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The Clarens - December 2023 - Newsletter

The Clarens - December 2023 - Newsletter

Dear Member


During the festive season of 2023, 1382 rounds of golf have been played. 11692 rounds of golf were played during the year.

 Credit: Landipelserphotography


January 2024 Calendar


Greenkeepers Report

During the busy month of December 2023, no new projects commenced, normal maintenance was the order of the day.

A fountain has been erected in the 15th dam, a second fountain will follow shortly.

Much attention and detail went into the smaller things on the course such as trimming around distance markers, tee boxes, bunkers etc.

All the dustbins on and around the course have been repainted and levelled. Necessary cart path maintenance on the 5th hole’s cart path has commenced and will continue during the month of January.

The newly extended tee boxes are settling down and play will start from there within the nest couple of months.

Hollow tinning, a necessary evil is planned to take place on the 15th and 16th of January 2024. The course will be closed on these two days.

Rainfall Calendar


Annual Members Meeting (09 February 2024)

We would like to invite all members to attend our first Annual Members Meeting on Friday the 9th of February 2024. The meeting will commence at 17:30 after prizegiving.

We would like to receive feedback from the members with regards to any topic involving the club and/or your golfing experience. The agenda will be sent out closer to the time, however we would like to encourage every member to send your desired agenda points to Heindrich Dyer at: by latest Monday the 5th of February 2024.  

For our country members and the members that are unable to attend the meeting in person, we would like to invite you to join via a Teams link.

These details will be sent out closer to the time.

Caledon Cup (14 January 2024)

Dear member, we would like you to participate in the inaugural Caledon Cup, hosted here at your home club on Sunday the 14th of January 2024.

The defending club is Reitz Country Club.

The aim of the day is to get other clubs of the wider Free State region together for a single event to kickstart the new year and furthermore build good relationships between the participating clubs.

The Caledon Cup Format is as follows: 18 Holes of Single Stableford. Each club’s score will be calculated by adding the four best individual points played by their members. (E.g. 30 + 36 + 37 + 40 + 41 = 154) Therefore the more players a club enters, the higher their chances are to ultimately lift the Caledon Cup.

Registration on the day will start at 08:00, with tee off times starting from 09:30.

All Clarens Members taking part will receive their green fees on the house.

Entries Close on Friday the 12th of January 2024.

For any further queries please contact Heindrich Dyer at or (072) 247-1376

Business League 2024

The first round of business league will take place on the 7th of February 2024.

Should you wish to enter a team for the event please contact Heindrich Dyer directly at or telephonically at
(072) 247-1376

Direct communication will follow to previous participating teams.

Match Play

Singles Match Play

2022 Defending Champion: Arend Gagiano (Cup Division)

2023 Champion: Pieter Boshoff (Cup Division)

2023 Runner Up: Rob Silcock (Cup Division)

2023 Plate Division Champion: Wouter De Wet

2023 Plate Division Runner Up: Kevin Jordaan

Congratulations Pieter

Better Ball Match Play

2022 Defending Champions: Rudolph Labuschagne & Heindrich Dyer (Cup Division)

2023 Champions: Pieter Boshoff & Louwrens De Jager (Cup Division)

2023 Runner Up: Albert Smith & Otto Wachter

2023 Plate Division Champions: Leon Matthee & Willem Fourie

2023 Plate Division Runner Up: Rob Silcock & Wouter De Wet

Congratulations Pieter and Louwrens

Weekly Competition Results

Friday 01 December 2023

No competition took place (VKB Grain Brokers Golf Day)


Wednesday 06 December 2023

18 Holes Wednesday Competition

No competition took place


Friday 08 December 2023

Amadeus Meat Competition

No competition took place


Wednesday 13 December 2023 (Skins)

18 Holes Wednesday Competition

First Place – Josh Wampach (9 Skins)

Second Place – Steve Oliver (4 Skins)

Friday 15 December 2023 (Bonus Bogey)

Amadeus Meat Competition

First Place – Rob Silcock (+3)

Second Place – O. Akinsanya (+2)

Wednesday 20 December 2023 (Medal)

KWV Thirsty Thousand

First Place – Liam Brooks (Net 67)

Second Place – Nico Odendaal (Net 69)

Third Place – Janice Brownlee (Net 70)

Friday 22 December 2023 (IPS)

Amadeus Meat Competition

First Place – Petrus Du Plessis (18 Pts)

Second Place – Louwrens De Jager (17 Pts) C/O

We would like to thank all our sponsors and players for supporting the weekly competitions. Without you, it would not have been such a great success.

Rules for the month

Rule 1.2a

Conduct Expected of All Players

All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by:

Acting with integrity - for example, by following the Rules, applying all penalties, and being honest in all aspects of play.

Showing consideration to others - for example, by playing at a prompt pace, looking out for the safety of others, and not distracting the play of another player. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there might be a danger of hitting someone, they should immediately shout a warning, such as the traditional warning of "fore".

