Newsletter | December 2021

Hi Fellow MGC Members

The festive season is almost upon us and with that the end of another year.

Due to the recent relaxation in COVID-19 regulations, bunker rakes have been re-introduced. Therefore, the local ruling that you may have one club length relief in the bunker no longer applies.

In addition, we are waiting on the replacement of the Ball Washers at the tee boxes, so a return to normality is happening. If you choose to handle the rake, ball-washer or flagstick then please sanitise your hands before and after doing so.

I have requested that bunker sand become a priority for the green-keeping staff. We need to find a solution to have consistently good sand in the bunkers. We understand that “powdery” sand blows out of the bunkers and the green-side sprinklers cause compacted sand but there is a solution out there and the green-keeping staff must strive to find it.

The new stroking is out there and what a pleasure NOT to hear how we have the hardest stroke 18 in the Peninsula. Conversely, it now makes the 17th hole that much more of a challenge for those whose playing handicap is 17 or 16.

As I write this, the Milnerton Open is a few days in the future. I wish all competitors the best of luck.

Your committee and Board of Governors have reached consensus on the proposed fees for 2022. Accounts will go out in the latter part of November.

The exterior painting of the clubhouse and surrounds is, to all intents and purposes, complete. The Caddy-master’s room/office has had the floor tiled, door replaced and panelling added to bring it up to par with the appearance of the recently repainted exterior…..a few minor touches and it will be complete.

Billy O’Brien has single-handedly re-landscaped the garden surrounding the first tee box. It is generally waterwise and should last for quite a few years. Many thanks VC.

Whilst I am thanking people, Friday nights lucky draw in the bar – a huge thanks to Niall Keller for organising this event and presenting it with his usual wit and flair for comedy.

Recent events hosted by the club in the Sunset Lounge were a Rotary FUNdraising Golf day prizegiving as well as the ladies section Christmas Mixed prizegiving. Hopefully we will have more bookings for this stunning venue as the Summer season rolls around. Remember, ONLY R 500.00 hire fee for members.

I wish all members and extended family a wonderful festive season and a healthy and joyous 2022 and you’ll hear from me again in early 2022.

Yours in Millies Golf
Colin (aka Jakes) Jacobs


Biography: Anthony “Mo” Marais

Born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, Mo Marais heads up Stunt Network, an action specialist company that focuses on stunt work for film and television.

In 1975 at the age of 12, Mo joined Keith Andersons’ YMCA Circus School, “Circus Osler”. There he trained in the arts of flying trapeze, acrobatics, and circus skills. The circus school students traveled extensively, performing for thousands of people across the country. The Osler students were also the focus of Ashley Lazarus’s feature, “Once Upon a Circus” which explored the antics of kids joining the circus and living out their dreams.”

One of the highlights of my time spent at the circus school was the first Cape Town Festival, during which we performed on a trapeze rig suspended between two buildings on Adderley Street. The rig was seven stories high; it was a memorable experience performing above people eating and drinking below.

At age 16, Mo was chosen a one of thirteen young kids to work professionally in Europe. The troupe became known as the Star Lords and performed in the U.K, Denmark, and France for one year before returning to South Africa. The troupe also toured the USA during 1983 with Circus Vargas. Mo later joined Circus Triberti in Italy where he worked for 6 months. Returning to South Africa, Mo teamed up with Keith Anderson once more to experiment with a new concept in flying trapeze. The troupe toured the USA for two years, 1987/88, where Mo performed the triple summersault daily and with an outstanding success rate. The new look flying act was snapped up by Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Mo later took this troupe to the Far East, where they performed for a year.

Turning his hand to film, Mo assisted Keith Anderson in training the Upside-Down People for King Solomon’s Mines starring Richard Chamberlain. Together with Anderson, Mo also did stunt and aerial co-ordination for the feature films Survivor and My African Adventure with Dom Delouise.

In 1997, Mo was approached to oversee stunts and acrobatics on the television series, The Adventures of Sinbad. During this period, he was also asked to co-ordinate stunts on the new and revived British T.V. series The Professionals being filmed in and around Cape Town.

