Spring is in the air!
I have noticed the first buds of spring appearing on a few trees on the course this week, and the weather is definitely starting to turn. The sun is up earlier and Spring is on its way!
With spring comes extra tee times, more events and functions and a wonderful sense of renewal! Enjoy this magical time of year.
We have a lot to look forward to in the next week or two.
What’s coming up?
This Saturday morning competition is sponsored by the Dog-tag Hackers. The guys have some great prizes and it promises to be a morning filled with fun! There are 3 spots open as I write this, so hurry! Last chance…
Thursday 29th August is our first Festival event of the year, the Annual Corporate Classic. It is a shotgun start and the course will be closed.
We have, however, arranged some very competitive rates for you at the following clubs. Please contact them directly if you would like to book.
Somerset West: R250 – 021 852 2925
Clovelly: R250 – 021 784 2100
Durbanville: R227 – 021 976 8121
Kuils River: R185 – 021 903 0222
Parow: R200 – 021 930 2160
Metropolitan: R250 (morning times only) – 021 430 6015
Robertson: R250 – 023 626 1090
Rondebosch: R250 – 021 689 4176
Royal Cape: R280 (morning times only) – 021 761 6551
King David Mowbray: R270 – 021 685 3018
Strand (morning times only): R210 – 021 853 6268
Worcester: R165 – 023 342 7482
While on the subject of the Festival, there are still some spaces open in some events, so please book your place and try and pay by the 2nd September. Thanks for your assistance with this.
Don’t forget the Westlake Foursomes on the 15th September 2019. Are you ready for 36 holes of fun? For R390 pp, which includes half-way and pizzas at prizegiving, the Westlake Foursomes is a no brainer – big fun! The maximum combined handicap is 9, and the field is limited to 60 pairs. Entries are filling up fast, so book your spot with Emelia today.
The 1st September is next Sunday and it is National Golf Day. The idea is that players from all over the country go down to their local club and play. All rounds submitted then get compared and you will be able to see how you did against players from all over the country, including Pro’s like Gary Player, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and so on. It is also a great opportunity to bring friends along who haven’t played in a while, and re-introduce them to this great game. So, book a 4-ball and bring some mates along for a great day out.
A night to remember
Our R10K Draw was great this past Friday. There were well over 100 members present and everyone enjoyed the shawarmas and live music. The bar did well and everyone seemed to have a ball. We are doing another great evening for the R10K Draw in mid-September, so watch this space for all the details.
Our Leagues have been in action!
The Ladies had a full round of fixtures yesterday and their results were as follows:
- Silver 1 lost to Durbanville (last years ‘champions), playing at Metropolitan. Thankfully their position at top of log should not be affected by this result.
- Silver 2 beat Erinvale, great result playing at Erinvale. They should still be in top spot.
- Bronze 2 beat Rondebosch, playing at Somerset West.
- Bronze 3 beat Atlantic Beach, playing at Westlake.All our Bronze teams were lying second in their Sections, so these results are very important. Log positions will be confirmed as we get them. Well done ladies!
On the Men’s side, the results were as follows:
- 1st Challenge: Westlake beat Royal Cape 5 – 3
- 2nd Challenge: Bellville beat Westlake 4½- 2
- Super Seniors: Westlake beat Rondebosch 2- 0Keep it up gents and good luck this weekend to those in action.
Keeping the course in mint condition
The course is looking amazing. Just a friendly reminder to rake bunkers properly and ensure you place rakes where they are least likely to interfere with other players. This would be length facing oncoming players and not at the edges of the bunkers to stop someone else’s ball. Chat to our golf director for further tips. Divots and pitch marks must also be repaired. I know I am preaching to the converted, but remind your fellow players to do the same.
Your old gear is someone elses new gear
We are still collecting golf goods for golf development as an ongoing project. So, if you would like to donate old clubs, bags, shoes etc, please bring them to the Club Office and not the Pro Shop.
Weekly golf tip from EOGA
With coach Alec Ahrens (EOGA Westlake)
Become the ultimate ball striker
This week, we are looking at striking your short irons pure.
We’ve all heard the saying “hit down on the ball and take a divot”, but if you’re not in the right position, it’s not going to be that easy.
A lot of golfers struggle to get a consistent strike on their irons; this causes
them to have a lot of inconsistencies with distances.
So, let’s have a look at how we can strike it better:
Address the ball more forward
The first step is to address the ball more forward in your stance. Not too far forward, because this will make it difficult to hit down on the ball, and the same is true if it is too far back. The best position is to have the ball in line with your left chest, as can be seen in the photo below.
Stay in posture
The second thing is to stay in your posture when swinging down and through. A lot of players tend to stand up in the shot, or dip down.
It’s important to keep the original posture throughout the swing.
Drive your right side
The final step is to drive your right side of your body. Focus on driving your knee, chest and arms towards target. Here’s an example of what not to do.
If you look at the best iron players on tour, all of them fire their right side towards target. The aim is to feel the right arm extend, and the chest and lower body pushing towards target.
You need hands on advice and coaching?
Contact Alec at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 829 7094
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