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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Some interesting facts about the Masters
My favorite golfing week has come and gone much quicker than I would have liked for it to. The Masters is a golfing week that even gets my wife interested in this amazing game and the traditions that comes with it. I am always very excited to answer her questions and I probably a bit too excited, but she listens carefully and pretends like she cares. I must admit even though my two least favorite golfers finished 1st and 2nd I stuck it out and watched it until the very end. The question Xenia always asks is why the Masters? I obviously ramble on about how great the course is and how amazing the condition is and so on, so I had a look at some interesting facts about the Masters and stumbled on some very interesting information.

Some of the facts below:

Members first began wearing green jackets in 1939 as a way for patrons to recognize them if they needed help or had questions about the tournament or the golf course. The tradition of awarding the tournament winner a green jacket did not begin until 1949, and Sam Snead was the first player to slip into a green jacket after winning the Masters.

In the 75-year history of the Masters, only three men have ever won back-to-back titles: Jack Nicklaus—'65 and '66, Nick Faldo—'89 and '90 and Tiger Woods—'01 and '02.

To this day, children of Masters badge-holders between the ages of eight and 16 can enter the grounds for free when accompanied by the badge-holder. Sandwiches also still cost under $3 at concession stands at Augusta National.

Walk down Magnolia Lane and you are literally transported back to 1950, if only the rest of the world fought modernization like this little piece of heaven in southern Georgia.

Between 1943 and 1945, the Masters Tournament was suspended due to World War II. During that time, the property was used to raise cows and turkeys to help out in the war effort. Of course, many thought this to be a very noble gesture. But like most of Augusta National's "noble gestures," the club's motives were also served. Augusta National was struggling financially at the time and Clifford Roberts thought that by raising cows and turkeys on the land, he would reduce any overgrowth on the course and save the course's design. So, yes, Augusta National was used to raise turkeys and cows in support of World War II, but mostly because they were a lot cheaper than lawn mowers.

1982 was the first year that players were allowed to bring their own caddies to the Masters. Prior to that, all players were assigned local caddies for the duration of the event. That's good for the professional caddies, but a big shock to the pockets of the local Augusta National caddies, who probably know every inch of the course better than any current or former professional, or their regular, weekly caddies.

I can`t wait for next year as I have more facts to ramble on about while my wife looks at me and probably thinks to herself, why on earth can't he get so excited about cutting the lawn or replacing that light bulb I have been asking for.

There's a new kid on the block!
I would like to also welcome our new Assistant Golf Manager, Francois Myburgh, to the De Zalze Team. Here is a message from him to all of you:

Good day to all our members at De Zalze,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Francois Myburgh I am the new Assistant Golf Manager at the club. I've been working in the golf industry for 15 years.

I spent 5 years at Pro Shop in Pretoria, in retail sales and stock control then moved to Acushnet S.A (Titleist/FootJoy) as a Warehouse manager for 8 years. Then I spent almost 2 years at Serengeti Estates as Retail Manager.

I have a passion for golf and the golf industry and have a great understanding of the following: club fitting, club repairs, retailing and stock control.

Francois Myburgh

It is a great privilege for me to join a great club like De Zalze and I look forward to meeting all of you.

Thank you

Happy golfing and welcome back after our course closure!

Hollowtining: Golf course maintenance and projects

The closure in April allowed the staff to addres all the cultural practices and projects – as in the communication sent out per email by Alfie Payne, General Manager. Thank you very much to Guy Klue and his team from Golf Data, for hard work. We are looking forward to see all our members on the course again.

Clean up on 18th

New bridge on 17th

Senior and Ladies tee on 11th

Reseeding of 12th tee box

12th tee after levelling

Thinning out of fairway area on 17th fairway

De Zalze Staff Team Building: Blue Rock Adventure Park
The DZ Team had a fun day out at Blue Rock, enjoying volleyball, rock jumping, swimming, and canoeing. There was hamburgers and ice cream and time to laugh and enjoy each others company. What a lovely day!


Click to watch

Sundowner and Friday Nights Live: 20 April

Remember to book your table for the Friday Nights Live, with live music by Jennifer Nel and a lovely buffet meal. The live draw will take place just after the prize giving...don’t miss out on the chance to have your name read out and winning R3000! Family, friends and guests welcome.

Golfers can also play in the 9-hole Sundowner, with tee-off times as from 15h30. There is a Master Chipping Class as from 14h30 and wines and pizza on the terrace after your round of golf. Book your tee-off time wtih Carmen.

Congratulatins to Pierre van Vuuren, our Golf Manager, on completing his second Two Oceans Marathon. Well done Pierre – you make us proud!


We create happy golfers!

Judy Wilkes shot her best round ever after
joining our ladies group sessions!
  Our De Zalze Ladies Into Golf Programme is designed to improve your golfing ability and grow confidence to get out and play on the course.

Judy Wilkes is one of our regulars and after a few months in our group sessions we received this text from her:

"Hi Murray, I want to thank you and Abrie for your tuition. I had my best round ever this morning at Stellenbosch GC, and enjoyed it so much."

Ladies, if you are new to the game, want to start playing or just looking for a fun, stress-free and social environment to improve your golf, our Ladies Into Golf sessions are for you.

Reserve your spot or get more information by contacting Murray or e-mailing Abrie.

Our ladies having fun during the group sessions

Billy Evans broke 100 - You can too!

De Zalze GC member Billy Evans contacted Abrie after having some swing troubles after a prolonged break from golf and was struggling to break 100.

We are happy to report that after 5 improvement sessions Billy played 3 consecutive rounds in the 90’s and took away some prizes at one of the Wednesday competitions. We are now working towards breaking 90!

Whether you want to break 120, 100, 90, 80 or 70 the Swingfit team will help you achieve your golfing goals. Get in touch: Murray Smit: or 079 385 5507; Abrie Swanepoel: or
084 532 5551.

Billy improved his swing and broke 90!

Last week we discussed the improvements in Driver face technology over the last 2 years.
The manufacturers are looking to accommodate the strike patterns of
the regular golfer (shown below). 


Those improvements are about more than preserving ball speed as you strike the ball towards the toe and heel,
they’re also about preserving accuracy. Finding the fairway is really important, even to the best as shown below.

Creating a higher MOI and therefore more accuracy off the tee means saving weight from specific
areas and repositioning that weight to increase the MOI. Even the hosel uses lighter materials in
the Cleveland HB Launcher to free up weight that can now be used lower and deeper
to ease launch and raise MOI.

This shows you that from 170 yards in the fairway, the very best golfers are more accurate on
average than they are from just 100 yards but in the rough. That is why MOI (resistance to twisting)
is so important in the latest Drivers.


We’d like to work with any golfer interested in playing more often.
We’re keen to make sure everyone of our golfers is in the fairway off the tee more often.

The temptation as a parent is to measure your child’s relationship with the game by their competitive performance.
The relationship with the game, depending on your child’s age, should influence your thinking.


As a team, we can make sure your child develops a healthy relationship with the game.
From there, the pathway can take so many different directions with all sorts of different levels
of achievement. But, whatever the journey, we want them to enjoy the game and make a lot of friends. 

Come and talk to us about the best way to introduce golf to your child
or how to develop their ability.


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