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The Clarens - April 2024 - Newsletter

The Clarens - April 2024 - Newsletter

Dear Member


During the month of April, we saw Autumn heading our direction with some speed.

979 Rounds of golf were played amongst the falling leaves and changing weather.

May 2024 Calendar


Business Hours


As Winter is creeping up on us, our business hours have changed as of the 1st of May 2024


Weekdays: 08:00 – Closing

Weekends: 07:30 – Closing


The last tee time for both 9 and 18 holes will be at 13:00


Summer hours will be in effect again as of the 1st of September 2024


Greenkeepers Report


Cart path construction will commence shortly, completion of the repair of the path on the 16th hole is expected to be soon.

As the growth season has passed, the fairways have not been mowed since the 5th of April, the greens are being cut daily.

The tee boxes and greens surrounds are being cut when necessary. The greens surrounds have also received a layer of topdressing.


As the growth season is over, we require that all golfers replace their divots


Rainfall Calendar


Singles Match Play


We wish all the match play competitors the best of luck.

Please note that the first pool games need to be completed by the 18th of August 2024. The finals will then be played before the end of August 2024.

Please see the necessary match play documentation on the notice board.


Business League 2024

Cigarette Butts


We hope you've been enjoying your time out on the greens. There's something special about a sunny afternoon, a well-timed swing, and the satisfaction of a ball well played. However, we've noticed an increasing issue that we'd like to address - cigarette butts littering our beautiful course.

We understand that for some, a leisurely smoke is part of the golfing experience. However, discarded cigarette butts mar the beauty of our greens and fairways as they pose a significant environmental hazard. They can take up to ten years to decompose, all the while leaking toxic chemicals into the soil, potentially harming the local wildlife and plant life.

We ask you to consider the spirit of golf, namely respect for the course, for fellow players, and for the environment as they are an integral part of the game we all love. Please, if you choose to smoke, dispose of your cigarette butts responsibly. Use the provided receptacles or carry a portable ashtray, provided by the Caddie master.

Together, we can keep our course not only challenging and fun but also clean and green. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you (and not your cigarette butts) out on the course.


Weekly Competition Results


Wednesday 03 April 2024 (4 Ball Alliance – Flags)

Business League Round 3

First Place – Team Tshwaranang

Second place – Team Gorillas


Friday 05 April 2024 (Medal)

Puma Energy Competition

  • No competition took place


Wednesday 10 April 2024 (Masters Par 3 Challenge / IPS)

18 Holes competition

First Place – Louwrens De Jager

Second Place – Henri De Jager


Friday 12 April 2024 (IPS)

Puma Energy Competition

First Place – Graeme Ambrose

Second Place – Kevin Jordaan


Wednesday 17 April 2024 (Skins)

18 Holes Competition

  • No competition took place


Friday 19 April 2024 (Bonus Bogey)

Puma Energy Competition

  • No competition took place


Wednesday 24 April 2024 (Medal)

KWV Thirsty Thousand

  • No competition took place


Friday 26 April 2024 (IPS)

Puma Energy Competition

First Place – Graeme Ambrose

Second Place – Wouter De Wet


Photo credit: Danika Zwahlen

Members performance


We wish both Janice Brownlee and Rose Mokoena the best of luck as they will be competing in the Amateur Ladies Championships to be held at Schoeman Park on the 11th and 12th of May 2024. Furthermore, the two ladies have been chosen for the Free State team to compete in the 72 Hole teams Championships which will be held at Reading Country Club from the 20th of May to the 22nd of May 2024.


‍Best of luck.


Rule for the Month

Purpose of Rule:

Rule 1 introduces these central principles of the game for the player:

  • Play the course as you find it and play the ball as it lies.
  • Play by the Rules and in the spirit of the game.
  • You are responsible for applying your own penalties if you breach a Rule, so that you cannot gain any potential advantage over your opponent in match play or other players in stroke play.


Rule 1:

The Game, Player Conduct and the Rules


    1. The game of Golf

Golf is played in a round of 18 (or fewer) holes on a course by striking a ball with a club.

Each hole starts with a stroke from the teeing area and ends when the ball is holed on the putting green (or when the Rules otherwise say the hole is completed).

For each stroke, the player:

  • Plays the course as they find it, and
  • Play the ball as it lies.

But there are exceptions where the Rules allow the player to alter the conditions of the course and require or allow the player to play the ball form a different place than where it lies.


    1. Standards of Player Conduct

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 is those penalties are adopted as part of a Code of Conduct under Rule 1.2b


1.2b Code of Conduct

The Committee may set its own standards of player conduct in a Code of Conduct adopted as a Local Rule.

  • The Code may include penalties for breach of its standards, such as a one-stoke penalty or the general penalty.
  • The Committee may also disqualify a player for serious misconduct in failing to meet the Code’s standards.


    1. Playing by the Rules

1.3a Meaning of “Rules”; Terms of Competition

The term “Rules” means:

  • Rules 1-25 and the definitions in these Rules of Golf, and
  • Any “Local Rules” the Committee adopts for the competition or the course.

