Houghton's US Open and Preview

Chad Krost had an incredible round on Saturday when he shot 78 off his CH 16 for 46 Stableford points.

It was his first ever round going sub-80, and he chose one of our Nicklaus Majors to do ...
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The Sid Brews Trophy

osh Lasker and Doron Traube prevailed in a very close count out over Nimrod Barlev and Ryan Sacks in Saturday’s ‘named’ Major after both pairs had made the crazy good scores of 49 Betterball ... See more

Winter Champs

Chad Regenbaum won the 2020 Winter Champs with an unbelievably good score of 43 Individual Stableford points, after blitzing the course in a level par 72 off his 7 handicap!

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I was saddened to hear on the weekend of the passing in Sydney of one of our former Houghton Presidents, Lollie Meyerowitz.

He was a loyal and faithful servant of the club, and apart from ...
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Jim Herman's Numbers

The FedEx Cup playoffs begin this week at The Northern Trust event at the TPC of Boston in Norton, Mass, and where the Top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list will battle it out to make the Top 70 to ... See more

The PGA Champs

The various media formats have been abuzz with stories about the new World #5 golfer Collin Morikawa following his sensational victory on Sunday in the US PGA Championships, the first Major of the ... See more

PGA Preview

This Saturday at the club sees our 18-hole US PGA Championships Major with an Individual Stableford format take place.

With not much chance of the Nicklaus Golden Bear event taking place ...
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Major Season Restart

Short and sweet this week, as things are a bit hectic around these parts as our old club POS system gets cleaned out and we usher in the new format.

• This weekend sees the playing of the ...
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Jon Rahm

Ok, I’m gonna say this straight out!

The golf on the weekend at Muirfield Village was a difficult watch, with firm – read rock hard – greens testing the best in the world past their limits. ...
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Another Brightly Shining Star

he very exciting Collin Morikawa continued his almost dream start to life on Tour when he whacked World #3 Justin Thomas in a thrilling playoff at Muirfield Village in the Workday Charity event. ... See more


First, the stats, then the burning question.

1. He’s bulked up with 40 pounds (18 kilos) of muscle recently, and a bit of a boep nogal! The amount he’s chowing daily is quite ...
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Mid Year

As we pass the middle of this (generally crappy) year, the days will slowly start to get a little longer, but there will still be a few more weeks of frosty icy early mornings and chilly late ... See more

The Lighter Side of Lockdown

Despite what must be one of the longest and coldest fronts – crazy low maximum daytime temps - to hit the Highveld in a long time, Houghton members, and I’m sure golfers all around the country, have ... See more

Post Golf Lockdown

Since we got news around lunchtime last Friday that we’d been cleared for our long-awaited 11-week return to playing the game we all so dearly love, things have been pretty hectic around our ... See more

Golf's Return

I’m sure by now that you’ve all heard two things about our return.

One was on the weekend where we heard that golf’s return would be gazetted early this week, and then confirmed for a ...
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No news yet

I was hoping to let you know some good news, but as of 4pm Friday, there’s still nothing yet.

I had a whole different story planned for this week, but maybe we’ll still hear better news ...
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And Still We Wait

It was really nice to be watching live golf again, but the match just never really did much for me, in fact my eyes only lasted until the halfway point before they went into lockdown, despite my ... See more

It's All in the Finish

There’s a certain wonderful feeling when mowing grass that is hard to explain, but very rewarding in the process.

Those of you who have had to cut your lawn during this lockdown, or at any ...
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Good News And Bad News

The golf course is so pure, you won’t believe it!

And I’m sure I don’t need to tell how good the weather’s been of late.

And we’re missing all of it!

This time of the year, ...
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A Little Story

There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you for a while.

It’s actually a nightmare.

But, before that, I need to give you some background.

Some time ago, in my previous ...
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Lockdown ... By The Numbers

• Today, Tuesday is day 26 of the 35 scheduled days of no golf. Only 9 to go till we can hit the links again, hopefully next Friday the 1st of May, although I wouldn’t hold my breath on that ... See more

Day 20 and counting

I have been reliably informed that today is a Wednesday, so I’ll take that as confirmed!

