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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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