25 JANUARY 2021 | ISSUE 3

On the Course | Off the Course

It is important to keep members and guests informed as we see the second wave of Covid-19 cases rising and impacting on all households and businesses. The Club has not been unaffected as we have received numerous reports from members about positive cases, after self-isolating. We have also seen positive cases amongst the staff during this last period, which was dealt with, as per the Covid-19 regulations, and Club policy. The Club will continue to put all measures in place to sanitize the Club, but we need each and every member, guest and staff member to do their part. Please wear masks at all times when walking through the Club, especially in halfway house before you dish up. Masks may only be removed once you are seated or on the tee.

Dear Member,


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Paul Kimber on Friday, 15th January at the age of 91. Paul was a member of the Club for more than 50 years. We extend our sincere condolences and sympathies to his wife June and the family.


What a beautiful weekend we had on the courses. Our Unity Fund Golf Day was a great success and we would once again like to thank all our members for their great support; we managed to raise just over R17 000 from this event. Congratulations to all our winners. Prizes can be collected in the Golf Office.

We are currently experiencing some issues with our online booking platform. The technicians are working on the problem and we hope to get it resolved as soon as possible.


We would like to remind our members about the course closure in the month of February. Randpark will be hosting the SA Strokeplay Championship and we will be hollow-tining Firethorn straight after the tournament.

Please note no Sunrise or Sunset golf will allowed on Firethorn during the week of the SA Strokeplay Championship.

SA Strokeplay Championship : Firethorn : CLOSED
Sunday, 31st January – Thursday, 4th February

Hollow-tining : Firethorn : CLOSED
Monday, 8th February – Wednesday, 10th February


Hollow-tining plays a very important role of keeping the greens in the best condition during the year and preventing unwanted diseases on the greens. Clubs will generally hollow-tine once a year and this will normally happen in January or February in South Africa. It is important to schedule the hollow-tining before the growing season ends; leaving it to late will take much longer for the greens to recover. The normal recovery time is between 2-3 weeks for the holes to fully close and get the putting surface as smooth as possible.

What is Hollow-tining?

It is the physical removal of cores of the turf from the playing surface. The tines used can be between 13-16mm in diameter and the depths may vary.

Process for hollow-tining is as follow:
The hollow-tining machine will remove the cores with the tines.
After the cores have been removed, they will be swept off the putting surface.
The green will then immediately be covered with sand.
From time-to-time a fertiliser will be added as well to speed up the recovery process, but will also provide nutrients to the roots.
Water will be applied to cool the surface down and to ensure the holes are filled with sand.

Why do we Hollow-tine?

With the amount of traffic on the greens during the year, the ground will become compacted and hard. The hard surface makes drainage less efficient and the roots are prevented from absorbing oxygen. Hollow-tining allows the compacted ground to expand, making it easier for air and moisture to be absorbed. One of the biggest reasons for hollow-tining is to prevent thatch (a layer of grass stems, roots and debris that settle and accumulate over time) on the greens as thatch does hold a lot of water that should be going to the roots and should not be trapped by the thatch.
Please note the new operational hours for the driving range in effect from Monday, the 25th of January:
Monday: 11h00 - 20h00 (Last bucket sold at 19h00)
Tuesday – Friday: 06h30 - 20h00 (Last bucket sold at 19h00)
Saturday and Sunday: 06h00 - 20h00 (Last bucket sold at 19h00) 

It’s the final week and all to play for!
To book your bay click here
Login or Register, Click Driving Range

1st: Andrej Skrbinsek - 357m
2nd: Conner Mack - 342m
3rd: Richard Tsai - 340m
4th: Darren Quirk - 337m
5th: Christian Nel - 320m

1st: Caitlyn Lombard - 287m
2nd: Zethu Myeki - 246m
3rd: Donnay Bowen - 239m
4th: Cara Ford - 234m
5th: Charlene Miller - 231m


We would like to extend a special invitation to all our new golfing Members to join us for our Newbee Golf Day on Friday, the 26th of February.

Each fourball will comprise of one Committee or Staff Member and three Newbeez.
If you do not have a handicap, men will play off 18 and ladies off 24.
Should you require a cart, kindly email events@randpark.co.za before the event. Cart hire is R330.00 per cart.
You can pay for the cart on the day in the Golf Shop with your Member Card.
Please click the RSVP button below to complete all your details and confirm your participation.
We look forward to welcoming you all on the 26th of February.
With brands releasing new equipment in the next few weeks, we have decided to get them all together to let you try the products for yourself. We will be at Randpark Club’s Driving Range on Friday, the 5th of March from 1pm to 7pm. No need to book, just pitch and enjoy your favourite brand’s clubs. We are excited to see you there! Please note that this event is dependent on COVID regulations being eased a bit before the date.
We’ve planned the perfect oh-so-romantic VALENTINE'S DAY for you, with amazing options to choose from:
An unforgettable BREAKFAST experience outside on our Terrace from 07:30 – 12:30:
Harvest Breakfast
V-Day Breakfast
A delectable FOUR-COURSE VALENTINE'S LUNCH/DINNER to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
You have a choice of either having your meal outside on our Terrace from 13:00 – 19:00, where you can enjoy our non-alcoholic gin, beer, wine or sparkling wine with your meal
Or as a romantic meal at home (home meals will be available for collection from 12:00).
Pre-paid bookings are essential.
Contact Leanne on 011 215 8600 or clubevents@randpark.co.za
Bookings close Friday, 12 February at 2pm
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Support the Randpark Club Unity Fund and stand a chance to win an AMAZING PRIZE from The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
Purchase your Unity Fund Raffle Ticket(s) today!
Click here > Members: Login or Register, Click Events & Take-Aways, Click Randpark Club Unity Fund Raffle Draw
The draw will take place on the 31st January and the winner will be announced on the 1st of February

Have a great week
Stay Safe, Healthy & Happy!
The Randpark Team


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