We definitely don’t want to jinx anything but the recent cold fronts which have brought some relief to the Western Cape are hopefully signs of more things to come this winter, and it looks as though there will be some more significant rainfall this week!

Congratulations to Jessica and Chad on the Birth of Eliah

We would like to congratulate staff member, Jessica Yiend, and her partner, Chad Warren, on the birth of their little boy, Eliah. Eliah was born on Wednesday, 11th April weighing 3.5 kgs and measuring 48 cm long. We have been told that he is doing well and has quite a character. We wish them all of the best on their new adventure!

Jessica would like to thank all of the Members and Staff that have sent her well wishes and been so supportive over the last few months, in particular the Ladies Section and the Clovelly Seniors.

Ladies‘ Red Hat Open Day sponsored by Pick ’n Pay Hyper Ottery

Last Thursday the weather was perfect for the annual Clovelly Ladies Open Day 2018. the weather combined with the hard work of our Ladies Committee resulted in a fantastic day! One of the things that is becoming a bit of tradition is the infamous red hat theme, great fun was had by all the ladies wearing their version of red hats both on and off the course.

These sort of events would not be possible without the generous sponsorship provided by Pick n Pay Hyper Ottery, who have been tied to the event for over 20 years. It is a great relationship and one we all hope will grow from strength to strength over the next 20 years. The day included amazing giveaway bags at reception, exciting raffle prizes, and even better prizes for those that finished in the prizes for the day. It was also fantastic to see a large contingent of regular visitors from our surrounding clubs making the effort to attend this lovely day, your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back next year! You really do make the event extra special.

The Format for the day was a 4 ball Alliance with 2 score to count on all holes.  it was a competitive field with only 10 points separating the top 15 teams. The winners for the day were Karine Polfriet, Marie Pardey, Celia Stocks, Lavi Rend on 89 points, closely followed by Karen Kent, Margeret McDonald, Debbie Armstrong, S Sleep on 88 points. If you look closely you will see the winners in the photos above! The top 10 teams can be seen below.

Mid-Am and Masters League Update

Our Mid-Am side was back in action this past weekend, after managing a narrow loss against Belville, giving us enough match points for and against to qualify for the semi-finals. It was a tough draw which saw us taking on the Log leaders of the other section, Kind David Mowbray Golf Club. They are the favorites to win the title this year, and were undefeated to that point. The matches teed off on Saturday afternoon and consisted of four home and four away fixtures. The games were all tight with some fantastic golf being played by both our players, and our opposition from KDM.

The away fixtures were always going to be tough and despite valiant efforts from our team, namely Antonio Bruni, Gareth Wobbe, Dave Thompson and Tim Henshall, only our recently crown Club Champion Gareth Wobbe was able to secure a point away. This left us needing three and half points at home to progress to the final. It was once again a monumental effort from our home side of Shaun Fraser, Willie Mentoor, Mark Coram and Daniel Joseph, with Willie, Mark and Daniel winning their matches to square up the overall points.  Shaun was drawn against Adrian Ford and despite his best efforts which consisted of 4 birdies between holes 9 – 13, it was not enough to secure the points we needed to claim outright victory. The final result was 4 – 4 and the count out was done using game count on the day. Unfortunately this saw us narrowly loose out on a spot in the Final. It was a great effort over the season from the Mid-Am squad and despite being the perinnial under dogs in a competitive league, they contine to do us proud!

Our Masters side will be facing KDM in their final log match this Saturday, and we hope that they can exact some revenge on behalf of our Mid-Am squad, while also securing themselves a spot in the semi-finals. Good luck gentleman!

Rule of the Week

No.13 Relief from Ground Under Repair (GUR)

Question 1: In the above photo there is no line defining GUR but it is marked with a sign. May a right-handed player take relief, without penalty, for a) ball A, and b) ball B?
Answer: The player may take relief without penalty for both balls.
Ball A lies in an obvious area of GUR. Ball B lies in an area where a right-handed player would have to stand in the area of GUR to play his stroke (Rule 25-1a).

uestion 2: Following course maintenance a player’s ball lies in a pile of wood chippings. May a right-handed player take relief, without penalty?

Answer: Yes, the wood chippings are obviously piled for removal.

The definition of GUR states; “ground under repair includes material piled for removal … even if not so marked.”
Question 3: If a player’s ball is definitely known to have landed in the wood chippings piled through the green, but cannot then be found, what is the ruling?
Answer: The player may take relief without penalty under Rule 25-1.

The player must determine the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition and drop a ball, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief not in a hazard or on a putting green.

Sanlam Cancer Challenge Qualifiers

For all our other competitive golfers out there please note that the Annual Sanlam Cancer Challenge qualifiers will be held this week for both the Ladies and Mens sections. The competition format is individual stableford, with the winners of each division going through to the regional qualifiers.

To enter their will be an additional fee on the day of play, over and above the regular club competition fee so please come prepared if you are wanting to enter.

Fish Hoek High School Fundraiser

Our beautiful Driving Range facility was put to great use on Sunday afternoon as we hosted a fund raising event for the Fish Hoek High School Cheer leading squad, in order to assist them with the costs of the upcoming Nationals. The event was well supported and we estimate around 200 people made use of the facilities. Of course the range facility was closed however the MichellGolf Team ran a fun 6 hole “mashie” competition to make sure that everyone who visited was exposed to some golfing.

It was fantastic to see our Club being enjoyed by the local community and we look forward to being involved in many more events like this in the future!

General Housekeeping

We play golf in such an amazing environment, surrounded by the Silvermine River and Table Mountain National Parks. While these areas cannot be maintained by us directly we appeal to all our members and guests to do their bit to ensure Clovelly Country Club remains in excellent condition, and minimises the impact on surrounding areas. There are a few points we would love our members and guests to keep an eye out for:

  • Picking up litter spotted on, and around, the Clubhouse and Golf Course.
  • Ensuring all cigarette butts are put out adequately and disposed of safely
  • Repair pitch marks on the greens and divots on the fairways, even if they are not yours! A correctly repaired pitch mark will recover in 24 hours. An un-repaired pitch mark left unattended for two hours will take up to two months to recover.
  • Rake bunkers with care after you have been in them.

Remember that wherever possible we must leave our surroundings in better condition than when we found them. There is a saying by Jim Rohn, a renowned entrepreneur and motivational speaker, it goes like this “Whatever good things we build end up building us.” Let us all make sure the Clovelly Country Club continues to build us and its surroundings!

Below are some images on how to repair a pitch mark, with the second image showing the difference between a correctly repaired pitch mark and one which is done incorrectly. We hope these help.


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Friday Night Draw

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 13 April was Keith Jackson.
Unfortunately, Keith was not present!

The name drawn for the LM&A draw on 20 April was Jorge Marquard .
Unfortunately, Jorge was not present!

The next draw will be for R4 400.

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 13 April was Karine Polfliet.
Unfortunately, Karine was not present!

The name drawn for the Evergreen draw on 20 April was Erl Hvidsten.
Unfortunately, Erl was not present!

This draw remains at R 5 000.