Monthly medal now caters for a best gross prize

Our monthly medal competition has always just catered for the best nett score in all the divisions. From February 2020 we have decided to bring in a best gross overall. This will obviously cater for the low handicappers to be able to compete effectively for the honour of the best gross score at the monthly medal. However, there is a catch. A player must play off the Championship (Yellow) tees to qualify for the best gross prize and this must be indicated on the scorecard.

We sincerely hope that this will bring back the competition element between the low handicappers to be able to compete for this coveted accolade of best gross score in the monthly medal.

Reminder of the PGC Annual General Meeting

We would like to remind members that the PGC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020 at 18:30 in the Winelands hall. We would like to invite members to please attend this important meeting and should you like to nominate anybody for some position on the Board or the Captains Committee please note that you need to hand in a completed nomination form at the PGC Administration office by 12:00 on the 20th of February 2020.

We look forward to sharing some interesting opportunities coming your way in 2020.

Garden and dams as well as maintenance teams now part of the Servest offering

Since the beginning of the year, we have experimented with additional teams on the Servest side that would concentrate their efforts on the gardens and the dams on the course. After we have succeeded in drawing the lines between the golf course and the Homeowners Association garden area’s, we realised that we need focused attention on our own “gardens” but more so our dams. This team will also start with the finer manicuring of the areas around the tee boxes and the greens to alleviate the problem of loose standing tuft’s of hard grass.

We also created a maintenance team under Servest that will concentrate mainly on the planting of poles to direct golf carts around the course as well as to start with the finer manicuring of our cart pathways.

We are starting to see the benefit of these teams and assume that members will also start experiencing the benefit of having them around.

Possibility of controlled fishing in some golf course dams creates big excitement

The article on the possibility of allowing controlled fishing in some of the Golf club’s dams have had a lot of very positive but also some negative reaction. We were requested to limit the dams to be “opened” for fishing to only three dams on the course. These three dams will be Wateruintjiesvlei, the irrigation dam and the small dam between the 11th green and the 12th tee box. It was decided to not allow fishing on the dams that were adjacent to houses on the estate. To draw an effective line of personal space around these particular dams were jut not possible. As soon as we have the green light from our members at the AGM of 26 February 2020, we will activate the controlled fishing plan. I personally will hold a clinic or two to explain the concepts of catch and release and things like barbless hooks for easy catch and release possibilities. I hope that we will be able to activate this plan to the benefit of the youngsters on the Estate. Please note that currently the Boschenmeer Estate rules forbid any fishing on the Estate so that will also have to be addressed in time.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Red-knobbed Coot (Bleshoender)

The red-knobbed coot is largely black except for the white frontal shield. It is 38–45 cm (15–18 in) long, spans 75–85 cm (30–33 in) across the wings and weighs 585–1,085 g (1.290–2.392 lb). As a swimming species, it has partial webbing on its long strong toes. The juvenile is paler than the adult, has a whitish breast, and lacks the facial shield; the adult’s black plumage develops when about 3–4 months old, but the white shield is only fully developed at about one year old, some time later.

The red-knobbed coot is an omnivore and will take a variety of small live prey including the eggs of other water birds. Its main food in most waters however comprises various waterweeds

The habits of the red-knobbed coot are practically identical to those of the Eurasian coot. It is much less secretive than most of the rail family. Where it is undisturbed it is likely to bully any intruder, even large birds such as Egyptian geese, if they do not defy its challenges. It can be seen swimming on open water or walking across waterside grasslands. It is an aggressive species, and strongly territorial during the breeding season.

The red-knobbed coot is reluctant to fly and when taking off runs across the water surface with much splashing. It does the same, but without actually flying, when travelling a short distance at speed (to escape a rival, for example, or to dispute possession of a choice morsel). It bobs its head as it swims and makes short dives from a little jump.

Don’t make a mountain out of a mole heap

Rules regarding mole hills on the course

In the Rules of Golf that went into effect on the 1st of 2020, the term “animal holes” supersedes the term “burrowing animal.” The USGA and R&A define “animal” as “any living member of the animal kingdom (other than humans) including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates (such as worms, insects, spiders and crustaceans).

And the official definition of an “animal hole” in the new rules is:
• Any hole dug in the ground by an animal, except for holes dug by animals that are also defined as loose impediments (such as worms or insects).

The term animal hole includes:
• The loose material the animal dug out of the hole,
• Any worn-down track or trail leading into the hole, and
• Any area on the ground pushed up or altered as a result of the animal digging the hole underground.”

The area affected by these animal holes causes Abnormal Course Conditions as per the definition.

When Relief Is Allowed from mole heaps?
Meaning of Interference by Abnormal Course Condition. Interference exists when any one of these are true:

1. The player’s ball touches or is in or on a mole heap (abnormal course condition),
2. A mole heap (abnormal course condition) physically interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or area of intended swing, or
3. Only when the ball is on the putting green, an abnormal course condition on or off the putting green intervenes on the line of play.

If the abnormal course condition (mole heap) is close enough to distract the player but does not meet any of these requirements, there is no interference under this Rule.

The Golf Club’s Rules Committee may adopt a Local Rule denying relief from a mole heap (abnormal course condition) that only interferes with the area of intended stance. At Paarl golf club we do have such a local rule so when the mole heap (abnormal conditions) interferes with your stance you cannot get relief.  Also please note when you do get a free drop one club length from the nearest point of relief that point should not be manipulated to better your line of sight to the hole. It is not called the nicest point of relief but nearest.

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