His feature film credits include:

  • After the Rain starring Paul Bettany,
  • Pirates of the Plain starring Tim Currey,
  • Angel that fell from Heaven,
  • Shark Attack 2
  • the critically acclaimed Boesman and Lena with Danny Glover and Angela Basset,
  • The Diamond Hunters Starring Alyssa Milano and Sean Patrick Flanery
  • Home Alone 4,
  • The Groomsman,
  • Berzerkers,
  • Pavement,
  • Zenon Z 3 (Disney) and Blast/ Ultimatum with Eddie Griffin and Vinnie Jones,
  • a Canadian project on the Rwandan tribal wars,
  • HUMAN CARGO, The CELL with Jenifer Lopez
  • He was the fight co-coordinator for the feature film shooting title THE RING (CURSE OF THE NIBELUNGS) directed by Uli Edel.
  • The remake of the classic THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE for the Hallmark Channel.

More recent projects include:

  • stunt coordinating on the Wes Craven thriller,
  • Last House on the Left,
  • 10 000 BC,
  • The History Channels’ History of America,
  • History of The World,
  • Battle of Gettysburg and
  • NORTHMEN, “A Viking Saga”.

Most recent work:

  • on the 1st season for ABC,
  • “Of Kings and Prophets”,
  • TV series Deutschland 86,
  • Scorpion king 5, Last Days of American Crime,
  • and the prequel of “Tomb Raider” – The Lara Croft Adventure,
  • and just completed a TV series for Netflix based on the Resident Evil franchise called “Venus Flytrap”.

Mo is still currently working in the film industry, but his secret passion is golf, unfortunately only started at a very late stage of his life but enjoys the game and the challenges it presents every time.

Regards

Anthony “Mo” Marais


We welcome the following new members

  • Llewellyn Van Der Berg
  • Bruce Russel
  • Shaun Lipshitz
  • Chaiphorn Lekcharoensuk
  • Manoa Mayer
  • James Whiffler
  • Jordan Laubscher
  • Austine Ogbekile
  • Belinda Viljoen
  • Chris Alexander
  • Lyle Robertson
  • Lizelle Grier
  • Etienne Stander
  • Jared Tyler

 


Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results


December Competition Results | Milnerton Golf


Milnerton Fixture List | November


November Achievements | Milnerton Golf


Ladies Captain’s Corner:

Whilst the end of the year is fast approaching, it’s great to see the continued support from our members both for playing golf and social events. We have only a few more fixtures left for this year and are preparing for our Medal finals which is diarized for the 7 December.

Our last Christmas mixed golf day was held on Sunday the 21st November and was booked out and from all accounts most enjoyable I sincerely thank the club staff. For their invaluable assistance and always be available to help where needed.

Wishing all our members who had some kind of medical complications all the very best and wish them a speedy recovery.

Thank you all again for wearing your masks and adhering to the covid rules.

I always look forward to seeing you at the Golf Club.

Lorette Hegie
Ladies Captain


Functions & Restaurant

 


Premier League Update

Milnerton Golf Newsletter | Premier League Updates

The Premier League was a strange season and probably points to why WP golf seems so strong at the moment. We finished bottom of the log, but at the same time also only 2 points off the top of the log. Unfortunately though being bottom of the log means we have to play a promotion/relegation match on Saturday 4 December vs Royal Cape at Parow Golf Club. We going to have to show we good enough to stay at the top level of WP golf. I’m sure the boys will do the club proud.

Golf course update:

The greens have made an almost unbelievable comeback from holotining and are back to being great again. The recent rains have helped a lot in keeping the course looking green. The remodelling of the bunker on the left of the 14th hole is just about complete now. Still some work to be done to get it looking 100%. The new pathways are also complete.

Milnerton Open on Sunday 28 November – good luck to all playing.

Yours in Golf
Garreth Johnston

 

Newsletter | November 2021

Hi Fellow MGC Members

It’s been a busy month, interrupted on my part by a 10 day excursion/break to the Southern Cape. Much golf and camaraderie was enjoyed by my fellow travellers.

Hollowtining has come and gone. Yes, we survived the sandy greens and, although I haven’t seen them since 13th October I believe that by end October they will be back to “magnificent normal”.

The Ryder Cup in USA was an anti-climax for me and is now confined to the history books.

Our league teams are not doing as well as I had hoped but more from Garreth Johnston elsewhere in this newsletter.

Over the past 22 days I have played 6 courses and looked at what their offerings are. I am content that our course is clearly comparable and generally superior to all of the others. I do concede that our catering offering is our weakness and I assure all members that our committee is looking at alternatives in this regard.

Advertising Space on the Course: Peter Waison still has a few “Tombstones” available at the Yellow Tee Boxes for you to advertise your business on. We are on the brink of having the new signage made and printed so act fast. Contact him ASAP to get your business involved.

