It is hard to believe that we are already in October! The year is simply flying by. The big news nationally in golf this week is the new rules that became effective on Tuesday.
HNA System Changes
There is a R&A Level 2 Rules Course, being held at King David Mowbray Golf Club on 14 &15 October. Click here for more information. In addition, anyone who would like to take part in the new Rules Quiz is most welcome. It will be held at Rondebosch on the 4th November. More info here.
The new rules of golf came into force on 1 October. A full summary is available for your information here.
What’s been happening at the Lake?
We hosted the Western Province Nomads on Thursday. As usual they had a full field and a fantastic day was enjoyed by all. The amazing feedback received about the club, the members’ generosity at giving up their course for the day, the incredible condition of the course and the overall service provided by the staff were all highlighted. It makes me very proud to be associated with such a wonderful golf club when standing listening to such praise. Well done to all!
The Saturday morning field was sponsored by the “Rowwe Biksems”, the prizes were fantastic and the prize-giving held in high spirits. The winners on the day were Liam Cundill, Trevor Mare, Bob Burrell and Derick Magnussen.
The W.P. Foursomes was held at Parow on Sunday. Despite inclement weather, Westlake duo, Shaun le Roux and Weyers Janse van Rensburg tied for 7th spot. Nicely done gents.
The ladies enjoyed their annual Ladies Classic (part of the Festival) on Tuesday and true to form, it was a super day. A big field thoroughly enjoyed our stunning course and then the real fun began. Complimentary Cruxland gins and Strongbow Cider put everyone in a good mood and the ladies all donned outrageous hippie costumes and headed upstairs. The venue was transformed by Brendan Mackay Leslie and his wife Lauren and looked stunning. A special word of thanks to them for the effort put into this (chat to Lauren if you want a themed function!). The remainder of the evening was typical of what this great club is famous for – a high-spirited party with lots of laughter, dancing and fun. I played music and as usual, this was the highlight of my year with a full dancefloor from the 1st song to the last. Visitors from other clubs enthused about our course and club spirit – Wonderful!
The “Club Champion of Champions” event pits the Country’s Divisional Club Champions against each other to determine the ultimate club champion in every division. We are very proud of Tracey Gordon who has won the Western Province regional final in the C division, to progress to the National Final to be held at Zebula Golf Estate from 3rd to 6th November. Well done Tracey!
Ladies, please note the your AGM date has changed, due to League clashing with the original date. Please diarise the 7th November for the Ladies AGM.
A big date to diarise is Friday 25th October. That is the start of the Du Toitskloof Weekend and the day is going to be very special indeed! We begin with the Du Toitskloof Shootout. This pits all members who have had a closest to the pin on the 6th hole against one another at 17h00. Every person who qualified has 1 shot to try and get closest to the pin. The prize is substantial and will be confirmed next week. Straight after that, everyone is invited to the downstairs bar for the R10K whisky draw. Supper is then served for all participants in Nite Golf and all other members are welcome to join us too and pay for supper. At 19h30, the Night Golf will begin. This will be followed by prizegiving and some festive music (and dancing) if you still have energy. A really fun-filled evening. There are still a few 4 balls available, so contact Carmen if you would like to play.
See poster here for all the information.
Please note that Foster Cup semi-finals will be played on the 12th October and not this Saturday. Trevor Norris-Jones and Peter Fuller will play Rodney Sleep and David Fairbrother. Colin Haytread and Dave Patterson play Andre Kruger and Cecil Jacobs. Good luck gents.
Club Knockout Finals are on the 19th October. Shannon Mark plays Glen Gibbons for first place. 3rd and 4th playoff is Gordon Scott vs Mike Nevin.
Get to know your Club
A recurring theme we have been picking up from members is the lack of knowledge about what goes into the running of their club, who is responsible for what and what all the staff actually do. The Committee and staff are obviously fully aware, but it is clear that many members are interested but not informed. As a result, I will start a small series of informative paragraphs every week, concentrating on certain jobs (and their incumbents).
We mentioned Nick Bold last week and the incredible job he did with the revamp of the ladies bathroom. This is not actually part of his job description of course, just him showing his enthusiasm and passion for something he loves. It is that type of extra passion that sets our staff apart.
The Bar and Clubhouse manager’s portfolio is a big one. The entire bar is his responsibility. That is ordering and controlling stock, monthly stock takes, all bar staff and rostering. Discipline, potential theft and HR issues are a strong point with Nick and he maintains the required 50% G.P. like clockwork.
On the club side, the House and Maintenance portfolio are also his job. This has been greatly improved since we hosted the first S.A. Open, with the entire club and roof being re-painted and refurbished. Maintenance is continuous and ongoing with regular “curve balls”, like burnt out heat pump wiring or blown geysers at the most inconvenient times, keeping him on his toes. Cleaning is also his responsibility with the outside contractors falling under his purview. He liases with all alcohol reps on a continuous basis to ensure we get the best deals, settlement discounts, promotions, specials and sponsorships. All those free samples and fantastic prizes we enjoy at so many functions are a product of this side of the job. Admin is laborious and plentiful too which keeps him busy. Finally, duty weekends occur every 3rd week. I won’t bore you all with greater detail here, but that is an overview of this position.
Someone new next week.