What’s happening at PGC?

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Boland Golf Union Events

The following online entries are now open on the Boland Golf Union website:

Porterville Junior Championship – 7 March 2021
The Boland Closed – 14 March 2021
Cape Winelands Senior Open – 18&19 March 2021

Join our Par 3 Sundowners

Weekly Winners

Tuesday, 16 February 2021
4-Ball Progressive Alliance
Old Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Andrea Kritzinger
Susan Hattingh
Amanda Williams
Ghost
1991
4901
1558
116 R80
2nd Paula Bester
Sandra Clift
Vero Vervaeke
Marianne Friggens
1384
4383
0550
3120
114 R60
Winelands
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st L May Whitfield
Jane Hall
Linda Meyer
Ghost
0858
0718
1074
112 R40
Two Clubs
Name Mem #
Christa Goosen 1875
Saretha Maritz 1320
Linda Meyer 1074
Maggie Minnie 2020
Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Pro Shop Day
4 Ball Alliance 2 Scores to Count

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Frikkie vd Merwe
Jurie Kemp
Chris Grove
Donald Humphries
3741
0417
0158
0469
97 R220
2nd Frans Strooh
Sam Kusluoglu
Bjorn van Oort
Renso Nel
2139
0140
1195
1085
90 R170
3rd Jaco vd Weshuizen
Vernon Els
Sean Scott
Graham Brown
2567
1457
3231
6696
87 R100
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Jurie Kemp 0417 Buks Rossouw 0190
Deon De Swardt 0515 George Bezuidenhout 0012
Louis Lourens 0451 Willem Pienaar 1352
Friday, 19 February 2021
Sundowner
Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Names Mem # Score Prize
1st Fred Bowles 3031 21 R90
2nd Chris Jordaan 2314 20 R70
3rd Karl-Heinz Lutzeler 3797 20 R40
Two Clubs

Name Mem # Name Mem #
Karl-Heinz Lutzeler 3797 Alida Kotzee 0707
Corrie vd Walt 0266 Chris Whitfield 0857
Saturday, 20 February 2021
4-Ball Progressive Alliance

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st JP Hugo
Guillaume Brink
Irvin Kellerman
Renso Nel
2242
0997
2345
1085
124 R175
2nd Mike Lochner
Colin Laity
Robert Saunders
Frans Theron
8508
1334
2025
0864
119 R140
3rd Eben Fourie
Eben Fourie Snr
Morne Fourie
Philip Lotter
3662
3662
3304
2040
119 R115
Winelands Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Michael Hope
Graham Retief
Willem Stander
Vernon Els
2269
4952
0955
1457
115 R175
2nd Gerrit Steenkamp
Jacques Du Toit
Francois Hamer
Wasfi Nackerdien
1421
1721
0656
1565
114 R140
3rd Timothy Hadfield
Peter Muller
Alan Strang
Andy Higgins
0425
1169
3829
2046
112 R115
Boschenmeer Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Wessel Strydom
Stefan Van Der Waldt
Hendrik Hamer
Hannes Louw
0289
VIS
0207
5673
120 R175
2nd Ravi Naidoo
Ziyaad Moerat
Riedwaan Abrahams
Nizamudien Parker
5599
3441
0944
0684
118 R140
3rd Danie Olivier
Jan Lotter
Frikkie Van Greuning
Gilbert Sassman
4578
0538
2560
0243
115 R115
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
AJ Rossouw VIS Andre Claassens 3626
Daniel Jacobus Malan 2308 Elmar Venter 0867
JP Hugo 2242 Guillaume Brink 0997
Gerrit Steenkamp 1421 Jacques Du Toit 1721
Neil Lyners 4355 Riaan Kritzinger 0762
Buks Rossouw 0190 Kobie Grobler x 2 3881
Jan Lotter 0538 Kobus Griesel 2398
J Jordaan VIS Jacques Anderson 4357
Dawid (DR) Malan 3336 Anton Van Der Spek 9296
Jan Hanekom 2968 Butch Strasheim 3190
Dawie Malan 3187

 

What’s happening at PGC?

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Boland Golf Union Events

The following online entries are now open on the Boland Golf Union website:

Boland Senior Open –  21&22 February 2021 – CLOSING DATE:  16 FEBRUARY AT 12H00
Porterville Junior Championship – 7 March 2021
The Boland Closed – 14 March 2021
Cape Winelands Senior Open – 18&19 March 2021

Join our Par 3 Sundowners

Weekly Winners
09 February 2021
4 BBB Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Janet Malan
Saretha Maritz
3912
1320
43 R70
2nd L’MAY Whitfield
Alida Kotzee
4383 43 R45
Winelands Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Martine Strasheim
Hilary Johnson
6327
0841
41 R140
2nd Sandra Clift
Amanda Williams
4383
1558
41 R100
3rd Ronel Richards
Paula vd Merwe
0281
2219
41 R70
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Saretha Maritz 1320 Hilary Johnson 0841
10 Febrary 2021
Medal
Sponsored by Goede Hoop Meat

Old Course

Place Names Score
1st Frikkie Van Der Merwe 65
2nd Dawie Malan 67
3rd Alan Strang 67
4th Ockie Douglas 68
5th Gert Odendal 68
Two Clubs

Name Mem # Name Mem #
Frikkie Van Der Merwe 3747 Timothy Hadfield 0425
Thembi Steenkamp 1688 Werner Greeff 4144
David Eisenstein 2633 George Bezuidenhout 0012
Johan Venter 1216 Willem Pretorius 706
Merwe Van Graan 0059 Carel Goosen 6587
Jp Hugo x 2 2242 Sam Kusluoglu 0140
Riedwaan Abrahams 0944
  13 February 2021
Betterball Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Graeme Sim
Francois Eksteen
0440
2116
45 R250
2nd George Mihalopoulos
Pierre Bigara
4364
0860
43 R200
3rd Willie Horn
Carel De Beer
0765
3011
43 R150
4th Torben Martens
Gerhard Weissmann
4190
3388
43 R100
Winelands Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Marius Hugo
Deon Blackburn
0218
0218
40 R250
2nd Franz Lohbauer
George Bezuidenhout
6017
0012
40 R200
3rd Rashid Shaik
Neil Lyners
5851
4355
40 R150
4th Felix Bekker
Philip Roux
0414
3585
39 R100
Boschenmeer Course
Place Name Mem # Score Prize
1st Frans Strooh
Timothy Hadfield
2345 46 R250
2nd Dick Coetzee
Hannes Louw
4846
5673
42 R200
3rd Alvin Naidoo
Ralph Mortlock
3014
2008
41 R150
4th William Brown
Alex Mccormack
1484
3734
41 R100
Two Clubs
Name Mem # Name Mem #
Marius Hugo 3747 Felix Bekker 0425
Haynes Van Der Merwe 1688 George Bezuidenhout 4144
Jacques Olivier 2633 Le Roy Le Riche 0012
Irvin Kellerman 1216 Stephno Lotz 706
Bjorn Van Oort 0059 Donavan Levey 6587
Jacques Mouton 2242 Ralph Mortlock x 2 0140
Eugene Hamman 0944 Peter Muller
Benjamin Fourie 0788
 14 February 2021
4BBB Stableford – Valentines Mixed

