We remember Eddie

Edrich Hollenbach was born on the 10th of November 1976. He grew up here in our valley as the youngest of 6 children. He attended Hugenote U.C.C Primary School and was a very active sports enthusiast.

After school Edrich (or Eddie as we knew him) started working at the golf club as a caddie. He did that to earn money to help his mom, brothers and sisters make a living. He was always a friendly character and a very spontaneous individual. Eddie was a quiet person who managed to get along with everybody he encountered in his life. He was always willing to help and had a soft spot for people in need. Eddie passed away on the 19th of August 2020 and we at Paarl Golf Club convey our sincerest condolences to Eddie’s family.

May the fairways he walks now be lush and green…

  Interim bar to be created in the Winelands Hall

After last week’s report back on the possibility of an interim bar at the halfway house and the huge amount of requests for something more permanent and user friendly, Golfing Goat came to the table and offered to create the interim bar at the Winelands venue’s bar.

We will utilize this week to move some of the equipment from the main bar to the temporary bar and will be ready to serve our members by Wednesday the 2nd of September 2020. A big word of thanks must go out to Golfing Goat who are always willing to make something work and to put the members’ needs first.

We will be counting on the support and help from our members seeing that there will be no waiters available, so members will have to fetch their own drinks from the bar themselves. I think under the circumstances that it is not too much to ask from our members. There will be a runner available to clear the tables in time for that next drink.

We thank our members for their understanding and willingness to help us make this interim arrangement a success. We are working towards finalizing the decision on which contractor will be appointed for the renovation of the bar, restaurant, and verandah area. We hope to have that appointment done by Friday the 4th of September 2020. We will also have more information available as soon as Golfing Goat has finalized their interior concept and I will share that with the members as soon as I have something from them. I had a sneak preview of what they are planning and all I can say at this point in time, is that I can’t wait for that to materialize. Watch this space…

  Club Championships open for bookings

Members please note that the club championships will be hosted on Saturday the 31st of October and Sunday the 1st of November 2020.

Since we will have certain divisions playing 27 holes per day, we will only be able to accommodate 120 players in the field. It is therefore very important that should you wish to play in this year’s club championships that you register as soon as possible. Just click on the advert below to electronically enter for the championships.

At a board meeting on Monday 24 August 2020 it was also decided to limit the competition fee to R300 per player for the championships. The decision behind this very affordable entry fee was to say thanks to our members who supported us during the lockdown period. We sincerely hope that all the available spots will be taken up and we look forward to a memorable tournament. Hopefully, we could yet again surprise participants on the day with some special arrangements.

The different divisions, formats, and prizes to be played for are explained below:

1. The divisions are as follows for the MEN based on handicap index:
• A Division: 7.3 and under playing off club (yellow) tees. Prizes for first three positions
• B Division: 7.4 to 14.9 playing off club (yellow) tees. Prizes for first three positions
• C Division: 15.0 to 30.2 maximum playing off middle (white) tees. Prizes for first two positions
• Senior Division: any H.I and over the age of 50 playing off club (yellow) tees. Prizes for first two positions
• Super Senior Division: any H.I and over the age of 60 playing off forward (blue) tees. Prizes for first three positions
• A, B and Senior divisions will play 54 holes (27 holes each day) – Stroke play with the Best Gross determining the Club Champion.
• C division will play 36 holes (18 holes each day) – Individual Stableford
• Super Senior division will play 36 holes (18 holes each day) Individual Stableford

2. The divisions are as follows for the LADIES based on handicap index:
• A Division: 15.3 and under playing off Red tees. Prizes for first three positions
• B Division: 15.4 to 24.3 playing off club Red tees. Prizes for first two positions
• C Division: 24.4 to 36.0 maximum playing off Red tees. Prizes for first two positions
• Senior Division: any H.I over the age of 50 playing off Red tees. Prizes for first two positions
• A, B and Senior divisions will play 36 holes (18 holes each day) – Stroke play with the Best Gross determining the Club Champion.
• C division will play 36 holes (18 holes each day) – Individual Stableford

Click on the poster to enter

We have 48 entries already!

  Club Draw has started – Get your lucky number in the draw!

Paarl Golf Club is proud to introduce its first ever Club Draw which will take place on the third Friday of every month in the Club bar. The main reasons for doing this are twofold. Firstly we would like to get the vibe back in the Clubhouse bar when we can open again and secondly, we would like to start building a fund to recover the losses incurred due to the Covid lockdown, as well as to have funds available for capital projects, course and clubhouse improvements.

The draw will be for members only and entries can be done through the poster below. Click on the poster to enter. The cost is R100 per month via debit order or R1200 once off for the year, and payment information will be sent through once the entry has been received. Members must commit to a one year entry and cannot select which months they want to enter for.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes per draw and members do not have to be present to win these prizes. The possible winnings per draw will range from R350 to R4 000 depending on the amount of entries received.

There will be a possible R150 000 grand prize at the 12th and final draw of the year.

Terms and Conditions:
1. Prizes are based on number of entries received.
2. Your draw number will be linked to your entry number.
3. Payments must be received before the first Draw.
4. Failure to make payment in advance or via debit order will lead to disqualification from the Draw.
5. If for any reason a draw does not take place, it will roll over to the following week.
6. Entrants do not have to be present to be eligible to win a prize.
7. If entrant is not present at the Draw, winnings will be loaded onto their membership account.
8. There is no limit on the amount of times you can win in a year.
9. Only Paarl Golf Club Members can enter.
10. There is no limit to the amount of entries per Member.

