There is a quote by Mike Rowe, a famous American Actor and Narrator, most commonly known for his work on the Discovery Channel presenting Dirty Jobs. The quote says “I am looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past”. And as we all know Clovelly Country Club is a sports club steeped in rich history and thanks to Barry Cohen we are able to share a few more fantastic parts of our amazing Club’s history that have shaped it into what we know today. Here are a few things you may not have known:

  1. It was in January 1978 that Raymond Ackerman met with Prime Minister BJ Vorster and Minister Connie Mulder, and informed him that he was opening Clovelly to all races. Mulder’s immediate reaction was “over my dead body”, but Vorster sent him packing out of the office, and then confirmed that Mr Ackerman could proceed if 93% (an arbitrary figure which he plucked out of the air) of the members agreed. Most of the members agreed, and the club opened to all races. Three months later, the new Minister of Sport FW De Klerk (future Prime Minister) used this loophole to allow all sport clubs to choose their membership, and thus opening sport clubs to all races.
  2. By 1979 all the leading players of colour such as Stan and Percy Lendis, Wally Johannsen, Albert Hess, Moses Mooi, a young ‘Slamming’ Sammy Daniels, and Abe van Rooyen (still playing regularly at Clovelly to this day), were all playing league for Clovelly, and Moses Mooi became the first golfer of colour to be selected for a “white” team when he was selected to play for the WP ‘B’ team.
  3. Subsequently Mr Raymond Ackerman set up the Raymond Ackerman Golf Academy which enrolls children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who have at times never played golf, and assists them academically and socially while using golf as the vehicle to provide for the necessary change of scenery. This endeavor went relatively unnoticed until the Southern Africa Golf Hall of Fame awarded Raymond Ackerman the ‘Harry Brews award’ in 2014 for his selfless contribution to the betterment of golf and ultimately society.

Raymond Ackerman with Hon Andrew Mlangeni (a treason trialist with Mandela) offering him honorary Clovelly membership!

News from around the Club….

Our Winter projects are progressing nicely and all is on track to be completed before the end of August. Pictured below are projects committee member Mike Michell with some of the awesome projects crew, and a regular junior player Kyle Page, on the Ladies revamped 11th tee. The tee box will now offer a more level playing surface and provide for better drainage.

While we enjoy the winter rains and the promise of more it is also important for us all to take note of the change in course conditions and turf recovery time due to the higher moisture levels and reduced daylight hours across the course. What this means is that any area that has a tendency to be wetter than others will be more likely to become soggy, and the reduced daylight hours means that our beautiful grass cannot recover as quickly as during the warmer summer months. We therefore appeal to all members and guests to do their bit to ensure our course stays in top condition year round. to help out here are a few pointers:

  • Where ever possible avoid wet areas with drive carts! This could be alongside cart paths, around tee boxes or even in the fairway.
  • Obey all cart signage and roping while ensuring a safe distance is maintained between the cart and the tee box or green at all times.
  • Ensure that all divots taken, fairway or rough, are filled correctly with the divot mix provided on the 1st and 10th tees as well as on other selected tee boxes around the course. This gives the damaged area the best chance of recovery.
  • Fix as many pitch marks on the green as possible. The quicker these are repaired the better!

Despite these changes in our environment this is also a perfect time to take advantage of the limited daylight hours…. yes that is what we said! To do this we will be running a Night Golf event on 19 July 2018! The spots will be limited to 80 players and it will be a shotgun start at 18h15. This will tie in with some other fun activities during The Open week. Please contact the Bookings Office to reserve your place. All the necessary details are displayed in the poster below.

Following on in true spirit from the above facts from Clovelly’s history our regular Saturday morning Dirty Dozen group pulled together in honour of Youth Day on Saturday and raised funds towards RAGA, while at the same time offering the chance for some of the RAGA students to meet and greet the golfers of Clovelly! Who knows perhaps sometime in the future these paths may cross again on a professional level. It was a fantastic initiative kicked off by the great members of this  group and was gratefully received by the team at RAGA! Pictured below from left to right are Dirty Dozen member Tyrone Middleton presenting and RAGA Director Pete Jones gratefully receiving.

