Happy Friday to our readers and a very happy birthday to our bar and admin extraordinaire, Sebastian Brown! We wish Sebastian a fantastic year ahead and commend him for his positivity and kindness. Sebastian is a ray of sunshine within Clovelly and we are so grateful to have him part of our Clovelly Team!

We are overjoyed with the steady stream of Swallow members returning to Clovelly – some of whom we haven’t seen for two years –  and it has been wonderful to hear the sounds of foreign languages and accents as visitors return to the fairways. It seems that Sebastian got Guinness back in the bar just in time, as we have had a number of golfers from Ireland. As usual, the majority of our visitors come from Germany and the UK. One of these visiting golfers commented on the “many nice locals” – something we hear often. We really do have the best of the best!

Rest in Peace, Errol and Tony

Unfortunately, we must also share that we lost another two members of our Clovelly Family.

We were saddened to learn that Errol Denman, one of our past members, passed away last week after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Errol was a long-standing member of the greater Clovelly community and Clovelly Country Club. In fact, he was a Harry Solomon representative, Chammy Cup winner, and one of the founders of the PaGaD touring team. He was also creatively gifted and the father of two extraordinary children who knew the club as their second home. Our thoughts go out to his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends. We know he will be sorely missed. “Gone in search of wider fairways”.

We were also rocked by the news that Tony Webb had passed away last week. Tony was one of our more active members and his popularity spread far beyond the borders of our club. A much-loved member of our seniors’ community, Tony sponsored their monthly “Frankie’s Friday” competition and many of our ladies’ and club events too. To describe Tony on paper his hard – he was larger than life and just as quick to dress up for a party as he was to voice his opinion when he felt a situation to be unsatisfactory. It is hard to imagine a Clovelly without him. We send love to his wife, Lorraine, and their children, Jono, Michael and Sarah, as well as their extended family and friends. We will all miss him.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Clovelly this coming Monday. His friends are welcome to join, although we will be monitoring the numbers of attendees to ensure that we are COVID-compliant and safe.

In celebration of Ann

In our last newsletter, we shared the news of the passing of our lovely Ann Booth -it really has been a hard few weeks- and this past Tuesday, friends of Ann, golfing and non-golfing, flocked to Clovelly to celebrate Ann and remember her in love and laughter. Many chose to wear the colour green as Ann was a proud Irelander. We think Ann would have been proud! We still miss her, but we think of her and smile. Ann impacted so many of us, rich or poor, with her grace and kindness. We send love and strength to her husband, Alan.

Thank you to Shaun Holman and Pat Quill for the lovely photos.

Although we have much to share (Isabella van Rooyen and Mike Michell continue to conquer, we have updated reports on our Sparrowhawks and alien vegetation clearing efforts, and much, much more) we’re cutting this newsletter short, dedicating this to the members that we have lost.

Be sure to have a look at our upcoming events below. Our functions are ramping up as the year-end nears. Most exciting currently is the start of our CLUB CHAMPS this weekend! We wish all the players good luck, steady nerves, and four days of fun. Queries can be sent to our Golf Manager, Hanko, on 071 105 6818.

Forthcoming Events

We are looking forward to hosting our annual competition in aid of a charity close to our hearts, My Father’s House, on Friday, 17th December. We are opening up bookings to our members immediately and will open the timesheet for visitors in two weeks’ time. There is a R150 competition fee in addition to your applicable greenfee/round. Visitors will be charged a green fee of R300.

This golf day is a shining example of what a community that cares can do. Our last competition was a phenomenal success and we hope to show Shaddie similar support this year!

Members’ Lucky Draw

Our Friday Night Lucky Draw, sponsored by Lyall Morgan & Associates, is back! Accompanied by a lovely a la carte dinner by Chef Craig; we would love for you to join us!

The name draw last Friday, 5th November was Mimi Portacarrero. Unfortunately, she was not present.
Our next draw will for R 4 200!