Yours in Millies Golf
Colin (aka Jakes) Jacobs


Dear Members,

We have read the words of wisdom of the Captain and Vice-Captain and I have been nominated to follow in the famous footsteps of these gentlemen. As a Member of the Committee I will share some progress that is being made at the Club and some history on how I got here to be a member of this great Golf Club.

I was born in Johannesburg “Transvaal” grew up and went to school in the Province Post School was recruited into Banking and spent my entire career in this field. Can write a book on mergers takeovers reapplying for work in new ‘Banks” Retired as a General Manager from the ABSA Group to concentrate on playing Golf.

First ever golf membership was at Wingate Park Country Club, Pretoria which at that time was in the sticks. As banking was known for, I got transferred to Durban in ‘Natal”, and joined Beachwood Golf Club. Member there for many years and saw the course experience both droughts and then floods. Served on the Beachwood committee a wonderful peoples club well supported by its members.

Got transferred back to “Gauteng” Rejoined Wingate Park Country club which was now a suburban course. Also become a member at Rand Park and enjoyed corporate membership at Houghton Golf Club Retired to Durban KZN and was a member at Beachwood, where I had remained as a Country member, and which eventually got taken over by Durban Country Club.

Moved to Cape Town and became a member at Milnerton Golf Club. During my working years I was fortunate to travel overseas and played at a number of courses including well known courses St Andrews, Carnoustie, Kings Barns, Wentworth and Pinehurst, Greater Greenboro in the USA.

This experience most likely qualifies me to add some value at Milnerton and I am on the Sub Committee that is reviewing the Constitution. We are approaching this project with view to upgrading the club structure supported by a fair and equitable constitution. This review of the Constitution will be presented to members for comment before proceeding to a SGM for approval.

Also serving on subcommittee looking at Beach restoration project which has been long debated. The City of Cape Town’s Coastal Management, headed by Greg Oelofse has been very supportive of the Club and provided valuable insight. The CoCT have budgeted for their area of responsibility and tenders will go out and work could commence early 2022. The Club awaits their project details and will then commence planning looking at a number of options these options will in due course be presented to Members for their decision making.

The Club has many projects which are considered as work in progress and members will benefit in the longer term. I end off by echoing the words of our Vice Captain-

“I personally would like to hear from you all on what we can do to make Milnerton a better club in writing please.”

Regards
Hedley Smith


We welcome the following new members

 


  • Gabriel Byrne
  • Cameron Stronach
  • Brandon Colman
  • Derek Cross
  • Eamonn Byrne
  • Jaidon Cross
  • Christoffel De Jager

 


Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results

 


Milnerton Golf Club | Nov_Fixture-list
Milnerton Golf Club | Nov_achievements


 

Ladies Captain’s Corner:

It’s unbelievable that we only have two months left of this challenging year. We however are enjoying our golf and are privileged to be out on the fairways.

I would like to thank our lady members and visitors who played in our Ladies Open Day and my sincere appreciation to our sponsors for their amazing support. We had a fantastic turn out and I like to thank Mark and all the Club staff for their invaluable help in making the day a huge success. I was extremely overwhelmed with all the compliments and positive feedback from the players it made me proud to be a Milnerton member.

I would like to congratulate Atella Hefer and Keneilwe Moloko for finishing 2nd in the Western Province Senior fixture held at Milnerton and Denise Whiffler finishing 4th and S Weakley nearest to the pin well done ladies.

Myself and Ntsoti Morojele attended the Western Province annual Council meeting this month. It was very informative where all aspects of women’s golf was discussed and questions answered.

Casey Hattle and Megan De Vries played in the Ackerman WP Championships at Rondebosch Golf Club on the 17th October 36 holes event. Congratulations to Casey for finishing 4th for best gross.

Our committee is busy arranging our Christmas Mix fixture for Sunday the 14th November 2021 should anyone be interested to play kindly book at the Proshop. The format is 4 BBB.

Thank you all once again for adhering to the Covid protocols.

Stay safe see you soon on the fairways.

Lorette Hegie
Ladies Captain


 

Functions & Restaurant

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Premier League Update

On Sunday 17 October we played against Somerset West at Somerset West Golf Club. The team played golf to a very high standard but just came unstuck against the surprise team of the season so far and lost 5-7. A couple games went down to the last hole in both foresomes and singles that just didn’t go our way. The home course advantage for Somerset West definitely was a factor in their favour.