As we rounded up the 2nd round of the Chammy Cup. it meant we saw close on 10 matches take to the course on Saturday morning and afternoon. it was really great to see all the members playing such great spirit and the comradery between team mates and opponent alike. In every match there must be a winner and a loser, but we would like to congratulate all participants on their efforts to raise the coveted Chammy Cup! Pictured above and below, clockwise from top left are: The evergreen Vic Christian and Abe van Rooyen vs. father-son duo of Jan and Jan Stals van Rooyen; defending champions Shyam Makanjee and Wizz good vs. Benny Manuel and Solly Daniels; Dave Thompson and Tim Henshall vs 2017 Club Champ Shaun Fraser and Brent Shapiro; and finally our Club Captain Ian McPherson and Rob Pilkington vs Jan Badenhorst and Terry Preyser.

What a display from the Springboks over the past two weeks with both games being won in breath taking fashion. Despite the last test not having any bearing on the overall series result we would still like for all our members and guests to get into the spirit on and off the course and show which team they are loyal to! For the non-golfers join us in the bar for some great food and drink specials, including free 330ml Stellenbrau Lagers and free margarita Pizzas (Ts and Cs apply) as well as the chance to win an awesome Stellenbrau hamper if you guess the correct score! We look forward to seeing you all there!

Harry Solomon League Update

Unfortunately our Harry Solomon season came to an end on the 9 June 2018. We were up against Atlantic Beach in our last fixture of the tournament and required a big victory combined with favorable results from some other fixtures in order for us to qualify for the quarter finals.  Our awesome team managed to secure the convincing result winning the match by 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 points.

Some of the most notable performances were from our away side with Dave van Eyk and David Eisenstein winning 8&7 and Nico Snyman and Graham Winkworth 7&6. Padraic McMahon and Ken Jenkins came from 5 down at the turn to secure a half while at home Ian McPherson and Rob Pilkington secured a 4&3 win, with Bobby Perel and Jan Badenhorst winning 5&4. Despite these amazing efforts KDM and Royal Cape played to a draw which saw them both finish 1 point above us on the log, we needed one of them to lose in order to leap frog into 3rd place. It was great season filled with “gees” and banter and we are all looking forward to the next one where we can hopefully bring home some silverware.

Weekly Competitions

The Ladies played their LPGU Monthly Medal on Tuesday and their were some good scores. Gill Davies won the A Division on a nett 70, Helen Bowes claimed pole position in the B Division with a nett 73, and Trish McMahon won the Stableford division with 28 points. Some of the winners and runners up for the day are pictured above.

A month has flown by and it was already time for the Monthly BB Stableford sponsored by Barons Tokai. In an extremely blustery North Wester the course was playing tough and this showed int he scores. At the top of the pile was Jacques Alhadeff and John Gaunt on 49 points, with Alan Booth and Ian Jarvis hot on their heels with a score of 47 points. We look forward to the next one in July! Please note that they are currently undergoing a full revamp of their showroom but this will have no impact on their usual great service! We think this can be seen by the amazing specials they are offering for the month of June. hanks to Gavin and the Barons Tokai team for their ongoing support!

The Men’s and Ladies’ Sanlam Cancer Challenge qualifiers were held at Clovelly at the end of April. The format for both sections was Individual Stableford with three divisions in each. The top player in each division qualifies to take part in the Regional Tournament (which this year will be held at Clovelly on Sunday 29th July 2018!), and if they win that they can go onto the National Tournament held at Sun City. The representatives for the the men were Steven Dunn (A-div), Jimmy Smith (B-div) and Peter Motale (C-div). For the ladies Joan Mauchline (A-div), Lavi Rend (B-div) and Caroline Ayers (C-div). Well done to you all and we wish you the best of luck!