Old Course

Place Name Score
1st Dawid Malan
Janet Malan
46
2nd Jeannerie Jooste
Helaine Strydom (Ghost)
44
3rd Tol Janeke
Anne Janeke
43
4th L’MAY Whitfield
Chris Whitfield
42

Action plan to “RECLAIM” our greens

Members might have seen that most of the intended work has been done during the last two weeks and now we just need to give mother nature and a dedicated Servest team some time for the recovery work to kick in fully. We are “sacrificing” the small practice green to get good sods for the very bad patches on some of the greens. Hopefully we will have all of them replaced with good sods by the end of next week. Next week I will photographically report on our two reference greens again.

Paarl Golf Club moves up in SA top 100 courses

Last week we reported that we have moved up 4 places to number 82 in South Africa. Please feel free to go to the SAtop100 website by clicking here.

I also mentioned that part of our strategic plan is to end up in the top 10 golf courses within the Cape Metropolitan area. In order to achieve that we need to evaluate our current scoring and put action plans in place to pick up on the low scores and ensure that we remain high where we are currently fortunate to achieve good points.

This week I will spend time on our individual scores in the different categories that a golf course should go through to reach the top 100.

From the SA Top 100 website the following:

Judging a golf course on the quality of its Conditioning, Playability, Aesthetics, Design Variety, Shot Values and Memorability is a highly subjective process. A hole or course that fits one person’s eye may not appeal to another. That is why we have a panel. This list is not one person’s view. It is the combined outcome of a variety of passionate and knowledgeable golfers.

Our raters play and score courses on 6 criteria

Conditioning (73rd)

How would you rate the quality of tees, fairways, bunkers and greens, plus general presentation of the course? How firm yet receptive were the greens and how true were the roll of putts on the day you played the course. A great course is maintained in great playing shape, given the weather conditions it must deal with. The 20 points for conditioning are divided into 10 for greens, 4 for tees and fairways, 4 for bunkers, and 2 for general presentation. 20 points

The ranking criteria for conditioning consist of the following:

Greens (100th)

Good greens are firm yet receptive and roll true at reasonably fast speeds. Slow greens should be penalised. The green surrounds should be manicured and kept short. Greens recovering from hollowtining should not be rated.

Bunkers (57th)

How consistent is the sand for recovery shots, and is there an adequate covering of sand so that you don’t hit hard dirt underneath with an explosion shot. Stones can be removed from bunkers under the new rules, yet too many stones in a bunker should be penalised. The surrounds of bunkers are preferably closely mown so that balls don’t catch up in thick grass on a bunker’s edge, making for an even more difficult shot.

Tees (82nd)

These should be level, closely mown with good grass cover, firm enough that a high tee peg can be inserted with an easy push into the turf, and not lean over. Tee markers should be frequently moved to avoid wear and tear, and divots repaired.

Fairways (31st)

Firm, fast and rolling, with generally playable lies so that placing is unnecessary at most times of the year. It is preferable to have one type of fairway grass, but a mixture is permissible at courses which have budget constraints, as long as they are all sustainable grasses in our climate. Good fairways are properly defined with a distinctive second cut. Fairways thick with thatch are tolerable but not good.

General presentation

A course should look neat and manicured throughout, and the rough adjoining fairways should be fair and consistent. Thick isolated pockets of rough in the playing area result in lost balls and slow play. Penalty areas should have attractive natural aesthetics and be free of litter and debris.

Playability (Will get points scored from SATop100)

How well does the course challenge low-handicaps while providing enjoyable options for high-handicaps? 20 points

Aesthetics (Will get points scored from SATop100)

How well do the scenic values of the course (including landscaping, vegetation, water features and backdrops) add to the pleasure of a round? 15 points

Design variety (Will get points scored from SATop100)

How varied are the golf course’s holes in differing lengths, configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours? 15 points

Memorability and consistency (Will get points scored from SATop100)

How well do the design features provide individuality to each hole yet a collective continuity to the entire 18? Is a consistent level of quality a course’s strength, or is it let down by several poor holes? 15 points

Shot values (Will get points scored from SATop100)

How well does the course pose risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse? 15 points

The ranking criteria for facilities consist of the following: (Paarl golf club’s 2020 ranking in brackets)

Pace of play (80th)

If this is a course where you start on time, play moves at a brisk pace, and you’re not waiting on every tee box, then give it a good mark. But if a round takes 5 hours or longer, there’s not a marshal to be seen all day, and queues in the halfway house, vote accordingly.

Practice range (47th)

Ranges vary from course to course, mainly because of space restrictions. A top-class range should have bays with both mats and grass, space both long and wide to hit a driver, and quality range balls. Ranges should also be safe for not only those on the range but on neighbouring fairways. If balls keep straying on to the course then it’s not perfect.

Halfway house (95th)

Appetising food served promptly is what a golfer wants. It doesn’t have to be cordon bleu cooking, just a basic menu catering for a golfer’s known preferences. Tasty pies, a healthy salad, sandwiches, and a hot breakfast

Pro Shop (94th)

On-course shops have improved markedly. What do you think of the quality of stock on display, service levels, and is there a club pro you can turn to for advice? How do prices compare with the big retailers?

