Section (such as the British Open, Xmas Mix, President’s Day etc), the Winelands Tournament and days where we try to raise funds for other entities, such as Rusoord Old Age Home and the Burger Xmas Fund Day, are not seen as unrestricted and therefore members privileges do not apply.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Dietary Preferences

It has come to my attention that there are certain dietary preferences that are not readily available at times in the Halfway House and the restaurant. We would like to ensure that we at least set arrangements in place to overcome this problem as soon as possible.

I had a chat with the Golfing Goat’s team, and they are fully willing to provide special dietary preferences, but will need some notification to make preparations for. I think it is fair to request any members with specific dietary preferences to just arrange with Golfing Goat 48 hours in advance.

I sincerely hope that through this arrangement, we are able to accommodate all Members with special dietary preferences. Contact us for further enquiries.

From the golfing Goat’s mouth…

Fairview’s goats have long been legendary animals of the Cape Winelands, but what do we really know about these goats? Where did they come from, why do they roam, why are they so darn mischievous and why on earth have we named our world class Clubhouse Restaurant and Halfway House after them? We had a chat to Fairview and Spice Route owner Charles Back, to get to the bottom of the story….

“When my late father was first looking to bring goats to the farm, he wanted above all to make sure that he brought only the most interesting line he could possibly find. His research led him to a particularly obscure family of goats from Ethiopia”

“As the legend goes, in the 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder was having trouble with the sleeping patterns of his goat herd. Although they were out all day and free to roam the grassy hills of the Ethiopian countryside, they returned during the evenings with more energy than before and kept him up all night! One day he decided to follow the herd. He discovered that the goats were eating berries from a specific bush and were uninterested in grazing on the grass. These berries turned out to be Arabica coffee beans and thus coffee as we know it today was born.”

“These coffee discovering goats became a hot commodity as it was said their years of ingesting coffee beans had changed the genetic makeup of their milk and gave it a distinct cappuccino-esque flavour. Before long the herd was disbanded and sold to slavers all across the Middle East where after descendants of these goats were spread all across the world. Notable descendants of the famed Ethiopian Coffee Goats include the Three Billy Goats Gruff of Norwegian Folklore; Nanny and Nanko who were Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America’s pair of goats, whom resided with him in the White House and our very own goats here at Fairview who’s escapades of running loose and eating grapes led to our famed Goats do Roam range of wines.”

Bruce the famous goat caddie
 “Lincoln’s goats were the first of the line to be introduced to America but by 2018 there were descendants in just about every state including Oregon where at the Silvies Valley Ranch and Golf Course, a goat named Bruce became the world’s first Goat Caddie. News of Bruce’s endeavors travelled fast via G(oat)Mail and soon the word had reached our herd at Fairview. Our goats were inspired by their distant cousin’s success, especially once they heard Bruce was receiving all the organic peanuts he could ever hope for after every 9 holes. They now dream of following in Bruce’s footsteps but have been met with much resistance. The local caddies feel threatened by the fact that these goats are willing to work for peanuts. This has brought about the formation of the Goat Caddie Union of South Africa who is leading the charge for integration in the caddie industry. A worthy cause I’m sure you’ll agree.”

“Whilst we await South Africa’s very first goat caddie, we’ve decided to honour the struggle these goats are facing by naming our brand-new Clubhouse Restaurant and Halfway House after these brave goats. Introducing the Golfing Goat. A place for good food, good drink and having a laugh.”

“This story and many of the facts in this story are entirely fictional. No goats were harmed or sold into slavery in the making of this story.”

Mercedes Benz Paarl Order 0f Merit 2019

During the year, every last Saturday of the month the Individual Stableford Competition has been sponsored by Mercedes Benz Paarl. Prize winners not only wins prizes on the day, but also gets allocated points for the place they finish on that day: i.e. 1st Place = 10pts, 2nd Place = 9pts and so forth. We keep track of all the points and then have placings for the final event that will be held on Saturday 30 November at Paarl Golf Club.

Below are the standings of the top 10 players leading the order of merit and they will compete for the grand prize. There will still be prizes for players who have not qualified, so please book your tee time as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

1. Maggie Minnie – 21
2. Butch Strasheim – 20
3. Danie Janse van Rensburg – 17
4. Karl Lutzeler – 17
5. Riaan Kritzinger – 17
6. Jannie van Breda – 16
7. Craig Hawkins – 13
8. Ganief Daniels – 13
9. Guillaume Brink – 13
10. Joseph Williams – 12

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Estienne Cronje and Mercedes Benz Paarl for their continued sponsorship and support during the year.