On Sunday 24 October we played against Durbanville at Royal Cape Golf Club. The boys were up against it from the start, but you could see their never give up spirit starting to show. Jack Buchanan held a brilliant birdie putt on the 18th in the foresomes to keep the scores at 2-2 going into the singles. After 9 holes in the singles things were looking very even and it was too close to call who would be able to pull off the win. But Murray Boast showed class in always being ahead and won his match. Matt Lotz chipped in for birdie on 16 and hit a quality approach into 17 to win his match.

Giles Buchanan looked to go 1up on 17 after hitting his approach from about 150m to inside 1 foot, but his opponent chipped in to halve the hole. Giles played a solid 18th and halved his match. Darren Dunlop was in serious trouble on 17 after an errant drive and having to chip out back the fairway. He then pitched onto the green to about 20 feet. His opponent was about 30 feet away and probably need just 2 putts to go 1 up. But he ran his putt about 6 feet past the hole down the hill. Then Darren made a superb clutch putt for the par to rattle his opponent who duly missed his par putt. Darren went on down 18 to win 2up. Kyle Lee was the player of the day by beating a WP IPT player 2&1. Kyle got up early to go 4 up, but his WP opponent made a comeback to be level with 3 to play, Kyle then showed great determination by making birdie on 16 & 17 to win 2&1. 4.5 to 3.5 in the singles and a 6.5 to 5.5 win for Milnerton. Get in!!

Golf course update:

The greens have made an almost unbelievable comeback from holotining and are almost back to being great again. The recent rains have helped a lot in keeping the course looking green. The remodelling of the bunker on the from left of the 14th hole is just about complete now. The new pathways will also be completed soon. Thanks for your patience while the above projects have taken place. All the above helping the course be ready for a busy summer of golf. Bring it on!

Yours in Golf
Garreth Johnston

 

Newsletter | October 2021

Hi Fellow MGC Members,

Areas of Focus for my year as Captain:

  • Sea Front Stabilisation Project
    No additional progress to report.
  • Reverse Osmosis Plant Project
    Still waiting on CoCTN approval for waste disposal.
  • Sunset Lounge Usage
    Level 2 Restrictions allows us to accommodate 70 persons in the lounge for a function. Club members can still hire the lounge for R 500.00 for a function, provided they are present and involved in the function. This is extremely reasonable for one of the best vistas in Cape Town. Book NOW.

Our Constitution

The club’s sub-committee is busy compiling the first version of the “new” constitution. Once complete, we’ll send the draft to our legal advisor who will clean it up and add Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Process before returning to us. Once your committee has a recommendation to propose to the membership, we are looking at having an information session prior to any Special General Meeting.

Frank Ncanywa’s Passing

A meeting was held with his next of kin and agreement was reached about the handing over of the collected moneys. Rest in Peace Frank.

Nat Yamey’s 60th Anniversary

By way of honouring Nat’s 60 years at our club, the committee resolved to reserve a Saturday morning timeslot for him, until such time that he ceases to play. Long live Nat.

The Difference

We are trying to create a “first cut” of about 30mm high between fairway and the rough. The difference will become more apparent once the turf has grown in. Also the areas cut around some greens is not a widening of the “closely mown area”, it is the “first cut” = rough. NO placing of your ball in the first cut is permitted.

League Golf

Premier League golf starts on 26th September 2021 at Parow GC. In addition, Super Seniors and the Challenge leagues begin in October. We wish all of our teams everything of the best and great golf. I am quietly optimistic of our Premier team this year. Go Millies.

Advertising Space on the Course

Peter Waison still has a few “Tombstones” available at the Yellow Tee Boxes for you to advertise your business on. We are on the brink of having the new signage made and printed – so, as some might say “Time is Few and the sun, she is setting”. Contact him ASAP to get your business involved.

Takeaways available

The club is offering mouth-watering takeaways from our kitchen. Menu options and orders are via Roxanne, in our reception – phone 021 552 1047.

Cue “Jaws” theme music

Hollow-tining is approaching. Our greens are superbly fast currently but early in October that will all change. Be warned!

Finally, my support is fully behind Team Europe at the Ryder Cup. A sleep deprived weekend approaches.

Yours in Millies Golf

Colin (aka Jakes) Jacobs
The Captains Desk


Important Reminder

Club Competition Information

Competition Guidance

A number of issues have been brought to the Competitions Committee over the past few weeks that require guidance being given to members playing in Club Competitions.