I’ve just been counting days, which should’ve already been ending tomorrow night, but then some ...
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11 days and counting

I hope you’re keeping well.

Are you, like me, already missing The Masters, even though it wouldn't even have begun yet?

I know that from this time on the weekend prior, I was ...
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Flattening the curve

I hope you’re keeping well, and staying busy at home.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably by now had too much coffee, Netflix and reading, and have now started to clear out some cupboards of ...
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Lockdown Diaries

You're a clever person, so I'm sure you had this all figured out long before this Golf Pro even started to think of it!

You see, I thought there'd be SFA to do in the next 21 days, at the ...
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The 2020 Ladies Club Championships

Dolar Vasani won the 2020 edition of Houghton’s Ladies Club Championships on Sunday, after an exciting playoff victory over Sue Vyvyan-Day on the 2nd extra hole.

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Houghton’s THE PLAYERS Champs

Josh Lasker made an unbelievable 40 Individual Stableford points on Saturday to take our 1st major of the year, and the 1st leg of The Race to Steyn City. Apparently an ‘insane’ birdie on the stroke ... See more

Tour School

As you read this, a field full of mainly Pro golfers are playing Houghton this week in search of elusive playing privileges on the Sunshine Tour for the rest of this year. There are also quite a few ... See more

Better SA Golfing News

This week is the Honda Invitational at PGA National, the Jack Nicklaus designed course that normally signals the start of the Florida swing of the PGA Tour, and where the infamous Bear Trap awaits ... See more

The Family Trophy

The brothers Nathan, Daniel and Samuel, won the latest edition of our annual family golfing get-together when they counted out the brothers Jordan and Cale Kuming after both pairings finished on 46 ... See more

More On The Distance Debate

This Sunday is the annual Family Trophy, a Betterball Stableford format for any family couple, as long as 1 of them is a member. There are still some times available, so let me know, or call us in ... See more

Food For Thought

Embedded Ball

Next, with some of the softer conditions on the course at the moment due to the rainy season, did you know that the relief procedure for an embedded ball changed fairly ...
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The Greatest Show on Grass

It’s the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC of Scottsdale. Read more by clicking below.

The Old Timers Tour

Ernie’s debut tournament on the Champions Tour went pretty well: after a slow start of level par 72, he fired 2 consecutive 65’s to forge his way into a playoff with Miguel-Angel Jimenez and Fred ... See more

Welcome Back

It’s been a while!

Since I last chatted to you, I hope that you’ve kicked back, chilled out, done what you don’t really do all year, and just generally had a bit of time away from whatever ...
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As the year winds down, here are just a few of the things that made the golfing news.
Ryan Nestadt capped a remarkable comeback by winning the Houghton Men’s Club Champs after a few years away ...
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The end of the year

Despite the cool, wet and drizzly weather on Saturday, and despite about 5 fourballs of members preferring to stay in bed, we still had a great turnout in my End of Year Bash on Saturday, when some ... See more

The end of the year

Despite the cool, wet and drizzly weather on Saturday, and despite about 5 fourballs of members preferring to stay in bed, we still had a great turnout in my End of Year Bash on Saturday, when some ... See more

Heat and rain

Well done to Angie Lanham-Love and Howard Phillips who won the Mixed KO on Sunday after beating Lesley Solomon and Ricci Cloud in the final.

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The Jack Gorley Trophy

Houghton’s final Men’s Major of 2019 was won by the 1st round leaders Liad Hadar, Marc Snaid, Ryan Sacks and Marc Rosen, whose 2nd round 87 pointer was just enough to hold off the fast-finishing ... See more

The JGT & The NGC

After an amazing front 9 by Betterball League Home Captain Liad Hadar, his foursome together with his co-Captain in the BB Home side Marc Rosen, last week’s beaten Singles KO finalist Marc Snaid, and ... See more

What A Week

Another Rugby World Cup win was the highlight of a busy week at Houghton.

