Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

Greetings members,

We hope you are all staying warm and remaining positive! We at Paarl Pro Shop are optimistic that we will be able to see all of your smiling faces very soon.

Due to all the rumours and uncertainty around the immediate future of our industry, we feel it would be unfair to you to make any promises. However, we have plenty of surprises and offers waiting for you as soon as we get the go ahead from the powers that be.

If you have made any purchases over the lockdown period, we will be contacting you personally to arrange the delivery of your items.

In the meantime, stay warm and keep an eye out for any communications that might be coming your way this weekend, should we hear anything. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you want any golfing advice, to make any requests for products that you might want for the upcoming winter of golf or even just a friendly chat.

Contact Ben >

 

Golf’s next generation.

It’s competition time.

From the age of about 16 years old, junior golfers who started their journey at 6, will move from learning to play, to what the athlete development model calls “training to compete”. This is where we fine-tune skills and start to incorporate competitive elements into training.
Practice makes permanent
Lots of research into expertise has revealed that the most significant factor in mastering a skill is practice. But it’s not as simple as just hitting hundreds of golf balls for hours at a time. The quality of that practice is extremely important. We’ll help your child work on the things they need to, so they can reach their full potential.
Happy, healthy children
When a junior starts to master golf skills, we see them experience joy and excitement. They become more self-confident. They are happy and eager to learn. That’s what golf can do for your child. If you have a child who could benefit from the game, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or
Start a conversation now >
 

Come back stronger.

Build your upper legs for more power.

It’s possible to improve your golf game from home. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and certain exercises are particularly good for your swing.
Your upper legs have the biggest muscles in your body. You can improve the consistency of your golf swing by making sure these muscles are strong and functional. It will help to improve your general mobility as well.
The box squat is a simple yet effective exercise to build upper leg strength and power.
Watch video >
Get stronger
If you’re interested in how better fitness can improve your golf and your health,
Contact us >

 

We are ready for the challenge

to remain a club of choice after Covid

To you, our members, thank you!

After last week’s plea to members to please maintain their subscriptions and monthly debit orders we were inundated by members offering to even pay their subscriptions earlier in order to help during this pandemic situation. It yet again confirmed that we have a fantastic group of members that will always try to help wherever they can. I cannot tell you how proud this makes me and my team here at Paarl Golf Club.

Through the many discussions it was also clear that members would like to know how we plan to get through this financially and what we were predicting will be the financial situation come end July 2021.

Apart from revisiting our proposed budget for 2020/21 financial year through various scenarios and assumptions, we also had a hard look at all our expenses and managed to trim our expenses by a planned 32%. It meant that a number of service providers were stopped which at the end would result in our team here at PGC would just need to do more to make ends meet. As a further saving, we opted to pay our non-working personnel 50% of their salary and not go for the “no work, no pay” principle that is being applied at most of the golf courses in the country, but widely in the business world as well. We managed to give our personnel 50% of their salary for May 2020 and also plan to do the same in June 2020. This is possible due to the fact that we have been successful with our TERS application for April and plan to do the same for May and June.

Through the TERS top-up, most of the non-working personnel will get close to their full salary for the months of May and June. Should the government extend the TERS process to July, we will follow the same rule. Further to this we also did not budget for 13th cheques/bonusses, as well as no increase in salary. Some of our bigger service providers were also asked to trim their accounts with certain percentages. Servest came to the table and offered us a 30% discount on the administration fee as well as to optimize their expenses on the maintenance budget of the course. From where we would have ended up with a negative bank balance, we managed to change that dire situation to end with a positive bank balance by end July 2021.

A word of caution however. The current projection is based on assumptions made in a very unstable world. Should any of them prove to be off the mark, things may change for the worse very quickly. Therefore, it is imperative for our club members to maintain their financial support of the club. “Now is the time to be loyal!”

Our thanks go out to our board who supported us all the way through this process of finalizing a budget that we can work with. As time goes on and more information becomes available we will obviously review the budget regularly to ensure that we succeed in our aim to have at least three months of operational funds remaining in our bank account by the end of the financial year.

