It’s time to do something

What is happening to our children?

Right now, we have a younger generation who are expected to LOSE 5 years of expected life because of childhood obesity, poor nutrition and activity, and the rise of type-2 diabetes and coronary disease.  Golf can help reverse this trend.
We need children to become more active. Of course, they need to participate in more than one activity, but golf should be one of the activities. It has everything for a child.

Start your child now

With young children we’re not thinking about creating Tour superstars, we’re trying to introduce them to a past-time that will offer them the chance to live an active and social lifestyle that will make them healthier for their whole life. It’s time to do something.

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Maybe it’s time to introduce your kids to…

SNAG® – Starting New At Golf

Golf is easy to learn and playing SNAG® is great fun for everyone. The “First Touch” equipment is fun, brightly coloured and easy to use. It can be used by children as young as 4. It is fabulous golf teaching and learning tools and definitely not toys.

SNAG is an innovative “First Touch” golf teaching product. It is designed to promote golf at a beginner level through complete development. This is possible by providing coaching with highly enjoyable and easily accessible equipment.

SNAG is offered at Paarl Golf Club to kids between 4 and 8 years old on Tuesday afternoons. This term we will be starting on Tuesday 6 August.

Please contact Hannarie Fouchee for more info on 082 990 7161.

Spin: friend or foe?

This is a bigger deal than many think

A colleague of ours recently picked five golfers at random in his club. Three men and two women of differing ages. He spent 20 minutes with each one and their driver (along with alternative configurations).
Changing the spin rate with the same swing speed has a huge impact on the distance the ball travels. Too much backspin for the ball speed and the ball will have too much lift and balloon. Too little spin and the ball doesn’t have enough lift and dies quickly. (Read The Magnus effect and Bernoulli’s principle if you want more physics).
The laws of physics (proven with the data from hundreds of thousands of golf swings) means that those with slower swing speeds generally benefit from a higher launch angle and more spin, than someone with more aggressive swing speeds.
Matching swing speed, ball speed, launch angle, and spin rate on tee shots, will make upwards of 40 metres of difference for some golfers. How much difference would it make to you?

Don’t let spin rob you

Book an assessment with us and let’s find your personal launch DNA: the perfect match of launch and spin for the ball speed you’re creating.

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Don’t put your golf on ice this winter
This is the last month to take advantage of the winter season Coaching Specials. Before spring comes knocking, make sure you are ready for it!

A river runs through it!

The 5th hole
The 11th hole
Wet and wild!

Members would remember that it was just over a year ago that we were amid a severe drought. Various plans and actions were taken to be better prepared should the Berg river ever stop flowing again. But last week saw a fantastic rainy week with lots of water flowing from the mountains down through the Berg river.

Luckily we did not get any damage to the course but we are alert seeing that the Bergriver dam is now 100% full and overflowing which means that every high intensity rainfall in the dam area will flow directly out without any buffering to the Bergriver. We are monitoring the rainfall predictions as well as trying to create space in some of our dams to at least take up some water before it all flows into the river.

The high flows of the river also allowed the otters to come upstream into our dams on the course. A family of six was seen early Saturday on the banks of the irrigation dam between 11th and 21st tee boxes. We hope they enjoy their visit but need to find their way back to the river quickly. Below is also the standing of the dams in our area where it can be seen that we are now better off than all previous four years indicated as well. Important for PGC is Wemmershoek dam’s level due to the fact that Paarl gets its water from that particular dam.

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This week I will clarify a situation that occurred on the first hole.  A player hit his ball into the penalty area on the right-hand side of the fairway.

The penalty area was only partially filled with water

and he found his ball in the penalty area.

He was contemplating if he should play the ball as it lies but he decided against it because his stance would have been in the water.

He then informed his marker that he would treat his ball as unplayable and take a penalty relief (Rule 19.1)

His used the back -on-the-line relief option (Rule19.2b) and dropped his ball in the penalty area and played from there.

This is where the player transgressed as Rule 19.1 clearly states that the player is the only person who may decide to treat his or her ball as unplayable by taking penalty relief except in a penalty area. If a ball is unplayable in a penalty area the player’s only option is to take penalty relief under Rule 17 (penalty areas).

When he played the dropped ball from the penalty area he played from a wrong place and gets the general penalty( 2 shot penalty or match play loss of hole).

If the player gained a significant advantage by playing from the wrong place compared to where he should have played from this would be treated as a serious breach and is therefore disqualified, unless he corrected his mistake before playing from the next tee or for the final hole before returning his scorecard.

To decide if there was a serious breach, the factors to be taken into account include:
•    The difficulty of the stroke
•    The distance of the ball from the hole
•    The effect of obstacles on the line of play
•    The conditions affecting the stroke
In this case the player was not disqualified as his ball crossed the edge of the penalty are very close to where his ball was lying.

If you have any questions, please contact me at
Enjoy your golf.
Mr R

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Know your birdies from your eagles

Mallard (Groenkop Eend)

Photo courtesy:   Alida Kotzee
Date:  28 June 2019
Where to look for them:  11th Green

The mallard (/’mæl??rd/ or /’mæl?rd/) (Anas platyrhynchos) is a dabbling duck that has been introduced to South Africa. This duck belongs to the subfamily Anatinae of the waterfowl family Anatidae. The male birds (drakes) have a glossy green head and are grey on their wings and belly, while the females (hens or ducks) have mainly brown-speckled plumage. Both sexes have an area of white-bordered black or iridescent blue feathers called a speculum on their wings; males especially tend to have blue speculum feathers.

The mallard is 50–65 cm (20–26 in) long, of which the body makes up around two-thirds the length. The wingspan is 81–98 cm (32–39 in) and the bill is 4.4 to 6.1 cm (1.7 to 2.4 in) long. It is often slightly heavier than most other dabbling ducks, weighing 0.72–1.58 kg (1.6–3.5 lb). Mallards live in wetlands, eat water plants and small animals, and are social animals preferring to congregate in groups or flocks of varying sizes. This species is the main ancestor of most breeds of domesticated ducks.

