Then the rains came and liquor gets banned again

After the heavy rains, a big thank you must go out to our members who took the decision to not allow golf carts on the course without missing a stride. I fully understand the frustration that your mind is ready and full of golf but that the body sometimes doesn’t play along. I would like to suggest that members that desperately need to use a golf cart in order to play a round of golf, phone the club early on the morning that they are supposed to play just to confirm that golf carts will be allowed. This is obviously only after heavy rains have fallen. We do phone all the members who booked club carts on the morning if a decision not to use golf carts on the course is inevitable. We will try and expand that to our estate members and those that have private carts on the premises.

And then came Sunday and our expectations were high for more relief from the Covid grip, BUT our president bowled us all over by declaring the selling of alcohol was to be prohibited with immediate effect. No stocking up time, so members if you cannot take it anymore, I fully understand. I am almost there as well. Luckily, I discovered a bottle of “forgotten” (and now forbidden) pleasure stowed away in an old fishing crate while searching for a specific reel. Man, I tell you the feeling of utter joy that came over me when this discovery was made. It made me worry about the effect that Covid had on our drinking habits. All the best with the cravings… I wish I could helped but unfortunately it will not be possible.

Please remember to stay safe and keep that social distance intact. Till next week.

We treasure our fairways

Our sand bottles arrived last week and they are available at registration at R50 a bottle. Please support this project to treasure our fairways. Hopefully there will be no more  excuses for not having sand with you to fill up your divot/s.

Reserve yours >

The perfect shot!

Congratulations to Deon Breedt who had the perfect shot to achieve a hole in one on the 17th hole on the 12th of July 2020. The pin was 135m from the tee. Well done Deon.

Some of you might recall that Deon also won a bottle of wine being the 200th member to register on the Spotlight Social app. It must be his lucky month!

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

We have had good progress on the Golfscape system errors but there might just surface a new problem that we do not know about.  Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or golfoperations@paarlgc.co.za.

Thank you for your understanding.

Spotlight Social registration

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. We are currently on 215 members so please put in some effort to register on the app.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 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.

We are now on 215!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

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!

In conversation with

This week we get to know Carel Goosen, our finance committee chairman, better. Thanks Carel for being a sport to complete the questionnaire and from our side thanks for your efforts in keeping the club financially afloat.

Membership renewal due

Thank you to all the members for the very positive reaction to our recently send out dues renewal reminders. It is very heartwarming to get such a positive reaction and even offers to pay the membership renewals immediately, even if you only must settle the amount before 1st of August 2020. We thank all members who have already paid the amount on the dues’ renewal notice, you will also receive an official invoice for record keeping purposes during this invoice run.

During next week the finance department will send out the official tax invoices reflecting the amounts as per the dues renewal letter, or where members have made changes to their membership, the invoice will reflect the amount due for the new membership type. Please note that the invoiced amounts are due and payable by 1 August 2020. After 31 August, unpaid accounts will be defaulted unless payment arrangements have been made with the finance department.

Please remember that you can even pay your membership renewals via our newly established QR Code using either one of the bank’s masterpass apps or through Snapscan or Zapper. The system will ask you for your membership as reference. It is easy and fast!

Rulesflash

Golf Rule myths

This week I will look at some golf rules myths – these are all things that players do either because they think they are proceeding under the rules when that rules do not exist or, worse still, they are getting the rule wrong and could end up with penalty shots or even disqualification.

Declaring a lost ball

A common phrase on a golf course is ‘I will just declare that ball lost’. This is not allowed; a player may not make a ball lost by declaration. The ball is only lost if you do not find it within the three-minute search time allowed when you get to the area you believe your ball to be.

You can ask your playing companions, ‘Not to search for his/her original ball’, but if someone does find your first ball, then it is not lost – it is still the ball in play. This rule could be particularly beneficial to know about if you are in a match.

Practicing on the course

A lot of people believe that you are not allowed to do any form of practicing on a golf course during a competitive round. You are allowed but there is a limited amount of practice that you can do and that is restricted to the tee of the next hole you are about to play, or the green of the hole you have just played.

You can practice your putting and chipping between the play of two holes provided you have completed play of the previous hole. You are not allowed to practice bunker shots.