Just a word of thanks yet again to our volunteer team maintaining the golf course in a magnificent condition. Members would be surprised when they get to play again to see what transpired during the Covid weeks. A special word of thanks must go out to Sheila Moss for giving each volunteer a pizza of their choice at the Golfing Goat as a gesture of thanks. The team appreciated that tremendously. Talking about Golfing Goat, a big thanks must also go out to them who keep the volunteer team “steamed up” with a complimentary coffee to each volunteer on the day they work. Practice those long rough grass shots because that will be very useful playing those first few rounds. I tried to capture these conditions in the following photographs. Enjoy and play them in your minds.

See what is waiting for you when they allow us to play the game we love. The course is looking magnificent and it will be a tough test for you all when we start again

In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

Thank you very much to all those members that helped with payments into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund. We appreciate every cent that is donated. We are planning to pay our caddies this coming Friday for the two weeks ahead should we not get started soon.

A further amount of R26 500 was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster fund leaving us with a balance in the fund of R33 050 that will allow us to pay each caddie R1 000 this coming Friday. Should we not open, we will then still have one “payment” available to the 17 caddies that we have registered with the club.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details:
Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name.

Paarl Golf Club launches Spotlight Social!

Some members might have remembered that I said at the AGM that we are working on a communication app that would change our entire way of communicating to our members as well as to create a one stop shop where every member can have access to the booking app (golfscape), the Handicap Networks App (HNA), two weather forecasting apps, the PGC newsletter, critical golf club documentation and a number of other good information that each golfer could do with. Welcome to Spotlight Social!

We understand that your smart phone is at the center of all your communication, so we have created Spotlight Social to work hand in hand with that in mind.  With Spotlight Social you form communities, chat groups and one-on-one interactions which all enables you to effectively stay connected.

Big groups or organizations made small. With Spotlight Social you can see all your communities within a club or organization on your home screen. Each community is different and you can see the members and follow the various newsfeeds, events calendars, listings and bulletin boards.

Spotlight Social has sophisticated tools that allow you to save posts and view these in a set of filtered feeds and users can like posts and share these to other social media platforms.

Spotlight Social is a free app for users and does not have in-app purchases.

What you can do with Spotlight Social:

• All your activities in one place
Access all your communities and golfing information in one place under the parent club, organization or facility.

• Connect with users in your communities
You will be able to see who belongs to each community you’re in and easily communicate with them right within the app.

• Never miss a beat
You now will be able to stay more connected than ever before to your club, facility or organization. See when events are scheduled, enter them or save them for future retrieval

The App is available on your SmartPhone or Tablet so:

Please click here (if you are on your smart phone) or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store.
•    You can then download the app.
• Create your profile using your [email address] as it is linked to the Paarl Golf Club Community and remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you good to go.

See what we were up to during the lockdown period. Your feedback on the app would also be greatly appreciated. Any suggestions of further enhancements can also be sent to me and I will see how we can incorporate that into the app.

Looking forward communicating with you via our new app. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

When will we be allowed to play again?

This is probably the question I am asked most on a daily basis. I wish I could give a definite date but we await the publishing of the new amendments to the Disaster Act in order to see if our proposals to the minister dating back to the 27th of April 2020 was at all incorporated in the new regulations. Nothing was hinted by the President on Sunday night but we hope that the published version would have more restrictions lifted with more detail what should happen. If indeed the Government Gazette gets published today, we will hopefully have an answer on what we could do from the 1st of June 2020. Let us all hope that we will be able to function as a social distancing sport.

Should we get the go ahead later today or tomorrow… please note that there would be some regulations that we as golf club needs to adhere to.  We need to screen each golfer arriving at the club for temperature and should we register a temperature of 38° with any one of our distance temperature gauges we will not be able to allow that player to go any further. The screening will take place at the door of the players entrance. Boschenmeer residents that is also members of the club will have to go through the same procedure so please take that extra walk to get through the “gates”. There will be sanitising stations available after you have entered so please make use of them. The toilets have been deep cleaned and will also be sanitised daily. No showers or lockers may be used so please understand that access to that would be restricted.

