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Our regular sponsor that used to advertise on the golf carts has withdrawn his sponsorship and this means that this opportunity is now open to all other businesses.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:
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.
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Please fellow members, we are not bulletproof, please stay safe and see you on the greens.