Service (109th)

What was the level of service, friendliness and personal attention at the golf club on the day you visited? Evaluate your overall experience and how memorable it was, from the security entrance, the welcome in the club, pro shop or starter on the first tee, service on the course and in the locker room, to the round of drinks afterwards.

Locker rooms (45th)

Again, like the halfway house, basic requirements are all that are needed. Showers with hot water and good pressure. Plenty of towels, mirrors, benches to sit on, and lockers for members and visitors. Space is important. Cramped, steamy locker rooms which feel like being in a rugby scrum are the pits.

Course etiquette (99th)

Clubs rely on golfers to rake bunkers, repair divots, mend pitch marks, and generally keep the place pristine. If it’s looking a mess in this regard, there’s a problem. Are there enough rakes and are the flagsticks in good condition? Litter can damage a course’s Aesthetics. Are there ample bins around the course, and is the war on litter working?

19th hole (117th)

A warm, friendly, inviting clubhouse or pub can soothe away the worst day on the golf course. What’s the ambience like, the view, the service, the furniture, coldness of the beers, quality of the wine cellar? Pizza oven? Good menu? The 19th hole is all about matching or improving on the golf course experience.

It is therefore clear that there are certain areas that need more attention than others but the important thing is to ensure that all the criteria are covered in a professional way

Members discount on drinks not applicable in halfway house anymore

Please note that from the 15th of February 2021 the 20% discount on drinks to members will no longer apply in the halfway house. Before everybody take up their arms please note that there will be other discounts available not only to the members but to visitors and residents of the Boschenmeer Estate as well. It is very difficult to keep the prices competitive and in line with the price reference with the other reference golf courses as per the Golfing Goat Lease Contract.

An example of a special would be a six pack of beer offered at R90 which means a unit cost of R15 per beer. This price would make them stay within the reference table of drinks in the halfway house and still offer a good value to our members as well. I assume everybody would understand that Golfing Goat would not be able to give a further 20% discount on a special offer like that. I have requested them to communicate and advertise their variety of specials for everybody to see and choose from.
I sincerely hope that our members would see the “benefit” of that type of discount and specials available to our visitors and residents as well.

Next club draw – 19 February 2021

Please note that the February club draw will be done on Friday the 19th of February 2021. Please diarise this occasion and try to attend. There are very interesting attendance draws that also take place at each draw.
Entries still open and the 5th (Fifth) draw will be done on Friday 19 February 2021.

In conversation with

This week we get to know our marketing lady, Ester van der Merwe, who we jointly utilises between Paarl Golf Club, Golfing Goat and Caylix Sport. Members entering through the main entrance would have met Ester already. She occupies the “office” at the entrance to the Foyer. We wish her many happy and successful years here at Paarl Golf Club and hope that we together can succeed in marketing Paarl Golf Club to become a destination of choice.
Ester Van der Merwe, our new marketing lady

From Mr. Rules

Conditions affecting the stroke.

There are specific conditions affecting the stroke, which are:

• The lie of the players ball at rest
• Area of intended stance
• Area of intended swing
• The line of play, and
• The relief area where the player will drop or place a ball.

This week we will focus on two of the above, the lie and the area of intended swing.

The rules (8.1a) clearly states that a player is not allowed to move, bend, or break any growing or attached natural object.

However, if a player restores the condition by returning the object to its original position before his/ her next stroke, there is no penalty (Rule 8.1c).

In the video below you can clearly see Lexi Thompson push over a turf of grass but luckily for her it sprang straight back into place. If it had stayed where she pushed it, she would have been in breach of the rule and a get a 2-stroke penalty. But as it returned to its original position (or if she had moved it back herself) there was no breach.

This is a very delicate subject, so click on the video below, see if you agree with Ed or Robert.

 
We would like to hear your views!
Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

What you still should remember when playing golf at PGC during the revised Level 3 Lockdown Rules

I know this might be boring by now, but please realise that we are still under Level 3 Lockdown Rules that did not change since inception. Thanks to those members (and visitors) who makes our work easier by adhering to the regulations and rules. We appreciate your continues support and help. It is not that difficult!

Lockdown regulations >

Golf quote of the week

Many moons ago

I did not get any takers for last week’s “table” I will give it one more week. Please help me out!

The photograph this week from the treasure chest is the one below. After last week’s 100% success I am trying my luck on this group as well. I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the people on the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Little Swift (Klein-Windswael)

If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Know your birdies >

The perfect way to treat your Valentine

Valentine’s Day raffle
February is upon us and that means Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Make your loved one’s day that much more special with this amazing hamper worth R2000!
Contents:
• Titleist backpack
• 2 sleeves of Srixon balls plus Srixon glove
• Boschenmeer peg bag and sand bottle
• Mizuno Pro cap
• Callaway MAVRIK golf towel

Tickets are sold at Paarl Pro Shop for only R60 each. Buy yours soonest.

Stay cool, stay stylish and stay protected

With these hot summer specials!

We have just what you need for to stay cool under pressure with this fantastic package deal. A fashionable sun hat + ICE cooling towel + NUUN rehydration tablets, all for only R500!

Get yours today and protect yourself from those hot summer days by purchasing yours from Paarl Pro Shop.

We have many colours available in the hats and great styles for men and ladies. If you would like to only purchase a hat, they were R350, but get yours now for only R299 at the Paarl Pro Shop.
Ladies Men’s
 

Dreams of better

Your experience matters to us

We’re here to do more than teach you about stance and grip and swing path. We’re here to help you get real fulfilment out of your playing experience. Golf should be a source of joy. We want to help you play the golf you dream of.
Dreams to reality >
The first step we’ll take when starting your journey to better will be to get a clear picture of where you are. WHY do you play golf? WHAT should you improve? HOW are we going to get you there? Together, we’ll find your answers.
Here’s to a better life
Let’s make golf a positive, healthy, and enriching part of your life. Discover the thrill of better golf shots, of sharing moments with others, of being outside and having fun.
Start now >
 
The Cleveland CBX2 Wedge will get you there. And it now comes in a striking black satin finish.
Learn more > Experience CBX2 >
 

A flying start

What could you improve?