The female lays eight to 13 creamy white to greenish-buff spotless eggs, on alternate days. Incubation takes 27 to 28 days and fledging takes 50 to 60 days. The ducklings are precocial and fully capable of swimming as soon as they hatch.

Please note the following when “feeding” the Mallards on the course:

•    Bread can equal a death sentence – While many people believe that it is harmless to toss breadcrumbs to ducks, this can actually be incredibly detrimental to their health. Bread has very poor nutritional value, and fills up the duck, keeping it from foraging for healthy foods. Eating too much bread can cause angel wing in ducks, which causes the bones to twist during growth, and inhibits flight. Instead of feeding bread, feed duck’s lettuce, corn, peas, or birdseed.

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

Paarl Ladies decided to bring their charity closer to home in 2019

The Paarl Ladies golf section became aware of the Paarl Stimulation Centre for disabled children in New Orleans through Carmen Baxter, our friendly PGC registration lady. This centre provides daily care to 33 disabled children.

On request from the PGC Ladies they received a list of the centre’s needs and the ladies immediately set about as to aid those needs. With the cold of winter and shortage of blankets to cover the children who are mostly wheelchair bound, the ladies donated/collected close to 60 blankets on the 16th of July and it was delivered to the centre on Mandela Day on the 18th of July.

Barney Liebenberg, a local building contractor from Boschenmeer Estate, is busy compiling a quotation to repair the highest priority items such as water leaks, dysfunctional bathrooms and toilets, kitchen cupboards, fitting a stove and some paint work. Barney offered his personal support and supervision free of charge and the PGC Ladies will only need to pay for labour and materials. We hope to start with the repairs on the building by the end of July 2019.

A huge need was also to get the centre’s stove replaced and once again one of our members, Ingrid Meter, came to the rescue and donated a gas top stove with electrical oven to the centre. A huge thanks to Ingrid for this generous donation. The ladies undertook to install this stove and provide a gas bottle and to keep it filled through their charity drives and collection on an ongoing basis.

There is also a very great need for specific educational toys and materials as well as CD players and TV’s. The PGC Ladies will work very closely with the centre’s staff to determine what will be the correct learning materials to acquire as we collect and receive funding.

Any member or parties are therefore invited to donate into the ladies’ section charity account for learning materials, food supplies and maintenance materials required for the centre. It will be highly appreciated if you can help our charity provide this much needed service to the disabled children in our community

Please contact Helaine Strydom, the lady captain in this regard at or on her cell +27 84 549 8439.

Paarl Ladies “bag” another successful wine pairing evening at Back’s

The ultimate pairing

Wine and the Paarl Ladies golf section go hand-in-hand and they once again succeeded in getting the two parties involved to party. The second wine pairing initiative from them, to give tribute to their sponsors, happened at Back’s Restaurant on Thursday evening, 25th of July. The evening started off with a wonderful cheese and wine pairing masterly performed by the man himself, Charles Back. Each wine and cheese had a story to tell and Charles as well as the PGC ladies and their companions enjoyed every story on its own. It was wonderful to experience Charles’ passion for wine in general and we all went back home knowing a lot more about the topic than before. Interesting fact that Charles pointed out was the fact that the oldest wine-making country (some 8000 years ago) was Georgia in the old Russia.

A wonderful magnum wine bottle was then auctioned by Charles himself and the successful bidder was Morkel Pieters from Kropman Paints. Helaine Strydom, our ladies captain, decided that her gift from Charles (another magnum) also needed to go on auction and our men’s captain, Jacques Olivier, decided that he should have that bottle. All the others tried bravely to secure that bottle but he fought each bid off gallantly to walk away with the winnings.

Well done ladies for yet a wonderful initiative from all of you!

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What’s Happening on the Golf Course?



Who’s been winning at the Club?


24 July 2019

Betterball Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Member # Score
1st Gwyn Bassinghwait
Jan – Louis Raath

26 July 2019

Friday Sundowner – Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Score
1st T Bailey 23
2nd J Harris 22
3rd W.Minnies 21

27 July 2019

Mercedes Benz Paarl – Individual Stableford

Old Course

Place Name Score
1st Frans Theron 42
2nd Bjorn van Oort 40
3rd S. Gillard 37

Winelands Course

Place Name Score
1st Gert Odendaal 39
2nd Ruben Riffel 37
3rd Rex Miller 36

Boschenmeer Course

Place Name Score
1st Peter Miller 36
2nd Christopher Droomer 35
3rd Ben Fouchee  34

Click here for the full summary of results.

28 July 2019

Paarl Open Results

Old Course

Place Name Score
Paarl Open Champion Anton Pieters 143
Runner up Daniel Cronje 144
Runner up Ethan Smith 144
4th Donovan Lidicoat 145
Senior Winner JL Swart 155

Ethan Smith (left)
Anton Pieters (middle)
Daniel Cronje (right)

Anton Pieters

Events to look forward to


What’s happening on the golf course?

Paarl British Open Betterball Results 2019 – Royal Portrush

Paarl Golf Club ladies captain with the winner of the Paarl British Open, Gert Uys, who together with professional Sang Hung Park, managed to score 46 Betterball Stableford points.
The fourth Paarl British Open was held on Sunday 21st of July 2019.

This Paarl Ladies Golf initiative is slowly but surely becoming an iconic event on the Paarl Golf Club calendar. The format is clearly a success where local members (all dressed for the occasion in blue, red and white) team up in a betterball format with a professional playing their last round of the British Open somewhere in the UK. It was therefore quite a critical moment when each “local” player had to draw their professional for their betterball partner. With a lot of “oh no’s” and some “that’s my man’s”, partners were selected.
Throughout the afternoon you could see players checking their professional partner’s progress (on their cell phones) over the difficult Royal Portrush course and where the professionals slipped, the locals tried their best to make up for it on the challenging Paarl Old Course.

