Wow, what a week! Last weekend was warm, sunny and perfect for a day at the beach and suddenly we were hit with gale force winds, before welcoming a few days of cold drizzle. We certainly have had four seasons in the last seven days; we even have snow in the mountains!
We are delighted to say that our course survived the powerful storm experienced last Wednesday. The high winds created a mess of branches on the course, but fortunately, we only lost five of our precious trees, some of which were younger trees as well. The images below were taken the day after the storm.
The storm brought with it a fair amount of rain which came as a relief, and at last some water can be seen trickling into Theewaterskloof Dam. If you would like to see this for yourself click the below button and you will be directed to the site.
The small amount of rain that we have had is by no ways the end to our drought, but it is a sign of good things to come! Meanwhile, we will continue to do our best to save water.
The image above of snow on the mountain tops was taken by Evelyn Lyle, from Fish Hoek Beach.
Honey for Sale!
We are super excited to have our very own honey for sale!
Our Course Manager, Steven Webber, put a plan in place to deal with bees that found their way onto the course. Instead of killing them or removing them, he has built fifteen hives on the mountainside, and these hives are now producing honey. This arrangement benefits the bees too, as only one layer of honey is removed from each hive, leaving the bees with more than enough honey to sustain themselves. They can then continue to pollinate the mountain fynbos and our gardens.
If you are interested in purchasing a jar, the Bookings Office will be selling them for R 75 per jar. The honey has a lovely, rich and earthy sweetness and is perfect for your rooibos cuppa! Please send orders to firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups at Clovelly
As the cold has set it, numbers to the Golf Course have declined by quite a bit! Who can blame our golfers when they could be soaking up the warmth of a nice fire whilst enjoying a cup of hot chocolate instead of braving the rain and wind?
We did, however, welcome a couple of visiting groups to the Course. On Thursday, the day after the storm, which incidentally was the perfect day for golf, we welcomed the Coots Golfers. The Coots are a group of local Cape Town golfers who play once a month at various courses around the Cape and have been going for the last 25 years.
Founded originally as a group of optometrists, it has been expanded to anyone interested. The Coots raise money for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and a proud achievement of theirs is that they have raised a total of almost R 1.5 million for the hospital! In 2012 the Coots toured to Scotland and Ireland and played at St Andrews Golf Club for their 21 Anniversary. We love having the Coots visit Clovelly and we hope that they enjoyed their round!
Pictured below left are a couple Coots at Clovelly. On the right is Coots’ Captain, Brian Roos, Ian Harries and Brian Sher.
On Sunday morning we had the privilege of hosting the Houtbay Golf Club at Clovelly. A total of 48 players joined us. Houtbay Golf Club is one of the oldest in the Cape and has been in existence since 1921. The club has been monadic since 1948 when the land originally used to fashion a course in Houtbay was zoned for development. It was an honour to allow this group to call Clovelly their home club for the day.
Just for a laugh…and maybe some inspiration
WP Senior Amateurs at Clovelly
Clovelly country Club will be hosting the Western Province Senior Amateur Series on Thursday 29th June 2017. This will be an afternoon event. In order to alleviate the inconvenience for our members we have arranged the following reciprocity for the day:
Happy Father’s Day
We would like to thank all of the Dads out there for the leadership and love that they give daily. You are all wonderful and deserve to be spoiled this coming weekend! Here’s to you!