A further critical point is that you should preferably pay when you book your round as far as possible. We will have credit card facilities ready with the main idea to not exchange any cash between hands. After you have been screened for temperature you can then move through to the golf course where the starter would finally check if you are good to go. They will be able to see if you have paid your fees and should they not get the green light they will ask you to go back and finalise the payment of your round first. Please allow for some time to do that if you don’t pay when you do your booking. We have arranged with Golfscape that the booking app and the website will give you the opportunity to pay electronically.

We will notify all the members via SMS and/or e-mail if we will open on Monday as soon as we get the go ahead.

For those of you who would have activated Spotlight Social you would get a notification on your app.

Now let’s all hold thumbs for a positive outcome of the lockdown level and allowing golf to be played.

Many moons ago

I finally bowled out all our members with this photo of last week. I had no takers on idetifying any of the gentlemen on the photo. I will therefore await any feedback I can get to identify at least some of them.

This week’s photograph from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen in the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Olive Thrush (Olyflyster)

Description

It can reach a length of 24 cm (9.4 in) and a weight of at least 101 g (3.6 oz). The tail and the upperparts are coloured dull olive brown. The belly is white and the rest of the underparts have an orange hue. The throat is speckled with white spots. It can be found in evergreen forests, parks, and gardens.

The male’s song is a mix of fluted, whistled and trilled phrases, which varies geographically. It occasionally mimics other birds

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The female builds a cup nest, typically 2 to 9 m (6 ft 7 in to 29 ft 6 in) above the ground in a tree or hedge. The 1–3 (usually 2) eggs are incubated solely by the female for 14–15 days to hatching, and the chicks fledge in another 16 days.

Its diet consists of earthworms, insects, snails, fruits, and spiders.

Golf quote of the week

Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

Get up and down more often
I sincerely hope that the golf courses will open up very soon. I have never had such a long break from the game since I started 40 years ago. Most golfers probably feel the same and can’t wait to get back on the course. Let us stay positive and in the meantime, work on the parts of our game we can.

Today I am going to teach you how to play the lob shot.

At Boschenmeer most of the greens are built up and when you miss them with your approach shots, you often need a lofted chip shot to get the ball up and stop quickly on the green. Many golfers are not confident to play this shot, opting for the safe option by just playing a normal chip shot somewhere onto the green. With a little bit of practice, you can master this shot, giving you a much better chance to get the ball closer to the flag.

How to play the lob shot:

1. Which club to use

You will always use the club in your bag with the most loft, which will either be a sand wedge (54 to 56 degrees) or a lob wedge (58 to 62 degrees).

2. The setup

You can have your feet a little further apart than for a normal chip shot. Place the ball a bit further forward in your stance. Open your stance by aiming further left (for right-handed golfer). Depending on the club you use and how high you want to hit the ball, you can also open the club face to add more loft. Important note: You normally need a decent lie to attempt this shot.


Feet slightly further apart

Open stance

Open the club face

3. The technique  

You need a longer back swing for this shot, therefore you need to hinge your wrists when you swing the club back.  Keep the club face open on the way through and use the bounce of your wedge to slide through the grass. Imagine that the ball has legs and you have to knock out the legs under the ball. What most people find difficult with this shot is to make such a big swing for a short shot. Remember the loft on the club face will transfer energy upwards and ony slightly forward.


Backswing

Impact

Follow through
Final thought: With some practice you will find your rhythm and begin to trust your strike, which will lead to controlling your flight and distances.

Good luck and stay safe. I hope to see you all soon.

Contact Ben if you would like more tips or drills on how you can improve your golf during the lockdown period.

 

Golf’s next generation.

Playing to improve.

Once juniors have learned and practised the fundamentals of the golf swing for several years, it’s important that we start to emphasise fitness too. In athlete development models, this stage of a junior golfer’s journey occurs between 12 and 16 years old, and is called “play to improve”.
Playing additional sports
Rather than prescribing fitness exercises to improve physical conditioning, one of the best things young golfers can do is play a sport that also complements golf. Tennis is a great example. It strengthens aerobic fitness, agility and speed, as well as hand-eye coordination.
Happy, healthy children
When a junior starts to master golf skills, we see them experience joy and excitement. They become more self-confident. They are happy and eager to learn. That’s what golf can do for your child. If you have a child who could benefit from the game, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or
Start a conversation now >
 

Come back stronger.