We had around 250 people wearing their green and gold, eating and drinking and singing and shouting their way to ...
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This Week in Pics

This coming Thursday night, Halloween – the 31st October – is the Houghton Night Run/walk – where you can earn Vitality points for doing your fitness thing, and enjoy some great Houghton chow ... See more

A Bronze Final

Rain continues to be elusive, with just a teasing of dark clouds, thunder and lightning around, but apart from 1 whole millimeter of drops which happened upon us last night, there’s been nothing of ... See more

Rain, Rain, Come Again

At this stage last year, we’d already had some 60mm of Summer rain, and with nothing so far this year since the start of spring at the beginning of September, things are getting quite tight, ... See more

No more late rounds

There was another hole-in-one this weekend when talented young Houghton junior Saul Shapiro knocked a gap wedge into the cup on the 7th hole on Saturday afternoon.

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Handicaps and Leagues

By now, I’m sure you’re well aware that there have been some fairly big changes in our handicapping system since Monday, and you’ll probably also have noticed a small change in your Handicap ... See more

The Concession

This past weekend was the 50th anniversary of ‘The Concession’, the ‘give’ between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin in the decisive singles match of the 1969 Ryder Cup. I’m quite sure that the give or ... See more

The Houghton Away Trip

Thirty two Houghton members, plus a few non-playing partners, enjoyed a great few days at the Sun City resort this past weekend, playing 2 great golf courses in some pretty warm (and windy) weather, ... See more


Most of the talk recently on Tour is about The Player of the Year.

World #1 Brooks Koepka had it pretty much done and dusted until Rory showed up and threw his name into the mix with his ...
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The Norman Gordon Trophy

The Norman Gordon Trophy

Neil Cloud, Robin Bersiks, David Weil and Martin Krok won The Norman Gordon Trophy on Saturday with the great score of 92 points.

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The Winter Champs

Doc Graham Josset won our inaugural Winter Championship on the weekend with 74 Stableford points after a brilliant 1st round of 41pts set him up well for the victory.

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The Houghton Hunt

Daniel Bersiks and Sue Nurick won the 1st prizes of free subs for 2020 in this year’s Hunt.

After 10 months of battle, it came down to the 2 of them, after closely-fought contests in both ...
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The 148th Open Championship

Irishman Shane Lowry made sure of his maiden Major with a pretty clinical display in brutal – and at times atrocious – conditions at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

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There was some amazing sport on TV this weekend

Hough's It

The Wimbledon tennis and Cricket World Cup finals both offered up incredibly nail-biting endings, as SA cyclist Daryl Impey won the 9th stage of the Tour de France – his 2nd ever ...
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Hough’s It

Nice one, Stefan!

There was another ace this Saturday! This time it was Stefan Drue who hit the perfect shot on #14.

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Real Life Dramas

“Cinderella story, tears in his eyes I guess….”

No, I’m not going to quote further from the greatest ever and cult golf movie Caddyshack, but there were two really wonderful feel-good ...
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Short and sweet this week!

I cannot believe that we’re already halfway through the year!

We’ve already passed the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and when the sun is ...
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The US Open

Saul Mayers shot an incredible 45 Individual Stableford points on Saturday to take the honours in our US Open Major, and the 4th leg of The Race to Simola, the series to find the Top 4 members that ... See more

The US Open and Father's Day Weekend

It’s a big newsletter today, because there’s a big week coming up at Houghton Golf Club, what with the US Open golf taking place from Thursday, our own Nicklaus Major on Saturday, our annual Father's ... See more

Brooks Koepka

For the record, BK won his 4th Major, that’s 4 out of the last 8 played, and it’s a stretch going back almost 2 years, and covering 3 different calendar years.

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The World Handicap System

I’m sure you’ve all received the latest monthly newsletter from HNA about the changes coming to the system to bring the entire world into line by the end of this year.