Scorecard changes

It is a common practice that players, when making changes to their scorecard before handing it in, initials next to the changes, but this is not necessary.

You only need to cross out any mistakes and ensure the correct score is clearly visible. You will not be penalized.

Nearest point of complete relief

A big misunderstanding in golf is that when you are taking free relief from a path, or another immovable obstruction or abnormal course condition, players interpret that they are entitled to a perfect lie and line.

It is important to remember that you get free relief from the condition, at the nearest point. You do not get to pick and choose your spot. In some situations, the conditions may be less advantage to the player, for example the nearest point of complete relief is in a bush, and you might be better off playing the shot from the original spot.

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

Enjoy your golf
Mr. R

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

Once again Anville van Wyk was quick out of the blocks identifying the two golfers in the black jackets to be Dirk van Jaarsveld, a Worcester member who played for Boland, and our own Bertus Valentyn who was our club manager during the 90s. The gent and lady represented the sponsor of the day and will remain unidentified for now.

          FLTR: Unknown (sponsor), Dirk van Jaarsveld, lady unknown (sponsor) and Bertus Valentyn

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on 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 Sparrow (Gewone Mossie)

Description

The Cape sparrow (Passer melanurus), or mossie, is a bird of the sparrow family Passeridae found in southern Africa. For a sparrow, the Cape sparrow is strikingly coloured and distinctive, and is medium-sized at 14–16 cm (5.5–6.3 in) long. Adults range in weight from 17 to 38 grams (0.60–1.34 oz). The breeding male has a mostly black head, but with a broad white mark on each side, curling from behind the eye to the throat. On the throat a narrow black band connects the black bib of the breast to black of the head. The underparts are greyish, darker on the flanks. The back of the male’s neck is dark grey, and its back and shoulders are bright chestnut. The male has a white and a black wing bar below its shoulders, and flight feathers and tail streaked grey and black.

The female is plumaged like the male but is duller and has a grey head with a different pattern from the male, though it bears a hint of the pale head markings of the male. The juvenile is like the female, but young males have black markings on the head from an early age.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The Cape sparrow prefers habitats with an annual rainfall of less than 75 centimetres (30 in), though in desert areas it is usually found near watercourses or watering holes. While it occurs in urban centres, it prefers parks, gardens, and other open spaces, and has a low reproductive success in more built-up areas.

Cape sparrows primarily eat seeds, and also eat soft plant parts and insects. They typically breed in colonies, and when not breeding they gather in large nomadic flocks to move around in search of food. The nest can be constructed in a tree, a bush, a cavity, or a disused nest of another species. A typical clutch contains three or four eggs, and both parents are involved in breeding, from nest building to feeding young.

Golf quote of the week

BF Golf Academy Masterclasses

I must admit that I am pleasantly surprised by the amount of people playing golf after the lockdown. It looks like the people missed the game so much that they couldn’t wait to get back on the golf course.

The only problem is that most people (myself included) are bit rusty after no golf for 11 weeks. I am yet to find someone who is playing better after the break, but at least we all appreciate the privilege to play the game again!

To get rid of the rust in your game, we have decided to have a series of Masterclass sessions on Saturday mornings. We will start this Saturday, 11 July (weather permitting) with our first class, which will be on iron play. The programme will cover all the different aspects of the game, with a different topic every week so that you are able to decide in advance which areas of your game need work.

The Masterclass will be from 10h00 to 11h00 every Saturday morning and we have decided to restrict it to 6 students (not 10) at a time so that we can comply with the current safety regulations.

Programme:
11 July – Iron play – range
18 July – Hybrids & fairway woods – range
25 July – Chipping & pitching – club
1 August – Bunker play – club
8 August – Putting – club
15 August – Recovery play (uneven lies, low & high shots, hooks & slices, getting out of thick rough) – range
22 August – Driving – range

The cost is R150 per session. This is a very good way to get your game back in shape. First come, first serve. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.

If sessions get rained out, we will repeat them at a later stage.

Book your spot >

Don’t forget about our winter coaching specials! Would you like to sharpen up a few skills so that you come back even better than before lockdown? Book yourself into one of Ben’s great coaching packages and get a lot more than you bargained for!

This offer is valid until the end of August and packages are to be completed by the end of December 2020.

Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7161  for more info and bookings.

