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Captains Corner – September 2020

So, can you believe it Spring Day arrived and true to its nature it was one of the coldest days of the year. But the weather has improved considerably since then and we now await the first thunderstorms.

 

These pictures of the gardens next to the 16th tee box are testament of the fact that spring has arrived. I think I should just mention that Jenny Johnson is still looking after our gardens and a big thank you needs to go out to her for all the hard work she puts in. While I am busy sending out thanks, I would like to mention Derek here as well. Unfortunately, our greenkeeper, Danus, has fallen rather ill and has been hospitalised for quite a time now. This has meant that Derek has had to step in and, with the help of Dirk, the mechanic, the two of them have been supervising the ground staff to keep our course in a great playing condition for us members. The spring program will be starting soon on the course and of course it will include the planting of new trees on the course. THANKS guys.

If we could all say a prayer for Danus, it would be much appreciated.

It is certainly great news that we can once again sit and enjoy a refreshment or two after our game even if we are still limited to a maximum of 50 people in the pub. We are playing Saturday and Wednesday competitions again but we are not able to hold prizegiving and scorecards need to be sent to Derek or Calvin via WhatsApp. We can only hope that soon we will be back to normal with closest to the pins and prize giving with fines meetings and all that fun stuff that goes with golf.

At the moment we are sticking with everyone teeing off one tee box with an 8-minute interval between tees. The main reason for this is that we are able to get more feet through the course for now. As soon as we decide to change to two tees again everyone will be informed.

Because of the Covid-19 restrictions we are also not able to hold Captain’s Draw every month and it has been decided to have a virtual lucky draw instead with tickets selling at R100 each and 60% of the takings paid out and the balance to the club. More news regarding this to follow soon in our newsletters.

Our regular sponsor that used to advertise on the golf carts has withdrawn his sponsorship and this means that this opportunity is now open to all other businesses. If you are interested in having your company logo on our carts please have a chat with Derek and we can work out an acceptable offer for you.

The new website is up and running and a number of members have utilised the facility to advertise their business free of charge on the website. If you would like to make use of this facility please feel free to do so yourself or drop me a mail and we can do it together. I promise I will not charge you for my services.

This is not something we like to see on our golf course, waiting on the tee box for the four ball in front of you to get a move on.  Here are some tips of how to speed up play on a normal Saturday morning or any other day for that matter.

Playing at a better pace is not about hurrying up or rushing around the course. It is simply about being more efficient with your valuable time, as well as everyone else’s. Adopting this mindset – and not being afraid to share it with your fellow players – will ultimately add enjoyment to your golf experience. Here are some recognized tips for improving pace of play:

Start smart
Confirm your tee time in advance and make it a point to arrive at the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Remember essentials like extra balls, tees, gloves and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather conditions.

“Tee It Forward” unless you are consistently able to reach greens in regulation from the back tees.
In other words, play from a set of tees that is comfortable for you – one where you are more likely to hit lofted irons into greens instead of hybrids or fairway woods. It is acceptable for players in the same group to play from different tees.

Minimize your time on the tee
On the tee it is usually acceptable for players to “hit when ready.” You can also save time by playing a provisional ball (Rule 27-2) if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds.

Plan your shot before you get to your ball
Once you are off the tee, think ahead. Determine your yardage and make your club selection before it is your turn to play. Very often, you can do this while others are playing, without disruption. If you take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play. Even a small step like this saves time.

Keep your pre-shot routine short
Pick your line of play once and trust yourself. Try to take no more than one practice swing, then set up to the ball and play your shot. Most importantly, be ready to hit when it is your turn. Be efficient after your shot too. Start moving toward your next shot promptly.

Aim to play in 20 seconds
From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution, strive to hit your shot in 20 seconds when it is your turn to play. Help keep play moving at a brisk pace.

Develop an eye for distance
You don’t have to step off yardage for every shot. If you need to determine precise distance, try to find a yardage marker before you reach your ball, then step off the yardage on the way to your ball. Or, consider investing in an electronic rangefinder or global positioning system for golf and use it when permitted by Local Rule. If others you are playing with are not familiar with the course, the Rules permit players to exchange yardage information without penalty.

When sharing a cart, use a buddy system
Don’t wait in the cart while your cart mate hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs. Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cart mate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cart mate off and then pick him or her up after you hit. Once you have hit your shot, get into the cart immediately and move to your next point of destination before you replace your club. Be sure to park the cart at the back of the green and always exit the green through the back where possible.

Be helpful to others in your group
Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.

Keep up with the group in front of you
Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.