See you on the fairways.

In conversation with our Members

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Peacock (Pou)

Our own resident Peacock with two new “members” of the peacock family


Peafowl is a common name for three species of birds in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies. Male peafowl are referred to as peacocks, and female peafowl as peahens, though peafowl of either sex are often referred to colloquially as “peacocks.” Male peafowl are known for their piercing calls and their extravagant plumage. The latter is especially prominent in the Asiatic species, which have an eye-spotted “tail” or “train” of covert feathers, which they display as part of a courtship ritual.


Peafowl are omnivores and eat mostly plant parts, flower petals, seed heads, insects and other arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians. Wild peafowl look for their food, scratching around in leaf litter either early in the morning or at dusk. They retreat to the shade and security of the woods for the hottest portion of the day. These birds are not picky and will eat almost anything they can fit in their beak and digest. They actively hunt insects like ants, crickets and termites; millipedes; and other arthropods and small mammals.

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What’s happening at the club?

Members Survey

Paarl Golf Club needs every member to help us become the Club Of The Year!

We need your support by completing a member’s survey currently run by CMASA (Club Management Association of South Africa) in the process of evaluating our application towards the Club Of The Year.

Before 17:00 on the 19th of November 2019 we need at least 465 members to complete the survey. This will make the 40% reaction minimum to be reached in order to get through to the next level of adjudication. We know we don’t have to be worried but just to make it worth your while there is a fantastic bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey up for grabs in a lucky draw from all the surveys.

Please get the survey here

Ladies, this one’s for you!

19 November
Contact Maria on 076 967 1081 to book your spot.

Hexvallei Open

23 November

Lambertsbaai Kreefclassic

Contact Andre on 073 511 6907 / 027 432 1167 to book your spot.

The early bird gets the…

Who’s been winning?

05 November 2019
Ladies Competition – Combined Stableford
Place Names # Score
1st Andrea Kritzinger
Laudine Strydom
2nd Helena Griessel
Annelize Burger
3rd Barbara Hughes
Elmien Jacobs
4th L May Whitfield
Alida Kotzee
30 October 2019
Wednesday Competition – 4 BBB Bonus Bogey

Winelands Course

Place Names # Score Prize
1st Jacques Mouton
Louis Lourens
+7 R220
2nd Rendolf Wyngaard
Jasper Newman
+7 R180
3rd Mike Hope
Steyn Pienaar
+6 R140
4th Peet Bester
HP vd Merwe Snr
+5 R100

09 November 2019

Saturday Competition – Betterball Stableford
Huis Rusoord Sponsor Day

Paarl Old Course

Place Names Score
1st Peter Friggens
Zafer Sattar
2nd Renso Nel
Bjorn van Oort
3rd Johan Neethling
Gert Odendaal
4th Anwar Ebrahim
Riefaat Meyer
Winelands Course
Place Names Score
1st Grant Vernon
Le Roy Le Rich
2nd Steyn Pienaar
Graham Retief
3rd Leon Serfontein
Jan Hanekom
4th Albertus Smit
Johan Strydom
Boschenmeer Course
Place Names Score
1st Riaan Kritzinger
Deon vd Spuy
2nd HP vd Merwe
Anton van Lierop
3rd Christo van Wyk
Chris Jordaan
4th Janie du Plessis
Anna-Maria Eksteen
Click here for the full results.

Treat your skin

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A game for all

Take on the course with confidence!

Ben’s ladies beginner programme has been an absolute hit of late. Andrea Kritzinger completed the course in 2017 and has progressed to becoming a full time member and part of the committee at Paarl GC. She has now proceeded to mentoring the new ladies who attend Ben’s programmes so that they can take their games onto the course!

Renata Gomes and Laudine Strydom both recently attended the programme and have not only improved their golf, but discovered a full-blown passion for the game!

Andrea, Renata and Laudine having fun on the course!
Have a look at what they have had to say about Ben’s coaching below:

In August this year I joined Paarl GC all because of the ladies beginner programme. It is a wonderfull programme which includes the help from Ben. He is definitely the best teaching master around. Ben is very patient and walks you through all the details step by step. Because of Ben’s knowledge and his experience over so many years, this definitely qualifies him at the top of my list of coaches. I have learned a lot from Ben during each lesson and his passion for the game is contagious!
Laudine Strydom

The transition from the driving range to the course is made easy under Ben’s guidance.
Andrea Kritzinger

Renata & Laudine
What has followed adds to this already great story!

