What’s happening on the catering front?

You all know by now that Wiesenhof is in their last month of their 5- year food and beverage contract with Paarl Golf Club. At a meeting between PGC, Wiesenhof and Blijdskap it was confirmed and mutually agreed that Wiesenhof will close off their business on Sunday evening 25 August 2019. That evening Blijdskap will stock the bar to be ready for business on Monday 26 August 2019.

As an interim arrangement Blijdskap will have access to the top kitchen from the 19th of August 2019 to start fitting a kitchen from where they will operate in the interim period before they have refurbished the Halfway House, the Restaurant, the main Kitchen and the Bar.

We sincerely hope that the members will understand the interim arrangements where we will have the Halfway House function on the stoep in front of the bar from the 26th of August 2019. This arrangement will be in place till Blijdskap has completed the refurbishment of the Halfway House.

With regards to the competition for a new name of the restaurant, we must thank all the members who participated in this. Over a hundred name suggestions were received by close of business on Monday 5 August 2019 and now Blijdskap has the task to work through them to finalise the name. We will keep you informed as to the progress of this interesting competition.

Lastly please realise that Wiesenhof is trying to keep their stock as low as possible but if you feel that they are not contractually living up to the need please feel free to bring that under my attention at manager@paarlgc.co.za.

Payment of membership fees

Thank you!

It is with a good feeling in my heart that I can inform the members that we really have had a fantastic response to our request for timeous payment of the new 2019 membership fees. For the first time in history we succeeded to break through the R2 million annual subscription revenue collection mark before the end of July 2019.

Please remember that all membership fees for 2019 should be paid or payment arrangements should be made with our financial department by the end of August 2019. As a management team we really appreciate the willingness from members to act when they are called upon.


Where can you tee it high and let it fly?
One of our members was disqualified for playing from a wrong teeing area. Let me clarify this rule as there seem to be confusion on the correct ruling.

Rule 6.1b states that a player must start each hole by playing a ball from anywhere inside the teeing area.

The illustration below explains when a ball is in the teeing area.

If a player who is starting a hole plays a ball from outside the teeing area (including from a wrong set of tee markers for a different teeing location on the same hole or a different hole):

(1)    Matchplay

There is no penalty, but the opponent may cancel the stroke:

•    This must be done promptly and before either player makes another stroke.
When the opponent cancels the stroke, he or she cannot withdraw the cancellation.
•    If the opponent cancels the stroke, the player must play a ball from inside the teeing area and it is still his or her turn to play.
•    If the opponent does not cancel the stroke, the stroke counts and the ball is in play and must be played as it lies.

(2)    Strokeplay

The player gets the general penalty (two penalty strokes) and must correct the mistake by playing a ball from inside the teeing area:

•    The ball played from outside the teeing area is not in play.
•    The strokes and any more strokes before the mistake is corrected (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count.
•    If the player does not correct the mistake before making a stroke to begin another hole or, for the final hole of the round, before returning his or her scorecard, the player is disqualified.

Players must remember that there is a difference to the rule when playingmatch play or strokeplay.

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

Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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Know your birdies from your eagles

African Sacred Ibis (Skoorsteenveer)
The African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) is a species of Ibis, a wading bird of the family Threskiornithidae. It is native to Africa and the Middle East. It is especially known for its role in the religion of the Ancient Egyptians, where it was linked to the god Thoth. Thoth, whose head is that of an ibis, is the Ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and reason, and thus of truth, knowledge, learning and study, and writing and mathematics. The sacred ibis was considered the living incarnation of Thoth on earth.Description

An adult individual is 68 cm (27 in) long with all-white body plumage apart from dark plumes on the rump. Wingspan is 112 to 124 cm (44 to 49 in) and body weight 1.35 to 1.5 kg (3.0 to 3.3 lb). Males are generally slightly larger than females.

The bald head and neck, thick curved bill and legs are black. The white wings show a black rear border in flight. The eyes are brown with a dark red orbital ring. Sexes are similar, but juveniles have dirty white plumage, a smaller bill and some feathering on the neck, greenish-brown scapulars and more black on the primary coverts.

This bird is usually silent, but occasionally makes some croaking noises, unlike its vocal relative, the Hadeda.


It was formerly found in Egypt, where it was commonly venerated and mummified as a votive offering to the god Thoth. For many centuries until the Roman period the main temples buried a few dozen of thousands of birds a year, and to sustain sufficient numbers for the demand for sacrifices by pilgrims from all over Egypt, dozens of ibis breeding farms (called ibiotropheia by Herodotus) were established, initially throughout Egypt, but later centralised around the main temples, each producing around a thousand mummies annually.

It began to breed in the early 20th century, and in the 1970s the first colonies of ibises were recorded in Zimbabwe and South Africa. The species is a common resident in most parts of South Africa. Local numbers are swollen in summer by individuals migrating southwards from the equator.


The African Sacred Ibis occurs in marshy wetlands and mud flats, both inland and on the coast. It preferably nests on trees in or near water. It feeds wading in very shallow wetlands or slowly stomping in wet pastures with soft soil. It will also visit cultivation and rubbish dumps.

Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.

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