We have had a fantastic week at Clovelly! We had the privilege of experiencing an awesome storm, the Ladies’ AGM went off well, our Men’s League kicked off and we learned that we have moved up in Golf Digest’s course ratings. These were just some of our highlights, and all of this took part amidst fields full to overflowing, a gorgeous wedding and other events at the Club.
Thank you to all of the staff who keep everything together, and to our members for opening your Club to our visitors and guests.
Greens Staff Braai
Our Greens Committee threw the Greens Staff a ‘thank you braai’ to acknowledge the outstanding job that they have done and are continuing to do over our busiest and warmest season. They were also thanked for holding the fort whilst Course Manager, Steven Webber, was in Canada over the festive season.
I am sure that we can all agree that the course is looking lovely, despite the heat and water constraints that the staff have to deal with, and that they are all brilliant. Thank you and well done!
Clovelly Climbs up the Ratings
We are proud to say that Clovelly Country Club has climbed four places forward on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in South Africa, moving from 53rd to 49th place. We are also the 6th best-conditioned course in the Western Cape, behind Pearl Valley, Arabella, Erinvale, De Zalze and Royal Cape, and in front of Westlake, Hermanus, Durbanville and Stellenbosch!
This would not be possible without our amazing team of members and staff, and of course, our Committee members who give so much of their personal time to the Club. We are so grateful that you all get to be a part of our Club and we hope that you are as proud to be here as we are!
On Saturday both the Masters and Mid-Am Leagues teed off for the first fixture of 2018.
Unfortunately, our Masters’ side could not capitalise on our home advantage, only securing one point, while the away side managed to secure half a point. This resulted in Westlake beating us by 2 ½ to 1 ½ points. Our next fixture is against Strand this weekend.
Our Mid-Am side had to fight hard to secure a win against Royal Cape in their first fixture, and a fantastic display from our away side secured 3 ½ of the 4 points available, allowing us to claim a victory of 5 ½ points to 2 ½ points. Their next fixture is against Rondebosch this weekend.
We wish you both all the best!
Pictured above left is our Masters ‘away’ team, made up of Gareth Wobbe, Dave Thompson (aka Dangerous Dave), Tim Henshall (aka Handbrake Henshall) and Antonio Bruni. Pictured above right is our Mid-Am ‘away’ team, made up of Trevor Craig, Erl Hvidsten, Warren Minster and Craig Small.
On Tuesday we held the Ladies Annual AGM. The ladies had been called off of the course earlier than expected due to an impressive amount of lightning over the course and they had more time than expected in the bar. As a result, a lot of our ladies were in a very merry mood and the AGM was a positive and happy event.
Pictured below clockwise from left is Manager, John Spyker, with Ladies’ Captian, Bridget Woodhouse. She was presented with a bunch of flowers congratulating her on two successful years as Captain. She will remain as Captain for another year. Committee Members, Birdie Jenkinson and Joan Mauchline, are seen demonstrating that it is not all fun and games, and perhaps ‘when in thought, a well-placed thumb can make a difference’. John Spyker sat next to our Vice-Chairman, Stephen Thomas, and current Chairman, Pat van Heerden is pictured with Jonathan Ackerman.
The minutes of the AGM will be displayed on the notice board soon, so if you missed it, you will be able to read the reports and concerns there.
Our Men’s and Main AGMs will be taking place this coming Saturday evening. We hope that you can join us. You have all been sent proposed amendments to the Constitution, which will be discussed on the evening too.
Urban Brewing Co. at Clovelly
We have some exciting news from our Bar Manager, Sebastian Brown, who has just partnered with Urban Brewing Co. Hout Bay to bring their brand to our bar.
Urban Brewing Co., situated next to the popular Hout Bay market, has been operating for over two years and they boast double gold and silver awards at prestigious craft beer events, recently scooping a top award for their Lager too. They have four beers and a cider – Judas Peak Blonde Ale, Monkey’s Paw Pilsner, Talisman Weiss, Dungeons Stout Ale and SS Maori Cider – all of which will be available at Clovelly.
A bonus is that Urban Brewing Co. makes use of natural spring water at their brewery. So, if you are a Cape Townian ‘water warrior’ you can save water by drinking beer instead. Once again, we ask that you do not quote us to your wives after a few too many.
Urban Brewing caters for all private events too, so should you wish to have beer on tap or bottle, give them a shout and they can sort out your required needs.
Attention Members: For a free taster at their brewery please present your Clovelly SAGA card and you will be welcomed. Ts and Cs apply. Please email Sebastian on firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Clovelly vs Erinvale
On Thursday the annual, friendly Clovelly vs Erinvale Mixed Match took place, with the Clovelly team claiming an exciting 4-2 victory. The contest started in 2012 as a “friendly” mixed match when six couples from Clovelly entertained six couples from Erinvale. Before the competition last week each team had won the trophy three times, so Clovelly’s win puts us ahead by one, until next year at least!
Congratulations to Vic and Merle Christian, Chris Barber and Lynne Daniel, Ian and Judith Macleod, Peter Marais and Jacky White, Alistair and Eithne Smith, and Paul Stoner and Joan Mauchline, who made up Clovelly’s team. The Erinvale team were unanimous in their praise for the condition and the beauty of our course and for the hospitality they received from everyone at Clovelly.
We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves!
We wish all of our readers a positive and joyful week! We hope that you can fit Clovelly into your schedules. The weather is beautiful at the moment, and the course is superb.