Members should note that:

  1. Holing Out – Rules 3.3c, 21.1b(2) and 21.3b(2)
    Members are reminded to “hole out” at each hole in a round for a score to count in any club competition be it singles, pairs or fourball alliance. Failure to do so requires the following to be recorded on the scorecard:
    • Stableford competitions the score recorded is 0 points,
    • in Bogey competitions the score recorded as a – (minus), and
    • in Medal competitions – disqualification if the player fails to correct the mistake before teeing off on the next hole.The above should not be confused with Rule 3.3 of the “Rules of Handicapping”, effective January 2020 as published by R&A Rules Limited. This rule of handicapping should only be applied for most likely score when a player does not hole out for scores which do not count in the competition or if a player has reached their net double bogey limit.
  2. Scorecards – Rule 3.3
    A number of players and pairs have been “disqualified” from competitions in recent weeks for failing to correctly. Complete their scorecard. It is essential that the following be completed:• Each player’s name or initial and Surname. There is more than one member of the Club whose first name is Mark or Paul, etc.
    • Each player’s course handicap (Rule 3.3b(4)/1) and preferably handicap index.
    • Tick the box indicating from which tee each player has played, otherwise the player’s course handicap cannot be verified.
  3. Competition Fees
    Competition fees have not been increased for 2021 and remain at R45. Please be reminded that green fees for 2021 are R165 and that the special project levy of R10 per round still applies.
    The “Two Club” pool has been suspended due to COVID-19.
  4. Submitting Scores for Handicapping Purposes
    Members are reminded that a score must be entered on HNA for any round of 9 holes or more played, including Matchplay. In addition, scores for rounds must be entered before 9PM of the following night to avoid incurring a penalty score. More details can be found on the Club’s Handicap Policy that is displayed on the notice board outside the Pro Shop.

Milnerton Golf Club Competitions Committee (5 January 2021)

Info required on scorecard
How to mark your scorecard

We welcome the following new members

 


  • Geli Briolas
  • Gregory Jaarsveld
  • Helena Schussel
  • Mogamat Faiek David
  • Hendrik van der Walt
  • Johan van Tonder
  • Petr Pechan
  • Huy Bao Tran

 


Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results






Ladies Captain’s Corner:

I am pleased to say that despite all the challenges we are experiencing during the COVID period we are fortunate to be out on the fairways and enjoying our golf. Soon summer will be upon us with lovely warmer weather.

Our ladies are hard at work to organize and arrange to make our yearly ladies Open Day as pleasurable and successful as possible for our guests and members. It’s rewarding to hear that this day stands out in our guest’s diaries and they always looking forward to play golf and enjoying the fabulous view that Milnerton Golf Club is famous for.

We have two more league fixtures left for the year and we wish the teams all the best.

It is reassuring to see how committed our members are with adhering to the COVID protocols. I thank you.

Hope to see you on the fairways soon.

Warm regards

Lorette Hegie
Ladies Captain


Functions & Restaurant

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Golf Course Update

The changes made to the fairways are starting to take shape now and with the growing season upon we should see it improve even quicker. Golfers will notice that the front left bunker on the 14th hole is going to be reshaped to not intrude the entrance to the green. The greens staff will also be undertaking spring hollow-tining on 4 and 5 October. Good luck to the staff during this time.

I’d like to take this opportunity to ask all members to look after your course. Repair pitch marks and divots where ever possible and we will all reap the benefits.

Premier League Update

Our Premier League team will be playing their first league match on Sunday 26 September 2021 at Parow GC vs a very strong Westlake GC team. Format is an 8 man team with foresomes in the morning singles in the afternoon. We have a nice squad of talented youth and experienced players and we wish them well as they do battle against the top clubs in the Western Province.

Yours in golf.

Garreth Johnston


Hollow Tinning Spring 2021

Newsletter | September 2021

Hi Fellow MGC Members,

Areas of Focus for my year as Captain:

  • Sea Front Stabilisation Project
    Met on site in mid-August. The way forward is to have an initial information session with members. 2nd Step is to have a member’s suggestion session and finally have a Special General meeting to adopt the agreed upon resolution.
  • Reverse Osmosis Plant Project
    Still waiting on CoCTN approval for waste disposal.
  • Sunset Lounge Usage
    I am pushing management to increase the catering offering from the club to prospective hirers. Club members can still hire the lounge for R 500.00 for a function, provided they are present and involved in the function.