It was therefore no surprise after the last shots were played by the professionals that “struggling professionals” suddenly emerged as “winners” at Paarl after their local team mates played them into the prizes. Winner for the day was Gert Uys shooting a 42 stableford points on his own to make Sang Hyun Park a winner in “our” British Open. As a “team” they scored 46 stableford points. We are planning to make this one of that must-attend occasions and has already started with our planning for next year’s Paarl British Open.

Click here for a full summary of the results for the day.

Who’s been winning at the Club?

16 July 2019

Ladies Competition – Better Ball Stableford

Old Course
Place Name Member # Score
1st Maggie Minnie
Ingrid Meter
2nd Martine Strasheim
Barbara Hughes
3rd Marie Kilian
Nicolene  Mans

17 July 2019

Pro Shop Day – 4BBB

Old Course
Place Name Score
1st Ben Fouchee
Pieter vd Merwe
2nd Linky Malan
Elmien Jacobs
3rd Butch Strassheim
Dick Knight

Click here for the full results.

19 July 2019

Place Name Score
1st Wayne Minnies 17

Member profile

  Jacques Olivier
Club Captain


During winter we regularly come across bunkers on the course filled or partially filled with water.

I was informed that that players treat these bunkers as abnormal ground conditions and take free relief outside the bunker.

 This is incorrect and I will explain this.

RULE 16.1c is applicable

Relief for Ball in Bunker
If a player’s ball is in a bunker and there is interference by an abnormal course condition (in this case temporary water), the player may take either free relief under (1) or penalty relief under (2):

(1) Free relief:  Playing from bunker.  The player may take free relief under 16.1b,except that:

• The nearest point of complete relief and the relief area must be in the bunker.
• If there is no such nearest point of complete relief in the bunker, the player may take relief by using the point of maximum available relief in the bunker as the reference point

(2) Penalty relief:  Playing from Outside Bunker (Back-on-Line Relief).  For one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original or another ball in a relief area that is based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the spot of the original ball:

• Reference Point:  A point on the course chosen by the player that is on the reference line and is farther from the hole than the original spot (with no limit on how far back on the line)
• In choosing this reference point the player should indicate the point using an object (such as a tee).

Remember if you drop the ball in the bunker you must have complete relief from the interference (temporary water) otherwise you will have to play the ball as it lies or drop outside the bunker for a penalty.

Do not confuse this with the Rule 19.3b (ball unplayable in bunker) where a player can get an extra option to drop outside the bunker for a total of two penalty strokes.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

Know your birdies from your eagles

Guinea Fowl (Tarentaal)


Guinea fowl are birds within the order of Galliformes, which also includes such birds as turkey, grouse, chickens, quail and pheasant, along with a few others. They are native to Africa and the most common of the Guinea fowl, the “helmeted Guinea fowl” have been introduced in many other countries around the world including the US. In the US, the helmeted Guinea fowl can be found in many of the warmer states of the central and southern regions. Some people raise Guinea fowl for food or for their eggs, but others keep them as their farm “watch birds”.


The helmeted Guinea fowl is about the size of a large chicken. They have a round body and a small head for their size. Their head is featherless with a crest on the top and bright red “waddles” around its beak. It has dark grey or black plumage with obvious white spots. If you can overlook their rather ugly head, they are really rather beautiful birds.


Guinea fowl seem to have a personality all their own. They can be quite comical at times and love to watch their own reflection. They have been known to spend hours watching themselves in the reflection from glass patio doors. Some people put mirrors near where they keep their guineas and love to watch them “watch themselves”!

Guinea fowl are known to be territorial birds and don’t take well to visitors of any kind. They are very noisy birds with a loud chirping and screeching sound and will “alarm” when anything out of the ordinary comes around. They are useful in scaring off snakes and many times will group together catch, kill and eat snakes.

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

Competition Time!

Winelands Golf Festival 2019

5 – 12 October

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Cape of Good Hope Wine Series

Wine not?

3rd August 2019

Here’s your chance to win big!

What’s happening on the golf course?


Hypothesis: A player’s ball is lying close to a boundary stake. The stake is leaning to the side and as a result interferes with the player’s swing. Is the player allowed to straighten the stake? 

Unfortunately the player is not allowed to straighten the stake.

Such an action would be a breach of Rule 13-2 (two-stroke penalty), which prohibits improving the position or lie of his ball or the area of his intended stance or swing by moving or bending anything fixed (including objects defined out-of-bounds). His only option would be to play the ball as it lies or take relief from the boundary post incurring a one-shot penalty.

However, if the boundary stake has fallen down, or has been removed without authority of the Committee and It is obvious that the stake had been displaced, the displaced boundary stake is a movable obstruction. Therefore, the player may replace it but he is not required to do so.

Please note: If a player removes a post defining out of bounds and, as a result, improved his line of play but realized he has made a mistake and replaced it before making his next stroke. The player was in breach of Rule 13-2. The moment he moved the post and there was nothing he could do to avoid the two-stroke penalty. The replacement of the post before the next stroke was irrelevant.


Contact us if you have any questions.

Who’s been winning at the Club?