Improve ball striking.

It’s possible to improve your golf game from home. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and certain exercises are particularly good for your swing.
Solid, consistent ball striking requires a smooth swing plane. Strong glutes (buttocks) stabilise your pelvis, and this helps you to swing on plane more consistently. When your glutes are strong, it also helps to reduce lower back pain.
Bridges are a great way to strengthen your glutes.
  Watch video >
This Titleist Performance Institute video explains why hip mobility is so important.
Watch video >
Get stronger
If you’re interested in how better fitness can improve your golf and your health,
Contact us >

 

Paarl Golf Club needs its members to stand together

We are all going through a very uncertain period in the world’s day to day existence. Covid-19 will always have a place in history and not because of its mortality rate, but more about the devastating effect it had on the world economy. We are all battling with the idea of survival and just reaching the end of this pandemic alive.

Why this negative approach to a weekly golf club newsletter? We receive daily requests from members to stop their payments for a period or even cancelling membership immediately. We fully understand that there are situations more dire than ours, but please allow me to just say that we as a club will not be able to maintain the golf course in the condition that it is currently, if we do not spend money on a daily basis. We cannot afford to let the course go unmaintained seeing that it would cost us far more to get it back to its former glory.

In order to achieve that, we are spending close to R1 million per month to maintain the course and all its amenities. This is done so that when we get the green light from government to operate again, we would be able to entertain our members immediately. Remember that at level 4 and 3 it is only members at a club that may play golf. We will not have the luxury of local and overseas visitors that always makes a huge portion of our yearly income. It is therefore clear that we need every member to stand with us in this fight for survival. Please try and maintain your subs and debit orders for us all to have a good golf course ready for play when we can.

We are doing a lot behind the scenes to make electronic payment of all your golfing costs easily and effortlessly. Please realize that electronic payment will become the norm from now on and it is also a regulation for the opening up of golf courses under levels higher than level 1.

Booking a round on our website as well as through the Golfscape App will also allow you now to pay for the round there and then. This will ensure that when you get to the golf course to play you just need to go through our temperature scan and sanitation stations to start playing. We are also getting ourselves ready for all other ways and means of electronic payment including the ability to pay with your topped-up membership card.

See what is waiting for you when they allow us to play the game we love. The course is looking magnificent and it will be a tough test for you all when we start again

In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund feedback

We were hoping that by now we would have been able to get the golf course open and playable but to no avail. Now we hope for some good news for the beginning of June 2020. Let us hope that the decision makers are serious about opening up golf courses and not using Covid for other reasons as well. Our Covid-19 Disaster Fund has been helping a lot of needy people to have some income during this lockdown period. Through this fund we paid R93 250 to the Golfing Goat personnel that were reliant on tips and a fully functional restaurant and bar. Due to the fact that this will probably not be possible till November/December, the Golfing Goat had no other choice than to retrench 30 of their 41 personnel. It was a very tough decision but they had no other choice.

Closer to home our caddies (not part of the PGC personnel) were given a R1000 Shoprite voucher each at the beginning of lockdown as well as R500 per week in order to sustain their “normal” income. These contributions amounted to R34 000 and was funded via the Caddy Foundation fund created by PGC. A further R34 000 was also paid to the caddies from the Covid – 19 Disaster Fund which would help them till end of May 2020.

A total amount of R133 800 was paid into the Covid-19 Disaster fund and to date R127 250 has been paid out leaving us with a balance in the fund of R6 550. We once again thank everybody that contributed to this fund and assure you that those that were helped through this would have liked to convey their thanks to each and everyone of you. If we want to continue the help to the caddies we would need more funds to be deposited into the Covid-19 Disaster Fund.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details:
Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name.

    Visitors ignore lockdown rules

We have been trying to keep people off the course during this lock down period and I must admit that at a point in time I was worried that we would not succeed in that. However, all the residents on Boschenmeer are really trying hard not to walk the course without a golf club in hand. Thank you very much for understanding and making my policing work so much easier. I also don’t like to stop a person just trying to keep his game in tact during these testing times.