 

No more three-putts.

How good are you from a distance?

Knowing you can comfortably handle long putts takes the pressure off needing to land your ball close to the flag on approach. When you’re able to consistently two-putt from distance, your golf experience is transformed.
Try this fun benchmark game
Find ten different 25-foot putt locations on a practice green to the same hole. See how many of your ten putts you get within 2 feet. We think most golfers will be in the 3 to 5 foot range. But we can get you closer, so you can two-putt with ease.
Lie angle
When your lie angle is out, consistent ball striking becomes very difficult.
Arc
Straight back, slight arc or strong arc? We need to ensure the putter you’re playing with works with you.
Tempo
A consistent swing tempo takes the guesswork out of putting.
Eliminate three-putts
Better putting means more holes completed with the satisfaction of a solid two-putt or even a birdie. Let’s schedule a session on the putting green and work on getting you closer from distance. In the meantime, we can give you some drills to do at home.
Start a conversation >
 

Go the distance.

Clubhead speed really matters.

Your distance potential is determined to a large extent by your clubhead speed. We want to make sure you’re not losing out.
Clubhead speed is the speed of the clubhead immediately before impact with the golf ball.
Increasing your clubhead speed by a mere 1 mph can add just over 3 metres of distance.
Challenge us to get you there >

Modern driver clubheads have become a lot more aerodynamic, which helps to increase clubhead speed. But if you’re going to benefit from that technology, we need to make sure your club setup is correct.

All the distance you can
If you’re swinging to your full potential using custom-fitted clubs, the distance gains can be massive. We’re here to help you achieve that.  Let’s schedule an assessment for when you’re next at the course, or we could also,
Start a conversation >

There is light in the tunnel

You might recall me saying last week that Covid had a very negative effect on everybody’s golf. However, playing a few rounds over the last week, I realized that we just needed some time to adjust to the new normal of playing under different circumstances. Your mind is constantly occupied by trying not to touch anything else except your golf clubs and that little round white thing they call a golf ball. It is actually amazing how the human mind can “recover” from something like the Covid lockdown, to the point where we now go through the motions as if it never changed. Thanks to especially our members who continuous to play their part in keeping everybody safe.

I have been asked by many a golfer when our restaurant and possible sit-down halfway house will open. You will see that the picnic tables are back in front of the halfway house, but I really have to request that we use it in a safe manner and not gather there during as well as after rounds. We just can’t let an inspector see something like that and give them reason to close us down. Your support and understanding in this matter will be appreciated.

We are hoping that the regulations with regards to alcohol use at restaurants will be changed. With the current limitation on alcohol use and times of sales, as well as the limited space available in our dedicated restaurant to apply safe distancing, we will not open before the regulations are changed.

We treasure our fairways

Our sand bottle project drew lots of interest and quite a few members reserved their bottle through the email supplied last week. We hope to get the sand bottles during this week. We will sell them at R50 a bottle and it will be available at our golf operations office. Please support this “We treasure our fairways” initiative and let us get those divots filled.

Reserve yours >

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

We are aware of the Golfscape system errors and are constantly in contact with the service providers and developers to have these issues fixed. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to have this resolved as soon as possible. Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or golfoperations@paarlgc.co.za.

Thank you for your understanding.

In memoriam

It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing of a PGC legend, Malcolm Novos. Malcolm was a very active member of our club and he will be dearly missed by all.

Below is a team photo of the Brodie League team he was a part of in 1988, who managed to win the league. We will have more information for you in next week’s newsletter.

Rest peacefully, Malcolm.

Verti-draining of the greens

Thank you to all the members for accepting the greens as they are while we are doing some verti-draining.

This is very necessary for the wet season ahead of us to ensure the greens drains well to keep the moss at bay. We trust that the greens will be back to their usual pristine condition very soon and thank you again for your understanding and patience.

Spotlight Social registration – we have a winner!

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Deon Breedt. Congratulations Deon and enjoy wine(s) of the month which are Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 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

 

We are now on 208!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

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!

In conversation with

Jayson Abrams, our latest hole-in-one member, hit the perfect shot on the 28th of June 2020 using a pitching wedge from 103m on the 14th. Well done Jayson!

