If you haven’t been here in the last month or two then you need to get here soon! I really do think the course is in the best condition I’ve ever seen it – no surprise however as we have Gordon Dennett with all his years of experience as a greenkeeper and expertise in the turf industry. Gordon who retired a few years ago to Paradise Beach has been the captain of Zwartenbosch for the last 3 years. When Gordon heard about the difficulties at the club he offered to help the club for the rest of 2013, as a free service to the club. A more generous offer cannot be imagined and the committee promptly took up the offer.
Despite the difficulties the club has had, a whole lot of work has been done at minimal cost to improve the course and clubhouse. The clubhouse started to look a bit “tired” as it last had attention 6 years ago. The clubhouse interior received a fresh coat of paint. The 15 year old curtains were given a graceful retirement and replaced. This couldn’t have happened without the help of the Ladies committee and especially Jean Fynn who took the initiative to run a raffle to cover some of the costs. Than ks to Dot Masterson who organised the Springbok.
The clubhouse gardens are the visitor’s first impression of the Club. Our landscaping expert Maureen Sands has set out the garden on several occasions, but her efforts were frustrated for a couple of reasons. Firstly there was no dedicated water supply to the gardens and secondly the unskilled gardeners lacked supervision. The result was a cycle of good gardens gradually losing their appeal. Gordon has put in dedicated water supply and monitored and set the irrigation system. He also arranged for the grounds team to assist in clearing the areas overgrown with undesirables.
Maureen is revising her layout and work has started with the help of Geoff Ellis and his very experienced gardener. This will take a while as we cannot go out and buy a lot of the plants that we had, Geoff has started a small nursery of indigenous plants for our own use.
We do need more plant material. So far we have had offers of clivias from the Nicholls, and had a donation of agapanthus from Erica Ellis
On the subject of clivias, we planted 130 odd 6 years ago, of which only 15 remain. We don’t know if this was a result of gardening neglect, or of thieves attention. The shady parts of the garden are ideal for clivias so please , if you could break some out for us, we could promise you a great show in a year or two.
Our greatest requirement is for compost to get the sandy soils up to scratch to keep plants growing. Any help in this direction would be most appreciated.
Geoff and Maureen are working on plans for the garden and will keep you advised.
Events – we had a very successful Captains Day and Dinner, than ks to Jean for inviting Trevor Quirk as our guest speaker and to Heather and Graham for a fantastic 3 course meal. We would also like to thank Moore Stephens for their sponsorship and support.
FRIDAY 08/11/2013 Dinner at the club – Fruity Malay Chicken, Pumpkin Fritter, Peas and dessert all for only R70-00!
Please phone the club to book your table – 042-294 0467
UPCOMING EVENTS – we had a few changes, please make sure you are up to date. You can also visit our website and facebook pages for more regular updates; see below for a few highlights.
16 November – Kouga Alliance Day – Fully booked
23/24 November – Pam Golding Ladies Open – Fully booked
27 November – Better Ball Stableford – Toyota Humansdorp
30 November – Monthly Medal – Castle Lite
BOOKINGS FOR DECEMBER NOW OPEN – 042-294 0467
7 December – Better Ball Stableford – Chez Patrick
14 December – AM competition sponsored by Shaeffler - BB
15/16 December – Club Champs
16 December – Kettlewell Trophy – Ladies – Lunch
16 December – Senior’s Trophy – Senior Men
18 December – Maxwell Trophy – IPS
21 December – Better Ball Stableford
26 December – Penguins Eastern Cape – Better Ball Stableford
28 December – Better Ball Stableford – Heather Rabie Properties
2 nd/3 rd January 2014 – THE PAM GOLDING ANNUAL
8 th January 2014 – CBF MOTORS ST FRANCIS OPEN
18 November – P.E. Away game
1 December – Hankey Golf and Lunch – please enter your name on list on the notice board
1 st Tony Yoell, Tich Robb, Geoff Ellis John Robson 91
2 nd Barry Webb, John, Nigel Idris, Roy Liebenberg 90
1 st P Collison, G Elbertse, R Hilligan, R Foulds (swinger) 99Pts
2 nd R Foulds, B Lane, J Barnes, R Liebenberg 90
Best Individual – Richard Foulds 41Pts
Social Members – the membership cards are now available at the club.
JANINE VAN DER MERWE
ST FRANCIS BAY GOLF CLUB
Well, the 16th Calamari Classic has come and gone and I’m pleased to say it was another very successful event and as can be seen by the results many of our local members featured in the prizes, local knowledge does help!
Although our visitors really enjoyed themselves many of them had something to say about our weather connections. Unfortunately the weather Gods played their part again and tested the levels of golf on the first day, we had it all, rain cold and winds gusting at gale force! The second day was not as bad but the wind blew another gale, but after much pleading the weather came to the party and blessed us with a perfect day on Sunday. I must say that given the conditions the winning scores over the three days were surprisingly good.
What a lovely sight it was to look out over the balcony and see so many golfers gracing our course, if only this was the norm! It must be mentioned again that the course was in tip-top condition so well done to Gordon and his team together with an enormous amount of assistance and input from David Kettlewell and Keith Condon. I realise that one cannot remember to thank everybody involved in a competition such as this but I would like to personally thank all the starters from our senior’s section that helped out over the three days, your efforts were greatly appreciated and ensured that the field went off on time.
Thanks again to all the golfers who took part, without you we have no tournament!
The next event to look forward to is the Captain vs Chairman “Ryder cup” competition; our entry list is all but full so it should prove to be another success as well as a lot of fun.
Medal As our September medal was washed out, the ladies decided to have a medal game on Tuesday 15 th October, which fortunately for us was a glorious weather day.
It is always gratifying to see our higher handicap ladies, playing and enjoying their medal rounds.
October saw the completion of the re painting of the interior of the clubhouse, ladies cloakroom and kitchen. What a difference it has made. We also have new curtaining in the clubhouse and bar, in part due to the springbok raffle. I would like to thank Ian Price, our Captain and Keith Condon, in assisting me, in re-positioning all the brackets and curtain rods and helping me hang the curtains – it turned out to be quite a long and arduous process, especially when one hits steel, behind the plaster!
Ladies Seniors Four of us went through to Ladies Seniors at Humewood on Thursday 17 th. We all had a great day, but no prizes. The greens were lovely.
Ladies Open The response to our first combined Ladies Open with the Links on Saturday 23 rd and Sunday 24 th November, has been overwhelming. We are doing our best to make this a great golfing weekend for all those playing. We hope for good weather for the two days and will report back on this event in the next Kiewiet.
K’well TrophyThis event will be played on Monday 16 December – tee off approx 08.00 a.m. followed by a light lunch and prize-giving. We look forward to welcoming our out of town members and visitors. Please email or phone the club with your entries. The competition is Individual Stableford.
Ladies AGM Thursday 16 th January 2014 at 16.00 in the Clubhouse.