But you always get those that will misuse a vulnerable situation. Luckily they were caught red handed playing on the golf course. Their “membership” is currently reviewed and they might end up giving our fish back. I am talking about the two ball otters that now frequents our fairways and made the irrigation dam one of their “fresh fish” take away spots. Please be on the watch out for them and forgive them for “fishing” without permission.

Thanks to Michael Palframan and Alida Kotzee for capturing these two on video for all to enjoy.

Many moons ago

I was informed by David Maughan that we made an error with identifying a person as Percy Muggeridge. It was Brian Porter, the managing Director of the Porter Group, who according to David was a formidable motor businessman and he also confirmed this identification with a family member. Thanks for  that David. If I am correct the man on the left is Brian Porter and next to him is David Muggeridge. Hopefully I have got this correct now.
Then again a big thanks to Anville van Wyk who identified the two gentlemen below.

On the left probably a sponsor of the day. Hidden behind him is Johan Loubser, captain who also served as Boland President. Photo taken 1978/79. On the right, the late Sarel du Plessis. Nicknamed “Silwer Sluiper”. Soft spoken gentleman, loved by all but a cunning golfer. Played Brodie league for Paarl and rarely lost his game. Sarel’s golfing trick was if you are equidistant from the pin to take a wood or too long iron from his bag where a 6 or 7 iron would have done the job. Obvioulsy the opponent would watch him and reclub. When the opponent’s ball dissapeared over the green. Sarel would put the wood back and take out the correct club. Those days there were no distance markers or fancy GPS support.

This week’s photograph from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen in the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Bulbul (Kaapse Tiptol)

Description

The Cape bulbul (Pycnonotus capensis) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is an endemic resident breeder in coastal bush, open forest, gardens and fynbos in western and southern South Africa.
The Cape bulbul is 19–21 cm (7.5–8.3 in) long, mainly dull, blackish brown with a diagnostic white eye-ring, and yellow undertail coverts. The head has a small crest. The short, straight bill, legs and feet are black and the iris is dark brown. The sexes are similar in plumage.

This species is much darker than the other South African bulbuls, and differs in the eye ring colour and brown lower belly, whereas the other dark bulbuls have a pale lower belly. The dark belly helps to identify juveniles, which lack the distinctive eye ring of the adult.

The most typical call of this species is a liquid whistle of two or more varied notes pit-peet-pitmajol, piet-piet-patata.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape bulbul is a common and conspicuous bird, which tends to perch at the top of a bush. It is active and noisy, usually seen in pairs or small groups foraging for fruit, nectar and insects.

This species nests mainly in the southern spring from September to November. The nest is thick walled cup concealed by foliage in a small tree or shrub.

Golf quote of the week

Paarl Golf Club remains hopeful

In anticipation of a possible opening of the golf course after the president’s speech last night I unfortunately am none the wiser today. We have been preparing ourselves to open within 24 hours should they have called that last night.

We are still hopeful that the Covid Command Council will look at the National golf application favorably in order to get us breathing again. I don’t want to go into detail but all golf courses are currently trying to cut costs and make plans to survive this onslaught. Paarl golf Club is no different. We are working hard behind the scenes to see how we can make ends meet but the picture becomes more and more grim the longer they keep us locked down. We will have a special director’s meeting on Monday the 18th of May 2020 after which I would be able to sketch the way forward for Paarl Golf Club.

Let us hold thumbs that we would be able to survive this and limb through to the time where we would be able to fully function again.

In the meantime, stay positive but more importantly stay healthy.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund

We are still unsure how low we will still be in lockdown before we would be able to play some restricted golf. This means that our Covid-19 Disaster fund will need some replenishment if we would like to continue our payment to our caddies and those personnel reliant on a fully functional golf course.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details

Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name

    Please respect the lockdown rules

on the golf course

We are still finding golf balls and divots on the fairways and even pitch marks on certain greens which indicate that there are still people hitting balls on the golf course.

Please realise that if we were to be seen as ignoring the lockdown rules, the police have the right to come and shut us down. Many police vehicles are driving past our estate daily and it only takes one of them seeing somebody playing golf or just even hitting a few balls that can end everything for all of us.