What part of your game would give you the most joy if you improved it?
Let us know >
• Could you find more fairways off the tee?
• Could you improve the consistency of your long irons?
• How about sharper distance control on wedge shots?
• Could you make three-putts a rarity?
Find all the answers
Knowing the answers to these questions enables us to fill the gaps that make the biggest impact on your enjoyment and scorecard.
Improve your game >
 
For all shots and
all golfers
The new Srixon Z-STAR offers all the spin you need for more controlled greenside shots. But it’s also packing serious speed for more distance off the tee.

Pick a sleeve up in the shop and experience the difference that these balls can make to your game.
There are very good reasons we feel so comfortable recommending Z-STAR.
Find out more >

Start them on a journey

The next few months at BF Golf Academy, we are all about getting as many juniors into this wonderful game as possible. There are so many benefits that your kids or grandchildren can get from spending time on the fairways.

Starting on the 1st of February, Ben is offering kids from 7 – 12 the chance to improve their skills, have some fun and make new friends! These group lessons will be taking place on Mondays and Fridays.

Contact Hannarie on coaching@bfgolfacademy.com or 082 990 7161 for more details and book your child’s spot!

We haven’t forgotten about your little ones either! SNAG is the perfect way to introduce this game to your children between the ages of 4 – 7, with fun equipment, exciting games and great learning techniques that will help your children develop not only their physical abilities, but social skills too.

We are offering morning and afternoon sessions on Thursdays, so contact Hannarie on coaching@bfgolfacademy.com or 082 990 7161 today!

 

The game of a lifetime

Full of life, for life

Here are three great reasons why your children should learn to play golf.
First, it’s a safe outdoor activity that gets them away from the pressures of an ever-faster digital life. Second, it’s a skill they learn easily that gives access to a lifetime of fun and social connections. Third, and most importantly, it’s something they can do with you until you’re old and grey.
From 16 years old, junior golfers who started their journey at 6, move from learning to play, to what development models call “training to compete”. This is when we fine-tune skills and start incorporating competitive elements into coaching.
Get your children into golf
We want your children to fall in love with the game. We want them to have a lifetime of healthy, outdoor enjoyment for themselves and their families. If you have a child or grandchild, let’s get them started on the journey of a lifetime.
Get them started >
 

Your scoring zone

Trying to outswing your equipment?

Unless you’re playing on tour, using worn out wedges or incorrect lofts that are poorly fitted, is going to mean that up to half of your round is more difficult than it should be.
Are you losing spin and control playing with worn out wedges?
“If you’re playing just once a week, expect your wedges to last for about two years.”
Do you have a wedge set that enables you to play a variety of shots with full control? Or are you trying to fill loft gaps by altering your swing?
Is your golf ball complementing your wedge setup by giving you enough trajectory and spin?
Easier scoring inside 100 metres
Your short-game equipment should be adding control to your scoring shots, not making it more difficult. Let’s schedule some time to go through your equipment and have a look at your swing.
Get started >
 
The Cleveland CBX2 Wedge will get you there. And it now comes in a striking black satin finish.
Learn more > Experience CBX2 >

 

Action plan to “RECLAIM” our greens

I had several members and visitors pointing out to me that the greens are not up to our normal standard as it was in November. I have no choice than to agree with them because I experienced it myself. Members would have noticed that after the December season our greens looked as if they went on holiday and never recovered from that.

I have with previous newsletters just touched on the irrigation problem (main cause of all the problems) and realised that I need to give more detail than just to say that they were clogged with mud and silt from the newly cleaned irrigation dam.

Let me start in November where we all were happy with our greens. The moss programme that Servest was implementing were working well and there were only small spots of moss which they started to physically remove.

Then in the first two weeks of December we did the irrigation dam project where we had to remove all the reeds and weeds from the dam as well as to remove the silt layer created over many years. Lastly, we deepened the irrigation dam where possible in order to create more capacity in the dam. We had to do it in the dry period as well as during a period where the course would not be that busy. We even timed it with the complete hatching of all the waterfowl chickens nesting around the dam. There was therefore not a better time to do this project.

However, this project had disastrous effects on the irrigation system which started to clog up every evening that Servest ran the irrigation cycles. Servest do irrigate at night to not bother golfers during the day with running sprayers but also the South Easter winds normally die down at night that allows them to get the water where it was planned to go.

The photo on the right is a look into the filter of the pump station every morning they opened it up during those critical days.

All the available Servest workers were pulled in to clean each sprayer individually each day. The team from Servest also flushed the system regularly to try and get the mud and silt out of the main irrigation system. This process took far longer than anticipated and also resulted in other crucial golf course maintenance work like moving the rough and tee boxes, manicuring the course and day to day challenges that the Servest team face falling behind program. With long weekends over Christmas as well as New year it also did not help the cause due to limited staff trying their utmost to catch up with the maintenance program. In order to save the greens from the harsh temperatures and very strong South Easter winds experienced during December the use of hand spraying of the greens was implemented. Although it helped to get water on the greens the amount and spread of the water could not be controlled and this resulted in overwatering at some points and underwatering at other points on the same green. This became a perfect breeding area for the moss that is underlying in our greens. With the moss becoming visual the decision was made to spray it with fungicide which at the end resulted in the moss “dying” leaving ugly black areas on most of the greens. Servest also spiked the greens almost daily to try and get the drainage to the roots of the grass.

The condition of the underlying layers was checked daily to see if the roots are reached by the watering cycles. Grass cannot grow if they can’t get water through their roots. So it is very important to get the water through the upper layers of the green down to the roots of the plants when watering the greens.

Servest was requested to put forward an action plan to recover the greens in time for the Boland Seniors tournament taking place on the 21st and 22nd of February 2021. The matter was tabled at the Board meeting of 25 January 2021 where the action plan proposed by Servest was accepted and it was further resolved that this communication be put out to members. The Board also requested formal communication to Servest, requesting measures to be implemented to avoid re-occurrence.

Aerating the greens will form the main base of their recovery program. They will have to hollow tine (light 8mm diameter tines) a few greens (Seems like 1, 12 and 14) at this stage to get the drainage process on the greens functional again. Some greens will be plugged with pods from other healthy areas of greens and spiked regularly. Patches and pods will mostly be taken from the practice area green which will recover quickly after reseeding them. Here I request the understanding and support from our members to accept that Servest have no other choice than to be aggressive in their approach. They have committed themselves to achieving this goal and I think I speak on behalf of all the members when I say all the best and good luck.