Juniors at Clovelly

The Mid-year school holidays are fast approaching and MichellGolf is here to help if you would like to use the spare time to introduce your child to the game of Golf…. or simply if you would just like to create some spare time for yourself! Alan Michell will be running structured Junior Clinics two days a week for the entire school holiday period. Here are all the important details you need to know:

Cost: R600 for all 6 Lessons, or R125 per Lesson.
Program: Rules & Etiquette; the Golf Swing Basics; and the Short Game (chipping and putting); with all the fun in between.
Dates: 26 June, 28 June, 3 July, 5 July, 10 July and 12 July (Tuesdays and Thursdays only).
Times: 10h00 – 12h00 every day. Remember to dress your child warmly and bring along a snack and drink!

Please contact Alan Michell directly if you would like to book on 082 990 7154 or email him on

Another junior star we forgot to mention last week was Olivia Wood. She has been playing fantastic golf and this was recognised by the WPGU as she as also been selected to take part in the Women’s SA Championships at Orkney Golf Club in Gauteng. She is pictured below with fellow Clovelly and Western Province team mate Isabella van Rooyen (Thanks to Olivia’s da Robin for the photo!). Well done girls the club is so proud of you and wishes you the best of luck!

The latest edition to the Junior Section at Clovelly can be seen below with our ever vibrant Andy. For those that are not aware this is Jessica Yiend’s, our Club Administrator, baby boy Eliah. We hope that this does not scare him away and that he will visit us again soon!

After 2 fantastic events we now look forward to the 3rd installment in the series which will happen on Sunday, 22nd July 2018. Book your space early as this is an event which is in high demand! Pictured below is some happy Clovelly contestants Oliver Malyon, Evan Marais and Santiago Loftus with Coach Dave. Followed by  the details of the next event!

Rule of the Week

Ball Unfit for Play:

Question 1:
During play of a hole a player notices that his ball is damaged. In which of the following circumstances may he replace it;
a) If it is cut (as in balls A and C in the photo).
b) If it is scuffed so that the brand and number cannot be read (as in ball B in the photo).
c) If it is out of shape.

a) Yes.
b) No.
c) Yes.
Rule 5-3 states that a ball is unfit for play if it is visibly cut, cracked or out of shape. A ball is not unfit for play solely because mud or other materials adhere to it, its surface is scratched or scraped or its paint is damaged or discoloured.

Question 2:
On the first three holes a player has been using a regular hard ball for distance. On reaching the Par-3 4th he would like to play a soft, Balata ball (Ball D in the photo). Is this permitted?

Yes, there is nothing in the Rules of Golf to prevent players changing the type or brand of ball they use between holes, providing the balls conform to the requirements specified in Appendix III.
Note: A player may also change their ball during play of a hole, providing the Rules permit them to play a ball other than their original ball (e.g. in taking relief from a water hazard).

Note: A Committee may require, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), that during a stipulated round, the balls a player plays must be of the same brand and model as detailed by a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls. issued by the Ruling Bodies. This ‘one ball condition’ is adopted for all Tour events and some major amateur events, but is unusual for regular Club and Society competitions.

Handicaps Network Africa Updates

To add to the new Course and Slope Rating Systems the HNA has also issued new handicap cards due to a change in sponsorship. These cards are available for collection at the Bookings Office upon handing in your old handicap card. There is no need to worry though and all the handicap information and club accounts will be automatically transferred to your new card.

Member Offers

We would like to remind our members that your SAGA card can bring you extra value through the offering of a 10% discount in the Halfway, Proshop and Bar. But wait it doesn’t stop there our members receive the additional specials below from our amazing partners Golden River and Little Creek Spur; and Cape Town Fish Market Steenberg Village. Extra value even when you are away from Clovelly Country Club!


Upcoming Fixtures

Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 8 June was David Froman .
Unfortunately,  David was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 15 June was Pat Holland.
Unfortunately, Pat was not present!

The next draw will be for R5 800.

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 8 June was Frank Braetigam.
Unfortunately, Frank was not present!

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 15 June was Trish McMahon .
Unfortunately, Trish was not present!

This draw remains at R 5 000.