Please note that we have eyes and ears all over the course so if you are going to ignore this warning, we will find you and issue you with a fine of a non-affiliated visitor which amounts to R695 based on our approved cancellation policy.

Many moons ago

Thanks again to Anville van Wyk with some support from Leon Cronje to identify the four gentlemen below.
FLTR: MD of Mcarthy’s in Cape Town (sponsor of the particular day), Percy Muggeridge, manager of the Paarl outlet of Mcarthy’s. Then the late Henry du Toit, well known architect at the time and also captain of the club for 6 months. Far right is the late Dr Lochner Slabbert, probably the ost popular doctor at the time.

A beautiful joke was told by one of Dr Slabbert’s lady patients at the celebration of his 80th birthday. She said that when they were both young, Dr Locchie would order her to take off most of her clothes and he would conduct a proper examination. But when they got older he just ordered her to stick out her tongue!

This week’s photograph from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen in the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

White Backed Duck (Witrugeend)

Thanks to Steph Lotz who made us aware of these ducks on the 22nd hole on Monday the 11th of May 2020.

Description
The White-backed Duck, also called the African White-backed Duck, is from sub-Saharan Africa. Pink-necked or Striped might be a more appropriate name since their white backs are rarely seen(only in flight) They have a call reminiscent of the Whistling Ducks and a tail like the Stiff-tail Ducks but are not closely related to any other species of duck. These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. These ducks live in watersheds and lakes where vegetation is not too dense. On land this bird doesn’t appear to be very quick and they are slow swimmers. From danger, they also escape preferentially by diving; hence, the namesake white back is hardly visible in life.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding
They live in sn]mall groups and due to their diving ability they search especially for the bulbs of waterlilies, but also seeds and leaves of waterlilies and other water plants and the young feed on lake flies larvae as well.

They lay about 4-10 chocolate brown eggs which hatch in 26-30 days.

Golf quote of the week

Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

A word from your PGA Professional, Ben Fouchee

I hope that all of you who sent in videos last week are happy with the feedback you received. Just be patient with your corrections, it takes time to get the feeling and build trust with your new technique.

Remember that if you would like some (FREE) top tips so that you can work on your game from home, WhatsApp a video of your swing, chipping action or putting stroke to 082 499 2448. It’s the easiest way to improve your golf from the comfort of your couch so you can hit the course with confidence when the time comes!

This week’s lockdown lesson

Today I am going to give you a simple but very effective putting drill that you can do at home. Most of the Pros and good putters often do this exercise with great success. You can do it on your carpet at home and later on at the practice putting green at the club.

The drill:
The length of the putt should be between one and two metres. You need two clubs to help you with your path.

Place the 2 clubs parallel on the carpet, just a little wider than that of your putter head. The idea is to make a stroke between the two clubs without touching them. You can also put your extra balls about 8 inches behind your putter head to regulate the length of your back stroke.

This drill will address many of the important putting fundamentals:

1. Aim
1.1 Putter face to target
1.2 Feet parallel to the target line

2. Stroke – straight back and through

3. Length of stroke for strength

4. Putter face square at impact

You will find that once you master this drill, you can sink 10 to 15 putts of this length in a row with ease.

Note: This drill is for shorter putts. With longer putts your stroke will be more on an arc.

Remember that it’s always good to practice under pressure. So set yourself a target and if you miss one putt, start again from the beginning. Another great way to add pressure and simulate a real-life scenario is to have some spectators, just like the ones below:
If you would like to return to the course in better shape than you left it, be sure to contact Ben.
 

Golf’s next generation.

Putting the ‘fun’ in fundamentals.