Rulesflash

Interim Covid Rules

Bunkers

When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once, by placing the original ball or another ball and playing from the relief area.

Reference point: Spot of original ball
Size of relief area: One club length, but must not be closer to the hole and must remain in the bunker.

Flagstick

Golfers are required to not touch the flag stick with their bare hands. It is a matter for the committee to decide whether it establishes this policy by way of a code of conduct or local rule and whether it provides a penalty under the code of conduct or for the breach of the local rule. At PGC we just want to keep all our golfers safe.

Special rule is that you now can centre the flagstick as well as to keep it steady in strong winds by holding it upright with another club.

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

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 received one possible identification for the person on the left to be Dave Love. The man in the middle was identified by one of our oldest members, Vernon Els, to be H. R. Du Toit. He thinks the man on the right is Sarel but his surname remained blurry. Maybe some member can help with his surname.

Last week’s photograph created a bit of differences on the man second from right. Anville van Wyk thought it was Algar (Ink) de Villiers but Vernon Els thought it was Ben Heunis.

FLTR: Andy van Wyk , two terms Captain and President of PGC and also served on the committee for many years, June Els (Johnny’s wife), late Rudi Lohbauer (Franz’s father), either Dirk (Ink) de Villiers or Ben Heunis and on the right the late Johnny Els, apparently a character of note.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the lady and gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

White Backed Duck (Witrug Eend)

Description

A smallish, tawny, bulbous-headed duck that sits low in the water, its tail often flush with the surface, giving it a distinctive appearance. When seen well, the white patch at the base of the bill is diagnostic. The namesake white back is usually visible only in flight. The White-backed blend in exceptionally well with the water lilies, on first glance at a suitable lake or dam they are invariably not noticed as they sit motionless among the lilly pads but if you scan the water with binoculars you will see them. Partially nomadic; small groups are found on pans and pools that have emergent aquatic vegetation, especially waterlilies. Mostly quiet; rarely gives a squeaky-toy-like “swit-swit” whistle. These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. 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.[1] From danger, they also escape preferentially by diving; hence, the namesake white back is hardly visible in life.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Most bodies of water in tropical Africa are carpeted in various species of water lily Nymphaea, the leaves and seeds of these plants provide the White-backed with most of their dietary requirements.  They appear to make no attempt to hide or fly off relying on their ability to blend in with the Lilly pads while remaining motionless. They rarely venture on to land, even when nesting they normally construct their impressive nest in reeds and floating vegetation and they construct a dome shaped nest so that it is also concealed from aerial predators.

Golf quote of the week

Cold weather, hot specials

With the arrival of the good old Cape winter, we are very happy to announce that we have just restocked our shop with one of our favourite brands. SWAGG is a golf and active lifestyle brand that combines amazing looking clothing with the functionality you need on the golf course. Their winter range is not only stylish, but will keep you warm and comfortable on the course so that you only have one thing to worry about; your next shot.

Swing by the Paarl Pro Shop to see all that is on offer, we promise you that you will be pleasantly surprised.

And don’t forget about our other wonderful offerings. We have almost everything you would ever need to tackle the course with confidence. And if we don’t have it, we’ll source it just for you!

Reserve your items >

Contact us at paarlproshop@gmail.com to reserve or enquire about any of our items.

Contact us >

BF Golf Academy
All lessons will be conducted to comply with all Covid regulations to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

Something for the new members

Ben Fouchee Golf Academy would like to offer all those new golfers who have joined our wonderful club something to make sure you are able to take to the course with confidence. All those who have become members at Paarl GC since the return to golf on 12 June can get 50% off a 30 minute or 60 minute lesson with Ben to get you started.

From absolute beginners to scratch golfers, Ben will help you to identify ways that you can score better on the course, as well as help you become acquainted with all the happenings around the Club.

Book your spot >

We haven’t forgotten about our loyal faces around PGC either

Ben is also offering all members a chance to take part in his Saturday morning masterclasses. Join him every Saturday morning at 10am starting next week (11 July), where he will be addressing a certain aspect of the game that will help take shots off your scorecard. During that hour you will learn how to improve your game, meet like-minded golfers (to perhaps join your next 4ball) and have a whole lot of fun!

Did we mention that it will only cost you only R150 per masterclass? What are you waiting for? Book now as there is only space for a maximum 10 golfers per lesson.