What Servest have done in the last week was to change the sprayer configuration at the greens of holes 1-18 so that the green sprayers will only concentrate on the greens and that the surrounding areas will be hand watered if needed during the day. They now do one cycle on each green early in the morning and if then needed they can use this process to cool down the greens using the sprayers for a maximum 6-minute period in order to ensure that the water gets spread evenly and effectively on the greens. This might interfere with the golf from time to time but I am sure that you as member will understand how important it is for the recovery of the greens.

The two photographs below confirm what the situation was during December and how the constant spiking and new watering process allowed the water to get to the deeper roots of the grass in January. The December sample clearly shows that the water did not get through the upper layer (red line) and you see dry sand where the critical roots of the grass should be situated. In the January 2021 photograph it is clear (red line) that the water got down to the roots area. Effective drainage of greens is probably the most important aspect of healthy greens.

December 2020 January 2021

As a last plea. Please let us not get stuck in the past as to what happened, but let us together concentrate on the road ahead. This situation is not unique to Paarl Golf Club. Greens are living organisms and can sometimes be very unpredictable and quickly change their form.

I thought hard and long should I or shouldn’t I share the following information with you as members. But I really feel that it somehow sums up the concept of greens being living organisms and that they sometimes have a will of their own.

During last week’s PGA tournament at La Quinta in California I “saw” on television the conditions of the greens that the best in the world was playing on. I captured this just to show that even on the highest level of golf there can be unpredictable situations that no one plans for and also did not do on purpose. I sincerely hope that together we understand and support all efforts to recover our greens to their former pristine condition.

In order to accommodate visiting golfers, we decided to offer a discount on green fees for the recovery period till end March 2021. We sincerely hope that it would help in keeping the visitor’s feet coming through that we as club so desperately need to overcome the budget constraints that Covid left us with.

 The irrigation dam project

The last phase in this project is the clearing up and refurbishment of the construction area. This will take some time to get the grass growing again but we will start with that this week already. Thanks to those members who “saw” the difference the dam makes in the golf experience and mentioned it in passing by. I can confirm that we extended the capacity of the dam by nearly 30%. That makes it all worth it.

Paarl youngsters excel in Ceres

Well done to two of our younger golfers who exceled at the recent tournament held at Ceres.

Jere Brits won the under 19 title with a winning total of 68! Two shots ahead of the field that included Thomas Joubert (70), Angelo Keffers (71) and Romeo le Roux also on 71.

We are very proud of you Jere!

Another “youngster” from Paarl Golf Club and currently the number 1 junior in the Boland, Ethan Smith showed his class by winning the Citrusdal Open with rounds of 66 and 65 which left him 7 shots clear of the field.

Well done Ethan!

  Next Club Draw – 19 February 2021

Please note that the February club draw will be done on Friday the 19th of February 2021. Please diarise this occasion and try to attend. There are very interesting attendance draws that also take place at each draw.

Entries still open and the 5th (Fifth) draw will be done on Friday 19 February 2021.

We have 83 entries!

The results of the January Club Draw saw the following individuals getting their hands on some of the winnings:

Nr 7: Franz Lohbauer – R1 000
Nr 9: Willem Pienaar – R600
Nr 78: Danie Cronje – R300

Well done guys and I hope that this will fill some kind of hole that the festive season left.

In conversation with

This week we get to know Ethan Smith. Ethan showed recently at the Citrusdal Open why he is ranked no 1 in the Boland with a convincing victory. Ethan had rounds of 66 and 65 and his winning score of 131 was 7 shots better than the rest of the field. Ethan we are following your progress with anticipation.
Meet Ethan >

If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know what exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

Help us by completing your scorecard correctly

How to complete your scorecard

We are seeing more and more players not giving attention to their scorecards and would like to help and point out why it is important to provide the scorers all the detail necessary for them to effectively prepare the final result sheets. It is also important to ensure that by using one card per fourball that everything on the card should be correct and a true reflection of what happened on the course. See below an example of a completed scorecard and the information needed.

Competition Format, Date, Tee Time, Name & Surname, Membership Number, Handicap Index, Course Handicap, which course was played, and lastly which tee box you were playing from (Y, W, B or R)

We thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

If you have any suggestions to simplify this process, please let us know.

Golfing regards,
Maria

What you still should remember when playing golf at PGC during the revised Level 3 Lockdown Rules

I know this might be boring by now, but please realise that we are still under Level 3 Lockdown Rules that did not change since inception. Thanks to those members (and visitors) who makes our work easier by adhering to the regulations and rules. We appreciate your continues support and help. It is not that difficult!

Lockdown regulations >

Many moons ago

Thanks again to Anville van Wyk who was quick out of the blocks to identify two gentlemen on the phot of last week.

FLTR: Johan Loubser, Captain in 1978 and in the middle is Louis Viljoen. They man on the right could not be identified

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 in the photograph are. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the ladies and gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Weaver (Kaapse Wewer)

  If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week

A happy new year to all

To all our members,
compliments for the new year. I wish you good health and safety in the year of 2021. We hope to be seeing many of you out on the golf course. We’re looking forward to smashing your golfing goals this year.

A day not to be missed

Walk off the green with a smile, when you’ve tried these products.
20th January 2021
As part of our Pro Shop day we have a Cleveland activation available for members and guests to attend at no charge.

The following products will be demonstrated:
HB Soft & Frontline putters, Cleveland ZipCore, CBX2 & CG1 wedges

Riaan Roux – our Cleveland agent – will be on the putting green from 10h30 till 13h30 to chat to golfers & demo the products.

Don’t miss this opportunity.
I’ll be there >

Some other news

We would like to inform all our members that Melaney, our pro shop sales lady has taken up a position elsewhere and is leaving us after many years. Melaney will have her last day today.

We wish to thank Melaney for the long years of service she gave us. We wish her the very best for her future.

Welcome to the Pro Shop team!

We would like to welcome Carmen Ockhuis to the Paarl Pro Shop team.
Carmen joined us on the 4th of January in the Paarl Pro Shop as sales lady, working alongside Elana. We look forward to introducing Carmen to all our members and we are looking forward to a strong team effort in delivering great service to our members and visitors going forward.
Carmen and Elana

A word from Carmen:

I am Carmen Ockhuis and I grew up in the Lanquedoc/Pniel-area. I am one of five children and I have two brothers and two sisters. I enjoyed my childhood playing outdoors and keeping busy with creative activities. I had a great admiration for the late princess Lady Diana.