Players are also responsible for complying with all the “terms of Competition” adopted by the Committee (Such as entry requirements, the form and dates of play, the number of rounds and the number and the order of holes in a round).


1.3b Applying the Rules

(1) Player responsibility for Applying the Rules. Players are responsible for applying the Rules to themselves.

  • Players are expected to recognize when they have breached a Rule and to be honest in applying their own penalties.
    • If a player knows they have breached a Rule that involves a penalty and deliberately fails to apply the penalty, the player is disqualified.
    • If two or more players agree to ignore any Rules or penalty they know applies and any of those players have started the round they are disqualified (even if they have not yet acted on the agreement).
  • When it is necessary to decide questions of facts, a player is responsible for considering not only their own knowledge of the facts but also all other information that is reasonably available.
  • A player may ask for help with the Rules from a referee or the Committee, but if help is not available in a reasonable time the player must play on and raise the issue with a referee or the Committee when they become available (see Rule 20.1).

(2) Accepting Player’s “Reasonable Judgement” in Determining a Location When Applying the Rules.

  • Many Rules require a player to determine a spot, point, line, edge, area or other location under the Rules, such as:
    • Estimating where a ball last crossed the edge of a penalty area,
    • Estimating or measuring when dropping or placing a ball in taking relief,
    • Replacing a ball on its original spot (whether the spot is known or estimated),
    • Determining the area of the course where the ball lies, including whether the ball lies on the course, or
    • Determining whether the ball touches or is in or on an abnormal course condition.
  • Such determinations about location need to be made promptly and with care but often cannot be precise.
  • So long as the player does what can be reasonably expected under the circumstances to make an accurate determination, the player’s reasonable judgement will be accepted even if, after the stroke is made, the determination is shown to be wrong by video evidence or other information. If a player becomes aware of a wrong determination before the stroke is made, it must be corrected (see Rule 14.5).


1.3c Penalties

(1)Actions Giving Rise to Penalties. A penalty applies when a breach of a Rule results from a player’s own actions or the actions of their caddie (see Rule 10.3c).

               A penalty applies when:

  • Another person takes an action that would breach the Rules if taken by the player or caddie and that person does so at the player’s request or while acting with the player’s authority, or
  • The player sees another person about to take an action concerning the player’s ball or equipment that they know would breach the Rules if taken by the player or caddie and does not take reasonable steps to object or stop it from happening.

(2) Levels of Penalties. Penalties are meant to cancel out any advantages to the player. There are three main penalty levels:

  • One-Stroke Penalty. This penalty applies in both Match play and stroke play under certain Rules where either (a) the potential advantage from a breach is minor or (b) a player takes penalty relief by playing a ball from a different place than where the original ball lies.
  • General Penalty (Loss of Hole in Match Play, Two-Stroke penalty in Stroke Play). This penalty applies for a breach of most Rules, where the potential advantage is more significant than where only one penalty stroke applies.
  • Disqualification. In both match play and stroke play, a player must be disqualified from the competition for certain actions or Rule breaches involving serious misconduct (see Rule 1.2) or where the potential advantage is too significant for the player’s score to be considered valid.

(3)No Discretion to Vary Penalties. Penalties need to be applied only as provided in the Rules:

  • Neither a player nor the Committee has authority to apply penalties in a different way, and
  • A wrong application of a penalty or a failure to apply a penalty may stand only if it is too late to correct it (see Rule 20.1b(2), 20.1b(3) 20.2d and 20.2e).

In match play, the player and opponent may agree how to decide a Rules issue so long as they do not agree to ignore any Rules or penalties they know applies (see Rule 20.1b(1)).

(4) Applying penalties to Multiple Breaches of the Rules. Whether a player gets multiple penalties for breaching multiple Rules or the same Rule multiple times depends on whether there has been an intervening event and on what the player did.  

For the purpose of applying this Rule, there are two intervening events:

  • The completion of a stroke, and
  • Being aware or becoming aware of a Rule (this includes when a player knows they breached a Rule, when the player is told of a breach, or when the player is uncertain whether or not they have breached a Rule).

Penalties applies as follows:

  • Single Penalties Applied for Multiple Breaches Between Intervening Events: If a player breaches multiple Rules or the same Rule multiple times between intervening events, the player gets only one penalty. If the Rules breached have different penalties, the player gets only the higher-level penalty.
  • Multiple Penalties Apply for Breaches Before and After Intervening Event: If a player breaches a Rule and then breaches the same Rule or another Rule after an intervening event, the player gets multiple penalties.


Exception – Failure to Replace a Moved Ball: If a player is required to replace a moved ball under Rule 9.4 but fails to do so and plays from a wrong place, they get only the general penalty under Rule 14.7a.

But any penalty strokes a player gets for taking penalty relief (such as one penalty stroke under Rules 17.1, 18.1 and 9.2) are always applied in addition to any other penalties.


PGA Championships fun Facts

  • History.

Rodman Wanamaker established the PGA Championship in 1916 over lunch with renowned guests such as Walter Hagan, Francis Ouimet, and course architect A.W. Tillinghast. Rodman expressed his vison for the future of golf and within a month the group formed what we know today as the PGA of America. They believed to separate themselves. To gain the attention of golfers worldwide they needed to start an inaugural tournament. 