Be efficient on the putting green
Mark your ball and lift and clean it when you arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record your score.

Remember that picking up your ball is permitted by the HNA Handicap System
If not in an individual stroke play competition, it is generally OK to pick up your ball and move on to the next hole if you are “out” of a hole and want to maintain pace of play. This applies in match play and many forms of stroke play, including Stableford and best-ball play.

Just a couple of ideas guys so that the players at the back of the field do not have to finish their round in the dark.

Our Ladies Section had their annual Spring Hat day competition on Saturday the 5th and here are some of the contestants. Some of these really show great initiative.

 

The popular winner was Leone Brandt with her stunning creation, well done Leone and well done, once again, ladies.

Happy birthday to all our members who celebrate their birthdays during the month of September, all our Christmas babies.

Birthday First Name Surname Gender Number Age
01.09.1946 Len Richardson M 1076 74
01.09.1952 Miles Griffiths M 990789 68
01.09.1965 Martin Thomas M 2993 55
04.09.2004 Ruben Sliep M 991702 16
05.09.1956 Mike Harper M 259 64
06.09.1956 Mike Roberts M 990172 64
06.09.1967 Brian Jacobs M 71 53
06.09.1969 Thabo Ngwana M 990931 51
06.09.1978 Pieter Viljoen M 990625 42
07.09.1957 Jorge Simoes M 2293 63
07.09.1994 Herman De Koker M 991183 26
08.09.1956 Willem Stolz M 990127 64
08.09.1956 Pieter Van Eeden M 678 64
08.09.1959 Gerry Monaghan M 990787 61
08.09.1962 Merrick Douglas M 623 58
08.09.1988 Pierre Van Eeden M 991697 32
08.09.1992 Jason Rossiter M 2117 28
09.09.1956 Leon Botha M 990681 64
09.09.1957 Darrell Bradley M 990532 63
09.09.1960 Noelene Koertzen F 990666 60
10.09.1975 Dale Walker M 1978 45
10.09.1980 Wouter Niemann M 991586 40
11.09.1943 Pam Koertzen F 1394 77
11.09.1956 Pieter Van Zittert M 991147 64
11.09.1958 Andrew Zandberg M 990386 62
12.09.1978 Louis Jooste M 990248 42
12.09.1995 Darin De Smidt M 2108 25
12.09.1996 Otto Wouda M 990325 24
12.09.2003 Ryan Williscroft M 990999 17
13.09.1945 William Beechey M 1999 75
13.09.1957 Sam Hamer M 1164 63
13.09.1989 Kyle Edwards M 1663 31
15.09.1939 David Viljoen M 991736 81
15.09.1947 Johann Malherbe M 990503 73
15.09.1952 Michael Ford M 121 68
15.09.1953 Bazil Richardson M 991253 67
16.09.1954 Simon Diale M 2725 66
16.09.1968 Fanie Kotze M 991582 52
16.09.1980 Graham Fleming M 616 40
17.09.1982 Gareth Farinha M 990512 38
18.09.1957 Leone Brandt F 588 63
18.09.1963 Pierre Walters M 991711 57
18.09.1970 Willie Van Schalkwyk M 1435 50
18.09.1977 Jacques Kumm M 3098 43
18.09.1979 Dieter Erasmus M 3048 41
19.09.1950 Charles Du Plessis M 991730 70
19.09.1973 Gavin Cherrington M 991578 47
19.09.1986 Jenni-Lee Lombard F 991690 34
20.09.1944 Johan Teessen M 991230 76
20.09.1946 Andrew Green M 991549 74
20.09.1970 Andre Nel M 990669 50
21.09.1972 Tertius Janse Van Rensburg M 991453 48
21.09.1973 Ralph Leach M 2351 47
21.09.1976 Brad Cron M 991170 44
23.09.1955 Jan Cilliers M 2127 65
23.09.1961 Neil Van Noort M 2880 59
23.09.1970 Jaco Roets M 1539 50
23.09.1981 Chris Joubert M 991145 39
23.09.1983 Solomon Mamabolo M 991630 37
24.09.1946 Daniel Harmse M 670 74
25.09.1997 Reinhard Nothnagel M 990418 23
27.09.1952 Piet Barnard M 991652 68
27.09.1959 Nqobile Mazibuko F 991431 61
27.09.1960 Roger Perzl M 708 60
28.09.1950 Peter Gilbert M 1996 70
28.09.1970 James Nightingale M 990640 50
29.09.1973 George Joannou M 991775 47
29.09.2003 Jared-Liam Troskie M 991656 17
30.09.1951 Jan Bezuidenhout M 991785 69
30.09.1974 Warren Crooks M 991818 46
30.09.1984 Dane Poulter M 990716 36
30.09.2004 Divan Kruger M 991811 16

 

Please fellow members, we are not bulletproof, please stay safe and see you on the greens.

