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Thursday, September 24, 2020

We hollowtined the course yesterday...and yes, it's already ready for play!
The hollowtining of greens, tees and sometimes even the fairways, is an essential part of every golf course’s maintenance programme and yet many people still don’t understand why it is done and why this process interrupts their golf annually.

What is hollowtining?
It is quite literally the removal of little cores of turf from the playing surface. These can vary in size and depth depending on the reason for hollowtyning. These are removed and the surface is then brushed with soil, which fills the holes that are left behind.

Why do we hollowtine?

Basically because general traffic – feet, mowers etc cause the ground to become compacted and hard over time, which affects the efficiency of the drainage, which in turn affects the amount of oxygen that the grass roots are able to absorb. Hollowtining allows the turf to expand and air and moisture to be absorbed.

This not only prevents the spread of disease but coring also reduces thatch build up and by top dressing we are able to replace poor soil with good soil. If necessary we can also overseed at the same time to improve the playing surface.

Click Here to hear more about it from the “horse’s mouths” – Jannie Venter & Joe Phiri and Click here to see the hollowtining being done. 

Bryanston Country Club’s 70th Birthday…
Zwartkop is going to enter two teams – one ladies and one men’s into the Bryanston 70th Birthday Golf Day taking place on Wed, 30th May. We will be doing a lucky draw for two members to be part of each team.

The draw will be done from all the members that have played at Zwartkop between 27th April and 20th May. All costs for the day will be paid by Zwartkop.

No Show Rounds…
Sorry to add a gripe into the newsletter but we are having a big issue at the moment with no shows over the weekends. Out of respect for the Club and your fellow members, we ask you to give us 48-hours notice if you are going to cancel your booked game. That allows us enough time to offer the tee-time to someone who is on the waiting list, and it also means the Club doesn’t lose out on revenue.

In future, no shows will be fined R50 per person – remember that if you book for a four-ball, you are responsible for ensuring that four people arrive to play.

Spoil Mom this Sunday at our Mothers Day Lunch…
It’s Mothers Day this Sunday, 13th May and we are putting on a scrumptious lunch with live music, which will be the perfect way for her to unwind.

We’ll have a plated starter, buffet mains and dessert table for just R200 per person. Kids under-5 free & kids under-12 half price. Bookings essential so give Ina a call on (012) 654-1144 /


Boss of the Bar – Thurs, 17th May
The ladies from the Zwartkop Hair & Beauty Salon are taking on the role of Barman next Thursday. Join them for a fun, Mexican themed evening – we’ll have drinks, snacks – including nachos and some live music!Click here for a teaser!

Let us help you play better golf

This week Elsabe recaps the importance of the correct alignment following a lesson with one of our members, Hendrik Theron. Hendrik often chats to Elsabe about her weekly tips and this last week confided to her that his first lessons at Zwartkop were with Brian and Otway Hayes 40 years ago! (click on image to watch)

Elsabe Hefer is a Member of the PGA; a former Gauteng North PGA Teacher of the Year and PGA Top 20 Teacher. She is the Head Teaching Professional at Zwartkop Country Club. Get in touch with her!

Another happy customer - KIMBERLEY GOLF GROUP
On behalf of our touring group my sincere thanks for the hospitality and privilege to play on your Golf Course. It was a marvelous outing which we enjoyed tremendously.
All of the best.

Congratulations to the Zwartkop Men’s Scratch League beat Blue Valley 7-1 in their second match of the season.

Zwartkop Member’s Benefits Programme - Play-Shop-Save!
All you have to do is show your Zwartkop membership card to receive discounts and specials from our Members Benefits Partners.
Make sure you sign up your spouses and children under-18 years of age for free social membership so that they too can benefit. Contact Sharon on (012) 654-1144 / should you need any assistance.

Click here to check out the full list of partners.

Fun GNGU Events for you to participate in: -
10th May – Senior Women @ Centurion
13th May – Juniors @ Waterkloof (18-holes)
20th to 23rd May – Women’s 72-Hole Team Champs – Waterkloof
20th – Juniors @ Zwartkop (18-holes)
You can enter via the GNGU website

Otway’s Coffee & Wine…
The special offer is only available to Zwartkop members and homeowners.


Zwartkop Hair Salon
Take advantage of our great May Specials… Contact Tracey or Nicole for bookings or details and remember that the Salon is now open until 8pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays for those that choose to come after work! Call (012) 654-1144 or 076-659-1081 for hair appointments & (012)654-1144 / 082-695-0427 for beauty salon bookings.

Wingate / Waterkloof / Zwartkop Alliance
We have an Alliance between ourselves; Waterkloof and Wingate, which allows you to play at their courses as members. Please do remember to follow the Rules when using the Alliance: -
• Bookings can only be made by our golf shop staff so contact Ian, Joseph, Vusi or Renier and they will make the booking on your behalf. Please do not arrive at Wingate or Waterkloof without an advance booking having being made by our staff!
• Bookings are subject to availability and can only be made one week in advance for games Monday to Friday and Sunday.
• Bookings for Saturday afternoons can only be made the day before.
• Saturday mornings are excluded from the arrangement.

