Captain’s Comms 20 July 2017

Subs and Fees 2017/8:
Richard has re-costed Club Subscriptions and Green Fees for the coming Club Year. These were approved at Golf Committee and will be considered by Country Club Committee next Wednesday.

The good news is that the proposed increases are generally less than 7%. Examples:
Member’s 18 holes green fees from R 105 to R 110. Male Senior Subs – from R 2,460 to R 2,620.

Members will be billed in August. The Constitution states that we have until 30 September to pay.

Please ensure that you pay your Subs by 30 September.
Any Members who have difficulty in meeting this deadline please contact Richard well before end September. In most cases, arrangements can be made. What cannot be accepted is Members not having paid, not having approached Richard and expecting to pay Member green fees post 30 September.

Chairman and President’s Golf day:
Martin and Wreford are pleased to invite members and guests to this prestigious event to be held 29th July. Individual Stableford. Shotgun start 12 noon. Members will not pay competition fees and guests will be charges R140. Fabulous prizes are on offer. Please get your name down and let us make this a festive occasion.

Our Harry Solomon campaign has ended. We reached the knockout section of the League. We played Milnerton who finished top of the draw. We lost 5/3 with 3 home wins and a narrow 1 down loss. Away Angel and Sammy came closest losing 2/1. We did however give them a run for their money.

Mike Page and I were up against formidable opposition as we were 4 down after 4 holes having been hit with 4 birdies in a row. We fought back to 2 down after 9 but were overpowered 4/3.

It was decided at last night’s Golf Committee Meeting that we would participate in the Masters League. This is a League for over 50’s. Better ball match play played off scratch. Matches commence in September. Dave Wright and I will attend the pre-League meeting. Details will follow.

I believe we have had one reply on the question of ¾ handicaps. Majority feeling of Golf Committee is that we leave as is at present. I believe we should at least play the 2018 Club match play events off ¾ or limit the upper handicap to 24.

Match Play :
We are nearing the finals of the various match play competitions.  Martin and Angel to contest the singles final. Mike Fairfield and Wreford to play Mark and Fernando in the BB semis.

I believe the course is in good condition after the recent rains. Les is to be congratulated for the effort he puts in to maintaining the course despite many problems. Close communication between Les, Richard and myself is, I believe, bearing fruit.

The seasonal transition seems to have gone well so far and is being monitored. There are brown patches on some greens where cynoden is dormant and winter grass not yet established. The greens, however, are running true.

We are having problems with vandalism and indications are that car guard(s) based outside the 5th green may be involved.

·         Two mole traps stolen.
·         Faeces in 5th cup. (Would you prefer a cone sir?)
·         Flagpole thrown into 5th green.
·         Holes stabbed in 3rd green with flagpole.Tee markers in 3rd/5th are disrupted.

Members are asked to report any untoward situations to Phil and we will take necessary action.

Preferred lies: (Presumably as opposed to lies we don’t want to hear.)

Please follow this procedure:
1.    Mark spot, on fairway, next to ball – preferably with a peg.
2.    Lift and place ball within one clublength – not nearer the hole.
3.    Once you have taken your fingers off the ball the placing is complete. It is irrelevant that the peg is still in place.
4.    If the ball subsequently moves, into a hole as is inevitable, it is too bad.
5.    If you are moving the ball a significant distance use a club as marker to ensure it is within 1 clublength.
6.    Watch angles close to the green to ensure you are not placing nearer the hole.

Encourage you playing partners to comply.

Carry pitchmark repairers as I have noticed some untreated pitchmarks on some softer greens.

While working to give Phil some breaks I have been aware of the complexity and range of services he performs with his inimitable cheeriness. Phil’s mother is currently very ill which places emotional and other burdens on him at present.

Please accept our best wishes for you and your mother Phil and be aware we are grateful for the many jobs you do for the Club.