We hope that all of our readers have had a wonderful festive season and were able to spend good quality time with your loved ones. It seems like 2017 flashed by in the blink of an eye, and we would just like to take a look back at what was an amazing year for us.

January

January started off with much fun at the New Year’s Event at the Range (Ron and Steven Dunn are pictured top left with their croquet mallets) and the month continued with the same positive spirit. It was filled with golfers by the dozen and wonderful achievements such as Keegan Lumley’s ‘hole-in-one’ on the 6th hole (pictured top right) and Katia Shaff and Jessica Green’s representing of Clovelly in the S.A. Women’s Masters Tournament (pictured bottom right), with Katia winning the Sally Little Trophy.

Sadly, it was not all roses as long-term staff members, Samantha Williams (pictured bottom left) and Clive Schubach left Clovelly for greener pastures.

February

February was slightly busier than January, with the Ladies’ International vs National Competition (pictured above), the Wendy Warrington Trophy (won by Mary Wootton, pictured below, top left, with Wendy Warrington herself) and Clovelly’s three-day ‘Around the World’ Festival Week (pictured bottom).  Our juniors also had a great month – with the Pitch n’ Putt really picking up and the kids’ skill levels rising by leaps and bounds!

This all took part in our busiest month of the year, which is also incidentally the shortest month of the year, and amongst our usual Club competitions and events! It was a blast though, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute! This year, however, we will see the Festival Week take part in March, which should alleviate some of the craziness!

March

March continued in the same thread as February, with the Men’s & Club AGMs, the Ladies Club Champs and Red Hat Open Day, the Raymond Ackerman Invitational and the start of excavation for the new dam on the 14th hole.

Sadly, we also received the terrible news of the loss of two special members; Carol Goldsbury and Edith Houghton.

Pictured above, clockwise from left; Ladies’ 2017 Club Champ, Katia Shaff, with sponsor Lorraine Webb of Fine & Country, carts lined up for a very windy RAI Golf Day, three visitors who went all out for the Red Hat Ladies’ Open Day, and Carol and Chris Goldsbury, shortly before her passing.

April

Our first winter month transitioned beautifully out of the high season madness, starting with the Men’s Club Champs and followed by Hollow Tyning, which always gives Clovelly an opportunity for a small break in the two weeks following course maintenance. Congratulations to Club Champion, Shaun Fraser, as well as Jimmy Smith and Yatish Garach who placed first in the B & C Divisions.

April also marked the beginning of ‘golf day’ season, and Clovelly was super happy to host the Sunflower Fund Golf Day, the Kevin Price Memorial Golf Day and the UNISA Golf Day.

May

May was a month of winners! We were so proud of Member, Peter Karmis, who came first at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and of Member, Cedric Touzard, who came first in the Deaf Division of the International Canon South African Disabled Golf Open. Pro Shop Manager, Iglin Grobbelaar, came 8th overall in the same Open and was honoured later in the year for being best Disabled Golfer of the Year in the Western Province.

Golf Director, Paul Stoner, won on a personal level when his lovely girlfriend, Jessica Edgar, said yes! Course Manager, Steven Webber, also managed to get this amazing photograph of the most beautiful sunset over our newly completed dam

June

June was a quiet month, and other than the storm of the year, which saw us lose seven trees, there was not much else to keep us busy! We used this opportunity to start renovations to the Clubhouse, we started bottling our own delicious honey (and should have the next batch ready soon), we looked at ways to help our Leopard Toads and MichellGolf started their Tips from the Pros newsletter articles.

Is June anyone else’s favorite month of the year? Although we love our full fields, there is something so refreshing about drinking hot chocolate in the cold and being able to turn our attention to areas overlooked during the rest of the year. Of course, we love the rain that comes too!

July

July saw the continuation of upgrades at Clovelly. The Ackerman Hall and Dining Room were finally freshly painted and the old window frames were replaced, which drastically reduced leaking in the Clubhouse. Two heat pumps were installed to assist with heating the Club’s water more economically, and gum trees were removed from the course in preparation for the start of our indigenous fynbos flower bed, which is really starting to establish itself now.

We also had the awesome opportunity to host the Staff Club Champs, which really got everyone out of their comfort zones and ended up with lots of laughs! Unfortunately, we also sadly learned of our temporary Starter, Chris Sandham’s, passing.

It was also a special month for staff member, Nekisha Delcarme, who got engaged to her long-term partner, Jeffrey Johnson!

August

August seemed to forget that it is classified as a winter month and kept us on our toes!  Jan van Rooyen (pictured below left) started the month off with a hole-in-one on the 16th and Peter Karmis did it again with his win of the Sun City Challenge at the magnificent Gary Player Country Club.

Carl Welgemoed, our caterer, committed to feeding almost seventy underprivileged children in Ocean View once a week and put on a fabulous spread for our Mid-Year Dinner in honour of Chris and Carol Goldsbury.

We also had loads going on golf-wise, with the MichellGolf Junior’s start of the Race for the Cobra Cup, sponsored by Clear Design, the Fish Hoek Hockey Club’s and Cape Town Festival’s golf days, the Clovelly Open Foursomes and our Ladies’ second win of the Lefson Trophy. We were so excited to receive the support of Cape Town Fish Market Tokai, who not only gave us a delicious sushi activation for the Open Foursomes but offered our members the below amazing deal.

