We hope that everyone has had a wonderful week so far and that you are enjoying our summer weather. It is not a great time to leave your sunscreen at home and we encourage you to remember to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration, so if you feel a little tired a glass of water might be just what you need.

If you are feeling a little unwell on the Course please contact our Bookings Office and we will send a cart to pick you up. You are more than welcome to sit in the cool of the Clubhouse and wait for your fourball.

Forthcoming Events

Festival bookings open on Thursday!

We would also like to remind all our Members that from the 1st February 2018 entries for Men’s Club Championships (7th/8th April) and the Singles Matchplay 2018 and Chammy Cup 2018 will be open. The entry forms will be available at the bookings office, and entrants are urged to pay entry fees upon registration to secure their place in the relevant tournament. Please show your support for our amazing Club by taking part in at as many of these Competitions as possible!

Ladies’ Medal

Merle Christian had an entirely different experience when she made the mistake of trusting the solid-looking ground of the newly-drained dam on the 11th. She sank knee-deep into the mud and was lucky enough to have two friends and a golf club to help her out. Warning: Merle Christian is one of the most elegant ladies of Clovelly. This mud does not discriminate. Please do not make the same mistake! We can’t imagine playing the rest of your round with mud in your shoes.

Ladies’ League

Our Ladies’ League has already kicked off! Pictured are our three Bronze teams in their new shirts. We wish them all the best for 2018! We were so proud of our League’s performance last year and we are sure that they have what it takes to come out on top this year. Our Silver team had a bye, so no photo yet.

Wildlife on the Course

Being surrounded by nature on almost every side is such a blessing as it makes the Clovelly ‘escape’ a reality! However, it also means that occasionally little critters find their way onto the Course.

This week we had a puff adder on the first tee, a golden orb spider in the gardens, and as usual, multiple geese to be seen! A professional snake handler was called to remove the puff adder, as a bite from one of these little guys can be deadly, and it was taken away to get its venom milked before being released.

A puff adder will coil into a ‘s’ shape and hiss before striking, but will only do so if it feels threatened, so if you see or hear similar whilst looking for your ball in the rough please move away slowly to avoid startling the snake.

Impediments on the Bunker

If anyone should want to brush up on their rules knowledge, Barry Rhodes has some great information on his website (click the button below).

We will be sharing some of his articles with our readers as we are aware that golf is complicated and many members are unsure of how to proceed in some instances. We hope that these will be of help. If anyone has any particular questions relating to Clovelly, please click the below link and ask your question. We will publish the answer in our future newsletters.

Barry’s first question is “if a player wants to play their ball over the bunker to the putting green. May they remove an impediment, ie. a detached branch, from the bunker first, without incurring a penalty?” His second question is “if a player wants to play their ball from the bunker to the putting green, may they remove the impediment from the bunker first, without incurring a penalty?

Rule 23-1 states; “Except when both the loose impediment and the ball lie in or touch the same hazard, any loose impediment may be removed without penalty.” The penalty for removing a loose impediment that lies in the same hazard as the player’s ball is two strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play.

Other than on the putting green, if a player causes their ball to move while they move a loose impediment, they incur a penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-2a.

Note: Whilst the Rules of Golf do not permit players to remove loose impediments from bunkers many Committees introduce a Local Rule permitting the removal of stones from bunkers, as a safety precaution. Clovelly Country Club has one of these Committees, so please feel free to remove stones from bunkers should you find any.

Forthcoming Events


Member Offers

Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM & A draw was George Winter.
Unfortunately, George was not present!
This next draw will be for R 4 000.

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