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Monday, 15 July 2019



Congratulations! To all our award recipients…Click here.

Proudly celebrating our junior achievements…Click here.

International Remembrance Day - South Africa V Rest of the World

Rest of the World Won by 22 Points!

Michael Day holed out in one on the 7th hole at DGC on the 1st September… Congratulations!

From left to right: Fanus Ackermann, Gordon Simmons and
Allan Taylor (Seniors Society Captian)

Allan Taylor (Seniors Society Captain) lhs with Michael
Day on the rhs

Ray won the helicopter trip recently in our Golden Jubilee 50th Festivities Raffle. Thanks to Rosa-Linda WesselsHelicopters Cape Town for sponsoring this prize.

BelowRay Murray is congratulated by Philip Knibbs - DGC Operations Manager!


Ayden Senger

Nedbank Golfer Of The Year 2017 – Ayden Senger, Congratulations!
(Ayden’s Dad, Manny Senger collecting Award on Ayden’s behalf, as Ayden is representing SA in Italy… See further down
in Newsletter).

A big thank you to our main sponsor - Ernst Bester
of Compass Guarding
Ernst is receiving a token
of thanks from DGC Captain Andrew Wainwright

Nedbank Most Promising Golfer 2017 – Sean Howell, Congratulations!

Sean Howell with Celine Stark DGC’s Marketing & Sales Lady

For more images of the awards evening, click here.


Click on the image below to watch video…

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Congratulations to Freda Heerink and Marguerite MccLeland for winning the Pam Golding DGC Ladies Classic.

View the results here.


Friday, 8 September 2017
Join us from 6pm onwards - All our members welcome!
1st Draw: R15 000 & 2nd Draw R2 000
You have to be there to win it! R500 Lucky Draw for all.
Build a Burger - R65 pp

Live entertainment by Pat Shewry
Cell - 082 809 8128
Fixtures…A full line-up of forthcoming club competitions & events:

Saturday, 9th September - Modified Stableford
Sunday, 10th September - Mixed Open
Wednesday, 13th September - Individual Stableford
Saturday, 16th September - 4BBB Stableford – Titmus Trophy


Click on posters below to enlarge...

Wine Tasting Tuesday 19th of September, 18h30 for 19h00


To book, please call Gabriela on 012 9768120 or e-mail her to

Now with carefully designed food and wine experiences on offer – a trip to Vergenoegd is a slice of the unhurried life of yesteryear and a taste of the contemporary return to authenticity. Vergenoegd has a timeless appeal, steeped in the comfortable rhythms of daily farm life and home to both indigenous birds and the famous Indian Runner Ducks.

Sunday, 15th October 2017 - Lion's Club Golf Day
Tournament starting at 11:30am.
Competition: 4BBB Stableford


Affiliated players play off official handicaps.
Non-affiliated players play off: Men - max 18 / Ladies - max 24

To enter:

Phone Keith Shaw on  082 469 6265 or Pierre Crayé on 082 451 0937 for entry forms.

Unfortunately we need to reschedule the Mixed Pairs Knockout Competition that was to start with the 1st round played on Sunday 10th September. We currently have only have 7 pairs entered and need a minimum of 16 pairs to run this competition. We will keep the current entries open and reschedule a for later date in October or early in November.

Please contact the pro shop if you wish to enter the Monthly Mixed Competition on Sunday 10th September.

What a successful evening … 230 people @  The Jewel!
Linda Gordon, Derick Gordon’s wife had to stand in for Paul Ditchfield, (Linda did a sterling job at short notice). As he caught the ‘super bug’ and was rush to hospital and his wife flown down from Jhb. Paul’s chances of survival was 50/50...

Good news -  Paul has recovered. He was discharged yesterday and is flying home today!




Do you want to fix your slice?
This week Johan shows you how you can fix your slice by using a water bottle.

Watch the video below.

Book a lesson to get started on your journey to better golf.

CMASA proudly hosted our annual conference at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club on the 28th and 29th August 2017.

Today's club manager is expected to manage a complex and sometimes large property of several hectares; maintain multiple buildings and facilities; provide sports and leisure services for members and visitors; manage a team of employees and contractors; promote the business to the local, regional, national and in many cases international communities and of course manage the club's finances efficiently and prudently.