Gregg White

 

 

Captains Corner – August 2020

Happy Woman’s Day for the 9th to all our female members.

Woman’s month is upon us or also known as the windy month here in the Gauteng, and it is certainly living up to its name. We have seen the wind pumping during the last couple of weeks. Almost feels like we are playing in Cape Town (LOL).

At the moment we are still only utilising one tee box starting at 06:40 and carrying on until 13:20. This seems to be working well for us and we are maintaining a fair average of rounds during the week and full on most Saturdays. As the summer hours approach, we will be able to increase the number of tee off times in the morning and afternoon. We are also managing competitions on Wednesdays and Saturdays without having to submit our scorecards manually. All scorecards are submitted via WhatsApp to Derek and Calvin respectively and this is working fine. All our members are now accustomed to this process. All Saturday results are published on our website and prizes are transferred directly to the winner’s club cards.

Hole-in-one Halfway House

It seems as if some members and visitors are still struggling with the grab-and-go concept as a number of players are still sitting and eating in the restaurant on the turn. It would be much appreciated if we could all respect the process and purchase the necessary food and drink and proceed directly to the tenth tee box. It is the intention to relocate the halfway house to the area next to the practise green and we hope that this will then aid the process in that there will not be any tables to sit at. Rusty appreciates all the support he can get at the Hole-in-one restaurant so please also continue purchasing any take-aways after your game for home consumption.

Ladies Section

Our Ladies Section have been very busy during the past few weeks especially over Mandela Day. A collection was arranged for our personnel who have not been receiving full pay over the COVID period. Groceries and cash were collected and in the end 40 parcels were made up and distributed to our staff. All of them were most appreciative of the donation. There were also donations of second-hand clothing to the Cradle of Hope in Krugersdorp and the organisation sent us a thank you mail, see below. The success of this project has prompted the Ladies to once again have a collection for the caddies and staff. This will run until 20th September and groceries and cash will be most appreciated. Cash donations may be deposited into the club’s banking account with the reference, Staff Donations.

Dear Krugersdorp Golf Club
Healing starts with self-love and HOPE.
THE CRADLE OF HOPE is a place where dignity is restored and confidence regained. Thank you so much for your
kind donation of clothing items, received on 22nd July 2020. We are deeply grateful. Thank you so much for caring
about our needs.
Your support to THE CRADLE OF HOPE and the vulnerable and often forgotten Krugersdorp West Community – which
we assist – is of incredible value to us. We have 15 active projects, directly impacting the lives of more than 1 000
less-fortunate, destitute and abused adults & children, every single day. We receive ZERO Government funding and
operate wholly on donations & sponsorships received from individuals and corporates, as well as our own fundraising
efforts…….
Please know that your donation and support has made it easier for us to better the quality of life of those who need it
the most.

Our New Website

Our new website is up and running and we now have more and more of our members advertising their businesses on the site. Please remember that it is absolutely free advertising. All you have to do is register and list your business or contact Gregg White on greggs.white@gmail.com for assistance.

The Biltong Deli

I am sure you have all seen the additions happening at the club. We will soon have a biltong deli open at the entrance to the club. Besides biltong the deli will also be selling vacuum packed cuts of meat. So, no butchering will be taking place on the premises but meat will be pre packaged and sold there besides the biltong and dried wors. Looking forward to this new attraction at our club.

The Course

I must admit I was very sceptic about these portable rakes for the bunkers but I bought one at only R25 and was pleasantly surprised. It works like an absolute charm and I would recommend anyone to buy one, especially at that price. Contact Neville Sanders or just inquire at the Pro Shop when you are paying for your round.

Well, that’s about it for this month. Please remember that Saturday tee times are for members only and that means gents and ladies. First come first served on the electronic booking. This will continue until we are back to normal golf and we can allocate dedicated tee times to the ladies. So fastest finger first.

Birthday Corner

Happy birthday to all our members who celebrate their birthday during the month of August, hope you all have an awesome day.