Laudine had a follow-up lesson with Ben this past Monday to sharpen up her game. The next day in the Tuesday Ladies Competiton Laudine, paired with Andrea, went on to win the Combined Stableford competition with a great 65 points!

This goes to show what can be done when you have dedication to the game, a great coach and a great attitude! Well done Andrea and Laudine!

Date: 5 November 2019
Format: Combined Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Number Score
1 Andrea Kritzinger
Laudine Strydom
2 Helena Griessel
Annelize Burger
3 Barbara Hughes
Elmien Jacobs
4 L May Whitfield
Alida Kotzee

Joanne Jordan, Charmaine Viljoen & Nicky Hahn also attended Ben’s programme and this is what Nicky had to say:

Fantastic beginners course. Great personalised service from you both. Bens patience can be commended. Hope to see you all on course for many years to come!
Nicky Hahn

Joanne Jordan, Charmaine Viljoen & Nicky Hahn

If you would like to improve your game and have a ton of fun while you’re at it, make sure you contact Ben today!

What’s hot in Paarl Pro Shop?

Cleveland Bloom 2018 ladies set

Will be in stock at Paarl Pro Shop next week!

Was R12 000
Now R 9 500!

The Cleveland Bloom 2018 ladies set is an all in one complete set which features a lightweight, long-distance driven technology that was specifically engineered for the beginner and intermediate woman golfer.


• Cleveland Bloom max cart bag
• Cleveland Bloom driver
• Cleveland Bloom fairway
• Cleveland Bloom irons:
Bloom irons are designed with advanced lightweight technology.
• Cleveland Bloom putter
The bloom putter features a traditional, confidence-inspiring look of the classic 10i putter
• Cleveland Bloom wedge

Reserve your set >

You’ve come this far, now get closer

Face any short game challenge
Out on the course you come across various surface textures,
lie angles and distances. Your short game equipment
should be able to handle this.

CBX 2 has a grind for every situation.

Whether you land on crispy fairways or light dirt, the V-shaped 46° – 52° sole is your go-to for full wedge shots.
Gone a bit wayward and hit a bunker or heavy rough? Pull out the S-shaped 54° – 56° wedge.
When you just miss the green and need to get it up and down, the C-shaped 58° – 60° wedge will do the trick.

Trust your wedge
Most amateur golfers hit the ball near the toe. They know what it’s like to see their ball fall short and right of the green. But with a sweet spot that extends to the toe, the CBX 2 makes it easier for you to trust your club.

Got spin?
At the end of a round, take your wedges to the practice green and check your shot dispersion.
It’s also loads of fun
Having the right equipment design is not just reassuring, it opens the game up to be more enjoyable.
We love wedge play
Being able to approach wedge shots creatively makes the game a lot more fun. To be able to do this, you need to practice. Let’s go greenside together and help you sharpen your short game.
Contact Ben >

Fix par 3 mistakes

Making the flag your only focus on par 3s, increases risk and closes off possibilities. And it often leaves you staring at double or triple bogey.
If you want to make more birdies, par 3s are not the holes you should be targeting. Landing your tee shot in the most achievable area on the green and leaving two putts for par is a much better approach. Flag hunting often leads to forced swings, loss of control and unnecessary bogeys.
Data from the PGA Tour shows that par 3s have the highest average score compared to par 4s and par 5s.
Better course management
Swing improvement takes time, but good strategy brings immediate results. We’ll help you make better decisions on the golf course that will put you into more scoring positions.
Play 9 with Ben >

Members Survey

Paarl Golf Club needs every member to help us become the club of the year!

Show your support by completing a member’s survey currently run by CMASA (Club Management Association of South Africa), who are currently in the process of evaluating our application towards club of the year. Before 17:00 on the 19th of November 2019 we need at least 465 members to complete the survey. This will make the 40% reaction minimum to be reached in order to get through to the next level of adjudication.

We know we don’t have to be worried, but just to make it worth your while, there is a fantastic bottle of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey up for grabs in a lucky draw from all the surveys received.

Please complete the survey here.

Why am I not receiving my newsletter?

Now that our newsletter is talked about, I find more and more members saying that they do not receive our newsletter. There can be a few reasons why.