Tuesday 9 July 2019
Ladies Competition Individual Stableford

A Division 13.5
Place Name Member # Score
1st Ingrid Meter 6440 32
2nd Maggie Minnie 2020 31
3rd Paula Bester 1384 31
B Division 13.6 – 21.5
1st Barbara Hughes 2384
2nd Jane Hall 718 31
3rd Litha Matthysen 657 30
C Division 21.6 – 36.0
1st Andrea Kritzinger 1991 32
2nd Linda Meyer 1074 29
3rd Nicolene Mans 1121 27

Wednesday 10 July 2019
Individual Stableford  sponsored by Goede Hoop

Old Course
Place Name Score
 1st   F Gelderblom 40
2nd  Hennie Hamer 39
3rd  Francious Olivier 38

Saturday 13 July 2019

Sanlam Cancer Challenge, Individual Stableford

Old Course
A Division
Place Name Member # Score
1st Willie Storm 4088 39
2nd Anton van der Spek 9296 36
3rd Werner du Toit 1164 35
B Division
1st Willie Horn 0765 35
2nd Gideon Steenkamp 4111 34
3rd Dick Knight 2577 34
C Division
1st Andre Moller 3281
2nd Phillip Lotter 2040 16
3rd Christo Becker 3980 15
Click here for the full results.

Member profile

Calvyn Orton
Winner of the C Division


Tyran Snyders, a rising star

Tyran Snyders, member at Paarl Golf Club and a scholar at Paarl Boys, became the first South African to win the United States North and South Junior Championship at Pinehurst Resort. Tyran is a frequent user of the practice facility at the BF Golf Academy.Congratulations to Tyran on this unique achievement and wishing him all the best for a bright future.

Take the next step to better golf

Be inspired to take your game to the next level. Sometimes all you need is a little nudge in the right direction. If you’re new to the game of golf, this article is also for you. It takes a series of smaller victories to gain the confidence to go for the big one. If you’re swing is keeping you from lowering your handicap, that could be your goal for your next game.The right coaching and the right equipment are essential to achieve your goals.

Contact Ben today to book a lesson. We want you to be the best golfer you can be!

Know your birdies from your eagles

Hadeda (Hoogtevrees voël)

Photo courtesy: Willem Pretorius
Date: 7th July 2019
Where to look for them: They are everywhere, beware! 

The Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia Hagedash), also called Hadeda, is an ibis native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is named for its loud three to four note calls uttered in flight, especially in the mornings and evenings when they fly out or return to their roost trees. Although not as dependent on water as some ibises, they are found near wetlands and often live in close proximity to humans, foraging in cultivated land and gardens. They are non-migratory but are known to make nomadic movements in response to rain, particularly during droughts. The range in which they are found in Southern Africa have increased with an increase in tree cover and irrigation in human-altered habitats.Description

The hadeda is a large (about 76 cm long), grey-to-partly brown species of ibis. Males and females are alike in plumage. It has a narrow, white, roughly horizontal stripe across its cheeks. This is sometimes called the “moustache” though it does not reach the mouth corners. A medium-sized ibis with stout legs and a typical down-curved bill. The plumage over the wings has an iridescent purple sheen produced by optical microstructures within the feathers.The bird has blackish legs and a large grey-to-black bill, but during the breeding season it has a red culmen on the basal half of the upper mandible. The upper surfaces of the toes are of a similar red during the onset of breeding. The wings are powerful and broad, enabling quick take-offs and easy manoeuvring through dense tree cover.

It has an extremely loud and distinctive “haa-haa-haa-de-dah” call—hence the onomatopoetic name. The call is often heard when the birds are flying or are startled, or when the birds communicate socially, for example early in the morning in residential suburbs. While roosting they produce a single loud “haaaa”. When foraging, their contact call is a low growl similar to that made by a young puppy.

Distribution and habitat

Hadeda Ibises roost in groups on trees. They fly out in the mornings with loud calls and return in the evenings with regularity. They feeds on insects, millipedes and earthworms, using their long scimitar-like bill to probe soft soil. It also eats larger insects, such as the Parktown prawn, as well as spiders and small lizards. These birds also favour snails and will feed in garden beds around residential homes. They are particularly welcomed on bowling and golf greens because they are assiduous in extracting larvae of moths and beetles that feed on the roots of the grass.

Hadeda have become very common in many African cities and tolerate the closeness of humans. They are able to judge the direction of gaze of humans and the speed of approach to decide their escape strategies.

Hadeda are monogamous and pair bonds are thought to be maintained even outside the breeding season. Pairs begin breeding just after the rains. In the Cape province, they breed mainly from October to November. The nest is a platform of twigs placed in a tree. Both parents take part in incubating the clutch of three to four eggs for about 26 days after which the young are fed by the parents by regurgitating food. Many young birds die by falling off the nest. The ones that survive fledge in about 33 days.

In culture

The calls of Hadeda Ibises are considered as a sign of rain in Lesotho. The Xhosa people use the name “Ing’ang’ane” or “Ingagane” which means black ibis as opposed to the white sacred ibis. The name in many African languages is onomatopoeic. The people of Uganda have an origin story where a man and wife starved themselves during a drought while letting their children eat whatever little they had. The man and his wife were then turned into ibises that go by the name of “Mpabaana”.

In Zululand the name “Ingqangqamathumba” indicates that anyone who mocks the bird will break out with abscesses. When they fly continually, they are said to foretell a rich harvest in that year. A saying, utahthisele amathole eng’ang’ane, which means “he has taken the hadeda’s nestlings” is an idiom used to indicate that someone has offended a vindictive man and that he would have to be careful.

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

Book your team for the Winelands

Winelands Golf Festival 2019
5 – 12 October

Click here for the entry forms.

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What’s happening at the club?


Philip Pretorius will cook up a storm


It’s official. We have signed the contract with the new catering service provider, taking over from Wiesenhof from the 1st of September 2019. We welcome on board Blijdskap (Pty) Ltd.

Blijdskap is a combination of Caylix Holdings and Fairview. Caylix owns and manages seven fuel and convenience retailing destinations in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. These facilities include various national franchise operations, such as Spur Group Famous Brands restaurants. Fairview needs no introduction as Paarl is familiar with the different venues under the Charles Back stable, from Fairview wines and cheeses to all the offerings at Spice Route.

I am convinced that Paarl Golf Club catering service will soon be the talk of the golfers, as our new caterers “secret weapon” is Head Chef Philip Pretorius, who is a very good golfer in his own right. He played provincial golf in his younger days.