Amending and Upgrading of our Club’s constitution is being investigated. This is not a quick process and many other clubs’ constitutions are being examined to find the most suitable for us at MGC. The sub-committee will have met twice this month by the time that you read this. Again, once your committee has a recommendation to propose to the membership, we are looking at having an information session prior to any Special General Meeting.

Frank Ncanywa’s Passing

It was with a heavy heart that we heard of Frank’s passing. Our condolences were communicated to his next of kin and loved ones. Many thanks to those members who donated to the fund we arranged for his next of kin and loved ones. After initially deciding to pass the moneys on to the Executor of his Estate, we were approached by member Sona Dass who made the point that his family would need the funds now to pay for the funeral and “after tears”. To this end, we have agreed to facilitate a meeting of his family and loved ones, attended by our GM, Sona Dass, an independent interpreter and myself to agree upon who must get the proceeds from this fund now.

Nat Yamey’s 60th Anniversary

On 1st September 1961 Nathan (Nat) Yamey joined Milnerton Golf Club and, thus,  on 1st September 2021 he will celebrate 60 years of unbroken membership at MGC. Mazaltov on this momentous occasion Nat. He currently plays in the Wednesday and Saturday competition off a 21.9 HI. To celebrate this milestone (is it unique in MGC) he, Max Widan (his very dear golfing friend), Mark Schacht (who has known him as long as anybody) and I will play as a 4 Ball at 12.30pm on Saturday 4th September. He will attend prize giving and, no doubt, wrestle the microphone from my grip and entertain those gathered with witticisms and humorous stories from a 60 year history at MGC. BTW: later in Sept he turns 84 years young.

The Difference

Garreth Johnston (Comm member – Golf Portfolio) was given the go-ahead to widen the fairways at the landing areas, to make the course more playable. Subsequently, we have tried to institute a “first cut” of about 30mm high between fairway and the rough. Members have approached me saying they are confused as to where the one begins and the other ends. Simply put, the difference will become more apparent once the first cut has grown in. Also the areas cut around some greens is not a widening of the “closely mown area”, it is the “first cut”. Please use your intuition and ask your playing partners if unsure.

General Manager: Covid Positive

Mark Schacht tested positive for Covid 19 on 20th August but had already been isolating at home since 16th August. He contracted it from Curtis his son over the weekend of 14/15 August. All Covid protocols are being followed before his return to work and his office, among others, will be “fogged”. Our best wishes have gone to him and his family members who had also tested positive, for a speedy and full recovery.

Stroking and Sponsors

We shall shortly be moving over to our new scorecards which will show our new stroking per hole. We are wanting to simultaneously alter the stroking information on the “Tombstones” situated at the Yellow Tee Boxes. Comm Member Peter Waison is co-ordinating selling advertising together with the new signage on these concrete blocks at the Yellow Tees. If you or your company would like to advertise on this space please make contact with him as soon as is possible.

Yours in Millies Golf

Colin (aka Jakes) Jacobs
The Captains Desk


Who is our Vice Captain?

Dear Members and Friends

Our Captain set the tone on the first newsletter introducing himself, as he feels the members we representing should know a little about us, I will give a short story.

I was born outside a small village called Campile in County Wexford which is situated South East of Ireland.

Its claim to fame comes from being bombed by the Germans in World War 2 but fortunately only a couple of people were killed. More recently its fame is Tadhg Furlong, a Rugby Player who plays for Munster and Ireland and was part of the Lions Team that toured SA in 2021.

Before I came to SA, I worked for an Irish Engineering Company. We were one of the largest Manufacturing Company’s in Ireland. My position in the company was Construction Manager, where I was responsible for all Site Construction. Some of the Major Projects I was responsible for as Project Manager was 4 Chemical Plants and 6 – 90 mw Gas Power Plants. The reason I came to South Africa was we manufactured a Mobile Rock Crushing Plant, shipped it to South Africa and installed same at the PPC Plant in De Hoek which is ±120 km from Cape Town.

I was appointed Managing Director of the South African Branch where on completion of the Project, I decided to stay in South Africa after been offered a position with a Cape Town Company called CIW

In 1991 a couple of us started a company called SA Five Engineering and construction in the following years we started companies RHM working at Koeberg Power Station where they are responsible for all specialise maintenance and welding, Air Options specialising in design and manufacturing of industrial air handling units PPEW plumbing company some of their major projects were Century City, Tyger Valley and most of the major projects around Cape Town. I was MD of the group up to 2017 where I decided to step back a bit and play more golf but am still involved as the Chairman of the group

I joined Milnerton Golf Club in 1985 and here we are in 2021.