Birthday First Name Surname Gender Number Age
02.08.1960 Jacques Petrie M 350 60
02.08.1999 Jaco Janse Van Rensburg M 991452 21
03.08.1969 Bridgitte Mathews F 990146 51
04.08.1966 Danie Van Der Westhuizen M 990623 54
04.08.2003 Josh Petzer M 991657 17
05.08.1949 Dale Franklin F 533 71
05.08.1950 Albert Venter M 858 70
05.08.1998 Richard Meyer M 991670 22
05.08.2004 Franco Roets M 990853 16
06.08.1948 Edward Holder M 991728 72
06.08.1980 Jan-Hendrik Grobler M 991025 40
07.08.1945 Christopher Ruperti M 365 75
07.08.1985 Jarryd Thomas M 1252 35
08.08.1929 Israel Bulafkin M 15 91
08.08.1981 Karin Bekker F 990717 39
09.08.1944 Sadique Jina M 990177 76
09.08.1954 Frikkie Blom M 2310 66
10.08.1953 Willie Joko M 825 67
10.08.1955 Athol Tintinger M 1409 65
10.08.1974 Jenny Albrecht F 3008 46
10.08.1975 Jason De Gama M 991712 45
11.08.1972 Jurie Kok M 1851 48
12.08.1944 Brigitte Zanner F 301061 76
12.08.1981 Debbie Kok F 990091 39
13.08.1937 Stan Johnson M 197 83
13.08.1966 George Viljoen M 991199 54
14.08.1978 Lourens Brink M 3092 42
15.08.1946 Bruce Franklin M 131 74
15.08.1949 Walter Watson M 956 71
15.08.1957 Rob Kelbrick M 2055 63
15.08.1988 Shaun Carmichael M 1337 32
16.08.1943 Frank Pascoe M 3131 77
16.08.1970 Gerrit Gouws M 990162 50
16.08.1973 Marius Bruwer M 991603 47
17.08.1969 Johan Smit M 142 51
17.08.2005 Ruan Olivier M 991819 15
18.08.1956 E Hoffman M 946 64
18.08.1959 Mark Krog M 1405 61
18.08.1969 Goolam Casoojee M 990265 51
18.08.1970 Jacques Van Staden M 990469 50
18.08.1972 Clasina Erasmus F 990457 48
18.08.2007 Alec Brink M 991223 13
19.08.1919 T Farish F 529 101
19.08.1956 Pieter Swart M 844 64
19.08.1988 Johan Benade M 991028 32
20.08.1953 Gerald Hunter M 991616 67
20.08.1962 Doug Bolt M 990352 58
21.08.1955 Elaine Matheson F 2664 65
22.08.1953 Hermanus Scheepers M 990341 67
22.08.1980 Daniel Joubert M 990094 40
22.08.1990 Michael Prins M 991731 30
23.08.1967 Anton Marais M 626 53
23.08.1971 Ray Schutte M 1036 49
23.08.1983 Noelle Bester F 991725 37
24.08.1933 Barry Pratt M 337 87
24.08.1965 Willem Oosthuizen M 1060 55
24.08.1968 Gawie Van Der Westhuizen M 990299 52
25.08.1937 Johann Van Loggerenberg M 990435 83
25.08.1946 Louis Van Loggerenberg M 990423 74
25.08.2004 Devon Cornelissen M 990589 16
26.08.1932 Brian Moore M 288 88
26.08.1953 Stephan Clegg M 991615 67
26.08.1965 Nico Pretorius M 991610 55
26.08.1965 Willem Wentzel M 990296 55
28.08.1942 Henry Keylock M 990700 78
28.08.1954 Alan Underwood M 990811 66
29.08.1948 Adriaan Du Plessis M 991073 72
29.08.1955 Andre Smit M 58 65
30.08.1945 AP Van Der Merwe M 990961 75
30.08.1948 Stephen Hartman M 2854 72
30.08.1962 Gavin Levin M 990648 58
30.08.1963 Gavin Amos M 991136 57
31.08.1968 Kevin Heydenrych M 991718 52
31.08.1974 Chris Schneider M 991743 46

See you all on the course and stay safe.

Gregg

Captains Corner – July 2020

Good day all my fine feathered members and visitors to Krugersdorp Golf Club’s website.

Welcome to the new Krugersdorp website.

We were all very excited about publishing the new site and we certainly hope that all visitors to the site also enjoy it as much as we do. I would like to draw your attention to the Business Directory tab. What we are hoping to achieve here is to have a platform for our members to advertise their businesses so that our members can first support each other before we go outside the scope of our membership to look for a service. Please make use of this facility or contact me and I will assist you with the process.