The group has fantastic ideas and we look forward to walking the road with them and their vision of the following:

  • Most efficient and value for money Halfway House in the Western Cape;
  • Best end of round golfer’s experience;
  • Preferred destination for Residents with a focus on family.

We will ensure that Paarl Golf Club will also have a catering team supporting their own vision of taking PGC to a new level.

Watch this space!


No need to go thirsty on the course!


We are in the process of upgrading our water fountains. Keep an eye out for our first completed water fountain, which can be seen on the tee box of the 21st tee. We are also looking to reinstate the water points at the 14th as well as the 23rd tee boxes, so that we have permanent running water available for our golfers.

Keeping the moss at bay on the greens


Members may have seen some marked-off areas on the 18th green. These are areas where we are busy testing the effect of spraying the moss on the greens.

But, let me rather get the detail from the horse’s mouth, Mr. Murray Wietch from Servest, who explained the process as follows:

“Our approach to the moss problem is to keep the surface of the greens as dry as possible and thus provide the Bent grass with a competitive edge.

The program will be as follows:

  • Spray all the greens this week with an Aurora and Sporekill mix. (This mix attacks the moss and moss spores).
  • Raise the cutting height on the greens to give the Bent grass a chance to shade out the moss.
  • Spike all the greens which will improve surface drainage
  • Follow up the spray in 14 days
  • Hollow-tine all severely infected areas on the greens with a mini-tine. (This Removes excessive thatch and dead material).
  • Top-dress all areas on the greens which have become bumpy due to the moss dying off.

Improving the surface drainage of our greens is critical to the control of the moss. More regular spiking and aeration will form part of our program going forward.

When we do the large hollow tine in August, we will also inter seed with Bent grass seed to increase the Bent grass population in any thin areas.”

Please help us in our fight against the moss by understanding that we will have to go in aggressive, which may also have an effect on putting conditions.



Our Winelands venue and conference facility welcomes vinyl flooring


We are in the process of replacing the carpets with Leno Grand vinyl in the Winelands venue, as well as the conference facility. It was quite an interesting challenge to finally decide on the colour of the vinyl. Luckily, we called in the help from the ladies’ section under the leadership of Helaine, who made the final choice easy. The milkwood colour was the clear winner and if everything goes according to plan, we will have the venue ready for the WP Sages on the 18th of July 2019.



Tight seals and no drops!


Another important upgrade is underway. We are also in the process of sealing the clubhouse and cart garage roofs to ensure that we are ready for the big rains that we are expecting to arrive. The contract was awarded to Family Tree Products, with our member Ralph Mortlock in charge of the operations. We wish them tight seals and no drops!



Who won on the course this week?


03 July 2019
Wednesday Competition – Better Ball Stableford
(Players: 53)

Old Course

Ist – 45 pts
Sean Scott & Tim Hadfield

2nd – 45 pts
Maggie Minnie & Maria Kirton

3rd – 44 pts
Donald Humphries & Rodney Uphoff

4th – 43 pts
Jannie van Breda & Jacques Olivier

5th – 43 pts
Buks Rossouw & Bjorn van Oort

06 July 2019
Saturday Competition – Monthly Medal
Players: 83

Old course

Ist – 73 pts
Willem Pretorius

2nd – 75 pts
Riyaaz Parker

3rd – 77 pts
Zafer Satar


1st – 74 pts
Handro le Roux

2nd – 74 pts
Gert Odendall

3rd – 80 pts
Wayne Minnies

Click here for a full summary of results.


Member profile


Helaine Strydom | Ladies Captain 2019

Our next members profile is that of our Ladies Captain for 2019. We will work through the list of Club Champions and Runners-up in the coming weeks. We will then start with the weekly winners till we have featured all our members!


Q & A with Helaine



Know your Birdies from your Eagles


Dabchick (Groot Dobbertjie)


Keep an eye out for them on the 11th Fairway

Photo courtesy: Lienkie Malan
Sunday, 30 June 2019

The little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), also known as the dabchick, is a member of the grebe family of water birds. The genus name is from Ancient Greek takhus “fast” and bapto “to sink under”. The specific ruficollis is from Latin rufus “red” and Modern Latin -collis, “-necked”, itself derived from Latin collum “neck”.[2]

At 23 to 29 cm (9.1 to 11.4 in) in length it is the smallest member of its family. It is commonly found in open bodies of water across most of its range.


The little grebe is a small water bird with a pointed bill. The adult is unmistakable in summer, predominantly dark above with its rich, rufous colour neck, cheeks and flanks, and bright yellow gape. The rufous is replaced by a dirty brownish grey in non-breeding and juvenile birds.

Juvenile birds have a yellow bill with a small black tip, and black and white streaks on the cheeks, sides of the neck as seen below. This yellow bill darkens as the juveniles ages, eventually turning black in adulthood.

In winter, its size, buff plumage, with a darker back and cap, and “powder puff” rear end enables easy identification of this species. The little grebe’s breeding call, given singly or in duet, is a trilled repeated weet-weet-weet or wee-wee-wee, which sounds like a horse whinnying.


This bird breeds in small colonies in heavily vegetated areas of freshwater lakes across Europe, much of Asia down to New Guinea, and most of Africa. Most birds move to more open or coastal waters in winter, but it is only migratory in those parts of its range where the waters freeze. Outside of breeding season, it moves into more open water, occasionally even appearing on the coast in small bays.


The little grebe is an excellent swimmer and diver and pursues its fish and aquatic invertebrate prey underwater. It uses the vegetation skilfully as a hiding place.

Like all grebes, it nests at the water’s edge, since its legs are set very far back, and it cannot walk well. Usually four to seven eggs are laid. When the adult bird leaves the nest, it usually takes care to cover the eggs with weeds. This makes it less likely to be detected by predators.[9] The young leave the nest and can swim soon after hatching, and chicks are often carried on the backs of the swimming adults.

