8 MARCH 2021 | ISSUE 20

On the Course | Off the Course
Dear Member,


On Thursday, we thanked our long-standing members for the huge part they played in the success of the Club throughout the years and their continued support. Unfortunately, for some unknown reason names were omitted. Our sincere apologies. Here are the additional names of the long-standing members:

Carol Anne Evans - 47 years
Gert Christoffel Britz - 47 years
Colin Leonard Steyn - 47 years
Steven Graham Barkhuizen - 47 years
Craig Donald Barkhuizen - 47 years
John Arthur Craner - 46 years
Kevin Grant Loser - 42 years
Thank you for your continued support!


Please click here for the photo gallery of the Festival of Golf that took place from the 22nd to 28th of February.


It was yet another great weekend of golf. Both our courses were fully booked over the weekend and it is always great to see the members enjoying the courses and post drinks after golf. Unfortunately, lightning did interrupt play on Saturday afternoon and the competition was held over 9-holes as the field had already turned when the siren went off. The consistent reminders to our members and guests with regards to course care has really made a big difference. We have noticed less unfixed pitch marks on the greens and bunkers are being raked after each shot. Divots still remain a challenge and we would like to remind our members that sandbags are compulsory. Not filling your divots with the divot mix keeps the roots of the grass exposed and this does mean the grass will take much longer to repair. So please fill your divots, repair your pitch marks and rake the bunkers at all times.

Playing Handicap

The playing handicap was introduced on the 1st of March and a few questions have been asked with regards to the new rule.

What handicap adjustments must be used for Club Competitions or Matchplay events?
Stableford formats:
  o Betterball Stableford/Medal and4-Ball Alliance with 2 scores to count: 85%
Individual Stableford/Medal: 95%
Matchplay formats:
  o Individual Matchplay: No Handicap adjustment – play off your Course Handicap
Betterball Matchplay: 90%

When will the Handicap Adjustment not apply?
The Handicap Allowance for all Individual Strokeplay formats of play is set at 95% and MUST be applied for Individual Handicap Competitions where the field size is equal to or greater than 30 to ensure fairness and equity.
For field size of fewer than 30 players, the recommendation would be that no HA is applied and the players would use their CH. Should a HA of 95% be applied for field sizes less than 30, it would make no difference to fairness and equity and if clubs are not sure whether the field size on the day will be less or more than 30 they should apply a HA of 95%.
Please note that the medium-sized field stipulation is only for Individual Strokeplay formats and does not apply to any other formats of play.
What handicap must be used to determine my total adjusted gross score for handicapping?
Players must score according to your Course Handicap as per below. The Playing Handicap must only be used for competition purposes.
Getting Ready For Your Round

Over the last couple of weeks, our biggest focus has been around pace of play and providing some helpful tips to our members. We have mentioned in previous newsletters about the recommended pace of play per course, playing ready golf and just some tips to make your round more enjoyable. Getting ready before your round is just as important to ensure that your round doesn’t start off on the back foot and feeling rushed before your tee off time is never enjoyable. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you are prepared and ready before you start your round:
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tee off time at the Clubhouse.
Ensure you have all golfing requirements before you tee off – balls, tees, gloves, pitchfork and ball marker.
Always check that you have all your golf clubs and that you don’t have more than 14 clubs in your bag.
As we are doing pre-check ins ensure you have sufficient funds on your account.
Proceed to your tee box at least 10 minutes prior to your tee off time. This time can be used to get ready for your round by wetting your towel, verifying your partners handicaps and filling in the details on the scorecard.
Arriving early for your tee off time will also give the starters time to brief you on competition formats and additional local rules for the day.
Be ready to tee off when it is your turn to play.
Everyone that played in the Newbee Golf Day on the 26th of February must please re-book.
Have a great week
Stay Safe, Healthy & Happy!
The Randpark Team


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