The last time we chatted we were all hoping that the minister of sport would be announcing that we could return to the golf courses and here we are, albeit with a difference. Placing in bunkers, whoever thought that day would come. I have more news about that later. The first couple of weeks we played golf without any competition with tee times 12 minutes apart. This has also changed already. Our tee times are now ten minutes apart but still off one tee box in accordance with GOLFRSA rules for social distancing for Covid-19. We have recently started to also play competition golf again but also with a difference. No score cards must be physically handed in for the comp. A snapshot must be taken of the card and then placed on a WhatsApp group. The cards also do not have to be verified by a fellow player, to minimise contact with the card. So, we are trusting the scorer to be entirely honest when completing the card.

All Wednesday Comp cards must be sent to Calvin Caldiera on 082 775 0735.

All Saturday Comp cards must be sent to Derek De Smidt on 082 337 1828.

Please note that if you do not follow this procedure your score will not be considered for the competitions and will be considered as a DQ.

With this new Covid-19 regulation that we are not allowed to use rakes in the bunkers one of our members, Neville Sanders, has a brilliant item to sell. It is a portable rake that you can hang from your bag and when you need to use it as a rake you just unhook it off your bag and connect it to your club and it transforms into a rake. This item only retails for R25.00 each. For more information please contact Neville on 082 992 2132.

Our Ladies section have been extremely busy with their Mandela Day project. This year they decided to collect food and clothing and cash for our own personnel who are struggling during this lockdown period in our country. The response from our members was absolutely amazing. I have always claimed that the members of Krugersdorp Golf Club must be the kindest club members by far. If you send out a request for help the response is always awesome. Anyway, the food was divided into packs and forty personnel members were able to receive packages.

Well, it is certainly great to be able to be on the golf course again, the next great moment will be when we can sit and have a chat and a drink again.

Happy birthday to all our members who celebrated their birthdays during the month of July, hope you all had a fantastic day.

Birthday First Name Surname Gender Number Age
01.07.1949 Joseph Hutchinson M 1279 71
01.07.1959 Koebie Riley F 991518 61
02.07.1948 Alan Ingham M 990694 72
02.07.1953 David Jackson M 1209 67
02.07.1950 Tony Parau M 991107 70
02.07.1951 Don Robertson M 357 69
03.07.1949 George Wentzel M 119 71
04.07.1987 Stephen Swanepoel M 991026 33
04.07.1926 Joseph Warby M 812 94
05.07.1960 Jak Van Heerden M 990733 60
06.07.1983 Jano De Beer M 991596 37
06.07.1954 Trevor Fritz M 3209 66
06.07.1968 Johannes Muller M 990339 52
07.07.1983 Sizwe Mnguni M 991629 37
07.07.1953 Peter Smith M 3038 67
09.07.1943 Lionel Smith M 393 77
10.07.1962 Willem Ackerman M 1358 58
12.07.1985 Andries Joubert M 990846 35
13.07.1954 Richard Hall M 101 66
13.07.1957 Sello Mahlabya M 2766 63
14.07.1982 Jan Lotz M 990784 38
15.07.1963 Johan Croukamp M 268 57
15.07.1987 Michael Downing M 990348 33
15.07.2003 Reinhard Olivier M 991664 16
15.07.1947 Ivor Van Bart M 990280 73
15.07.1939 Cassim Vawda M 990159 81
15.07.1970 Charles Venables M 2922 50
16.07.1984 Udo Mohr M 990284 36
17.07.2002 Aldrich Van De Merwe M 991676 17
18.07.1962 Henry Blom M 991512 58
18.07.1959 Tom Gouws M 990161 61
18.07.1953 Gert Olivier M 311 67
18.07.1988 Arno Zweep M 1195 31
19.07.1974 Belinda Gouws F 990236 46
19.07.1961 Antonie Meyer M 991233 59
20.07.2012 Hanno De Beer M 991597 7
22.07.1957 Shaun Carter M 146 63
22.07.1977 Pierre Jansen Van Vuuren M 991227 42
22.07.2005 Zain Labuschagne M 991649 14
23.07.1961 Lance Theunissen M 990798 59
24.07.1975 Deon Bredenkamp M 787 44
24.07.1975 Ian Scott M 1133 44
25.07.1971 Pieter Ferreira M 991746 48
25.07.1959 Joubert Strauss M 2145 60
26.07.2005 Aiden Tarr M 991759 14
27.07.1964 Pierre Van Den Heever M 107 55
28.07.1953 Christopher Johnston M 301062 66
28.07.1962 Willem Neale M 301086 57
28.07.1977 Dick Van Rensburg M 991709 42
29.07.1974 Paul De Waal M 991765 45
29.07.1962 Meryl Erasmus F 991142 57
30.07.1959 Ian Carmichael M 1091 60

Stay safe everyone and see you on the practice green.

Gregg

 
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