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


What’s the deal with Slow Play?


Let’s look at what the Rule Book says


Every week members of the captain’s committee or the management team are confronted by members complaining about slow play.

I will share with you what the rule book says on PACE OF PLAY and some ideas how we can improve on this.

Rule 5.6b states:

A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace.

Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.

Players are encouraged to allow faster groups to play through.

(1) Pace of play recommendations, the player should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time taken to:

-Prepare for and make each stroke;
-Move from one place to another between strokes and;
-Move to the next teeing area after completing a hole.

When it is a player’s turn to play:

-It is recommended that the player make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds (as per Paarl Golf Club pace of play guidance)
-The player should usually be able to play more quickly than that and is encouraged to do so.
-The timing will start when a player has had enough time to reach his ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.
-Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.
-On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable time to lift clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

(2) Playing out of turn to help Pace of Play

Depending on the form of play, there are times when you may play out of turn to help the pace of play:

In match play, the players may agree that one of them will play out of turn to save time.
In stroke play, players may play “ready golf “in a safe and responsible way.

What is ready golf:

Players are both allowed and encouraged to play out of turn in a safe and responsible way such as when:

-Two or more players agree to do so to save time;
-A player’s ball comes to rest very short distance from the hole and the player wishes to hole out, or;
-An individual player is ready and able to play before another player whose turn it is to play under the normal order of play, so long as in playing out of turn the player does not endanger, distract or interfere with any other player.

But if the player whose turn it is to play and indicates that he or she wants to play first, other players should generally wait until the player has played.

A player should not play out of turn to gain an advantage

All the above was taken out of the rule book

The following are examples that I noticed often on the course and will help the pace of play if players adhere to this.

1. A player is allowed three minutes to search for his ball before it becomes lost. Remember the 3 minutes searching time starts when you or your caddie reach the point where your ball most likely would be. If a player’s ball might be lost outside a penalty area or out of bounds to save time play a provisional ball.

2. Scoring: Do not keep score on the green. If it is your honour to tee off on the next hole, play your ball before you score. Players like to score on the steering wheel of golf carts. You will be waiting on the tee for other players to play score on the tee-box.

3. If one of your fellow competitors is searching for a his or her ball play your ball first and then help with searching.

4. Leave your cart or trolley behind the green in the direction of the next tee. Typical examples are: (a) on hole no 23 a player plays his tee shot into the right greenside bunker he parks on the path on the right play from the bunker and then proceed to the green and putt, instead of driving his cart to the back of the green.(b) on hole no 17 a player plays short of the green, chip onto the green but leave his trolley behind and proceed to putt instead of parking the trolley at the back of the green.

5. If players balls are close to the green allow the player whose ball is in a bunker to play first as he still must rake the bunker.


We therefor would like to appeal to all our members to be considered to other players.

If you can add to this list or have any questions, please contact me.

Enjoy your golf
– MR R


What do wine and golf have in common?


Introducing the Cape of Good Hope Wine Series
In association with GolfRSA
03 August 2019



Play for a good cause

Sanlam Cancer Challenge
13 July (Gents Only)


This week’s success story

A round of applause for Nicolene!


Nicolene Mans, one of our Paarl GC members added another trophy to her cabinet.

Nicolene, who only started playing golf about a year ago and who came through our Ladies’ Beginner Programme, won the Senior Copper Trophy at the Boland Ladies Tournament, held at Devonvale this past weekend.

This was her second victory, after she also won the C-Division in the Ladies Club Championship.
Nicolene was struggling with her short game recently, but after a short game lesson with Ben her confidence was restored, and the result was a successful victory at Devonvale.

One thing is for sure, this will not be her last trophy!

Congratulations to Nicolene, a prime example of what can be achieved in a short period of time if you are committed.

Are you looking to improve your golfing game? Well, we can help you out.

Contact us to book a coaching session.


Sundowner results

And the winners are…


1st: G Uys – 21
2nd: F Pauw – 19
3rd: A Joost – 19

Please note that golfers should take note of conditions of competitions. Scorecards that are incorrectly completed will not be considered.


Coaching specials


Take control of your game

Refresher Course
Saturday 13 July, 10:00 am



Click here to view the program.

For entries and info call Hannarie Fouchee: 082 990 7161


Winter Coaching Special

July & August 2019


We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on all happenings on and off the course. As with most things, we will need your support as Members to keep it interesting and sustainable!


Member Profile

Our first members profile is that of our Ladies Club Champion for 2019. We will work through the list of Club Champions and Runners-up in the coming weeks. We will then start with the weekly winners till we have featured all our members!

Know your Birdies from your Eagles

African Spoonbill (Lepelaar)


Our first bird that made the list of birds on Paarl Golf Club is the African Spoonbill.

The African Spoonbill is a long-legged wading bird. Its height is 90 cm. Its body is predominantly white, except for its red legs, face, and bill. Its wings are 365-403 mm long. This bird can be easily identified by its uniquely spoon-shaped bill. At birth, the African Spoonbill’s bill does not resemble a spoon. It is born with a short beak, that gradually develops into its spoon-like shape. It usually resembles a spoon right before it is time to leave its nest. Both the male and female birds are similar in appearance.


The African Spoonbill’s diet consists mainly of fish and aquatic invertebrates such as crustaceans or shellfishes, insects, larvae, and mollusks.


The African Spoonbill is usually a shy and alert bird. It is usually found singly, but can also be encountered in pairs or in groups. It is usually silent, except for an occasional grunt when alarmed. This bird travels by flight. The African Spoonbill feeds by fishing in shallow water. It fishes for its food by swinging its open bill from side to side in the water. Its bill acts as a scythe (hooked tool) to catch its food.


The African Spoonbill usually resides by shallow inland waters. This bird’s habitat includes riverbanks, lake shores, marshes, plains, savannas, swamps, and water-meadows.

