PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to thank all the members that attended the PGC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020. It turned out to be a very informative and positive meeting ending in a friendly cheese and wine function sponsored by our own Golfing Goat team.

A special thanks must go out to the members who supported our plan of being more aggressive to the moss problem. You will see the Servest teams already in action with testing sections on one of the practice greens. We will keep the members informed on the progress with our plan.

As a follow up on one of our vision points to average 53 200 rounds per annum, we can report that our February 2020 rounds total of 6 634 rounds are the second highest ever. Compared to the 5 year average of 6 397 for February month, this confirms that we are starting to get the amount of golfers through that we need. Well done to everybody that formed part of this phenomenal month!

Friday fire

We had quite a scare last Friday when the mountain fire almost got out of hand, ending very close to the Boschenmeer Estate Gate 2.

Luckily the wind died down and the fire could be extinguished the next day. Although very scary, it made for quite interesting photographs and a number of photographers from the Estate gathered to capture this event.

View from the 25th fairway towards the mountain

View from the Estate towards the fire at the back of some of the houses
Montagu Island Challenge

It is almost time again for the monthly Montagu Island Challenge! Our members have the chance to win a delicious hamper from Montagu fruits if they manage to hit the island in the clubhouse dam more regularly than the other competitors.

This happens every Meat Wednesday after the game where the members get the chance to “buy” 4 golf balls for R20 and then proceed to hit them towards the island from the veranda. The winner is determined through a process of elimination and this has become quite a favourite amongst the members.

Last month’s winner was our own captain, Jacques Olivier, who managed to hit all 4 balls on the island and then proceeded to beat Jannie van Breda in the playoff to secure his Montagu hamper.

Employee of the Month

As part of our commitment to give everybody visiting Paarl Golf Club a memorable experience, we try to motivate all the personnel through an employee of the month award! This is based on something special and extraordinary done by that specific individual who then gets nominated for this accolade. For the month of February 2020 we had three nominations for special performances.

Congratulations to Junaid Ahmed, Anwar Sias and Jaco Botha for their outstanding efforts during February 2020.

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Thanks to a number of members who helped us out with the names of these five gentlemen. Franz Lohbauer was quickest out of the blocks identifying his Kruger team mates from the 80s.

They are FLTR: Dicky Kock, Gavin Brown, Gerrit Visser, Franz Lohbauer and Jimmy Bredenkamp.
Dan Frater also helped with Dicky Kock, identifying him as the son of Uli Kock, while Leslie Watson also helped with three of the names.

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the gentlemen on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at if you recognise the gentlemen on the photo.


Tee it forward
I’ve noticed numerous players playing from the white tees and struggling to reach some of the fairways which then also affects their pace-of-play.

Taken from this week’s Golf Chat by Dale Hayes:

Jack Nicklaus, Golf’s Greatest Golfer, has been quoted as saying; “I don’t hit the ball as far as I used to, which is why I don’t tee off the back tees anymore!

Well if Jack Nicklaus doesn’t, why should we. 85% of golfers who tried the forward tees, said they had more fun.

Here’s a simple guide to help you decide which tees you should be using:

Driver in Metres Course in Metres
180 5000: Red tees
220 5500: Blue tees
240    6000: White tees
Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

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 Water Thick-Knee (Water Dikkop)

The water thick-knee (Burhinus vermiculatus), or water dikkop, is a species of bird in the thick-knee family Burhinidae. The species is found across sub-Saharan Africa, usually close to water.

The water thick-knee is 38 to 41 cm (15–16 in) and weighs 293–320 g (10.3–11.3 oz). It has a heavy bill that is black with yellow at the base. The wings are broad and blunt and the tail is short.

Behaviour and feeding

The water thick-knee is a terrestrial feeder that forages at night. Although it is typically associated with water it can be found foraging up to 1 km from water. It feeds on insects, crustaceans and mollusks.


The water thick-knee generally breeds in the dry season or early rainy season. It is a monogamous breeder. The nest is a simple scrape in sandy or stony ground, usually close to water. The clutch size is two sandy-yellow eggs. Both sexes incubate the eggs for 22-25 days, and both are responsible for feeding the young.

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