Entries close 30 September 2020 and the first Draw will be done on Friday 16 October 2020.

We have 18 entries already!

Paarl Golf Club staff not scared to get their hands dirty

While we were busy with our aggressive hollowtining this past week on holes 1-18, our golf operations apprentice and assistant maintenance employees took the initiative to clear the riverbed on the right-hand side of hole number five.

In three days, they cleared the entire river section next to the fifth hole. Members will now again have full view of their drives and where they land (that is if the ball ends up on the fairway).

Paarl Golf Club would just like to thank the following staff and extra hands that worked on the project:
• Gideon-Hendrik Hugo
• Jaco Botha
• Heaven (extra hands)
• Abel (extra hands)

We would just like to inform our members that during the project our staff found a lot of chameleons along the river.

Interesting facts about chameleons:
• They have a 360-degree arc of vision and can see two directions at once
• Chameleons cannot hear much
• Chameleons have ballistic tongues that are 1.5-2 times the length of their body
• Chameleons have ultraviolet vision
• Almost half of the world’s chameleon species live on the island of Madagascar

Spotlight Social registration

We are currently on 294 members so please register on the app. Remember number 300 will receive a bottle of wine of the month.
We are now on 294!
How do you stand a chance to win a bottle of the wine?

The App needs to be loaded on to your smart phone or tablet. All you need to do is follow the instructions below:

1. Please click here or search for Spotlight Social in your App Store
2. You then download the app
3. You will be guided to create your profile using your [email address], as it is pre-linked to the Paarl Golf Club
4. Remember to insert your profile picture.

And that’s it – you are good to go!

In conversation with

This week we get to know one of our lady members Andrea Kritzinger. Thanks, Andrea for always being a sport to complete the questionnaire and from our side thanks for what your enthusiasm means to Paarl Golf Club. We wish you many years of happy golfing here in Paarl.

Mr Rules

Unplayable Ball Rule

I was asked to clarify the following situation. When do you apply the unplayable ball rule and who makes that decision?

A player is the only person who may decide to treat his or her ball as unplayable by taking penalty relief under Rule 19.2 or 19.3.

• Unplayable ball relief is allowed anywhere on the course, except in a penalty area.
• If a ball is unplayable in a penalty area, the player’s only relief option is to take penalty relief under Rule 17.
19.2 Relief Options for Unplayable Ball in General Area or on Putting Green

A player may take unplayable ball relief using one of the three options in each case adding one penalty stroke.

a) The player may take stroke-and-distance relief even if the original ball has not been found and identified.
b) But to take back-on-the-line relief the player must know the spot of the original ball.
c) Lateral Relief: The player may drop the original ball or another ball in this lateral relief area with the reference point being the spot of the original ball, two club-lengths, but must not be nearer the hole.

19.3 Relief Options for Unplayable Ball in Bunker
a) Normal Relief Options (One Penalty Stroke): When a player’s ball is in a bunker, The player may take unplayable ball relief for one penalty stroke under any of the options in Rule 19.2, except that: The ball must be dropped in and come to rest in a relief area in the bunker,  if the player takes either back-on-the-line relief (see Rule 19.2b) or lateral relief (see Rule 19.2c)

b) Extra Relief Option (Two Penalty Strokes): As an extra relief option when a player’s ball is in a bunker, for a total of two penalty strokes, the player may take back-on-the-line relief outside the bunker under Rule 19.2.

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

Enjoy your golf,
Mr R

What you should remember when playing golf at PGC during level 2 lockdown

I know this might be boring by now but please realise that we are still under level 3 lockdown rules, which did not change since inception. I see a lot of members and visitors who seem to forget that there are specific rules that we need to adhere to. Various golf courses have been visited by the police over the last three weeks and we don’t want Paarl Golf Club to be the reason why golf was stopped in the Western Cape. So please stick to the rules and ensure that everybody can play the game we love.

Click here for the rules regarding entering the Club.

Many moons ago

Although Anville van Wyk helped with a number of people on the photograph I will run with this photograph for another week.

FLTR: Johan Loubser, middle four including lady still unknown, on right hand-side John Winton
Last week’s photograph did not get any reaction so just to be fair I will let it run another week. Please members help me out on these four individuals below. Please email me at manager@paarlgc.co.za if you recognise the ladies and gentlemen in the photo.

Know your birdies from your eagles

Lanner Falcon (Edelvalk)



It is a large falcon, at 43–50 cm (17–20 in) length with a wingspan of 95–105 cm (37–41 in). European lanner falcons (Falco biarmicus feldeggi, also called Feldegg’s falcon) have slate grey or brown-grey upperparts; most African subspecies are a paler blue grey above. The breast is streaked in northern birds, resembling greyish saker falcons, but the lanner has a reddish back to the head. Sexes are similar, but the browner young birds resemble saker falcons even more. However, sakers have a lighter top of the head and less clear head-side patterns. The lanner’s call is a harsh “wray-e”.

Behaviour, feeding and breeding

The lanner falcon is a bird of open country and savanna. It usually hunts by horizontal pursuit, rather than the peregrine falcon’s stoop from a height, and takes mainly bird prey in flight. It lays three to four eggs on a cliff ledge nest, or occasionally in an old stick nest in a tree.

In the wild, lanner falcon numbers are somewhat declining in Europe, though the species remains relatively common in parts of Africa.

Golf quote of the week