Furthermore in 1930 the tournament moved from the fall to summer.

  • Date first Played & the first champion.

Within the same year of establishing the PGA of America the first PGA Championship took place in 1916. Siwanoy C.C in New York were the first course to ever host this prestigious event. The event took place over 36 holes.

James Barnes was the first player to claim victory, with his win he received $500 and the Wanamaker trophy as well as a diamond medallion. This was all presented by Rodman Wanamaker.

  • Tournament Format.

From 1916 to 1957 the PGA Championship was contended as match play although the qualifying was played though stroke play.

In 1958 the format changed from 36 holes to the better known 72-hole stoke play.

  • Type of golf course played on.

The PGA Championships is predominately played on the courses on the east coast of the US.

  • How the field is being constructed.

20 of the 156 available spots are reserved for PGA club pros, in doing so thanking them for their dedication towards the game and to grant them the opportunity to tee it up alongside the best players in the world.

Further the remaining field of 136 players are made up though the following categories.

  • All the previous PGA Champions.
  • The five previous champions of the other 3 majors.
  • The three previous Players Championships Champions.
  • Current Senior PGA Champion.
  • Top 15 players from the previous PGA Championship.
  • Top 20 players from the previous PGA Professional Championship.
  • Current top 70 players on the PGA Tour money-list.
  • All current Ryder Cup team members, as long as they are in the top 100 OWGR a week prior to the event.
  • Special exemptions from the PGA of America.
  • Should there be players short an alternate list will be used. 71 and lower on the OWGR. 
  • Amateurs competing (has an amateur won?)

Amateur golfers can’t compete in the championship. The only way an amateur can compete is though winning another major. This has yet to happen. 

  • Venues for 2024

The venue to host the 2024 PGA Championship is none other than Valhalla. This Jack Nicklaus design will have the privilege to host its 5th PGA Championship.  

  • Past winners and different nationalities, who won the tournament the most.

Jack Nicklaus, otherwise known as the Golden Bear, has won the most Wanamaker titles alongside Walter Hagen, both players claimed the titles five times. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most runner-up finishes with four.

The youngest to ever win the championship was Gene Sarzen the American boy took the victory in 1922 at the age of 20 years and 174 days.

As the PGA Championship of 1962 rolled by, Gary Player became the first South African to have ever won the Wanamaker trophy.

HNA News

“Dear Golfer

This month we would like to take the opportunity to update you on the recent downtime with the HNA system and the cause of the problems.

The system was taken down, for around 5 days, from the evening of Friday the 12th, until Wednesday the 17th of April, and it was due to an unauthorised attempt to gain access to the HNA server.

As soon as the activity was detected, our technical partners immediately took action to contain the ‘incursion’, and secure the system by taking the HNA handicap service offline. 

With the help of industry-leading cybersecurity, and legal teams, a forensic investigation was affected. Following detailed feedback from the technical team, we are pleased to report that while there was a disruption in service, the unauthorised party’s ingress was unsuccessful, and that all the data held by HNA was not impacted by the incident.

When a system like HNA’s goes ‘down’ or offline, for whatever the reason, it certainly highlights how dependent we are on tech in all its forms, how ubiquitous tech is in most areas of our lives, and how inconvenient any interruption can be.

That said, we thank everyone for their patience, and it is important to repeat that no data, or personal information was either lost, or compromised by the breach.

There is also some good news, in that the recent issues have resulted in an overhaul of the entire system, especially as this relates to security.

As communicated previously, players are required to login and change their passwords due to this incident.

If anyone continues to struggle to access the system, please reach out to our support team via email on COURIER GUY BECOMES HNA’S PRIMARY COURIER PARTNER

The Courier Guy has quickly become associated with golf in the region at all levels, and its latest partnership is with the region’s handicap network – Handicaps Network Africa.

I asked Simon Hill – Marketing Manager for the Courier Guy – what prompted this initiative and he commented as follows: 

“The Courier Guy has developed a strategic position, and an extensive footprint with golf in the region, across a number of levels. 

These include the Sunshine Tour in the form of our sponsoring the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit delivered by The Courier Guy, and the Tour Championship, which is the finale of each season. 

In addition, we are the official courier partner to the PGA of South Africa, and support various events, such as the National Betterball Golf Championship.

Therefore, a partnership with the region’s handicap network was a logical strategic step in our brand investment with this market.”
It takes two to tango, as the saying goes, and the other side of this partnership is of course HNA, so I asked Paul Bezuidenhout – HNA General Manager – to share his thoughts on the new partnership.

“It's great to see The Courier Guy's involvement in the game, and we felt it was a natural fit to bring them on board.

HNA is proud to partner with TCG, which is a trusted name in logistics, and will ensure the safe and reliable delivery of cards and handicap terminals to clubs across the continent.” Swing easy!
The Handicaps Team” Handicap Network Africa

Quote for the month.

Kind Regards

Heindrich Dyer

Golf Director

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