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Happy New Year, Happy New Year...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 14:25

Happy New Year, Happy New Year...

...As the wonderful song of ABBA goes. We look ahead to 365 days of waking up each morning and making every day one to remember. Life is all about choices, so this year choose to love, enjoy life and above all love your golf!

I am busy finalising the Club's Calendar and boy, it is going to be another full year. For the calendar (and many other features) please download the Stellenbosch Golf Club App from the Apple or Google Play Stores. Living in a constant changing world, our club diary will have to change from time to time due to circumstances. Here are a few highlights for the upcoming year:

1. Windhoek Pairs in February
2. Generations Cup in March
3. Par 3 Masters Shoot Out in April
4. Club Championships in May
5. Honorable Gentleman in June
6. Mary Queen of Scott in August
7. Spring Cup in September
8. AGM in October
9. ABACUS Eikestad Classic in November
10. Investec Captains Day in December

Stellenbosch GC has a wonderful relationship with several sponsors who has become close friends during the years. Each year these special partners treat the members to the most memorable days, with this year being no exception. We will welcome back throughout the year the following sponsors to the club:

Cluver & Markotter
Group One Nissan Stellenbosch
Harcourts Winelands
Sanlam Cancer

I would also like to thank three very special sponsors, who spoils the members each week:

Checkers Stellenbosch
Manatoba Spur
Protea Hotel Stellenbosch

Spending quality time with the ladies

2019 started off with a round of golf with the Ladies Committee on Saturday, and I must mention that I just loved playing the red course with them. It still amazes me just how many of the men can’t win the battle with their egos and still play from white, when I know they will enjoy the round so much more on a shorter golf course. On that note, Wednesday (today) is the first round of our two round King of the Tips and King of the Skirts competition where we will all be enjoying the yellow golf course. Let’s hope the course does not break a few egos! Back to my story, thanks for a wonderful day on Saturday ladies and congratulations to Leonie and her four ball who was crowned the champions for 2018.

My day with the ladies committee

My 4 ball for the day Linda made a birdie on the 16th for 5 points, WOW!

What are our boys up to?

Oliver is in the West playing on the Tour and Justin is in the East playing on the Asian Tour. Towards the end of last year they both participated in the final WGC Tournament in Malaysia. Quite an honor for Stellenbosch GC. After the event the two Stellenbosch boys signed a tournament flag that will be framed and hanged in the club house. All the best for the coming year boys, keep the scores low and the Stellenbosch GC flag high!

Oliver handing over the flag to Chris during prize giving Chris enjoying some time with the caddies at their annual Christmas Lunch on the 24th of December

Neil watering the course on the 1st of January with his “team” for the day – all smiles from them! The new year did not start well for everyone – good luck!

New year, new rules

Arriving with 2019 was the introduction of the New Rules in golf with some substantial changes from the rules we have grown accustomed to during the last decade or two. Below I have inserted a list of the most important ones. Please take note that we have reduced and amended a number of the club's local rules also.

1. Out of bounds has remained the same as always, Stellenbosch GC has not adopted the local rule.
2. On the 12th hole the hazard is now half yellow penalty area and half red penalty area and the drop zone has been removed.
3. All roads and paths are now a integrate part of the course and relief is only possible from roads that has been artificially hard surfaced (tar and concrete only).

During the month of February, Graham Webster will be introducing and explaining the New Rules to the members during a nice and informal Q&A evening. Following this will be a lovely wine tasting and some light snacks to enjoy. I’ll let you know shortly on the date!

And I'm off again!

I am off to the land of milk and honey on Thursday to attend the PGA of America Trade Show. This will be my first trip in my official capacity as Chairman of the PGA. Golf being my profession, I will be teeing it up at West Palm CC, followed by a round at Trump International and ending it off at Interlachen Country Club. All three of these courses are private member courses only, so I am looking forward to playing them and once again experiencing the American way. I’ll be back on the 26th and pegging it up in our first Mix Competition of the year on the 27th with its Mexican theme!

Hasta la vista,