I hope and trust you all had a Blessed Easter or Passover this past weekend and spent precious time with your loved ones. Things at the Club were nice and relaxed and it was lovely to see many of you enjoying a relaxed game of golf. Well done to the members who completed the 2 Oceans and I trust the alternative route didn’t upset too many people’s arrangements!
As mentioned last week, we unfortunately lost Eleanor Wilson. I mention this again because I was chatting to Bugs this morning and he was married to an incredible woman. She ran over 30 marathons, did 10 Argus Cycle Tours, winning her age category in her last one just over 10 years ago. She also played a big role in setting up the operating theatres at Constantiaburg Hospital where she worked as a highly respected nursing sister. In her golfing career, she was an accomplished player with an incredible drive and was one of the first ladies to have her husband (proudly) caddy for her. It makes me realise that spending time with all of you and chatting about our lives is so important. We are surrounded by amazing people who give so much to our society other than the role they play at Westlake and this club is rich with all the talented, amazing people we have as Members.
So to the business of golf… Let’s start with the rules and reminders this week. Please remember to play “ready golf” in an effort to speed up play as the shorter Winter days approach and our Tee Times decrease. Have a look here for more info on this topic. We are returning to “Grab and Go” on busy days in Halfway from Wednesday 8th May, so make sure you get to your second 9 speedily too, thereby allowing everyone to finish their game. A tip with the halfway house is that it is far better to order first, then go to the toilet/wash your hands before picking up your food. Every minute or 2 helps over the course of a day. Repairing pitch-marks and divots and raking bunkers remains a contentious issue as some golfers just don’t do these vital things consistently during their round. Please make sure you have a word with anyone in your fourball who does not comply and let’s all work together to keep the course in tip top shape. Thanks for all your ongoing understanding and help.
On the course, Raymond and his team are hard at work. The 17th Tee box is complete and the sod used there is being replaced in the front of 18. We won’t use any more fairways for grass this season. The guys are also repairing drainage in the 1st greenside bunker and removing Cynodin from the 6th green. The new short hole is in play this week with the 6th expected to re-open on Saturday morning for the weekend and close again on Monday until work is completed in the week. Things are progressing nicely.
We have a very important golf day happening next week Thursday (2nd May). It is the Bone Marrow Day which Westlake is co-sponsoring. This is a vital initiative and they need all the help they can get. There are still 8 x 4-balls available, so if you would like to spend R4 000 for a very worthwhile cause, please contact Nic Lochner directly.
A reminder that we are hollow tining on the 6th and 7th May and the course is closed. There are a number of other courses also doing their treatments at the same time, but we have managed to arrange great rates at the following clubs:
Langebaan – R235 and R220 per cart
De Zalze – R245 and R350 per cart
Clovelly – R250
Parow – R200 (Monday & Tuesday), R245 (Wednesday – Friday)
Bellville Golf Club – R200 and R245 per cart
More rates in next week’s newsletter as we get them.
Our ladies’ leagues have been doing well overall with current standings as follows:
Bronze 1 are in 3rd place.
Bronze 2 are lying 2nd behind Somerset West.
Bronze 3 are tied top with Strand and Royal Cape.
Silver 1 are top – 3 points ahead of Durbanville (last years’ winners).
Silver 2 are also top ahead of Parow/Bellville.
Well done ladies. Keep it up!
A final reminder to put your names down for Harry Solomon League. The lists are still in the foyer. You do need to put your name down to be considered, so please make the effort. Feel free to chat to Nic Lochner if you need any information.
The R10K draw is on Friday 3rd May. Everyone is welcome and we will have more info on offerings in next week’s newsletter, but diarise this so long.
Next week Wednesday is a public holiday but will feature the normal afternoon competition for gentlemen with the ladies having their competition on Tuesday as normal. 9 holes are also available after the field has turned.
Have a super week!
David & the Westlake Team