In the development of young golfers, the ages between 6 and 9 years are about movement fundamentals. Something movement experts call ‘physical literacy’. It’s an important phase in the development of your child, especially at the start of their golfing journey.
It’s playtime
Unstructured play activities like riding a bicycle, swimming, climbing, running and catching are important. They get children outdoors, having fun and broadening their experiences, while learning motor skills they’ll need for golf, and for life.
Enrich their childhood
Golf provides hours of fun, interaction and learning outdoors in a safe environment. We’d love to start your child on a lifelong journey with the game. If that’s something you’d like for your child, when we next see you, let’s talk about it, or
Start a conversation now >
 

This decision affects everything

Situations and clubs change from shot to shot, but your golf ball is a constant companion. You need to choose it wisely. The Srixon Soft Feel offers distance off the tee, spin around the greens and consistency throughout a round. Not to mention excellent value for money. It’s a perfect companion.

Come back stronger.

Develop distance from anywhere.

It’s possible to improve your golf game from home. Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and certain exercises are particularly good for your swing.
Your hips and thighs help you transfer energy during your swing. Better energy transfer means longer shots. That’s why strengthening these muscles is so important. It will also help to improve your general mobility and reduce lower back pain.
Lunges are a simple and effective way to increase upper leg and hip strength, flexibility and balance.
Watch video >
This Titleist Performance Institute video explains why hip mobility is so important to the golf swing.
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Lockdown – If approved, what rules would be enforced to operate in level 4?

In anticipation of possible opening of the golf course under level 4 rules, I thought it wise to indicate those rules in order for all our members to familiarize themselves with that and prepare themselves mentally, as well as physically for that. At Paarl Golf Club, it will be our duty to ensure a safe environment that can be created and enforced.

The measures that were proposed to the Minister, follow the sequential levels as proposed by Government i.e. level 5 – level 1. The following table indicates level 4 golf operations and rules. As soon as we have clarity on other levels, I will give the detail through to our members.

The socio-economic impact on communities and golf clubs should the lockdown continue will be devastating.

There are approximately 500 golf facilities situated in all 9 Provinces in South Africa (460, 18- and 9-hole golf courses) and 60 other facilities. Most of these facilities are operated as non-profit organisations and between 65% and 90% of the annual revenue of the average golf club in South Africa is derived from member subscriptions and playing fees.

Employment costs are one of the major expenses of golf clubs and approximately 40% of a golf club’s annual expenditure is paid to permanent employees. During 2019 – more than 5million golf rounds were played in SA.

In 2008 the PGA of SA commissioned an independent survey of the economic impact of golf in South Africa. The research was undertaken and published by “IFM Sports Marketing Surveys SA”, 2009. The gist of their research claimed – “Direct impact of golf, without multiplier effect estimated at R29,2bn creating more than 50 000 jobs” – IFM Sports Marketing Survey SA – 2009.

The total number of employees at golf facilities in South Africa are estimated at 22 000 permanent employees and between 15 000 and 18 000 temporary employees. Significant job losses have already occurred. An extension of the lockdown will have devastating effects on the Golf Club industry workforce.

We are therefore waiting very anxiously for the outcome of the decision of the minister on opening golf courses under these rules for level 4. We would need at least 24 hours to prepare the course for the opening of the golf course so depending on when they make the call and how much time they allow for preparation we will have to see. As soon as this decision is made, we will then re do the time sheets to reflect the two balls.

Please note that we will have to cancel all previous bookings in order to do that. We can not choose between a current 4 ball booked who should play and who not. Please keep watching the Golfscape app as well as the web site. Please further note that we would not take any cash payment for anything. You must be ready to pay electronically for everything to play golf. We are busy finalizing the arrangement to pay via Golfscape for you round so that you can only walk through the checkpoint to have your temperature measured and get confirmation that you are fit for play and your payment reflects on our system.

Covid-19 Disaster Fund

We anticipate another two weeks of lockdown before we would be able to play some restricted golf. This means that our Covid-19 Disaster fund will need some replenishment if we would like to continue our payment to our caddies and those personnel reliant on a fully functional golf course.

Should any member wish to further contribute to this fund please feel free to use the following bank account with the reference Covid-19 and your name. We will ensure that full transparency allows anybody insight into the eventual distribution of these funds.

Banking details

Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 198765
Account number: 1470120097
Reference: Covid-19 and name

    Please respect the lockdown rules

on the golf course

We are still finding golf balls and divots on the fairways and even pitch marks on certain greens which indicate that there are still people hitting balls on the golf course.