I started working directly after finishing school at Charleston Hill Secondary School in Paarl. I have been married for fourteen years to my husband Francois. We have one son – Xavier. I have previous retail experience from working at: Sheet Street,  Mr Price and Essential Health.

I am looking forward to this new opportunity. Although it is new and unknown, I am excited to be working together and becoming part of a team of great people.

 

Your scoring zone

Are you giving yourself a chance?

How big is the loft gap between your pitching wedge and your sand wedge? Do you have a wedge for in between? And what do you do when you need more loft than your sand wedge has available? To give yourself a real scoring chance inside 100 metres, you need lofts that give you the right launch angle into the green, whatever the situation.
Regardless of skill level, carrying 3 to 4 wedges in your bag is going to increase your scoring odds in this zone.
Invest in your wedge set
Let’s schedule a wedge fitting and make sure you’re giving yourself a scoring chance from 100 metres in.
Get started >
 

The game of a lifetime

Get them started while it’s easy

Golf is a skill that can be learned throughout life, but it comes especially easily to children. Getting your child into the game early means they pick it up quicker, and benefit from it for longer. Not to mention, it gives you more time to enjoy a common pastime with your child.
More than a skill
Once the skill is acquired, golf is a game for life. But skills aside, golf also brings friendship, belonging, fun and positive social experiences.
When coaching children between 6 and 9 years old, our focus is on fun and physical literacy. In this age group, children should be taking part in a wide variety of physical activities.
Get your children into golf
If you have a child or grandchild, let’s get them into golf while it’s easier to learn and get them started on the journey of a lifetime.
Get them started >

Beginning of a New Year

Welcome back to all our members for the year 2021. We have survived 2020 with all it’s interesting surprises and just when we thought 2021 might bring a new dawn, Cyril locked us up yet again. Luckily by now, we here at the Paarl Golf Club are ready for any challenges and due to the fact that we were in line with all the regulations, the “change” to the revised Covid Level 3 regulations did not affect us at all. Thanks once again to all our members and visitors who help us in adhering to the regulations by doing their part. We appreciate that.

The Irrigation Dam Project

By now members should have seen that we have cleared the irrigation dam of all the reeds, and in the process of desilting the dam, we also deepened it where possible. However, this exercise left us with a dam full of dirty water and mud and silt in suspension. This created other problems in the clogging up of our irrigation system that really tested the Servest team’s ability to stay calm and do what needs to be done. Members would see that certain areas on the course suffered under the harsh temperatures and windy conditions and dried out more than we would have wanted. This happened purely because of the irrigation system struggling to feed the amount of water needed during this warm and windy period. I am happy to announce that we are starting to see the light and that we are getting the water where it is needed.

In order not to damage the course too much with heavy vehicles carting away the reeds and the mud, we opted for storing it next to the dam to dry out to be removed later. That process started this week and we hope to have the dam cleared by Friday the 15th of January 2021. We also decided to replace the old dilapidated wall with something more permanent and aesthetically pleasing. We also plan to finish the cladding of the wall by Friday the 15th of January 2021.

In December, I indicated to watch this space on the left and below the cladding of the new dam wall at the 11th tee is nearing completion. We now await the drying out of the portion between the two walls to clear the weeds and reeds and then we will remove the old wall
The new dam wall nearing completion

Hole-in-one “benefits” changed

After doing an investigation into what the norm is at different golf clubs in the Western Cape and careful consideration, the Captain’s Committee has taken the decision as follows with regards to a hole-in-one contribution from Paarl Golf Club.

When a member or visitor scores a legitimate hole-in-one at Paarl Golf Club, he/she will be issued a personalised certificate as well as a letter for insurance purposes. It is the player’s own prerogative whether he/she wants to buy a round of drinks at the bar after the round for the patrons, at his/her own cost. Paarl Golf Club will no longer contribute towards the bar bill anymore, seeing that this “tradition” has long been stopped at most of the clubs. If a player would like to buy a round of drinks at the bar, he/she will make the arrangements with Golfing Goat themselves and ring the bell accordingly.

Please remember that we have brought in the concept of the hole-in-one challenge, where you can bet on yourself for hitting the perfect shot and earn some good money if you have taken out the ticket for that. Please support this initiative. Our own Maria Kirton lipped the 23rd hole last Saturday and realised how close she was to a hole-in-one. In her own words, “I will never skip the hole-in-one challenge anymore, what is R20 if you can convert that into R20 000 by achieving a hole-in-one?” All the best Maria!

The new clubhouse restaurant and bar

Accolades keep on flowing in for the huge difference the incorporation of the veranda area into the old restaurant and bar area achieved.  It is just a pity that Covid keeps on coming in the way of this area really taking off. Please support them in all their weekday specials they offer.

   The Winelands venue preparing for 2021

Huge plans were made for the programme of The Winelands venue for 2021. Again, Cyril put a stop to all of that and various musicians had to be postponed until the regulations will allow them to host 150 people again. We will keep you informed as to the progress with that and as soon as they can function fully you as members will be notified.

  Next Club Draw – 22 January 2021

Please note that the January Club Draw will be done on Friday the 22nd of January 2021. Please diarise this occasion and try to attend. There are very interesting attendance draws that also take place.

Entries still open and the 4th (fourth) draw will be done on Friday 22 January 2021.

We have 83 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 367 members, so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 will be next in line for a bottle of wine.

We are now on 363!
For your efforts you can be next in line to win a bottle of wine with compliments from the “Wine of the Month”. Thank you to the members that have registered so far. See how to win here.

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In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our new members, Prieur du Plessis. Thanks, Prieur for being a sport in completing the questionnaire. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your golf here at your favourite Paarl Golf Club and that you would enjoy your membership here to the full.

If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know what exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

 Mr. Rules

Penalty Area

Hi everyone, happy New Year.

I was surprised when I played with a member and he was confused where to drop when his ball was in a red penalty area. The confusion many players have is the back on the line relief when in a red penalty area.

