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Let's end 2022 with a bang

Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 10:35

Thursday, December 01, 2022     'Tis the season for even more giving

Season greetings

Yes, yes, yes-please, it’s that time of the year again... What time of the year you might be asking? The time of giving of course, and playing golf. We have a jam-packed December, and the weather is looking great.

On Saturday, 3 December we are hosting the annual Parent & Child Competitions presented each year by Dr. Hertzog and his family. Lots of excitement in the air – with lots of future champions getting ready for this much-loved event.

It’s go time…

Then the ladies light up Tuesday with their End of the Year Bash and Ladies Xmas Day – this always proves to be one for the memory banks – well, the bit I can remember of it. On Wednesday we end off with the last “big” day for 2022 as the Captain’s Day takes place followed by our traditional Burger Dinner with prize-giving as we celebrate all the special achievements of our members throughout 2022. Is your time booked?

As mentioned in my video last week, I’ve made Saturday, the 24th and 31st one-tee starts, as the clubhouse will be closing earlier (4 o’clock) on both those days.

All good things come to an end

We ended the Mix Season on a high note on Sunday as we hosted the last of 11 Mix Competitions through the year, this time proudly presented by Stone Square Kwikspar and Paradyskloof Kwikspar. As I kept saying through the year, please support the sponsors like they support us – in other words 'til it hurts – it’s a time of giving!

Quiz champions

If you can’t win at golf, make sure you win the quiz... It was a bit unfair as we played with Goegoelolooooo (Jannie) Franzsen – he just knows everything and what he doesn’t know he doesn’t know he doesn’t know.

Four lucky ladies walked away with a SPAR hamper each as they found a sticker under their table – well done ladies!

PS. Just how cool is Leonie with her dress matching the corporate colours of SPAR – brilliant!

Ladies and Gentlemen, please put your hands together for our champion 4-ball of Kobus van Eeden, Gabi Le Roux, Romy Dippenaar and Andre Coetzee, waltzing their way around the course, making 85 stableford points in the process. What a way to end...

4 lucky ladies

Simon making his mom proud!

We are the champions!

The R&A and the USGA announce 2023 Rules of Golf update

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled a regular update to the Rules of Golf as they continue to make the Rules easier to understand and apply. The new Rules will go into effect on 1 January 2023.

The 2023 edition continues the modernisation process, with an emphasis on both inclusion and sustainability. For the first time, the modified Rules for players with disabilities have been fully incorporated into the playing rules without the need to adopt a local rule. The governing bodies, supported by longstanding partner Rolex, will also promote digital and mobile app access to the Rules while significantly reducing the production and distribution of more than four million printed books.

Several penalties have been relaxed and language has been clarified to help golfers at all levels of play.

Key changes include:Modifications for Players with Disabilities: The modifications to the Rules for players with disabilities have been made part of the Rules and are in effect for all players who are classified in the categories covered in Rule 25.
Handicap Usage in Stroke Play: With the continued growth of score-posting technology following the adoption of the World Handicap System™, players are no longer penalised for failing to put their handicap on their scorecard in stroke play. The committee will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of each player’s handicap.
Club Damaged During Round: The Rule has been amended to allow a player to replace a club that is damaged during a round, provided the player did not damage it through abuse.
Ball Moved by Natural Forces: A new exception provides that a ball at rest must be replaced if it moves to another area of the course or comes to rest out of bounds after being dropped, placed or replaced.
Back-on-the-Line Relief Procedure: The back-on-the-line relief procedure, often used for penalty area and unplayable ball relief, has been simplified so that the player now drops their ball on the line, and the ball must come to rest within one club-length of where it is dropped.Golfers will be able to learn more about the major changes and review the official 2023 Rules of Golf by visiting Full updates to the official Rules of Golf digital applications will be available starting on 1 January.

Got a rules question?

If you need any clarification on any of the updates to the Rules of Golf, or if you have a rules-related question,

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2023 here we come

As this year slowly comes to an end, how wonderful once again to reflect on a year with soooooo many wonderful memories! The biggest one being the upgrade to the entrance and kitchen. The overall positive feedback just emphasizes the importance of doing it.

Some of the more important dates to pencil in so long for 2023:Stellenbosch Club Championships – 17–19 March
Easter Friday – 7 April (Course closed)
Hollowtining – 11 April to 14 April (Course closed)
PGA Professional Championship – 15 May to 18 May
Hollowtining – 26 September to 29 September (course closed)
Abacus Eikestad Classic – 31 October to 4 NovemberLike always the year to come is going to be an exciting one with many special golf and other events happening and we can’t wait to share them with you all…

All the best for the last bit,