Like me, I am sure you are wondering where 2018 went! It started and now it’s over. The rest was like a blur… And yet we had an amazing year with many highlights.
This will be the final newsletter until the 2nd week of January, so there is quite a bit of information for you.
15 on 15 in 5
Let me start with Saturday, which was a very special day here at the club. As many of you will know, 4 crazy golfers embarked on a very special quest last Tuesday at Atlantic Beach. They played 3 golf courses every day for 5 consecutive days, hence the name “15 on 15 in 5”. The aim was to raise money for Choc which supports families of children suffering from Cancer. The final round was played at Westlake. It was a wonderful afternoon and our members came out in force to support this amazing initiative, raising an additional R5400 during prize-giving, plus the funds raised with the raffle and auction. I was extremely proud to be involved as were all those privileged to be here to witness this astonishing achievement. I have received a letter from Ken Walker,manager of the team and would like to share his words of gratitude with you all. He had the following to say:
“We were completely blown away by the reception we received on Saturday evening from Westlake staff and your members. We spoke about walking up the 270th hole during the week, but to have that many people follow us for the last 9 holes and then have the huge gallery standing on the 18th green was an experience that dreams were made of for the Team. It was great to be welcomed to Westlake in such a warm and happy manner. We would also like to thank you for arranging the pizzas and for playing the music on Saturday evening. The boys were playing Day 5 and we knew that adrenalin was going to carry us through to the 270th hole once we had got that far and it was a privilege to be able to walk up the 18th fairway at Westlake which must be the friendliest club in Cape Town. We cannot thank you all enough.”
Well done Westlake!
The Prentice Champs
The Prentice Champs were held last Thursday afternoon. Well done to Michael Willig (on right) for his victory and congratulations to player of the year Kieran Urquhart (on left), pictured with EOGA’s David Gerhardi.
What’s coming up?
Happenings for the next 2 weeks
Saturday, 22nd December 2018: 4BBB Stableford Bonus
Sunday, 23rd December 2018: 4BBB Stableford Bogey ++, proudly sponsored by Food Lovers Market Tokai
Tuesday, 25th December 2018: Christmas Day, Course Closed
Wednesday, 26th December 2018: Public Holiday, 4BBB Stableford, proudly sponsored by CTFM Waterfront – Changed from American Scramble.
Saturday, 29th December 2018: 4BBB Stroke
Sunday, 30th December 2018: 4BBB Stroke, proudly sponsored by Food Lovers Market Tokai
Tuesday, 1st January 2019: 4Ball Alliance Stableford 2 scores to count. Clubhouse opens at 11h00 and tee times are from 12h00 – 13h00.
Wednesday, 2nd January 2019: 2Ball Aggregate, proudly sponsored by Sanlam Glacier.
Friday, 4th January 2019: Members 10K draw, upstairs bar at 18h30.
Saturday, 5th January 2019: Monthly Medal, morning field proudly sponsored by Thorp Motor Group.
Sunday, 6th January 2019: 2Ball Aggregate, proudly sponsored by Food Lovers Market Tokai.
Bookings are now open for:
Wednesday, 26th December 2018
Tuesday, 1st January 2019
Wednesday, 2nd January 2019
Wednesday, 9th January 2019
2019 Diaries are now available in the office. There is also an online version on the Westlake website.
A reminder that the new online booking sheets for Saturday afternoons, will always be open on the previous Friday (8 days before) at 17h00. For any members without internet, bookings are available at the club office at 17h00 as before.
MID AM and Masters league sign ups are open. If you wish to play in either one of these leagues for 2019 please put your name down on the list in the foyer or email Nic Lochner at email@example.com.
Rules of golf
A reminder that the new Rules of Golf are effective from 1 January 2019. Pick up your free “Rules of golf” at the club when you are here again and happy reading!
The Toyota Yaris tickets are still coming in. Please return your ticket stubs and money to Emelia as soon as possible so that we can do a final recon. If you have not bought a ticket yet, make sure to get yours. You can’t win a new car worth R270K if you haven’t got at least 1 ticket! Tickets available at the club. Please support our final drive with this project!
The Driving Range
The Driving Range procedure has been tightened up, simply to have proper controls. You pay for your bucket of balls in the Pro Shop prior to going to the driving range, get your receipt and hand it in to the driving range attendant. The balls are available from the Driving range attendant during office hours, or the Pro Shop, should you want to make use of the facility before 08h00 or after 16h30. We will consider selling bulk packages in the new year to simplify this process for regular users of the driving range, but for now, kindly follow these procedures.
Water levy increase
Many of you will have heard Club Captain Martin Peter announcing at Prize Giving’s and Friday night draws about the City of Cape Town increasing the effluent water charge from R1,19 to R2,02 per kilolitre. This is the water we use to irrigate and the reason the golf course is in such superb condition. The water levy of R10 just about covered the R1,19 cost, but the Trustees had no option but to increase the water levy to R20 per round from January 1st to cover this additional expense and charging per round played is the fairest way to recuperate this cost. It is a small price to pay for such a stunning golf course!
The Christmas Draw takes place this Friday evening at 18h30 in the upstairs bar with the whisky draw. The 100 places have all been taken but not everyone has paid yet. There are still 21 numbers unpaid. Please ensure you pay your R100 at the bar prior to the draw on Friday. Good luck to all.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and their families a blessed Christmas, festive New Year and a prosperous 2019. Travel safely if you are going away and come back refreshed and ready for a bumper 2019.
The Westlake Team