I have been lucky to have won most of the competitions in the Club i.e.

A Division monthly Medal, B Division Club Champion Match Play and Stroke Play.

The highlights of being part of Milnerton Golf Club is been part of the great comrade we have had over the years.

There is much happening that we do not see.

Painting of the Clubhouse and surrounds, upgrading the Gardens around the 1st Tee, and around the club house also many changes as reported by G Johnson on the course.

Remember everyone sees things differently and it is very important for us to prioritise what is necessary and what we can afford. We would all like something better believe me we are trying. Everyone can make a contribution by just not littering on the course and throwing cigarettes buts in the bins.

I personally would like to hear from you all on what we can do to make Milnerton a better Golf Club but please not when I am enjoying a pint, give it to me in writing.

From your Vice Captain

Billy O’Brien


We welcome the following new members

 


  • Matthew Whitaker
  • James Whitaker
  • Trevor Gray
  • Robbie Williams
  • Geli Briolas
  • Barry Hendricks
  • Matt Pauw
  • Antonio Sessa
  • Dylan Pelton
  • Tristan De Bruyn
  • Liam De Bruyn
  • Nikita Couch

 


Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results

Milnerton Competition Results

 

Milnerton Club Fixture Results


Ladies Captain’s Corner:

The Ladies Committee is doing very well with organizing our Milnerton Ladies open day that is scheduled for the 30th September 2021. Our Monthly Medal fixture was played on the 3rd of August and the winners are Claire Dinnie in the Silver division and Judy Texceira in the Bronze division.

Our league fixtures for August went well and Milnerton hosted the league teams for the Silver division this month at Milnerton and the Bronze team played at Somerset West.

The ladies that participated in the Western Province Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Golf Tournament at Erinvale Golf Club on the 8th August did very well and I am please to say 3 of them ended up on the podium at prizegiving.

Congratulations to:

  • Casey Hattle | Winner Nett across championship.
  • Runner up mid-am Silver division | Megan de Vries
  • 3rd same division | Nadya Richewald

Milnerton also hosted the Ladies Captains Society on Thursday, 19th August and it was great to meet all the familiar faces and to hear how they enjoy playing our beautiful course.

I wish all our members and staff that are in isolation or sick all the very best and may you all have a speedy recovery.

Best regards
Lorette Hegie
Ladies Captain


Functions & Restaurant

All private functions have been suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 regulations.

  • Clubhouse will close at 20h00 Sundays and Mondays and at 20h30 all other days.
  • Alcohol may only be served until 20h00 each day.
  • Happy Hour has resumed on Friday’s including our members cash draw, however Live Entertainment remains suspended.
  • Kitchen will be open until 19h30 on Friday nights.
  • Locker rooms are now open, please bring along your own towel.

 

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Greens Keepers Course Report

I would like to thank our members and visitors for the kind compliments, much appreciated. The winter rains has helped the course and greens, by flushing sodium though the profiles. This is vital, due to the quality of the effluent water used during the summer months. As winter nears its end and spring approaches intensified turf maintenance will need to take place to prepare for summer months. Hollowtining season, not what you like to hear, but vital to the continued health of the turf. We will endeavour to keep disruption to the golf to the minimum.

Fairways, tees and greens surrounds will be first on the schedule towards the end of September and thereafter the greens in October. I trust that you will bear with us during this process.

Yours in golf.

Craig Helstrip
Greenkeeper

 

Newsletter | August 2021

Hi Fellow MGC Members,

This being the first newsletter on my “watch” let me introduce myself fully.

Born 1956 in Cape Town, the youngest of 3 brothers. Grew up in Sea Point and attended Sea Point Boys Schools for 12 years. 1 Year at Abbott’s College followed by a year at UCT (Building Science) before volunteering for 2 years in the Army. 1978 Enrolled at the Cape Technicon, National Building Surveyor’s Diploma as a bursary student with the City Council and by January 1980 I was back at UCT studying BSc (Building Management). Graduated in April 1984.

Work history includes working my “bursary” back within the City Council, always involved with housing and the old Council Housing Estates until I started the Self-Help Housing Projects in 1987 in the City. By late 1989 I needed a new challenge and began work for Rabie Properties as Contract Manager. In early 1991 we parted ways and I started my own business, mainly doing redecorations with a small tightly knit staff of 4 permanent workers.