The Conference fulfilled both ours and that of our global affiliate partners (CMAA) mission to provide a variety of relevant education opportunities that reflect the latest trends in the club industry.

“I recommend the conference to all Club Managers, Senior Managers and Golf Directors. It was a great networking opportunity. The conference has left me re-energized and full of energy for the road ahead.”Pascale van Maris, General Manager of Durban Country Club.

There were 78 country wide delegates that attended the conference. They enjoyed two days filled with valuable sessions, laughter and even a little bit of magic! Wolfgang Riebe, the Master of Ceremonies, Inspirational Speaker and Magician brought a unique mix of magic and motivation to the conference.

“Really fantastic, he kept the momentum going, the engagement felt like he definitely understood the audience. A very well rounded entertainer and speaker”Megan Spencer, Financial Manager, Ruimsig Country Club.

For those who want to recap or share with their staff/family, below is a link to redo/visit Wolfgang’s Discover Your Magic Course on the Internet (free access to the first 25 delegates).

If anyone would like to receive daily quotes and inspiration from Wolfgang, kindly sign up at for a complimentary month. If you wish to carry on with the subscription, kindly send Wolfgang a personal mail and he will sign you up for a year. Wolfgang can be contacted on

Highlights from the two days:

Deliver Change, presented by David Grier (Adventurist and Motivational Speaker) kicked off the conference and set the theme and tone for the remainder of the event.

His inspirational and motivational session was based on the realisation that everyone and everything around us is evolving and changing at such a rapid rate and in order to keep pace, one has to have the ability to evolve with it.

“Life changing and could not have come at a better time.”Francois Swart, General Manager of Randpark Golf Club.

Arnold Tanzer, Chief Chef for Food on the Move, presented on the latest and upcoming food and beverage trends, such as exotic drinks, different forms of healthy eating etc. Arnold provided some great insights and ideas to keep up with these trends within the club industry. He concluded his presentation by weighing up the pros and cons of out-sourced and in-house food and beverage.

"His presentation was also very informative with loads of relevant info."Lessyl Niemandt, General Manager, White River Country Club.

Another top highlight from Monday’s sessions was Ian James’ presentation; Managing and Marketing to a Community.

Ian James, CEO of RetailTribe has a very simple philosophy for growth - Focus on the consumer and what they value. Ian’s session consisted of strategies and ideas to increase membership as well as how to increase the value of membership in the club industry.

“My favourite presentation of the lot, Ian has tremendous insights into this side of the industry”
Paul Stoner, Golf Director of Clovelly Country Club.

Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO, gave an environmantal update and informed the delegates of the ongoing projects and platforms to create a sustainable, profitable and succesful business.

Jonathan expressed the importance of sustainablity in the club/sporting industry. GEO is helping the industry speed up and communicate this sustainable development through its easy to use online platform.

The GEO certification was presented to Andrew McKenna for Silver Lakes Country Club. CMASA would like to take this opportunity to congatulate Silver Lakes Country Club on being the first club to achieve this certification.

Tuesday afternoon consisted of three breakaway sessions;

Attracting members and the latest trends in marketing and comunicating to them.
Environmental Sustainabilty – are you on the right track?
Food and Beverage trends and ways to increase income for member events.

These breakaway sessions served as a valuable opportunity for all clubs to communicate and provide some insights on these topics.

Below is feedback from each session;

Attracting members and the latest trends in marketing and comunicating to them:

  • The main point that came out of the discussion is that we need to engage with our members.
  • Relationship marketing has disappeared. There is such a focus on emails, SMSes and social media that we have forgotten about the interpersonal interaction.
  • Contact members who haven’t played in a while.
  • Compile a ‘risk list’ of members who could potentially leave at the end of a year and engage with them.
  • As much as we need to focus on attracting new members, we also need to focus on retaining existing members.
  • Find out why members are leaving. One of the main reasons is because they don’t know anybody.
  • Integrate new members into the club – find them games; invite them to club functions.
  • Use golf days to communicate with non-members i.e. one-on-one interaction; table-talkers advertising offerings; become part of the golf day to collect email addresses e.g. sponsor a short hole or take a picture on a tee and email it to the players along with offerings etc.
  • Set PGA Pro targets to play with members or sign up new members. If the Pro is outsourced, make them feel part of the ‘family’.
  • Work out how much each member is worth to the club as every member retained is an ongoing revenue stream.
  • Develop programmes for wives and children remembering that each family has a social network with potential new members.
  • Encourage members to sign up new members.
  • Manage the ‘complainers’. Use committee/board members where possible to manage them.
  • Focus on value ads rather than discounting.
  • How welcoming is your club?
  • See every person that enters your club as a sales lead.
  • Be open to change and become the change agent.
  • Look for alternative revenue sources.

Environmental sustainabilty
It is not only the right thing to do but it also makes good business sense. If you are engaged with and are a “good” community member then your community will want to be part of your family.

What should we be doing?
Create a team to do an appraisel on environmental practices
Start reporting progress in newletters and annual reports
You don’t need to put too much money into becoming sustainable as there may be investments that can save money (irrigation, heat pups, insulation etc.)
Most importantly, register for onCourse and start the process to become a sustainable and successful club.
Why is golf perceived to be slow in the engagement in environmental sustainablity?
There is currently a lack in clarity of whos responsibilty this is.
We need a law in South Africa for promoting sustainability
Lack of time and Human Resources
Struggle to survive financially and we are concerned of the cost

Food and Beverage trends and ways to increase income for member events:

Various suggestions of functions that clubs could host were given to improve revenue;
Super draws
Movie Nights
Christmas in July
Family Day’s
Chip n Sips on Fridays
A suggestion to streamline halfway houses by providing food trucks on the course, making food and beverage more accessible on the course.
A suggestion to consider when food and beverage suppliers want to introduce new brands into your club- encourage them to give the first round of stock to the club, and only if the product is successful purchase more stock could reduce costs.

CMASA would like to thank all the delegates who attended the conference, from feedback received, it was a great success.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 conference which will be held in the Western Cape.

Dates and details to follow in due course.

100 Reserve
100 Reserve Brandy have branded a Titleist Golf Bag, together with an umbrella and club towel to be given away as a prize to one lucky customer!

All you have to do to enter is to buy a double 100 Reserve and 200ml mix for R35, or TWO double 100 Reserves and 330ml mix for R55, fill your name in on the card and drop in the box in the main bar!

The prize will be drawn on the 30th of September 2017 at Members prizegiving.

Good luck to all!

Alfie Schneeberger

Food and Beverage Manager

Par 3... 4th Hole at DGC

Every hole-in-one, on a competition day, the player/s get a free bottle of Bell’s Special Reserve.

Credit: Damian de Villiers

Who's been taking down the competition at the club?

Click here to view the results.

2017 Masters League - Log

Province Section -Results 2
Western Section - Results 2

Mid-Am League Log 2017 - Log
Province Section - Results 2
Western Section - Results 2

SA juniors at the 11th Reply Italian International Under-16
Championship; credit GolfRSA. (Left to right: Martin Vorster,
Yurav Premlall, Andre van Dyk and Ayden Senger)
  Van Dyk leads SA charge in Italy
Biella, Italy (6 September 2016) – North West junior Andre van Dyk led the way for the South Africa team in the first round of the 11th Reply Italian International Under-16 Championship in Biella, Italy on Tuesday.

Sixteen-year-old Van Dyk from Klerksdorp mixed four birdies and an eagle with four bogeys at Golf Club Biella le Betulle for a three-under-par 70. He shares second with local junior Lorenzo Bruzzone and England’s Robin Williams, a native South African born in Paarl.

Martin Vorster from Southern Cape carded a one over 74, Yurav Premlall from Ekurhuleni shot 75 and Western Province’s Ayden Senger returned a 78.

Petr Hruby from the Czech Republic set the first round target at five under 68.

The South Africans also made a good start in the 36-hole Nations Cup, which is played concurrently with the first two rounds of the 72-hole Individual Competition. Van Dyk and Vorster combined for 144 to tie Switzerland for second. The host nation and the Czech Republic share the lead on 142.

