Just like that, another month has flown by! It seems like, with the end of October, summer may have arrived! However, we may be speaking too soon, as tomorrow could be cold and windy all over again.
The warmer weather has been kind to our gardens and greens. Pictured above is a relatively new garden at the entrance of the Club that our Garden Manager, Althia, has been working on lately. The rocky wall has made it difficult, and raiding porcupines that come in the middle of the night are not making it any easier, but we think that it is looking lovely! Thanks, Althia!
We are also quite excited as the warmer weather is making for warmer ground temperatures, which means that our Course Manager, Steven Webber, will be able to give our grass a good application of fertilizer soon. A full course of fertilizer will be applied to the fairways and surrounds in the next two weeks, and will ‘green up’ the course substantially! Unfortunately, due to the drastic decrease of the amount of water being used to water the course, the turf will still not be as green as it could be, but it is a sacrifice that we are happy to make in our commitment to saving water.
Please Bring Your Own Towels
On the subject of saving water, we have become aware that many golf courses in the Western Cape are addressing the water wastage caused by towels that are only being used once before having to be washed for the next person. In the middle of summer, we have up to 300 golfers at Clovelly per day, and if only half of those players shower, it is still 150 towels that need to be washed!
Of course, we will not give you second-hand towels, but would like to we implore you to bring your own towels in your golf bags. This way, you can use your towel four or five times before it needs to be washed and as a result, you can have a major impact on our water situation! We will still be supplying the locker room with towels, but we would really appreciate your cooperation!
We would like to welcome Vincent Williams, our temporary starter-marshall for the season, whose first day at Clovelly was today. Vincent is an upstanding community leader in Ocean View, a part of Ocean View’s neighbourhood watch, and has golfing experience. He also happens to be a lovely gentleman who is very easy to talk to. We hope that you will all welcome him and be able to get the chance to know him before he leaves us at the end of March.
Having to ask players to speed up their game is most probably the worst job at Clovelly, and we just ask that you show him patience and understand that he probably wants to nag you even less than you want his nagging! We would also like to encourage you to keep an eye on the time that it takes you to progress through your round so that if he asks you to quicken play, you can either agree with him or correct him. On that note; happy golfing!
Our Ladies League teams are doing very well and are really making Clovelly proud! Our Bronze 2 Ladies League team made it through to the quarterfinals, where they played Bellville at Parow Golf Club last Tuesday and won 2/1. It was a pretty hard match and they were excited to have won, which they should have been. Next, they meet Westlake at King David Mowbray on 14th November to take on the semifinals!
Our Silver ladies won their team singles against Durbanville 5/1 at Rondebosch Golf Club and they will meet Parow/Bellville for the semifinals at Westlake. Well done Ladies! We are so impressed that you have got this far and wish both teams the best in their semifinal matches!
This weekend will see the Men’s Masters and Mid-Am Leagues drawing to a close with matches against Strand and Parow respectively. Unfortunately, our Mid-Am side’s losses against Milnerton and Belville mean that we have come third place in our pool and will just miss out on a semifinal spot. The team has played fantastic golf throughout the season, however, Milnerton and Belville are strong opposition teams who have reached numerous finals in the past few years. It is going to be a good day when we eventually do beat them! The boys have done us proud, and we are already looking forward to next year!
Our Master’s side is facing a huge amount of pressure this weekend as a win/draw in the upcoming match will secure them a spot in the semifinals, but a loss means that they are out of the game! The semifinals will be played on Saturday, 18th November, against Royal Cape, KD Mowbray or Durbanville depending on the outcome of this weekend. We have had a great season and we wish our team all the best for this weekend! Hopefully, by the end of it, we will be one step closer to winning the trophy!
MichellGolf Pitch n’ Putt
Once our Saturday afternoon players had teed off, the range was cleared in anticipation for the monthly Pitch n’ Putt Competition run by MichellGolf and generously sponsored by Clear Design.
The competition started at 14h00 and had over 40 juniors take part in it. Each hole is set up to test all the short game skills required to be a decent golfer, with distance ranging between 5m – 30m, some uphill approaches, and some with bunkers in play. Both our kids and adults take part and everyone has great fun. We encourage all of our members or visitors to keep an eye out for these events in the future. For any children who are non-golfers, there is always a jumping castle as well as a cricket pitch setup, as well as boerie rolls and cool drinks to keep everyone’s energy levels up!
There was some great golf played by the youngsters and we even had two hole-in-ones; one from Daniel Roos and another from Elijah Edwards. Even our Proshop Manager, Iglin Grobbelaar, and Golf Director, Paul Stoner, decided to test their skills on the Mashie Course, which turned out to be not as easy as they thought! Paul shot a one over par 28, but Iglin showed his true talent and carded the course record of 4 under par 23.
MichellGolf Junior Fundraising Golf Day
MichellGolf and Clovelly Country Club are going to host the first of many junior fundraising golf days on Thursday, 23rd November 2017! Many of our readers may not be aware that we have a junior development programme, and that MichellGolf plays a huge roll in coaching these kids and growing them into talented, little golfers.
With the aim of raising awareness of our junior programme as well as raising much-needed funds to assist their development, we have decided to host a fun, relaxed golf day. Members and visitors are welcome to play. As a member, you can use your applicable green fee or pre-paid round and as a visitor, you will be charged only R 310 for your round. There is an additional R 100 competition fee applicable to everyone.
Please call the bookings office on 021 784 2100 to book your tee time. Bookings are already open! Due to the time of year and lower rates, we expect the timesheet to fill really quickly, so try to not delay your booking too long!
Quenton Steel Golf Day
On Friday, 27th we had the pleasure of hosting the 20th Quenton Steele Golf Day. They had a huge field of 136 players, with more than half of it made up of Clovelly members! The organisers of this fabulous golf day have the following to say:
The Quenton Steel Committee and the Steele Family (pictured below left) would like to thank everyone at Clovelly for their wonderful assistance and support over the past 20 years. The QS Committee, many of whom are Clovelly members, especially appreciate all of the Clovelly members who played, dipped into their pockets and contributed in any way to help towards the ever-increasing financial burden of Quenton’s extraordinary requirements. The blustery South-Easter added to the remarkable celebrations on this golf day, the timesheet was full and every four-ball complete. Congratulation to Nico Snyman, Graham Winkworth, Karine and Johann Praets, who won the competition (picture below with Quenton, but missing Karine). The top six teams were all Clovelly members, which just shows that we do know how to play in the wind!
After months of pulling numbers for our two Club Draws, both sitting at R 10 000, it was decided that three names would be drawn for each draw, just to add a little excitement and give back to our members.
What do you know, Frankie Greenwood, who has just returned to South Africa and was attending her first Club Draw since being back, had her name pulled first for the second draw, and ended up leaving R 10 000 richer. Congratulations Frankie!
We still have one draw at the R 10 000 mark, and three names will be pulled for it each week, so this Friday could be your lucky night!
Use of Your SAGA Cards at the Club
We would just like to remind our members that starting today, all members are required to swipe their SAGA cards to access any money on their accounts, unless they have signed an indemnity form with June.
Thank you for your cooperation!