Storm causes havoc on course

On Sunday 19 January 2020, a severe storm with high wind speeds caused a number of trees on the course to tumble. Our greenkeeper even had to help clear out the roads of the estate. Cleaning up after the storm will still take a few days.In the process, we also had to review our tree replacement programme and would urge any members who might have an indigenous tree somewhere hidden in a cupboard to please come forward and allow us to plant that tree on the course where it can serve a purpose. We would like to start replacing the “alien” trees with indigenous trees to support our nature conservation drive on the golf course.

Please note that we will have to remove the three trees on the left-hand side of the 12th green due to their roots interfering with the functionality of the bunker. We will hopefully be able to replace them in time with less root intrusive trees.

Removing cold water igloos from the course

Thanks to all the positive feedback we received from this article from last week. We are investigating the possibility of installing cooling units in two of our wine barrel waterpoints (14th and 23rd) with the help of two club members staying close to the two waterpoints. This is needed to get electricity to the waterpoints to run the cooling units. We will keep members informed on the progress of this project.

Investigating possible fishing on PGC dams after golfing hours

We experience a lot of “illegal” fishing, especially during school holidays and would rather control that effectively than to just ban it from happening at all. We are, therefore, investigating the possibility of allowing fishing in some of our PGC dams on the course after the active golfing hours, so as not to interfere with the playing of golf on the course.Fishing will only be allowed according to strict rules, of which catch and release will be the main rule. Adherence to the general rule of respecting our environment and not littering while we are fishing will also be of crucial importance. Furthermore, we would encourage the use of barbless hooks to make the release of the fish so much easier.

We will also await the feeling of the members at the Annual General Meeting before any final decisions will be taken.

Moving forward together

I was asked by quite a few members about where the sculpture (Moving Forward together), located in the island garden when you go to the 19th tee box, originated from. Our Captain, Jacques Olivier asked the donor to tell us the story…Andy Higgins explained:

“I first saw the sculpture on one of my visits to Zimbabwe early in 2015, and when the Club started to re-designing the dam between the first tee and 18th green, I remembered this sculpture and thought its presence would really compliment the dam, particularly if it was erected on the small mound at the back of the practice putting green, in front of the dam.

I contacted Marion Stewart, who was the Club Manager at that time, with my proposal and photograph of the sculpture, and made it quite clear that this would be a ‘gift’ from me to the Club, which she readily accepted and didn’t think the intended site would be a problem. So, I made contact with the artist, Ishmael Chitiyo (Zimbabwean), agreed to buy the sculpture, and arranged for its delivery.

But, unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, Marion told me that the ‘course architect’, I don’t know who that was, thought the sculpture was “too modern” to be sited where I had visualized!  Marion then told me that the only sites where it could go was on the patch of ground outside the hairdressers, which would have been laughable, or in its present position!

Although it sits very well there, I still think it should be where it was originally ‘gifted’ for, particularly as the early ‘disastrous’ work on the walls has now been rectified, and the dam is looking very good.

It started life being pulled out as a large rock of Cobalt from a mine in Chiweshe, about 150kms from Harare; it took Ishmael over a month to complete using the very basic of hand tools, see photos.

It was then transported on a three-day journey from Harare to Bellville on the back of a bus, from where I collected it in a ‘borrowed’ bakkie and delivered it to the Club. It was unloaded and erected by most of the Caddies, on the same day 27th. July ’15, and the plaque was added a month later, see photos!

I hope that now you know the history of Sculpture it will continue to give you added pleasure each time you pass!”

Andy, from Paarl Golf Club’s side, we thank you for all the effort to get this very unique sculpture here in Paarl and to make Paarl Golf Club it’s home.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Yellow-Billed Kite (Geelbekwou)

It is a medium-sized bird of prey, reaching an average length of 55cm and a wingspan between 160-180 cm.  It is an all brown bird, often with a lighter grey-brown head. This bird has a forked tail, as is often synonymous with kites although not always the rule. The all yellow-beak is the bird’s most tell-tale feature and makes it easy to identify in the field.

Diet & Habitat
Yellow-billed kites can be found almost anywhere and is sometimes more common to see outside of protected areas than within because of a lack of competition from other species. It is, however, also quite common within protected areas. The only habitats avoided by this bird are dense forests, true deserts, and mountains at high altitudes. Urban areas suit this bird well, as it is incredibly opportunistic in its behaviour. Diet is varied and it will feed on any prey small enough to be caught and eaten, such as small mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects.

Many moons ago

Thank you so much for the emails received to identify the below photo in our last Gazette in December 2019. On the left is of John Winton, ex Club Captain, and on the right is Johan du Plessis, ex manager of the Club.Thank you Mr Malcolm Novos and Kobus Du Plessis for identifying the gentlemen in the photo.

I sincerely hope that I would receive some feedback on who the two gentleman and the lady on the photograph are in the above photo.

Please e-mail me at if you recognise any of the individuals on the photographs.

In conversation with our Members

Do you want to see your picture on the wall?Please hand in this form at registration or admin if you want to be featured in our next newsletter.

Email your photo to or we can take a photo.

Rules flash

While a player was making a stroke from the teeing area, his ball fell off the tee, but he continued to make a stroke at the moving ball. His fellow competitors argued that he should incur the general penalty (two shot) for playing a moving ball as per Rule10.1d.

His fellow competitors were wrong because there are three exceptions to this rule.

Exception 1
Ball falling off tee:

If a player makes a stroke at a ball while it is falling or after it has fallen off, there is no penalty, the stroke counts and the ball is in play.

Exception 2
Ball begins to move only after player begins backswing for stroke:

If a player’s ball at rest begins moving after the player has begun the stroke or the backswing for a stroke and the player goes on to make the stroke:
• The ball must not be replaced, no matter what caused it to move.
• Instead the player must play the ball from where it comes to rest after the stroke.
• If the player caused the ball to move there is a one-shot penalty.
• Remember, if the player discontinue the stroke and s/he caused the ball to move, the ball must be replaced for a one-shot penalty, otherwise it is a two-shot penalty (general penalty).

Exception 3
Ball moving in water:

When a ball is moving in temporary water or in water in a penalty area:
• The player may make a stroke at the moving ball without penalty, or
• The player may take relief under rule 16.1 or 17 and may lift the moving ball.
• In either case, the player must not unreasonably delay play to allow the wind or water to move the ball to a better place.


If you have any queries, please contact me at

Enjoy your golf and mind the bugs,
Mr R

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