Yellow and red penalty areas give you the same option except with a red penalty area, you have an additional option of lateral relief.

In the case that I mentioned, the player drove his ball into the penalty area on the left of hole no 27. He was surprised when I told him that he could drop his ball on the fairway.

Rule 17.1d states that a player may drop a ball in a relief area that is based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area. See pictures below.

Enjoy your golf,

Mr R

What you still should remember when playing golf at PGC during the revised Level 3 Lockdown Rules

I know this might be boring by now, but please realise that we are still under Level 3 Lockdown Rules that did not change since inception. Thanks to those members (and visitors) who makes our work easier by adhering to the regulations and rules. We appreciate your continues support and help. It is not that difficult!

Know your birdies from your eagles

        Lesser Swamp Wabler (Kaapse Rietsanger)
If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week

 

New Summer Stock

Step into the season in style
Look good, play better

Great new apparel has just landed in the Paarl Pro Shop. Treat yourself or your loved ones to some new wardrobe additions. Perfect for Christmas gifts or just to reward yourself for getting through a very tough year!

Everyone here at Paarl Pro Shop would like to thank members for their support throughout the year.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy festive season!

 

Golf’s FUNdamentals
Your role as a parent
It’s easy to fall into the trap of measuring your child’s relationship with golf by their competitive performance. But their golfing development depends on so much more than that. And here’s where you, as the parent, have an important role to play.
Encourage your child to take part in a range of sports. This will develop their movement fundamentals; agility, balance, coordination and speed.
Instead of setting expectations of progress and success, focus on what your child wants. Encouragement goes a lot further than analysis.
Play golf with them. Not only will you get to work on your game, you also get to bond and strengthen your relationship with your child.
Most parents think of their child’s golfing journey as a funnel moving from “entry” to “elite”. But actually, it’s not a funnel, it’s a pie with FUN at its core.
Elite performance is part of the journey for a FEW children. What’s more important is that fun and healthy development are part of the journey for ALL children, regardless of skill. Really effective coaching develops golfing skills along with a love for the game.
Let them eat pie
Come and speak to us about getting your child into golf and developing their full potential, not just as golfers, but as people too.
Get them started >

Ever wondered
how good could you be?
If you’re shooting scores in the high 80s or early 90s, then you’re already showing the athletic ability to play this game well. The question now is how quickly and easily can you go lower.
Shooting low 80s is a lot of fun
We’re looking for ladies who are interested in taking their game to the next level. We want you to be shooting low 80s most times out. Interested? You don’t need to read more.
Contact us >
We’ll start with an assessment of each golfer to identify the personal opportunities, but our experience tells us that the improvement areas will lead to:
Straighter, longer tee shots with an extra 10 metres or more. Maximising the potential with better swing timing and the right launch.
More consistent ability with fairways and hybrids to reduce the challenge of length, while opening up birdie opportunities.
Iron approach shots with extra height and greater stopping power, turning the potential of good tee shots into real birdie opportunities.
From inside 40 metres, the ability to get the ball consistently within one-putt range using a range of short-game shots. Stride onto the green knowing you’re going to save par.
You can break 85
If that’s a golf experience that appeals to you, then please don’t wait. Start the journey to hitting even better golf shots.
Contact us >

End of Year Festive Season Greetings

And so 2020, a year full of interesting surprises, comes to an end. From Paarl Golf Club’s side, we would like to wish all our members a wonderful festive season with lots of memorable occasions but also some time to rest after this challenging year. To those who will be travelling, we wish you all a safe travelling experience and to those that will rather stay home and enjoy the calm period, make the most of it.

We have a very interesting festive season program here at the club so join in the fun and come and experience golf with a twist of mystery and enjoyment.

This will be the last bumper edition newsletter of this year and we will be back in our seats in the second week of January 2021.

Cleaning up the irrigation dam

Members might have noticed that there are strange machines operating on and around the irrigation dam. The main aim of the exercise is to desilt the dam as well as to try and deepen it to 3m while we are busy with the desilting.

This exercise was long overdue, as we struggled to keep the irrigation pumps drifting in the dam, and ensuring that they do not start sucking in mud and plant material. This created many other problems of which the biggest was the choking of the sprayers out on the golf course. So, in the process of overcoming the problem, the irrigation team had their hands full making sure the water gets to where it was intended to go.

The machines used in the project were both unique. The first machine was a land-bound excavator with a 17m reach. This machine could effectively work the southern side of the dam taking all the reeds and grass out but also deepening the dam within its reach.

There was no un-destructive way to get this machine to the northern section of the irrigation dam, so we had to arrange something very different. A floating excavator! This machine could climb into the dam and clean the rest of the northern section without any problems.

We also tried to stack the material on the side of the dam so as not to damage the entire course too much with heavy vehicles taking away the material. For that we created a process of separating the material between plant material and mud and sand. The mud and sand we will now work into the low-lying areas around the dam to create a higher freeboard and to get rid of the very wet areas during the rainy season. The plant material will be carted to the dump site at the driving range area during the December season, so we request that our members and the residents around the irrigation dam to please be patient with the process.

I had people questioning what effect this will have on the birdlife on and around the irrigation dam. We did wait for most of the water birds to hatch their babies before we started this project. We only did the irrigation dam as well as the dam on the right-hand side of the 11th green, we kept the area where most of the yellow billed ducks “reside” on the 21st hole as is – filled with reeds.

An added bonus to the cleaning up project was to see the bigger effect of the water area on both the 11th and the 21st holes. We also decided to create a new dam wall for the irrigation dam to prevent the water coming too close in front of the back of the tee boxes on the 11th hole. Although the element of water brought its own challenges, the openness of the hole will hopefully take away the fear of hitting over the water.

Watch this space!

See the machines at work.

  Your attention is needed

We are all trying to make golf at Paarl Golf club the most memorable experience possible. But it seems as if some members and visitors would like to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. With summer upon us and long days part of our day-to-day challenges we would like to point out a few annoying things that are busy creeping out again.

Slow play

Please keep up with the fourball ahead of you. Members will see that the marshals have been asked to be strict on this. We understand that a medal format is a slow format but last week we had rounds of close to over five hours. We had situations where fourballs were more than a full hole behind the group in front of them.

May we again promote ready play when it is safe to do so. We often see three golfers waiting for one golfer to go through his whole routine and when the shot is taken only then do the other golfers get ready to play.