GolfRSA Golf Operations Manager Eden Thompson said it was overall a good day for the team.

“We had two good practice rounds and having Martin return to share his knowledge of the course was good for the other boys,” Thompson said.

“Ayden was first off and understandably nervous in his first international appearance. He pushed his first tee shot right into the hazard, but was able to hack the ball diagonally out of the hazard before advancing it towards the green and two-putting for bogey. A wayward tee shot into the hazard at the third cost him another shot, but he rallied really well from there and was two over through 11."

“Unfortunately he departed from his game plan at the tight 12th and, wanting to push, found the hazard off the tee. With a really tough pin position, he got a little busy around the green, resulting in a triple bogey. To his credit he bounced back with a birdie on 13 and had it not have been for a miss from four feet on 14, he could really have got back in the game."

“Andre was next out and in control of his emotions and game. He was really solid over the front nine with birdies at two and seven and an eagle at the ninth. Two quick birdies 11 and 12 moved him to five under, but a double at the par four 15 set him back a little. He finished with solid pars to post our first sub-par round of the tournament.”

"The youngest member of the team, 14-year-old Premlall, overcame a battling start, but let himself down with a double bogey late in the round."

“Yurav was pretty nervous to start, but he was focussed on his processes which helped him deal with nerves,”
said Thompson. “He erased bogeys at five, six and eight with birdies at seven, 11 and 14, but unfortunately doubled 17. He mixed some fantastic shots with a few poor decisions, but never allowed the chin to drop and returned a very strong first round."

“Martin started with two bogeys, but he quickly found his feet and settled down. He battled with his distance control, though, which maybe cost him a few shots. He definitely left a few shots out there."

“The course had a tough summer with little rain and extremely high temperatures, with the result that some fairways are badly burned. The heat also resulted in a wild boar invasion, which caused widespread damage on some fairways and areas of the rough. The greens, however, run true and fast, allowing for birdies from good approach shots."

Click here for live scoring.  Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of GolfRSA, a SAGA and WGSA Not-For-Profit company.

Local Rules 4

4. Immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2)

• All artificially surfaced roads/paths, including the cart path running between the 1st and 2nd hole and the dirt cart path on the 12th hole as well as the turning circle, covered by wooden chips, next to the 2nd Teeing Ground.
• Wooden supports for young trees - relief is only available from the support, not the tree.
Credit:  Helénè Marais

Per definition: An "obstruction" is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured ice, except: a. Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings; b. Any part of an immovable artificial object that is out of bounds; and c. Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course.

Read more here.

Helénè Marais

083 785 8254

May we wish a very happy birthday to all those members who celebrate their birthday this week. They are:

Andrew Herbert Cory Beckett, Kruger du Plessis, Josh Liam Fourie, Candice Fraser, Martin Dominic French, Matt Pepe, Karin Wainwright, Phindi Gila, Jacobus Leibbrandt, Tina-Jo Viljoen, Tarryn Beretta, Mathys Boonzaaier, George Fullard Laubscher, Lisa Louw, Juan Mirfin, MArie Niesewand, Rudolph Badenhorst, Justin Claasen, Bruce McMullen, Helen Jean Middleton, Johan Andre Mouton, Basil Nair, Rudolph Albert Reynecke, Roger David Warren, Natascha Dorman, Pieter Giliomee, Richard John Koekemoer, Ingrid Tait, Eugene Adrian van Ballegooyen, Hein van der Merwe, Andre van Rhyn, Riedewaan Abrahams, Gavin Brereton, Donovan Kotze, Arno Nel.

Have a wonderful day!

Just joking…
Golf ! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins, on top of that, the winner buys the drinks.

Please Remember To Fill YOUR Divots & Repair YOUR Pitch Marks!

 Parenting requires

And for many that has meant less and less
time available to play golf, until eventually the
golf clubs get put away.

And then the children get to be 5, and 6 and 7 and older.
They can find their own pastimes, or they can discover golf is the greatest family pastime there is.

If you have a friend, who’s grown a family and stopped playing golf, tell them to come back.
Their family will be better off. They’ll be better off. You’ll have done someone a good turn.



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