We hope that our readers have all had a stunning week! It got a little chilly at one point, but by the time that you receive our next newsletter, we would have entered spring, so we will enjoy this last week of winter whilst we can. The cold didn’t get to us, however, as we were able to host another fabulous Mid-Year Dinner, this time in honour of Chris and Carol Goldsbury, as well as the inaugural Cape Town Golf Festival.
We have been lucky enough to take advantage of one of our Member’s, namely Antonio Bruni’s, friends, who took these outstanding aerial images using a drone. You will have noticed the aerial view of the Clubhouse and first tee in our last newsletter. We are hoping to get some more birds-eye images in the future, as you see a whole new beauty to Clovelly from above!
As we admire our course from above it is of course important that we continue to update and upgrade our course on the ground. With this in mind Members will notice that we are doing some work on the 14th hole. A bush to the right of the green was removed as it was untidy and led to slow play as a result of lost balls. The Projects Committee decided to replace this with a redesign of the bunker complex. The existing bunker short of the green is to be reduced in size but with the ground contoured towards the bunker.
An additional bunker is added where the bush was removed. This is designed to protect the hole from long hitters who try to hit the green but aim a bit right. By installing this bunker (and two extra trees), the plan is to protect the 15th tee by discouraging golfers from aiming right of the green. It is hoped that the bunker will really only be in play for longer hitters. Some people may be concerned that there is only a narrow gap between the two bunkers but in fact the ultimate gap between bunkers will be much greater than the de-sodded area.
As with all projects and changes at Clovelly we encourage our members to participate in the feedback process. Please direct any feedback to our Golf Director, Paul Stoner, whether it be via email or verbally.
The start of spring also signals the end of our financial year, which means that the new subscription and green fees costs will be coming out in the next few weeks. Our friendly Membership Secretary, June Featonby, will be able to answer any queries that you may have after receiving the updated fees and your invoice. We thank you for another lovely year at Clovelly, and hope that you will be with us next year too!
Also important to note with the coming of September, is Hollow Tyning. For anyone not aware of what Hollow Tyning is, this is when our Greens Team removes tiny cores of turf from the greens, and fills the remaining holes with sand. This not only aerates the roots, allowing them to receive more oxygen, but it also gives them room to expand and assists with good drainage. It is a valuable process, but also means that the golf course will be closed for two days. Please respect our Greens Team and do not ‘sneak’ onto the course. Our Golf Director, Paul Stoner, has arranged reciprocity with King David Mowbray, Steenberg Golf Club and Westlake Golf Club, so you will have the opportunity to get out and experience something different! Please call the Bookings Office on 021 784 2100 for further details.
The Mid-Year Dinner
On Wednesday we hosted our annual Mid-Year Dinner and saying that it was hugely successful is an understatement! This year’s dinner was in honour of Chris and, the late, Carol Goldsbury. Our Chairman, Pat van Heerden, had a stunning image of Carol framed (pictured below right) and her husband, Chris, (pictured below left) spoke fondly of her on the night. Other heart-warming speeches were made by Erica Lefson, John Spyker and Mr. Ackerman. A better couple to be honoured could not have been picked, and we thank them both for their loyalty and contributions to Clovelly.
The setting was stunning, the attendants lovely, the entertainment from Nic Rabinowitz and Jeremy Olivier was absolutely enjoyable and Carl delivered a first class meal. Thank you to everyone involved in producing such a great event!
Cape Town Golf Festival at Clovelly.
On Thursday we hosted the Clovelly Golf Day for the Cape Town Golf Festival. This golf day was organised by the City of Cape Town as part of a winter tourism drive, and the players, who were targeted from out of town, received six nights’ accommodation at The Commodore Hotel, four golf days at different courses, wine tastings and a braai at Middelvlei Wine Estate.
We were so excited to be part of this and were proud to see our members join in on the golf day too. Everyone teed off the deck, which can be quite intimidating, but adds so much fun to the day! They were treated to a wine tasting by Cape Point Wine and delicious snack platters from Carl’s Catering. Even though the temperature got quite cold, there was a great vibe! We are looking forward to their next event!
Pictured above is Reg Ferreira, the dynamic organiser of the event.
A great start to our Mid-Am Season!
Our Mid-Amateur side got off to an excellent start with a sensational 6.5 to 1.5 win over a very capable Metropolitan side. Our Club Champion Shaun Fraser started the ball rolling with a comprehensive 8 and 6 victory, followed by Mark Coram winning with a competitive 5 and 4 victory. Gerald Radowsky had a fairly comfortable 3 and 2 victory. The fourth member of the home side Daniel Joseph managed a fighting half.
Tim Henshall and Dave Thompson playing at Metropolitan had solid 5 and 4 victories with Garth Wobbe winning 3 and 2. This coming Saturday the Mid-Am side play Bellville who will test our side, with the great start we wish them all the best for the rest of the season, and we will be sure to keep you up to date with their progress. Pictured below is our Home Team, from left to right: Gerald Radowsky, Shaun Fraser, Daniel Joseph and Mark Coram. Well done on securing 3 1/2 points at home!