New Members
We’d like to welcome these New Members to the Club – Mr T de Bruin; Mr L du Toit; Mr R Coetzee & Mrs A Snyman.
We wish you many happy years at Zwartkop. Please contact Ian Hayes or Joseph Phiri in the Golf Shop (012) 654-1144 /, should you need any assistance at all in getting acquainted at the Club.

Tues, 8th & Wed, 9th – Monday Madness Continues…
Zwartkop members & affiliated golfers get a round of golf & a golf cart on a sharing basis for R190. Non-affiliated golfers pay R300.
AM & PM Times available on Wednesday

Tues, 8th - Half price pizza Tuesday night!
Bring the whole family down for a treat. The kids can make their own pizza’s too. T’s & C’s apply, including standard pizza’s only & no take-away’s. We’ll have live music.


Thurs, 10th– Meat Day Tjop & Dop – AM & PM Times available - Live music in the evening
Fri, 11th – Open Day - 
AM & PM Times available
Sat, 12th – 3 AM & 4 PM Times available
Sun, 13th
4 AM & 3 PM Times available - Mothers Day LunchMothers Day Lunch
Thurs, 17th – Meat Day & Boss of the Bar
Sat, 19th & Sun, 20th – A Div Club Champs
(up to 9 h/cap)
Sat, 19th & Sat, 26th – B
(10-17 h/cap) & C Divisions (18 h/cap and over), Ladies & Seniors Champs.

Click Here to download the Information & Entry form and make sure you mail us both the entry form and your proof of payment.

The Club Champs Rules
are also attached for your information.

Sun, 3rd June - Otway & Glenn Hayes Mixed Scramble
Adam, Ian and their choice of two lady partners will throw down the challenge with two pizza’s up for grabs after golf. If you lose to them, then sorry - then you have to buy your own pizza! There’s still the Mixed Trophy up for grabs though and prizes for that, so make sure you diarise the date! Members pay

Normal Greenfee plus R50 Comp Fee & Affiliated Visitors pay R280 including the comp fee.


Junior Club Champs – 25th to 28th June

We want to make it the best one ever! We’ll have A-; B-; C-; Girls and Bunnies Divisions available so there is room for everyone and every level. A strokeplay competition will take place on 25th & 26th June & that will be followed by matchplay on 27th & 28th.

Call Elsabe for details and bookings on

Zwartkop Clubs at Cost Program
As mentioned last week, we have decided to extend the opportunity to buy clubs at cost to all our members for the remainder of 2018. We hope that you feel that we adding great value to your membership. Contact Ian in the golf shop for details and assistance with this.

To all our members who have still not entered for the Club Champs in two weeks time please remember to pop into the shop to enter. As always we have a fantastic Club Champs weekend lined up with some wonderful sponsors onboard. Make sure you don’t miss out.

A couple (a group of 40) of us from Zwartkop are off to Fancourt for our annual golf tour. Joe will be captaining one team and I will have the honour of captaining the other. This year will be a real humdinger as we stand at one win each. Let us know who you think will walk away victorious and stand the chance to win a dozen Titleist golf balls…Click here

Have a look at all the upcoming comps and update your own calendar!
View events schedule.

Who has been winning the competitions at the club? Take a look!
View results.

Do you want to book your next round?

For members, please click the members icon below for bookings online. Visitors are welcome to click on the visitors icon below.

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you performance everywhere, with no compromises.
The Srixon AD333 Tour is specifically designed
to give you distance off the tee, stable ball flight in windy conditions, stopping power on approach shots,
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playing probably a 2-pce golf ball, then trial a sleeve of the Srixon AD333 Tour.
Check the all-round performance, but especially note the greenside spin.

We’re trying to help you make more 3’s on the Par 3’s.
Better decision-making is going to improve your scores.

Despite the increased amount of GPS data available, regular and inexperienced golfers still,
on the majority of occasions, come up short.

Even when a golfer knows the “yardage” on each of their clubs,
their misses are mostly short.

Simple Tip #2
Why are you expecting the perfect golf shot? What is your level of consistency? 
 If there’s no trouble behind
the green, then ignore the
distance to the flag, and pick a
club that, when struck well,
will get you to the back of
the green. That way a less
than perfect ball strike has
a chance of getting to
the green. Rarely do even
good ball strikers
make perfect contact.
Where are the majority of your misses on all approach shots?
Would aiming for the back of the green (assuming no trouble behind the hole)
be a course management strategy that would improve your whole round?
Improving your performance on Par 3’s will probably increase your enjoyment
throughout the round. Think about improvement. If we can help,



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