Please realise that if we were to be seen as ignoring the lockdown rules, the police have the right to come and shut us down. Many police vehicles are driving past our estate daily and it only takes one of them seeing somebody playing golf or just even hitting a few balls that can end everything for all of us.

Please note that we have eyes and ears all over the course so if you are going to ignore this warning, we will find you and issue you with a fine of a non-affiliated visitor which amounts to R695 based on our approved cancellation policy.

Many moons ago

Thanks again to Anville van Wyk for helping out to identify the three gentlemen below.
FLTR: Alan Hitcock (Manager of NBS Bank and sponsor of that particular day, the late Algar (Ink) de Villiers and then on the right, Giepie Brandt, a corner boy!

According to Anville, Ink was quite a character. He was called Ink because he produced industrial ink for the canning industry, big in Paarl those days Jones& Co.

This week’s photograph from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen in the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Pied Crow (Witborskraai) 

Description
In southern Africa the range overlaps with the white-necked raven. The pied crow is slightly smaller (46–50 cm in length) and has a white chest and belly with a black, more delicate beak compared to the black chest and belly of the larger white-necked raven, which also has a white-tipped and weightier beak. It is larger than the black crow, but has a proportionately larger bill, slightly longer tail and wings, and longer legs. As its name suggests, its glossy black head and neck are interrupted by a large area of white feathering from the shoulders down to the lower breast. The tail, bill and wings are black too. The eyes are dark brown.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding
Pied crows are generally encountered in pairs or small groups, although an abundant source of food may bring large numbers of birds.

All of its food is obtained from the ground, trees, etc., including injured wildlife, such as insects and other small invertebrates, small reptiles, small mammals, young birds and eggs, grain, peanuts, carrion and any scraps of human food and fruit. It has been recorded killing and eating roosting Fruit Bats and is frequently seen (sometimes in huge numbers) scavenging around slaughterhouses.

The nest is usually built in tall, isolated trees, though sometimes smaller specimens are used, depending on availability. The cross supports of telephone poles are also frequently used, and both sexes build the nest. A clutch of 3–6 eggs is laid from September to November (depending on latitude) and are pale-green, spotted with various shades of brown. The eggs are normally covered when the incubating female leaves the nest. Incubation is 18–19 days and the young are usually fledged by around 45 days. Both sexes rear the young.

Golf quote of the week

Better Golf: Lockdown Edition

 
A word from your PGA Professional, Ben Fouchee
 
This week we received a short clip from one of our golfers, Sasha, who was looking for some help with his chipping action. Have a look at what Ben’s feedback was below.
From this short clip, Ben immediately noticed two small areas which could be easily addressed to improve the consistency and accuracy of his chipping:

• Ball position: By moving the ball slightly further back in his stance, Sasha will be able to make cleaner contact with the ball on a consistent basis and therefore will be better able to predict what the ball will do off the clubface.

• Backswing an follow through: Because of the ball position being too far forward and having a long follow through, this was causing Sasha to scoop the ball. To have a controlled and repeatable chipping action, you should try to mirror the length of the backswing and follow through so that they are the same length. This will help with the tempo of the swing, as well help with distance control.

This is what Sasha had to say after receiving feedback from Ben:

“Hi Ben,

I just want to thank you so much for the feedback on my chipping video. The process was really so simple and I can already feel that I am striking the ball better and I’m able to control my chips a lot more! Looking forward to see what you have to say about my full swing!”

If you would like some (FREE) top tips from Ben so that you that you can work on your game from home, WhatsApp a video of your swing, chipping action or putting stroke to 082 499 2448. It’s the easiest way to get quality coaching from a quality PGA Professional.
 

One in a thousand

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Splitting the fairway. Hitting the green from 150 metres. Holing a 10-foot birdie putt. These are the magical moments that make us love the game. There’s a lot that goes into moments like these. And in terms of fitting, there are over a thousand potential setups for every golfer.
Regardless of your skill level, even the latest clubs will make it tough to consistently hit good shots if they aren’t setup for you. But when they are, those magical moments become more frequent. When you’re back at the course, come speak to us about a fitting, or you can also
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The start of a special journey

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Setting kids up for life
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