We also received the below photo from seven-year-old Thea Henshall. This turned out to be one of our most liked photos of the year!

September

September brought the start of spring, as well as Hollow Tyning and laser-tag – the staff’s team building event for 2017. Manager, John Spyker, found himself targeted ruthlessly throughout the game but everyone else had an amazing time!

Teaching Pros, Mike and Alan Michell (pictured below left), took part in the Western Province Regional Club Pro Tournament and Mike won the tournament with a 3 under total, with Alan coming second with 1 under. Dave Liebrecht also had a great September, scoring a hole-in-one on the 11th hole.

Wizz Good and Shyam Makanjee took on Duncan Johansen and Stephen Thomas in the Chammy Cup Finals and managed to beat Duncan and Stephen 4 and 2 to become 2017’s winners! We also welcomed Simone Patterson and Munashra Meyer to the Bookings Office.

October

Karen Kent, pictured below left, started October off with a bang, by winning the Greenwall Trophy. The Sunshine Corner and Dirty Dozen competed for the President’s Cup, with Sunshine Corner coming out on top. Pictured below right is Dave Martin, representing the Sunshine Corner, accepting the Cup from Peter Williams, representing the Dirty Dozen.

October saw Clovelly host the WPGU Clovelly Junior Open as well as the Lion of Africa Junior Open. We love our juniors, so this was loads of fun for us!

Ayden Senger (pictured below left) won the WPGU Clovelly Junior Open title and Christo Lamprecht (right) claimed top place in the Lion of Africa Junior Open.

October was also a lucky month for hole-in-ones, with George Bowes scoring a hole-in-one on the 6th hole, Kevin McKinney (King David Mowbray) and Mike Tiffin scoring hole-in-ones withing a few hours of each other on the 16th and Bobby Couves scoring his hole-in-one on the 11th.

Finishing off an awesome month, Richard Goveia beat Pierre Sarembock to become Clovelly’s 2017 Single Matchplay Winner, and our Ladies put together an outstanding Spring Open Day, with the majority of the ladies dressing to the nine’s.

November

November was another successful month for Clovelly! We hosted numerous golf days, including the Fish Hoek Life Saving Golf Day, the SA Navy Golf Day, the Forward Fund Golf Day, the Greeff Golf Day, the TEARS Golf Day and our very own MichellGolf Fundraising Golf Day to assist our Junior Section.

Our Ladies Section was just as busy, with events such as the Turkey Trot, Granny vs Non-Granny Trophy and Freda Ackerman Trophy taking place. Bruni Bensch was on fire, winning not only the Freda Ackerman Trophy but the Non-Granny Trophy too!

Our Ladies Silver League played an outstanding final match and beat Atlantic Beach 5/1 to win the Western Province Ladies Silver League season, which was really the cherry on the cake for our Clovelly Ladies!

After months of battling it out, our Men’s Masters League side sadly missed a spot in the League finals by only two points, after taking on King David Mowbray. All in all, Clovelly had a successful League season and we were super proud of all of our players.

In the midst of the hum we employed our new temporary starter/marshal for the high season, Vincent Williams, and Golf Director, Paul Stoner, got his first hole-in-one on the 6th hole.

The course also received a bit of TLC, with the dredging of the dam on the 4th and the laying of new drainage pipes near the 5th fairway.

November was also Frankie Greenwood’s lucky month. She won the R 10 000 Friday Night Draw, and a couple of weeks later won another R 2 600 for the same draw! We still have another draw for R 10 000 and would love to see one of our brilliant members win it!

On a less fun note, we started asking our members to bring their own towels to help with the water situation. We are really hoping for rain but will continue to limit our water usage as much as possible in the meantime.

December

Despite the very sad news that one of our dearest members, Graham Paulse, had lost his battle to cancer, December was a beautiful end to a great year. Although we had the Reach for a Dream Golf Day, Sotheby’s and STBB 9 Hole & Braai, and many functions on, we still felt a little respite after a busy few months and were super excited to welcome back a huge amount of our Swallows.

We were also very proud of Peter Karmis, who had his third big win of the year at the 3e Actuaries OPEN hosted in Equatorial Guinea, and of our Seniors and Ladies, who managed to raise a good amount of money and donate many hand-knitted or bought toys and teddies to the Children’s Red Cross Hospital. The month ended fantastically with special visits from top golfer, Gary Player, and our Mayor, Patricia de Lille.

We could fill a book with all of the wonderful things that have happened at Clovelly over the year, however, the above highlights will have to do! We are sure that we can all agree that we belong to a very special place, and personally, we are excited to see what 2018 has in store for us.

We could fill a book with all of the wonderful things that have happened at Clovelly over the year, however, the above highlights will have to do! We are sure that we can all agree that we belong to a very special place, and personally, we are excited to see what 2018 has in store for us.

Forthcoming Events

Results

Member Offers

Friday Night Draw

The names drawn for the LM & A draw were Derek Shaw, Roger Vestey and Kobus Potgieter.
Unfortunately, no one was not present!
This draw remains at R 10 000.

The name drawn for the 2nd LM & A draw was Theo Grossmann.
Unfortunately, Theo was not present!
The next draw will be for R 3 200.

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw was David Bush.
Unfortunately, David was not present!
This draw remains at R 5 000.