Where to look for them

On the 27th fairway, Friday 28 June 2019!

Photo courtesy: Alida Kotzee.
Please send us your photographs of birds that you find on the course.


Knockout Competition Rules

1. Each match will be played over 18 holes or until a match is won. If extra holes are required, the match shall continue in the order played over the first 18 holes until a hole and the match is won. (I.e. If you start on the 10th hole you must play the 10th as your 1st extra hole.)
2. Each hole is played for and is won by the side that holes their ball in the fewest (net) strokes or most stableford point (depending on the day’s competition format). A hole is halved if each side holes out in the same number of strokes (net) each or stableford points.
3. The match is won by the side which is leading by a number of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be played.
4. Each match MUST be played by the closing date for that round no extensions given. Both competitors should try to contact one another but the responsibility is on the first person in the draw to arrange contact and organize the match.
5. The WINNER should enter the result on the noticeboard.

Pairs Match play

As above, plus:
1. One player from the pair may compete against the other pair if his partner is unavailable.
2. Strokes are given as per the scorecard.Note:
Singles Match Play –The lower handicapped player will go down to scratch and the higher handicapped player will adjust his/her handicap lower by the same amount to strokes.
Better Ball – The lower handicapped player will go down to scratch and the higher handicapped players will adjust their handicaps lower by the same amount to strokes.

The entry fee is R100 per entry. Please enter on the entry list on the noticeboards. Entry fees will be charged to your membership account. Payments are due before the first match is played. Not payment, no entry.

NB: The person whose name is at the top of the match drawn will be responsible for arranging the match. If the match is not completed by the due date, the match will be decided by the flip of a coin by a member of the Captain’s Committee and the player/s will still be liable for payment of their entry fee.


Members Booking Portal

NEW booking portal powered by Golfscape

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Something special from a Member

A taste of Scottish Links

Inspired by Tom Coyne’s Book “A Course called Scotland”, 4 of us, Cobus Thesnaar, Dick Knight, Wynand Deyzel (Devon Valley) and myself, embarked on a tour of a few lesser known courses in Angus, Aberdeenshire and Moray in the North-Eastern part of Scotland. The initial plan was to play 11 courses in 9 days, but being Scotland, we were met with some rain and unplayable conditions. We had to settle for walking 8 courses in the 9 days.

We started off in St Andrews just to get everyone acquainted with the feel of links courses and how to handle Gorse(!!)

Click here for the rest of this great tale from Leon Serfontein.


Competition Results

06 June 2019
Wednesday Competition – Better Ball Stableford
(Players: 81)

Winelands Course

1st – 45 pts
Jannie van Breda & Hennie Hamer

2nd – 44pts
Bob Izzett & Andy Higgins

3rd – 44 pts
Donald Humphries & Frikkie vd Merwe

29 June 2019
Saturday Competition – Individual Stableford
Sponsored by Mercedes Benz
(Players: 148)

Old Course

1st Rassie Visser – 38
2nd Carel de Beer – 37
3rd Guillaume Brink – 37

Winelands Course

1st Granville Isaacs – 39
2nd Gideon Steenkamp – 35
3rd JP Hugo – 35

Boschenmeer Course

1st Gert Strydom – 41
2nd Hennie Hamer – 34
3rd Riaan Kritzinger – 33

Click here for a full summary of the results


Weather Information

For all the members that wanted to know how the current year’s rainfall compares to previous years. Here is a ten year window into the past rainfall figures in Paarl.

Making a difference

Paarl Golf Club and Ben Fouchee reaching out to golfers in Mbekweni

The Hope Through Action Foundation (HTAF) SA together with SCORE (a non-profit organisation) have been working together for many years to change lives through sport and education in the community of Mbekweni. KWV joined this initiative and with the help of Paarl GC & BF Golf Academy, a golf programme has been launched which aims to reach underprivileged young people at the Mbekweni Community Sport Centre (MCSC) in Paarl.The programme will require ongoing support and if you would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Ben Fouchee busy with kids from Mbekweni at the newly created golf practice nets

From Willem’s desk

Attention all Paarl Golf Club Members

We are revamping our newsletter and what’s happening communication to you all on a weekly basis.

We would like to find out from you as member if there is any specific information that you would like to receive on a weekly basis.

We are planning quite a number of regular articles to enhance the communication between the club and the members but also to revitalise the utilisation and interest of the members

The following “regulars” are on the agenda:

Profile of our members: We will start off with profiles of our current club champs and different division winners and runners up. We will also profile our personnel and then we will profile the members who won the different competitions. The idea behind this is to introduce our members to the rest of the club with regards to their interests, day jobs, highlights of best rounds played where and when and all those “funny” information that each golfer has connected to him/her personally.

Golf rules explained: Although this formed part of previous newsletters we will “Paarllise” each rule to be practically implemented somewhere on our course. In that way we hope to make the rules explanation more closer to home and therefore more applicable to all Paarl golfers.

Social Media Golfing: What is the latest trends on the social media platforms with regards to the golfing world.

Course maintenance aspects: Keep members informed as to what is happening on the course from a maintenance point of view.

Golf Calendar: What’s happening the week ahead

Know your birdies from your eagles: We would like to start identifying and introducing the various bird species that frequent our golf course. I know of quite a number of birdwatchers that can really help us with special sightings and perhaps photographs of feathered visitors to our course.

Golf terminology explained: What does a stimpmeter reading of 10 actually means? What is hollow tining? And many more…….

Weather forecast for the week ahead: Obviously based on feedback from various weather apps.

If there is any other aspect that you would like us to investigate and report on please feel free to send me an e-mail at

Hope to receive a number of good ideas from you all. Have a great one!