The first issue is that we might not have your latest email address on our members database. We provide RetailTribe (our service providers who send out the newsletter) on a weekly basis with our latest distribution list of emails from the members database. Please make sure that we have your active email address on our members database. Please feel free to contact the office if you are not sure about that and we will quickly help you.

The second reason you might not receive the newsletter is because the newsletter email is stuck in your spam folder. Please have a look in your spam folder to “open” the pathway of the newsletter to your inbox.

The third problem we have is that members who have unsubscribed from our newsletter in the past are automatically ignored when a new newsletter is sent out. Please fee free to contact our office to rectify this and re-subscribe to our newsletter.

The fourth issue is a bit more complicated. Each email address gets a sending score. The higher the score, the more chance it has of being delivered to the recipient. When the score is low, it takes more precautions in sending it to the recipient because it sees the email as a threat to your sending score. For example, if an email bounces multiple times, it will be suppressed or removed in case it is a spam trap. A spam trap can blacklist you and reduce the deliverability of your entire database. This is best practice in email marketing.

We want you all to get the newsletter so please help us in overcoming these issues mentioned above to ensure effective delivery of the newsletter to your email inbox. Get in touch for further inquiries.

Approved Audited Annual Financial Statements

We are glad to report that our annual audit has been completed and the board has approved the audited annual financial statements.

I am pleased to inform you that the club received a clean audit once again this year.

A copy of the annual financial statements can be obtained on request from Heidi Strydom on 021 863 1140 or

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the emails received to identify the group photo of last week. We still need a few names. Thank you to Susan Hattingh, who identified four individuals out of the group photo.

She also shared many amazing memories with me and paid me a visit in my office to hand over her Paarl Golf Club 1908 – 2008 book as a contribution to the Club, filled with lots of memories and historical moments.

We received another email from Albertus Smit:
Frans Party one day said: “Ek was nou
so dors ek het amper water gedrink’.
Very interesting article and photo also received from Susan Hatting.

The Western Province Team. On the far right is Dolly Kruger from Paarl Golf Club.

I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

Elnarie Lategan
Employee and Member of PGC

Name? Elnarie
Surname? Lategan
Nickname: Why? Ella
Where were you born? Paarl
School: Tertiary? New Orleans Senior Secondary School
Favourite Food? Pastas – all types of pastas
Favourite Drink? Gin and Dry Lemon
Favourite Movie? A Walk to Remember
Favourite Music? 90s R&B
Favourite holiday destination? Swakopmund
Lowest handicap in golf? 31
Lowest score. Where? When? 99 – Paarl Golf Club – Vineyards Golf Day
Most memorable round of golf? At De Zalze
Favourite golf course? Paarl Golf Club
Have you played overseas and where? No
What’s in your bag? TaylorMade – Irons, Putter and Driver
What is your motto in life? Never give up!
If you can give 1 hint on how to improve your golf what would that be? Focus on short-game distance over direction.
Bucketlist: To play golf with which 4 ball and which course? Leopard Creek Country Club – Gary Player, Louis Oosthuizen and Dave Gleeson.
Do you want to see your picture on the wall?

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Black-Headed Heron (Swartkopreier)



This black-headed heron is a large, elegant member of the Ardeidae family. Although it looks very much like its grey-headed relative, it can be distinguished by the black-on-white strip on its head. The black-headed heron’s bill, legs, head and throat are all black, against which the yellow eyes and brown back are quite striking. The white underwing coverts can be seen during flight.


The majority of the black-headed heron’s diet comprises of land insects, but it is also known to dine on reptiles, small birds and mammals. These include beetles, scorpions, skinks, centipedes, mole-rats, vlei rats, laughing doves, and cattle egret chicks and eggs, when available. The heron stalks its prey by moving slowly and deliberately through the grasses and reeds, swaying its head from side to side. Once it sees a potential victim, it stands dead-still before striking it powerfully with its bill and impaling or seizing it.


The black-headed heron prefers habitats that are rich in grassy plains and open savannahs. Since it feeds in shallow waters, it is also found in reedy marshes, coastal creeks, next to rivers and lakes, or around temporary pools. They are not strictly migratory, but will move in response to the availability of food.

Rules flash

Currently we are not playing preferred lies (placing). I was asked if a player is entitled to get relief when his/her golf ball is lying on the fringe of a green and a sprinkler is directly between the ball and the flagpole (see pictures below).

Unfortunately, no free relief is allowed, and the player will have to play the ball as it lies or take a penalty drop. The player may only take relief if the sprinkler interferes with his stance or swing.

If you have any queries, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs.

Mr R

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