23rd December 1999 at 3.30am I suffered my first heart attack (had 3 to date) and following advice from my physician at the time, I got rid of my business and stress later in 2000. I joined my late father (Joe Jacobs, MGC member for 41 yrs) and my middle brother in the family business known as “The Reject King” in Salt River. My interest was always in the wholesale side of the business selling and branding in Bulk, such things as Safetywear and Promotional Clothing to customers who did not come into the shop to make purchases. My dad passed away in May 2009 and in January 2019 I left my brother at the shop and took the family named company and began working from my office at home.

I met my future wife, Maree’, in March 1976 and in March 1987 we married. March 1988 our daughter Holly arrived and September 1989 our son, Farrell was born.

I joined MGC as a full golf member in 1988 but my earliest memories go back to when I was about 10yrs old and caddying for my dad. The old clubhouse was in use and I vividly remember sitting in the locker room on many a damp winter’s evening after a round with the smell of damp leather shoes and golf bags permeating the air as the “old” men went about their business of cleaning up after their round. Into the bar (I was allowed a perch at the back if I kept quiet) and eventually prizegiving and ball-pools, with actual balls!
Now that you are thoroughly bored with my history – to the present!

Areas of Focus for my year as Captain:

  • Sea Front Stabilisation Project. June 24th met with senior CoCTN officials and reported back to Mancomm. Special General Meeting planned to be called.
  • Reverse Osmosis Plant Project. Await CoCTN approval for waste disposal.
  • Sunset Lounge Usage. Problem now with Level 4 lockdown.

Amending and Upgrading of our Club’s constitution is being investigated and hopefully we can deal with the proposed changes at the same SGM as the Sea Front Stabilisation.

I do have an “open door” policy but know that the General Manager is in charge of any and all Operational Matters. Please direct your query, request, complaint or compliment to the relevant person.

Finally, watch this space for monthly updates on the Areas of Focus as well as information on your committee members.

Colin Jacobs
The Captains Desk

 


Monthly Golf Fixtures & Results


Functions & Restaurant

All private functions have been suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 regulations.

  • Clubhouse will close at 20h00 Sundays and Mondays and at 20h30 all other days.
  • Alcohol may only be served until 20h00 each day.
  • Happy Hour has resumed on Friday’s including our members cash draw, however Live Entertainment remains suspended.
  • Kitchen will be open until 19h30 on Friday nights.
  • Locker rooms are now open, please bring along your own towel.

We welcome the following new members

  • Anthony Reeler
  • Greg Kelly
  • Justin Arthur
  • Dean Koen
  • Dean Marsh
  • Bjorn Nord

From The Captains Desk:

With all the challenges that we faced since the epidemic we are still privileged to play golf. Thank you to all our members who so willingly adhered to all the Covid protocols.

Our greens and fairways are looking very good. Thanks to our greenkeeper for a job well done. I am receiving very favorable feedback from visitors.

The year is progressing fast and it’s hard to believe that in 5 months its Christmas. Its soon time to host our annual Ladies Open day at Milnerton golf club. Its always very well attended and we take pride in hosting other golfers from all over The Western Cape.

Our ladies are also hosting a Mixed golf day in November and we would like to encourage our members to participate as this is one of our highlights on our Golfing calendar. It is a great opportunity to meet new members.

Trust that you all will stay safe and warm

Best regards
Lorette Hegie
Ladies Captain


Greens Keepers Course Report

A couple months ago we implemented the widening and shaping on many of the fairways. This we felt was needed as the fairways were very narrow and had no shape and definition to them. We have since started adding a small cut of semi-rough to firstly see how it would look and secondly see how it would play. We have also added many grass paths from the tees to the fairways to make it easier for the golfers who push their golf trolleys on instead of through the rough. The growing of the grass has taken a little longer than expected due to the cold and wet conditions. But my feeling is as soon as the warmer conditions return the course will be looking fantastic.

Work has been on going with neatening up of bushes and trees. The smaller of the 2 big trees next to the 15th green has been removed. We also had to remove some roots from the front right bunker on 15 caused by the large tree. We are also looking at some greenside bunkers that may be in need of repairs.

The greens have been magnificent for the last few months and possibly the best greens in the Cape Town area. So well done to the greens staff. Keep it up!

Yours in golf.
Garreth Johnston