Willem Pretorius
MD Paarl Golf Club


What’s happening

Wednesday 26 June 2019 – Members Competition – Betterball Stableford

Friday 28 June 2019 – Sundowner Competition from 14:00 – Individual Stableford

Saturday 29 June 2019 – Members Competition – Individual Stableford sponsored by Mercedes Benz Paarl

Sunday 30 June 2019 – National Vineyard Rugby Club Golf Day from 11:00

Who’s been winning at the Club?


19 June 2019

2Ball Combined Stableford – Pro Shop Day

1st E Durant & Freddie Steyn – 68
2nd Ben Fouchee & Anton v./d Spek – 68
3rd Carel de Beer & Tim Maguire – 67

Click here for a full summary of results.

22 June 2019

4 Ball Regressive Alliance

Paarl Old Course
Anton Brits
Jere Brits
Louis Pretorius – (Vis)
Willem Pretorius

Winelands Course
David Maughan
Peter Friggens
Anton v/d Spek
Ben Fouchee

Boschenmeer Course
Carel De Beer
Tim Maguire
Bjorn van Oordt
Irvin Kellerman

Click here
for a full summary of results.

Warm up your golf swing this winter!


Many moons ago

I recently had to clear an old container from all the old documentation inside. Between the stuff I discovered a box full of old photographs. Most of the photographs were unfortunately not “identified” so that made me think to call in the help of our older senior members. I will weekly place one photograph out of that treasure chest with the hope that I would receive some feedback on who the people on the photograph are. We will then also start building up an electronic photographic history of Paarl Golf Club. Please e-mail me at if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

The first photograph features a visit by John Vorster to Paarl Golf Club. Extrapolating from the honours board behind them (last year indicated 1965) I would think that this visit took place in 1966. I would love to know who the two gentlemen are that stands next to Mr Vorster. Thanks in advance, MD


I received a lot of e-mails and whatsapps regarding the video clip where Hudson Swafford moves his ball with a divot after taking a practice swing.

Coincidentally the same happened to Justin Rose the day before.
See the videos below to see the incidents

Rule 9.4 is applicable:
If a player lifts or deliberately touches his or her ball at rest or causes it to move the player get a one-stroke penalty. If the ball is not replaced the player get a two-stroke penalty.

Remember this rule is not applicable on the putting green. If a player accidentally moves his/her ball on the putting green, there is no penalty, but they must replace the ball.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact me at

Mr R

 Member profile

Know your birdies from your eagles

Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (Bontkiewiet)
The Blacksmith Lapwing or Blacksmith Plover (Vanellus armatus) occurs commonly from Kenya through central Tanzania to Southern and Southwestern Africa. The vernacular name derives from the repeated metallic “tink, tink, tink” alarm call, which suggests a blacksmith’s hammer striking an anvil.

Crowned Lapwings and the more localized black-winged Lapwings sometimes associate and do not show mutual aggression, even within breeding territories. Different crowned Lapwing males do however posture aggressively when nesting territories are established. The loser in an encounter assumes a special posture to signal his defeat.

“Par”-don me?

Have you ever wondered how, or why, the term “par” became a part of the golf vernacular?

It was something I wondered recently when looking back at scores from Open Championships and U.S. Opens in the 1800s and early 1900s. In those championships, a player’s total score was tallied by the number of strokes they took – obviously – but there was no designation explaining where that total stood in relation to par.

For example, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open in 1895 at Newport Country Club – just 36 holes; four loops around the course’s nine holes at the time – with a score of 173. His scores were 91-82. Based on Newport’s par-70 layout today, that would have been a 34-over 173.

Be honest. How many of you are thinking now: I could be a U.S. Open Champion?

The word “par,” officially entered the golf lexicon in 1911 when the USGA put it in play. But the word itself was around long before that. Generally, “par” was used when talking about stocks, as in, “a stock may be above or below its normal or par figure,” according to the USGA.

For golf purposes, the USGA defined “par” as, “the score that an expert player would be expected to make for a given hole. Par means expert play under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green.”

Prior to the 1900s, “par” was actually a term used interchangeably with “bogey,” but “bogey” was the term more universally used. Eventually, it was decided that “par” should be used to identify the “ideal score” on a given hole, while “bogey” would be the term used to describe a score that recreational golfers would be happy with.

Here are the yardage variables that were used to determine a holes “par” in 1911:
Par 3 – Up to 225 yards
Par 4 – 225 to 425 yards
Par 5 – 426 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

Wouldn’t touring pros love it if those specific yardages were used to identify a hole’s par today?

Those numbers changed in 1917:
Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 445 yards
Par 5 – 446 to 600 yards
Par 6 – 601 yards or more

And, finally, they were last updated in 1956, which is incredible when you consider the innovations in golf technology since then and especially in the last 20 years:

Par 3 – Up to 250 yards
Par 4 – 251 to 470 yards
Par 5 – 471 yards or more

So, if you ever look at scores from golf tournaments from way back and wonder why you can’t find a total in relation to par, all of this is the reason why.

Article written by TJ Auclair (T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.)

 Small beginnings but big dreams

Our golf operations manager, Werner Bernhardt, held a very successful Target 36 Opening Day at the club on Sunday 25th of August. 18 very eager youngsters attended their first Target 36 session, with most of them stepping off the golf course ready to take on the game of golf. The Target 36 concept is based on different distances from 25m to 150m where the youngster must achieve a par 36 over 9 holes of the first distance before they can move to the next distance. When they reach the level of shooting par over 9 holes from 150m they qualify for their final distance marker as well as to be declared competent to take on a full golf course.

Next date for round 2 is 29 September 2019 at Paarl Golf Club.

Pamper yourself

Come see the new Spa at Boschenmeer B-Spa as of September 2019 will be open to public and we have a 20% sale on all our treatments!
Wednesday- Gel manicure at  R150
Two Basic pedicures at R250
Thursday- 30 Min Express facial at R150
Friday- Two 30min back, neck and shoulder massage at R250

Find us in the Boschenmeer Golf Estate inside the clubhouse. For bookings contact us at 066 289 0122.

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