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.
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
The ranking criteria for conditioning consist of the following:
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)
Aesthetics (Will get points scored from SATop100)
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
The ranking criteria for facilities consist of the following: (Paarl golf club’s 2020 ranking in brackets)
Pace of play (80th)
Practice range (47th)
Halfway house (95th)
Pro Shop (94th)
Locker rooms (45th)
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
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.
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.
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.
Conditions affecting the stroke.
There are specific conditions affecting the stroke, which are:
• The lie of the players ball at rest
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.
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 email@example.com if you recognise the people on the photo.