Taking good care of the course - for example, by replacing divots, smoothing bunkers, repairing ball-marks, and not causing unnecessary damage to the course.

There is no penalty under the Rules for failing to act in this way, except that the Committee may disqualify a player for acting contrary to the spirit of the game if it finds that the player has committed serious misconduct.

"Serious misconduct" is player behaviour that is so far removed from what is expected in golf that the most severe sanction of removing a player from the competition is justified.

Penalties other than disqualification may be imposed for player misconduct only if those penalties are adopted as part of a Code of Conduct under Rule 1.2b

Rule 16.1a

When Relief Is Allowed

1. Meaning of Interference by Abnormal Course Condition. Interference exists when any one of these is true:

The Player’s ball touches or is in or on abnormal course condition.

An abnormal course condition physically interferes with a player’s area of intended stance or area of intended swing.

Only when the ball is on the putting green and abnormal course condition on or off the putting green intervenes on the line of play.

If the abnormal course condition is close enough to distract the player but does not meet ant of these requirements, there is no interference under this Rule.

2. Relief Allowed Anywhere on Course Except When Ball Is in Penalty Area. Relief from interference by an abnormal course condition is allowed under Rule 16.1 only when both:

The abnormal course condition is on the Course (Not out of bounds)

The ball is anywhere on the course, except in a penalty area (where the player’s only relief is under Rule 17)


When a player decided to take free relief permitted under Rule 16.1, it should be clear that a player takes complete relief.

Should a player fail to take complete relief, the player will receive the general penalty for playing the ball from a wrong place under Rule 14.7a.

We urge each and every member to download the free R&A Rules app from the Play Store or App Store, available for both Apple and Android.

Highlights for the year

January 2023

Hollow Tinning took place on the 16th and 17th of January 2023

Maritz Wessels earned himself a top 20 position in the first Bushveld Tournament of the year that took place at Waterkloof Golf Club.

February 2023

Cutting heights of the fairways and tee boxes have been raised to start preparing for the winter months.

The annual business league started and a record year was had with the participation of 19 teams.

March 2023

Club Champs took place on the 25th of March where Hendré van der Watt won the title with rounds of 71 (-1) and 70 (-2)

April 2023

An all-time high for April was achieved in terms of rounds of golf with 1405 rounds being played during the month.

The cart path construction to the new white and yellow tee boxes on the 17th hole has commenced.

A new course record has been set by Jan-Carel Russouw (67; -5) from the back tees.

May 2023

The weather in May was unpredictable with cold fronts and challenging conditions, only 486 rounds of golf was played.

Janice Brownlee was crowned as the South African Senior Ladies Champion.

June 2023

Construction of the cart path from the 4th hole to the 6th hole has started.

The 15th dam has been stocked with trout and trout fishing was introduced as a new activity for our members, home owners and estate guests.

Graeme Ambrose made a hole in one on the 5th hole.

July 2023

Bertus Kleynhans recorded his first hole in one on the 7th hole.

A hickory challenge was hosted in honour of The Open Championship. Wouter De Wet won the hickory challenge despite the lack of sunshine and daylight as the challenge came down to a skills challenge between him and Albert Smit

August 2023

This has been the third consecutive month where no rain has been experienced.

Cart path construction commenced on the 6th hole leading up to the 6th fairway.

Our juniors performed well in the Ficksburg Junior Open where all of our participating junior members achieved a top 5 position in their respective age categories.

Boy Becker made his contribution towards the hole in one board as he made a hole in one on the 7th hole during the SPCA’s golf day on the 9th of August 2023.

Steve Oliver made his hole in one on the 7th hole during the monthly KWV Thirsty Thousand competition. This was also the 4th hole in one for the year.

September 2023

Construction of the bridge on the 18th hole has commenced.

The 7th hole lent itself out to yet another hole in one, Ruco Beneke made his hole in one on the 7th. Ruco almost made two hole in ones on the day.

October 2023

During this month we saw 1058 rounds of golf being played.

The first rainfall came in October as the previous rainfall was recorded during the month of May.

This was the first month where no hole in ones have been made since June.

The Springboks defended their rugby world cup title against the All Blacks

November 2023

The 2023 Business League came to an end, Team Fore Horseman were crowned the champions after 10 rounds of play.

Three of the six positions for the Free State boys under 19 Inter Provincial Team were filled from Clarens. The three players were Hendré van der Watt, Mpho Molaba and Motiki Mokoena.

December 2023

The club hosted several weekly competitions where both members and visitors took part.

Despite over 1000 rounds, no hole in ones were made.

We would like to thank every member, visitor, sponsor and member of staff for their contribution and support during the challenging year of 2023.


We wish you all the best for the year to come.

Quote of the month

Kind Regards

Heindrich Dyer

Golf Director

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