On the tee with Trevor

In January 2020 South Africa and the SADC countries, along with the rest of the world, will be going live with the World Handicap System.

The only significant changes to our current system will be that your Handicap Index will be calculated using the best 8 score differentials out of the last 20, with no reduction percentage, and the maximum score allowed on a hole when calculating your adjusted gross score for handicapping purposes will be nett double bogey ( i.e. net 2 over par or zero Stableford points).

The current handicap calculation takes the best 10 of your last 20 scores x 0.96, so the effect of the change to the best 8 score differentials out of 20 is that Handicap Indexes (HI) will adjust downwards more quickly and go out more slowly. It is expected that this change will lower the average Course Handicap (CH) by about 0.5 of a stroke.

The change to nett double bogey (zero Stableford points) as the maximum score allowed on a hole, will have the effect of increasing the average Handicap Index by the same amount of about 0.5 of a stroke. So the net impact, over time, will be very minor.

When the WHS is introduced there will also be other changes, including a Playing Condition Calculation (PCC), a revised exceptional score calculation and a cap on increases in handicaps during a year. These changes will be addressed in the Club training sessions due to the technical nature of these calculations.

We will, of course, together with the R&A and the USGA, be communicating all these changes in more detail to you through structured club and golfer education and training sessions, to ensure that the World Handicap System rules are well understood by everyone before going live.

GolfRSA is of the view that it would be better to introduce, after Club training, the change to the maximum score per hole of nett double bogey, (zero Stableford points) and the best 8 of 20 scores by Q4, 2019.

This would mean there with be little or no change to handicaps when the WHS is introduced on 1 January 2020 and it will also mean the Playing Conditions Calculation will be more accurate when introduced.

Betterball Matchplay

Sponsored by the Blair Group of Companies

Here is the draw for the 2019 Betterball Matchplay.

Click to enlarge.

Thank you to the Blair Group of Companies for making this event possible!


Race to the Lost City


OFM: The sound of your life

Upcoming events

Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of May is the Senior Championships.

Saturday the 4th of May is a Medal sponsored by The Blair Group of Companies.

Wednesday the 8th will be Social Golf with a 1 tee start from 07h00. All the Clubs facilities will be available as per normal.

Saturday the 11th of May is a B.B.B.B sponsored by K.W V.

Wednesday the 15th is an IPS sponsored by the Club. We also have our Seniors joining us.

Saturday the 18th is a B.B.S sponsored by NTT Nissan.

The Stella Artois business League has been postponed until Wednesday the 22nd of May.

The 2019 Captain's Cup has been scheduled for Thurs the 25th ( Registration ), Friday the 26th and Sat the 27th of July.

For any enquiries, please call Trevor on 051 / 4470906 or 082 494 9469.

Treat yourself!

When winter comes whirling in, we usually take cover under heavy jackets, woolly jerseys and duvets. The biggest challenge each morning is put one toe out of bed onto the freezing tile floor!

But winter can be fun, and warm, and snug. You just need the right people and the right setting!

Before winter properly sets in, make way for our Winter Special! This includes a bed & breakfast and a complimentary glass of red wine or gluhwein. Relax after dinner with a hot cup of coffee in the one hand and dessert in the other.

To book your winter retreat, call us on 051 871 4200 or info@blackmountainhotel.co.za.

News on the golfing front


Visit us in store or contact us for any enquiries!

Tee is up this Sunday

Families who golf together, stay together

Pack in your whole family for a grand day out on the course every Sunday!

Feeling lucky?

Friday Club Draw

The next draw will take place on the 3rd May 2019. The draw will be worth R 8 300.00.

Don't miss out!


Through these tough economical times, we at the Bloemfontein Golf Club have started implementing affordable ways of paying your annual membership fees. We have a monthly debit order facility that has been very successful.

Please give either Lodia or Carla a call at 051 447 0571, who will assist you in renewing your membership, or to become a new member.

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to the following members!

Willem Linde 03.05
Carina Theron 04.05
Jaco Gerber 06.05
Heinrich van Pletsen 06.05
S.P. Burger 07.05
M.J Viljoen 08.05


Saturday 27th April
Sponsored by DISTELL

1st with 39 pts was Conrad Bouwer
2nd with 38 pts was Andrew Reay (winning the c/o)
3rd with 38 pts was L. Waits
4th with 37 pts was Graeme McLaren
5th with 36 pts was Jaap Botha ( winning the c/o )
6th with 36 pts was R. Coetzee

Wednesday the 1st of May

Sponsored by the Club, and co-sponsored by The Golfers Club
1st with 50 pts was Micky and James Quin. (A superb performance from 2 single figure handicap golfers!)
2nd with 44 pts was Dean Saffy & Henco Myburg (winning the c/o)
3rd with 44 pts was P. van Vuuren & L. van Vuuren
4th with 43 pts was Gavin Hartman & Shorty Hartman

Everyone wants forgiveness

The very best ball strikers too
The lower your handicap, the less space you have for error. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a little forgiveness built into your game? But, first we know you don’t want to compromise some key features:
The great news is that the hitting zone has been extended on many better 2018 and 2019 Players Iron models to accommodate slight miss-hits towards the heel or toe. Ball speed is protected, and the distance the ball will travel is unchanged. That’s a critical part of the accuracy a low handicap golfer must have.

Play the perfect partnership
Exploit the advantages technology is giving you, especially if you have little room for error in your round. But, don’t neglect the biggest advantage: Get fitted for a setup that makes it easier to hit the perfect golf shot.
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Knock it down. Knock it close.

If we asked you to stand 20 metres from this bucket and use an under-arm throw to get a golf ball in the bucket, would you use a lower trajectory (a) or a higher trajectory (b)? 
Almost everyone correctly tackles this challenge by using a lower trajectory.
So why do most amateur golfers try and hit wedge shots as
high as possible?

Knock it close with your wedge
Watch the golf on TV and you’ll see Professionals hitting wedge shots mostly with a lower trajectory. They create a ton of spin. It makes it much easier for them to control distance. It makes it easier to be accurate. Time to learn a new skill?
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