Greetings from Derek Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Spring Treatment –  done & dusted for another year!
It’s been a quieter week with the course closed for 3 days over spring treatment but all is back to normal now, and the Thursday comp players quipped that the greens were much better that they thought they would be, so credit to Charl, Nick & their team. We look forward to some spring rains and all coming thru again for summer. You will notice some patchwork on some of the greens. This is where the invasive cynodin foreign grass has been removed and new paspalum grass taken from the chipping green has replaced it.

Congrats to Cleve & Julie Walkerm Allyson Thomas & Gary Purtell
4 of our recent Casa Toscana voucher winners

Lady Captain Michelle Davies presenting ‘The Iron Lady’ Trophy to Winner  Jeanette Peyios
The September Casa Toscana BB Stableford was played on Sat 2nd. Always a popular day and thanks again to Marisa, Marioand Andrea for their fabulous vouchers and sponsorship,  We know all the winners enjoy  wining & dining at the great local restaurant in Trafalgar

Congratulations to Jeanette Peyios who won the ‘Famous 5’ Ind Stab ladies competion on Thursday. Jeanette was presented with ‘The Iron Lady’ Trophy donated by Elizabeth Cochrane in 2000 and originally used in the  Ladies ’Irons only’ Competition, but as club design has evolved and changed over the years, so the competition has as well and it has become the”The Famous Five’ which the Ladies play using 5 clubs only. It is a great test of skills, deciding on different shots and really is a most enjoyable, testing, different & fun format indeed.

Letter from the Manager Gavin Sole 8th Sept 2017

Dear Member,
I would like to thank the members for their contributions over the past financial year. This year has offered many challenges and management and your committee have worked extremely hard to improve the course and club house. Every effort has been made to increase food & beverage sales through the many functions we have offered. For that I personally thank Dawne Murray who has taken the time to assist the Marketing Committee to drive this revenue. We attempted our first concert on the course, which was to be held on Hole 13, unfortunately the heavens opened and we were forced to move all guests & members into the club house. The function was still a huge success and a big thank you to Deanne Purtell who assisted the club with all the logistical, health and safety issues that needed to be covered.

Club House Improvements
The 2 sliding doors onto the patio were upgraded and we added a pram/ wheel chair friendly ramp to encourage all to use the patio. We are also in the process of adding 2 wheelchair friendly parking areas just above the staff quarters.
The purchase of the coffee machine in April has attracted more visitors who have utilised our venue for a quick cup or sit down meal. Our sales in this area alone have doubled. We still aim to improve the coffee & cappuccino’s and will continue to shop around to find the best coffee bean.
The 3 Jo-Jo’s water tanks were installed and we thank the generous donations received from members and the ladies section.
The Clubhouse has been closed for spring treatment (03 September to 06 September) and the carpets received a welcome clean by QL cleaning services and the kitchen extractor fan was also serviced and cleaned.
John our painter took this time to paint the kitchen ceiling and he continues to improve our club through his hard work each Monday. Donations have been received for a childrens playground area, which will be installed behind the bar, we thank those members who have offered donations for this cause.

Subscriptions were abnormally high this year to correct the financial well being of the club, with this correction this is highly unlikely to receive the same increase next year.   The annual fees are now due and we advise members that fees are due & payable by the end of September.   A news letter was sent out with the different payment options and should you require the use of this option, please contact the office urgently to make arrangements.

Due to the increase in the Annual Playing Card, the committee have re-introduced the Member Clip Card where you can purchase 20 rounds and will be credited with 23 rounds. This has definitely received a positive response and we have sold quite a few of these cards. The cost of this card is R3600.00.

Food & Beverage
Due to the increase in certain food and beverage items, some prices will be increased on 11 September 2017 to ensure that the club achieves the budgeted mark up. Members discount will be increased from 10% to 15% on all F&B items, so we encourage you to load and use your club cards. Should you not have a SAGA card, Southbroom cards are available in the office.

Staff:  Over the past year, we have had some unfortunate incidents with staff theft and fraud of members accounts. These staff were dismissed through a lengthy process and CCMA found that the club had acted fairly. We have put procedures in place and have had no further issues with members money been misappropriated. Three new waiters were employed and compliments have been received from members and guests towards these new staff.

The Committee and management have met and discussed at length the current staff costs which have increased year on year. During this period we have reduced the security monitors by 3. The club will save R168 400 per annum in this section. The Pro Shop have offered a golf cart to the club, which will be used as a security vehicle around the club to monitor the current guards and safety of members and visitors.       Our favourite Car Park Security Guard sadly passed away recently, Khanya will be missed by all. Comments were received from staff who attended his funeral that he was buried like a King (Rest in Peace Khanya).

Staff Overtime: This expense will be scrutinised by committee and management & every effort will be made to curb this cost.

Course :  The course committee agreed that there will be no more planned work to paving over the next 2 years and that the club could not carry the cost of the Course Paver. The club used the services of a labour lawyer and have retrenched this position. The matter has been taken to CCMA and will be heard on 29 September 2017.
This will amount to a saving of R72 000 per annum. We currently have 3 staff who are 64 and will be retiring within the next year. These posts may possibly not be re-filled.

Trees have ben planted on holes 5,10,14,17 & 18 and we thank members for donations received for this cause.
Soil samples were taken from all greens and the results should be with us shortly.

