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