After hours golf and practice on the course

With the days being longer and the sun only setting at around 20:00 we are now getting more and more golfers who start playing the course close to their houses and not going through registration. Please note that should you be caught doing this, a non-affiliated visitor’s fee of R740 could be charged to your name.

Please help us in preventing this from happening by not doing it and by reporting it to us when you do see somebody doing that. The last registered tee off time is 18:00. If you want to play on the course, please ensure you go through registration so that we know about you.

The same applies for times before the first tee off times. These times are critical for the maintenance teams to get the golf course prepared for you to play on in a safe and unrestricted manner. So please NO early starting as well.

Golf carts

Members as well as visitors please note that there are specific boards to direct you to the correct side of a green to pass for travelling with your golf cart. There is a good reason for this. Mainly the fact that we have prepared areas to be level and hardy against the golf cart’s wheels and tires, and secondly, the irrigation pipes run on the sides of the green which we don’t want golf carts to ride over.

Please help us manage the traffic around a green in a manner that benefits golfers. This can help the process of maintaining the pristine condition of the course. The best is to stay on the tarred golf carts where they are available.

Smokers

It seems like one of the Covid side effects is the amount of people that started smoking after the harsh lockdown. I know that cigarettes are now “cheap” compared to the lockdown prices, but please, the non-smokers don’t want “reminders” on every tee box.

Please keep your cigarette buds to yourself and please do not flick them into the gardens or the rough. They remain a menace to the maintenance personnel.

At the clubhouse there are designated smoking areas, and we urge smokers to please use them. We have created a smoker’s nest above the halfway house BUT please do not flick your cigarette buds over the side. The halfway house tent already boasts three holes in it due to smokers not thinking about what they are doing.

At the halfway house, the smoker’s den is in the parking area of the golf carts. We have provided seating at the wooden tables for specifically this reason.

The law prohibits smoking in an enclosed area as well as an area with a roof/cover over it. Unfortunately, we as Paarl Golf Club need to adhere to this legislation otherwise an inspection finding the contrary could end up in a close down of the entire clubhouse complex. I sincerely hope that the seriousness of this is understood by everybody.

Opening of the new clubhouse restaurant and bar

And then the 4th of December 2020 came with the long-anticipated opening of the upgraded bar, bistro, and veranda project. Members would remember that I reported two weeks ago that we were still on track for the opening on the 4th.

It was a hectic two weeks, but the result speaks for itself. A big congratulations must go out to the Golfing Goat project team that took over the shell we handed to them on the 16th of November. Opening night saw a lot of eager members and residents pitching up for the official opening of the Paarl Golf Club clubhouse renovation project.

With a lovely sunset as only Paarl Golf Club can provide the festivities started with fresh oysters and freshly baked spring rolls as starters. The idea was not so much to eat a lot but to try out some of the future menu items. The main course consisted of a portion of perfectly prepared pork belly and a mouth-watering piece of fillet with all the little sides that made it a perfect meal.

There were also two desserts in the form of a deconstructed milk tart and a home-grown yoghurt. When Le Roux Conradie, manager of the Golfing Goat at Boschenmeer, introduced the chef and her team at the end of the evening, everybody was surprised by their youth and the quality of food they dished up. I see a bright future ahead for the Golfing Goat and their newly appointed chef and chef assistants. But just don’t sit there and drool, come and put their skills to the test with your own tastebuds.

We look forward in welcoming all our members, their families, and the residents of Boschenmeer to make the Golfing Goat restaurant at Paarl Golf Club one of their regular culinary stops.

   The Winelands venue hosting “Die Broers”

For those of you who haven’t as yet experienced one of our top South African musicians at the Winelands venue please do not stay left out. We started with a very packed programme in November and we obviously must taper down towards the end of the year. The last performer will be Jannie du Toit tonight.

Last week it was “Die Broers” making feet itch in the Winelands venue. It was good to see people singing along and just forgetting about Covid and the year 2020. Please be on the lookout for the programme in the new year.

Feel the vibe with these two short video clips.

 

Annelize Lucas Physiotherapy

Coming soon
11 January 2021

Next Club Draw – 11 December 2020

Please note that the December Club Draw will take place on Friday the 11th of December 2020. It will coincide with the Putt for Dough initiative that will take place that afternoon before the draw.

Entries are still open and the 3rd Draw will take place on Friday 11 December 2020.

We have 83 entries!

Spotlight Social registration

Win the wine of the month!

We are currently on 363 members so please put in some effort to register on the app. Number 400 is next in line for a bottle of wine.

We are now on 363!
For your efforts you can be next in line to win a bottle of wine with compliments from the “Wine of the Month”. Thank you to the members that have registered so far. See how to win here.

Download the app >

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our new members, Nicholas Hall, our B-division Club Champion for 2020. We hope that you  enjoy your golf here at PGC and that you keep on playing the golf that made you play a 72 gross. We all dream about “that” round.

If you would like to be part of our wonderful PGC community, let us know so that we can get to know you a bit more. How will anyone know what exotic drink to buy you otherwise?

 Mr. Rules

Slow play

I have addressed this problem before, but it still seems to be a problem and that players do not play ready golf anymore. Let me share with you what the rule book says on pace of play and give you some ideas on how we can improve on this.

Know your rules >

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

Keep rolling in those birdies and enjoy your golf.

Mr R

Playing golf at PGC during Level 1 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under Level 1 lockdown rules, which have not changed since their inception.

Thanks to those members (and visitors) who makes our work easier by adhering to the regulations and rules. We appreciate your continues support and help. To the few that always need to push the boundaries please realise that your actions might cause the club to close, and many other golf courses for that matter. It is not that difficult…

Many moons ago

This is the first time this has ever happened. Three weeks running with no takers on identifying any of the people in the photo. Last chance members.
Here is the photograph from this week’s treasure chest. I had no takers last week so I’ll run this one for another week. Please e-mail me at manager@paarlgc.co.za
if you recognise anyone.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Cape Eagle Owl (Kaapse ooruil)
If you have a favourite bird or would like to know more about a particular species flying around PGC, please let us know so that we can do some research and showcase it in next week’s Gazette.

Know your birdies >

Golf quote of the week