Koeksisters, bobotie and biltong. Braais, “Shosholoza” änd rugby. Our landscapes – majestic mountains, wild bush, fynbos and the Karoo! Our ocean – waves for surfing, kelp forests for diving and the most beautiful beaches in the world. Our history – stories of discovery and adventure, of people coming from distant lands, of suppression and pain, of freedom and forgiveness. And our people – Khoisan, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Cape Malay and more! Wearing their “vellies”, “plakkies” or “imbadada“, dancing “Langarm“, laughing at Nando’s adverts and slurping up a Durban Curry.
“Sho, bru!” What an outstanding country to live in and what a beautiful heritage we celebrate. This bucket list shares just a few of the amazing things to do in South Africa and shows off some of its spectacular beauty. We hope you had a happy Heritage Day and are looking forward to creating many beautiful memories in SA!
We had another couple of great ‘growth’ weeks, with progress made on mapping out our ideas for the Bag Room and on creating our own internal course-maintenance rating system which will assist our new course team – pictured below (although missing Mechanic, Shaun McLaren, who was off) – measure their performance and spot any areas of weakness before they become an issue. A rating system that marks different areas of the course out of 5, their scores have been in the upper 4s consistently! We really do have a great team.
We also had the opportunity to celebrate another three hole-in-ones! Lavi Rend achieved her’s on Friday, 11th, on Hole 8, followed the next day by Joshua Buchalter on Hole 6. Putting the cherry on the cake was our Treasurer, Wizz Good, who got his hole-in-one this past Saturday 19th on Hole 16! A hole-in-one is every golfer’s goal and a real achievement! So congratulations Lavi, Josh and Wizz. This makes 8 hole-in-ones since we reopened after lockdown!
Yet another cause for celebration was President Ramaphosa’s recent announcement that we were moving to Level 1 of Lockdown! Our GM, Paul Stoner, put together a letter that we sent out to our members earlier this week, detailing the changes that Level 1 would bring to the club. Below is a brief summary of this notice:
Our tee times remain first-come-first-served and we continue to encourage our golfers to book online.
– Cash is returning to the club but we strongly promote cashless transactions so please top up your accounts or use card payments when you can.
– Our locker rooms are available for normal use but please bring your own towel if you plan to shower.
– Our Bag Room will re-open on the 1st October 2020 and this facility will now be self-service. We are installing fingerprint access control and additional CCTV cameras as we speak.
– Our Bar will remain self-service and our hours have been extended until 19:30 each day.
-Prize-givings will resume from Saturday, 3rd October 2020.
Unless otherwise stated, these changes will come into effect from Monday, 28th September. One of the more exciting things on our agenda is the creation of our in-house menus for golf days, dinners, conferences and for the eventual return of our Friday Night Draw! We are working closely with Craig Wobbe, who we’re sure you will agree, has provided us with delicious offerings in the Clovelly Counter! It looks like he is going to be staying on with us and we look forward to introducing him to you in one of our next newsletters.
Unfortunately, not all of our news is positive. We lost one of our dear members, Chris Turner, the week before last, very unexpectedly. Rest in peace, Chris. You were a wonderful friend to many and after almost thirty years of membership, we can’t image a Clovelly or Sunshine Corner without you, never mind our music quizzes!
Our most heartfelt condolences to his wife, Kate, and the rest of their family. Chris is pictured below with Erin, his daughter.
There are just five days to go until the start of our mid-season and our new financial year and you’ll begin to notice an increase in activity at the Club. We had our first golf day last week, this time for the Western Province Senior Women Golfers Society, and we are going to have a few more in the next few months. The WPSWGS complimented us on the “great vibe at Clovelly” which is so encouraging as we prepare to get even busier!
Thank you all for being part of this journey. Keep your eye out for these, and more, awesome specials in the Pro Shop for the month of October, and remember that their 30% clothing sale will end at the end of this month!
Lastly, remember to get your entry forms in for this year’s Club Championships and good luck to the players in the last rounds of our Chammy and Matchplay knockouts. May the best men win!