Book your spot >

Don’t forget about our winter coaching specials! Would you like to sharpen up a few skills so that you come back even better than before lockdown? Book yourself into one of Ben’s great coaching packages and get a lot more than you bargained for!

This offer is valid until the end of August and packages are to be completed by the end of December 2020.

Contact Hannarie at 082 990 7161  for more info and bookings.

 

No more three putts.

Could this be why you slipped by?

The face angle of your putter at contact has between 80 and 95% influence on the launch direction of your putt. That means a tiny error could cause you to slip by the hole, even with great tempo. When the face has such a huge impact on your putting accuracy, we need to square that face.
Club path also affects accuracy, albeit less than face angle. For instance, if you have a slightly closed face angle but an in-to-out path, you could still launch the ball straight. Other factors to consider are lie angle and contact point. There’s a lot going on here, that’s why it’s best to get your putter fitted for your stroke and setup.
No more surprise misses
Consistent putting transforms your golf experience. Sometimes it means a birdie. Often it’s a solid par. But it’s always satisfying being able to stand over every putt with confidence. Let’s schedule a putting assessment for when you’re next at the course. And in the meantime, we can give you some drills to do at home.
Start a conversation >
 

Fast is the new normal

Next time you’re back on a golf course, decide to experience better. Now we know what a privilege every moment, every step, every shot, is out on the course, let’s enjoy that time to the fullest.
The Srixon Z-STAR offers distance and feel – just what we all want.
Read more >
 

Go the distance.

Struggling to go further?

We get lots of golfers coming to us with concerns about losing distance despite no obvious swing and/or equipment changes. We like to take a holistic approach to solve this problem.
 
Long drives come in three
Using a combination of fitting and swing assessment techniques, we’ll make sure that the following trio of impact factors are helping you go the full distance.
Clubhead speed
The speed of the clubhead immediately before impact.
Smash factor
The amount of energy transferred from clubhead to ball at impact.
Ball speed
The speed of the ball directly after impact.
How much further could you go?
It’s our mission to make sure you’re hitting the ball as long as possible. It means you can take less club on approach and makes the whole game a bit easier. Next time you’re at the course, come speak to us about your game, or we could also,
Start a conversation >

Around the golf course after 80 days

Maybe it’s just me but I am starting to believe that one of the Covid symptoms is a loss of your golf swing. Or it might be the alcohol “free” sanitizing that might have a negative effect on the golf ball’s flight. BUT something is seriously wrong. I sincerely hope it’s just me experiencing that, but if indeed there are other members suffering from the same symptoms please tell us about that. We can even create a supporting GG (Golfing Ghost) group. Membership application for this group will cost 1 Liter of alcohol-free sanitation liquid and at least two dozen of well experienced golf balls. Sessions will be scheduled for midnight on full moon days. We can only accommodate 50 members at a gathering due to current Covid regulations. It is time to take my temperature again…

Jokes aside. It is a very pleasing site to see so many golfers on the course again. The number of new members applying for membership (59 since we started again) is also a very heartwarming experience. I thought the new Millenial membership would have eased in, but 7 applications in a week surprised us all. Please members spread the word about this new membership to the younger family members and friends in your group.

I must again give a shoutout of big thanks to all the members who effortlessly adapted to the rules and regulations that we have to abide by to ensure we can keep on playing. It helps if all the members and their guests play according to these rules because then I don’t have to become the pig in the party to police the situation.

For those members who were asking about the opening of the restaurant, I need to indicate that Golfing Goat will only open when alcohol may be consumed on site, every day of the week and not just in specific time slots. The rules regarding safe distancing will also not allow them to effectively use the currently limited space available. It is just not worth the while to try and operate a restaurant with the current regulations in place. Let us hope that there will come some sense in the revised regulations that we all are waiting for.

We treasure our fairways

We came up with a solution to the filling of the sandbag without a scoop by ordering sand bottles with our own Paarl Golf Club logo on them that will be available soon. We will sell them at R50 a bottle and it will be available at our golf operations office. Please support this “We treasure our fairways” initiative and let us get those divots filled.

