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Dear Member,

It's great to see the sun again after the weekend's rain! It is however taking longer for the courses to dry out as the cooler weather sets in.

I would like to remind members that our staff may only access your Club account by swiping your membership card. If you have lost or forgotten your card, please pop past reception where we will issue you a temporary card, and place an order for a replacement if necessary.

Happy golfing

We always encourage communication between our members and the club. If you have any comments or questions please don’t hesitate to either contact our General Manager, Albert Clack at or our Club Captain, Arthur Heinrich at

After yet another rainy weekend (60mm) the courses are starting to dry up a bit but there are still some really wet areas especially on Bushwillow. There are also some areas on both courses that appear to be irrigation leaks but these are areas where underground water is draining away. Our pumps have been off for most of the year.

The extremely wet soil also puts pressure on some of our trees. A large cork oak fell down on the 14th tee on Bushwillow and took 2 river bushwillows with it. The amount of water that can be seen under the tree stump is unbelievable.

Great news for golfers especially on Bushwillow is that we have finally taken delivery of a leaf collector. This little unit has its work cut out for it and will be busy 7 days a week.

Well Done & Congratulations to Our
Competition Winners

What more can we say with regards to the rain over the Easter weekend. Both courses were closed on Sunday due to unplayable and very wet conditions. The rain also affected the Saturday afternoon field as the competition was called off after only a few holes.

The rain also reduced the Easter Ryder Cup, and the results after 36 holes were final. We would like to congratulate team Europe for winning 10.5 – 5.5 over team South Africa. We are sure that the South African side would like to take the honours back at the end of the year. Well done to all players and thank you for a great event.

Team Europe

According to our records, we recorded over 800mm of rain since the beginning of the year, scary to think that the average rainfall in Johannesburg during summer is just over 560mm.

With the amount of rain and wet conditions on the courses, the team, including the Greenkeepers and Golf Manager must do what is best to protect the courses and this week was a good example of that where no carts were allowed on Bushwillow. The reality is that we are going out of our growing season and if we do allow carts they will cause damage and the time for those areas to recover will take much longer than normal. We will assess Bushwillow again on Friday with regard to golf carts over the weekend and will keep all our members posted.

Members doing us proud
Well done to a couple of our up-and-coming youngsters for two great performances this week.  Johan Bredenkamp finished 6th at the Western Amateur qualifier to get into the Matchplay event that will be starting today at Rondebosch Golf Club. Johan is currently ranked 4th in the GolfRSA under 19 rankings and we wish him the best of luck for this weekend.

Johan Bredenkamp

Our current two-time Junior Club Champ is also starting to make a name for himself. Young Grant Labuschagne, only 15 years old, won the CGGU Race to River Club at Royal Johannesburg on Tuesday with a great score of three under par (69). Well done Grant and it’s great to see you back in the winner’s circle again.

Grant Labuschagne

Pace of Play
Over the last couple of weeks we have noticed the pace of play on both courses has been slower than normal, yes there might be a few factors we have to take into consideration, like the wet conditions, searching for a lost ball under the trees and not allowing carts, but we still need to ensure we maintain a good pace of play, to make the experience enjoyable for your 4-ball and the rest of the field. We have in the past mentioned a lot of “tips” and guidelines that will help all members adhere to the pace of play. We are working on a warning card system, Yellow and Red cards. Once finalized we will communicate this to all members to ensure we have a full understanding. Here are some guidelines to assist with slow play:
  • All players to play ready golf at all times.
  • If you are in doubt if your tee shot is in play, play a professional ball of the tee box, to avoid going back to the tee if you do lose your first ball.
  • Limit your time to search for balls to 3 minutes as per the Rules of Golf.
  • When in doubt about a rule, play two balls and get the correct ruling after your round.
  • Plan your next shot in advance, read your putt while the other players are busy putting out.
  • Go straight to your ball and play when ready. If a player in your group is looking for a ball, only assist after you have played your shot.
  • It is your responsibility to keep up with the group in front of you and marshals will strict instructions to ensure all players keep up with the pace of play.

In general, we would like to remind all our members to look after the course, players are reminded to please:
  • Repair you pitch mark, if you can’t find your pitch mark, ensure you fix one on the green.
  • Please fill your divots with the sandbags provided.
  • Bunkers must be raked – this is probably the biggest concern at the moment.
  • Please do not litter on the courses.


Bushwillow & Firethorn
Weekly Club Competition Schedule

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


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