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Greetings from Stellenbosch Golf Club

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 22:17

Monday, 09 October 2017

Welcome back,

It was great to welcome all the members back who joined us during the weekend for a round of golf. Spring treatment and the clubhouse spring clean went well. We also took the opportunity to do a few upgrades in the ladies locker-room, halfway house and pro shop.

We are ready and looking forward to what looks to be a very busy season coming up!

So we love to try something new, and on Friday before we opened we had a bit of fun by trying to play the fastest hole in golf! The members could not wait to see me run, but it was only when I joined my colleagues that I had to do a little sprint after our GM, Chris hooked it a bit left, I got lucky with the lie and chipped it over the bunker for Chef Gerhard to sink the putt! We did it all in 47 seconds – not bad for a few part-timers. We did have a go at the current world record and in our last attempt Pierre chipped the ball in after JJ second shot ended just short of the green. Justin hit a monster of a tee shot leaving JJ with 8 iron into the par 5. All I had to do was take the flag out and watch the ball roll into the hole in 34.1 seconds, with the current world record being 34.86 seconds.

Lots of members joined us for the challenge and if they were not rushing down the 470m par 5, 5th hole, they were enjoying some drinks and burgers and boerewors-rolls, while enjoying the finish of the other teams...In true spirit from the ladies they got dressed in red & white and even had a team captain in the form of Charlene Theunissen supporting her girls!

The ladies winning team – Carol van Niekerk, Leonie Malherbe, Megan Meyer and Bianca Wernich
C division winners – Pieter Odendaal with his boys, Martin, WP and Wilhelm
B division winners - Pierre Boshoff, Stephan Loubser, Hennie Terreblanch and EJ Langner
Runners-up A division – Christiaan van der Merwe, Philip Spies, Christoff Appel and Darren Pittout
Champions – Louis Destroo, Justin Harding, JJ Senekal and Pierre De Villiers

The record breaking foursome! 34.1 seconds

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The positive feedback has been overwhelming – glad the members and friends - enjoyed it as much as we did! Next up the Opening of the “NEW” driving range and commando golf!

Thank you to everyone involved for making this such a success!

The Group One Nissan Challenge will be played this Wednesday, 11 October 2017. As always it promises to be another fantastic day on and off the golf course...Hope you have all booked your times – we are heading for an epic final in November!

Please visit this great sponsor in Bird Street Stellenbosch to find your dream car

The Checkers Oddbins Day in association with Ladismith Cheese will be taking place on the 18th of this month. As always it will be a shotgun start at one o’ clock, we will be doing the draw in the bar on Wednesday (11 October) after the prizegiving. What makes this day even more fun is the format (4-Ball Alliance Stableford Colour Ball), a little bit of thinking needs to go into it beforehand to make sure the right person (hopefully with a stroke) has the colour ball on the right hole for his score to double, but yes and there is always a but, then that player still needs to score with the ball on the particular hole. If the player's playing with the white balls score is higher than the player with the colour ball (after the colour ball was doubled), the white balls score will count. It’s always the best two scores to count.

Blaauwklippen Cup 2017
We crossed the Blaauwklippenriver on Wednesday to play the second leg of the annual Blaauwklippen Cup 2017 at De Zalze. Perfect timing as our course was closed due to the spring treatment. The golf at our neighbouring club however did not go that well and we lost 16 points to 6 against De Zalze. Fortunately we had a great start at the beginning of the year when we beat them 18 points vs 6 when we had the home ground advantage. The final will thus be held at Stellenbosch GC as we head in to the final with an overall lead of 24 points vs 22 points. We are looking forward to welcoming our friends from De Zalze on the 15th of November for the grand finale, proudly brought to you by Blaauwklippen Wines, NTT Volkswagen Stellenbosch and Southern Turf Management (STM).

We took the money (bottom right) but we lost our match against De Zalze

Something new for the future
Is this going to be the future of golf? Bring back more of the youth? Making it faster doing that early morning round or the one after work before you head home? I had a spin on this amazing bike Friday and found it quite easy to ride. Your golf bag clips on the side at the back and can take any size bag. I cannot see how 9 holes can take longer than an hour with this bad boy!

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New beginnings at the 14th hole

The “old” and the “new” on the 14th hole just short of the green

How is that gap on the 14th? It was a very sad day now that, Jonty’s dad will also just be a distant memory, many competitions, tournaments and bets amongst friends were won and lost because of that “big” tree...RIP But as the words of the song by George Michael goes – “the very next day...” funny those words comes from a Christmas song Last Christmas when he was still singing with the hit group WHAM and to my shock I saw Christmas decorations in Checkers on Saturday! So back to the real story: a beautiful 4’000 liter Pin Oak and two large Water Oaks were planted with a few smaller trees on the 14th hole. I’m looking forward to the new challenges on probably the best Par 5 on the golf course.

November month is Eikestad Classic time. This year it will be taking place from 6 November to 11 November 2017. The theme this year is a tribute to golf for all the wonderful tournaments Stellenbosch Golf Club have hosted during its proud history...We also have a special surprise on the Saturday going back to the eighties! A special mail will be going out shortly – make sure your spot is secured!

Have a great week,