Reserve yours >

Lastly, please take note that GolfRSA has requested all golfers to be aware when taking photographs on the golf course to please reflect safe distancing and all the safety protocols in place like wearing masks when within 2m of one another. Especially when these photographs might end up on social media. We need to ensure that the playing of golf always reflects adherence to all the safety regulations. We thank you for understanding.

Booking and paying a round

through the app and the website

We are aware of the Golfscape system errors and are constantly in contact with the service providers and developers to have these issues fixed. We apologise for the inconvenience and will endeavour to have this resolved as soon as possible. Should you experience issues with bookings, cancelations and refunds or modifications of bookings, please contact Werner on 021 863 1140 or golfoperations@paarlgc.co.za.

Thank you for your understanding.

By now most of you might have seen that we have our own QR code available for payment via their different bank’s masterpasses, snapscan or zapper. Be on the lookout for the square black and white QR Code that will be displayed where needed in the PGC offices.

The return of Mr Rules

3 Off the tee vs 2 off the tee

I have been asked if a ball may be teed up when replaying a stroke after initial stroke was hit out of bounds or into a penalty area, from the teeing area.

When a player elects or is required to make his/her next stroke where a previous stroke was made from the teeing area, it may be played from anywhere within the teeing area and may be teed up.

Remember you are now playing 3 off the tee!

Another scenario is when the players ball in play is still in the teeing area after the first stroke on the hole was made. This could happen if the player missed the ball (fresh air) or hits an object and deflected back into the teeing area, the player may:

• Lift or move the ball without penalty
• Play that ball or another ball from anywhere in the teeing area from a tee or the ground,
• Play the ball as it lies

Remember the stroke still counts and you are now playing 2 off the tee.

Important to remember:
1. This rule only applies to the teeing area of the hole that is played.
2. The tee area is defined by the tee markers and the two club lengths behind it.

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

Register for Spotlight Social and

win a Wine of the Month

You might recall that I promised a bottle of wine of the month to the member who activated as the 200th member on Spotlight Social. That lucky member is Deon Breedt. (See his member profile in this issue of the newsletter). Congratulations Deon and enjoy wine(s) of the month which are Laborie and Antonij Rupert.

We are monitoring the registration process and will offer of a bottle of wine of the month to the 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

 

We are now on 204!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

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!

In conversation with

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 received one possible identification for the person on the left to be Dave Love. The other two gentleman still remains a mystery. I will try for a last time this week.

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

Common Starling (Europese Spreeu)

Description

The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling in the United States or simply the starling in the British Isles, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 in) long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year. The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird, especially in communal roosts and other gregarious situations, with an unmusical but varied song.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

Like most terrestrial starlings the common starling moves by walking or running, rather than hopping. Their flight is quite strong and direct; their triangular-shaped wings beat very rapidly, and periodically the birds glide for a short way without losing much height before resuming powered flight. When in a flock, the birds take off almost simultaneously, wheel and turn in unison, form a compact mass or trail off into a wispy stream, bunch up again and land in a coordinated fashion. Common starling on migration can fly at 60–80 km/h (37–50 mph) and cover up to 1,000–1,500 km (620–930 mi).

Large flocks typical of this species can be beneficial to agriculture by controlling invertebrate pests; however, starlings can also be pests themselves when they feed on fruit and sprouting crops. Common starlings may also be a nuisance through the noise and mess caused by their large urban roosts.

The common starling is largely insectivorous and feeds on both pest and other arthropods. The food   range includes: spiders, craneflies, moths, mayflies, dragonflies, damselies, grasshoppers, earwigs, lacewings, caddisflies, flies, beetles, sawflies, bees, wasps and ants. Prey are consumed in both adult and larvae stages of development, and common starlings will also feed on earthworms, snails, small amphibians and lizards.[36] While the consumption of invertebrates is necessary for successful breeding, common starlings are omnivorous and can also eat grains, seeds, fruits, nectar and food waste if the opportunity arises.

The common starling builds an untidy nest in a natural or artificial cavity in which four or five glossy, pale blue eggs are laid. These take two weeks to hatch and the young remain in the nest for another three weeks. There are normally one or two breeding attempts each year. This species is omnivorous, taking a wide range of invertebrates, as well as seeds and fruit. It is hunted by various mammals and birds of prey, and is host to a range of external and internal parasites.

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