Functions to Diarise
Sunday 17 September – Turf & Surf fun run & walk (bring the whole family & dogs on leash welcome)
Registration 06H30 & start 07h00. R40 entry includes bacon & Egg roll afterwards)
Thursday 21 September – Sherry, Soup and Singing with Arina- Bookings now open in the office R120
Friday 29 September – Chicken BBQ after chicken run, extras welcome at R25 for a chicken prego roll.
Friday 29 September – 100 Club Draw – Tickets are still available

Sunday 01 October – Sunday Lunch – Entertainment by Mama & Pappa James
Sunday 22 October – California Dreaming – Sixties Dinner Party
Tuesday 31 October – Kiddies Halloween fun & early family supper

I would like to thank the Committee, Derek, Sheena & Dane in the Pro-Shop and my staff for assisting me this past year.

Thank you        Gavin Sole    Club Manager

September is quite the social month.
We have another fun run walk to enjoy next weekend Sunday 17th
see poster alongside.

Our star performer  Arina is back and bringing with her a musical evening of piano and singing at our Club. We invite you to join us at our next social event, Soup, Sherry & Singing with Arina.

In addition to Arina’s magical voice, we will also be hosting the opportunity for the audience to perform as well. Songs will be available for sale as well as the opportunity to nominate a friend (small fun fines are payable if you decline). Proceeds for these will go towards the South Coast Hospice, so it’s a fun night towards a really worthy cause. Tickets for this evening are available at Southbroom Golf Club. As always, our events have limited seats available so please be sure to book your tickets early.    Date: Thursday 21 September 2017 Time: 6 for 6.30pm @ Southbroom Golf Club    Book in the office.

South Coast Spring Wine Festival   Thurs 21st -Sunday 24th September
Village news is that the Riverbend Crocodile farm is gearing up for their annual very popular Southcoast Spring WineFestival, see poster above. Please contact Joeanne for more information 039 316 6204 to make bookings or purchase them directly at Riverbend Crocodile Farm @ the Art and Wine Cellar (9.00am – 4.30pm), daily or send us a mail on to purchase via eft for collection at the door. Tickets are non-refundable.

Riverbend Crocodile Farm Southbroom
21st September – Thursday “Portraits of Africa” | Art Exhibition MUNRO
This year the Title of our exhibition is “Portraits” and will featured, well known South African artist Munro who is famous for his bright landscapes and portraits. We will also for the first time this year be presenting an amateur art competition for, scholars and adult with the selected finalists works being profiled during our annual exhibition and be offering cash prizes to the respective winners. Three age categories for schools and an adult art and photographic exhibition section will be profiled.

22nd September – Friday Wine Festival 30 Top Estates,160 Fantastic Wines
30 exhibiting wine estates who will profile more than 150 premium wines. These estates have once again offered discounted prices for wines ordered on the night.
Venue: Riverbend Crocodile Farm        Date: Friday 22nd September 2017
Time: 17h30 for 18h00                       Ticket  Price: R125.00 per person
Tickets include a tasting glass, finger snacks, entrance to various draws,
and the Exhibiting estates have once again offered discounted prices for wines ordered on the night.

23rd September – Saturday “The Gentry” Light Acoustic Rock Evening
Great Harmonies & stage presence Featuring James Carlsen on guitar & vocals, John Skuy on bass & vocals, Jonathan Brautesethon on keys and Gavin Hughes on drums. They preform a wide range of music from Simon & Garfunkel, The Beathes, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, George Ezra, Rodriguez and many more. Not to be missed cash bar available Tickets R100

24th September – Sunday “Jazz and Shiraz” Jazz and Champagne Brunch
Featuring5th Season who are a proudly South African KZN-based band,
They play a wide variety of well-known jazz standards and contemporary tunes     10h30 for 11h00 – 14h00
Includes welcoming bubbly sponsored by Lanzerac, a 3 course brunch cash bar and 90 minutes of Top Jazz presented by 5th Season TICKETS: R 250.00

The Mixed Classic is our next event and the field is almost full! If you would like an entry form, please email

Week at a glance

Fri 8th September
Chicken Run : Ind Stab

Sat 9th September
Men : Combined Stab
Ladies : Combined Stab

Wed 13th September
Men : Monthly Medal & Ind stab
Ladies : Monthly Medal

Fri 15th September
Open Day Alliance

Sat 16th September
Men : Alliance
Ladies : Alliance

Sun 17th September
Southbroom Fun run walk 5km/10km
Registration in the Club house from 6h30 am
07h00 Start
R40 Entry includes Bacon & Egg Breakfast Roll

Friday 1st Sept – Chicken Run 9h Ind Stab

17 Gordon Moody
17 Chris Miller
17 George Haynes

Sat 2nd Sept – Casa Toscana BB Stab Men

1st– 47 pts Gary Purtell & Cleve Walker
2nd– 44 pts Malcolm Moorely & Alan Woods on c/o
3rd– 44 pts Geoff Skelton & Bruce Matthew on c/o

Casa Toscana BB Stab Ladies

1st– 43 pts Julie Walker & Allyson Thomas
2nd– 42 pts Janet Humphrey & Jan Germs
3rd– 42 pts Karin Asbock & Irene Schanda

Thursday 7th Sept – Mens Alliance 2 to count & all 4 on highlighted holes

1st– 120 pts John Lison, Arthur Lee, Piet Joubert & Erwin Schanda
2nd– 110 pts Jim Cook, Paul Lawson, Chris Miller & Olliver Ransome

Ladies Famous Five Ind Stab 5 clubs only

1st– 36 pts Jeanette Peyios Wins the Iron lady Trophy
2nd– 35pts Mari Fielden
3rd– 34pts Michelle Davies

 Parenting requires

And for many that has meant less and less
time available to play golf, until eventually the
golf clubs get put away.

And then the children get to be 5, and 6 and 7 and older.
They can find their own pastimes, or they can discover golf is the greatest family pastime there is.
If you have a friend, who’s grown a family and stopped playing golf, tell them to come back.
Their family will be better off. They’ll be better off. You’ll have done someone a good turn.

Derek and Sheena