My take is that there ...
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The Weather

Short and sweet this week.

It’s been pretty quiet on the golfing front, with long weekends and the Pesach and Easter holidays, but we’re building up for a big May.

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The Master

It had everything, from birdies and eagles to water balls and disasters, from lesser known players to golf’s best, but somehow the script avoided the weather, had enough good play and players to keep ... See more


I’m sure by now you’ve seen, or at least heard about, the incident regarding these 2 top players who’ve both been in the news recently for stuff regarding things other than the amount of strokes ... See more

Tour School - By the numbers

Major Season is fast approaching, and it’s only just 15 days, 22 hours and 36 minutes until The Masters tees off on Thursday 11th April, but then, who’s counting?

Louis went close at the ...
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The Race is on

I am away this week, so apologies for the short letter.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/2TFLmlz

Club Champs Part 2

Ryan Nestadt won the 2019 Men’s Club Championship for the 2nd time, this time after an 8 year break having given up the game for a few years, but then coming back older and wiser, and certainly ... See more

Happy Valentines?

It’s a bit of a story!
Gareth Friedlander and Liad Hadar, pictured here with The Sid Brews Trophy, had originally planned a Valentine’s weekend with their better halves in Madikwe.

They ...
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Rules from the Deserts

The Epic Flash has arrived, the Pros are kicking up some dirt out in the desert, and the leaderboard for the Houghton Hunt.

Find out more about what's happening at Houghton by following this ...
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Epic Flash

I was reminded the other day about something fairly regular that used to crop up in my previous life, that of a Touring Professional. I often used to get asked, when playing in the pre-tournament ... See more

Welcome back

We had a busy month at Houghton, with just over 3500 rounds being played, what with the sunrise 9-hole option and the reciprocal arrangements between ourselves and most of our neighbours, and with ... See more

The End of the Year

I hope by now you’re relaxing, winding down, or better still, chilling on the beach somewhere, organising golf for tomorrow morning with mates who you’ve bumped into as your kids or grand kids are ... See more

Rules, Rules and More Rules

So, as we move closer and closer to D-Day, or should I say R-Day, here are some more bits and pieces about what lies in store for us come Jan 1.

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The End of Year Bash

We finished our annual calendar year with a flourish: great weather, and our course in spectacular condition, with all the Benriach, Glendronach and Glenglassaugh whisky and Heineken beer on offer ... See more

The Bear's Home

After 3 particularly hot days of golf just an hour away from us at Pecanwood, our team triumphed over our Nicklaus cousins to finally win back The Golden Bear. In fact, Houghton successfully defended ... See more

Bear Hunting

Dudu Hlatshwayo won the final Ladies Major of the year on a nett score of 147, edging out Elaine Rubens and Sue Vyvyan-Day by just 1 point.

Sue Nurick’s 67 points were just too good for the ...
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Big Brother

I’m not sure if you noticed last week, but the text of my weekly mailer was considerably bigger.

Now I can hear some of you saying that the old Pro in the shop can’t see anymore, so he had ...
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More rules

Sorry to bother you with this, but I’m going to keep posting videos and images as they become available online and in social media, as the changes coming are really quite radical, and we’re going to ... See more

The Rules They Are A Changing

Things are pretty quiet now on the golfing front, so with getting the new handicap system done and dusted, it’s time to start looking at the new Rules governing the game, and which will kick in at ... See more

Spring Update

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Spring Cleaning

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The Open Championships

Kappy shares his 10 key points from the weekend at Carnoustie with us in this week's newsletter:

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The Houghton Away Trip

The dates have been set for our annual away trip, and this year again sees us heading down to the Ezulwini Valley for 3 days of golf and fun at the superb venue that is the Royal ... See more

Houghton Golf Club Newsletter, 18 April 2018

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Weekend News

Hough's It
Just a quick reminder of a few things happening at Houghton GC in the next week.
1. Greg from Biomech is going to be here tomorrow (Saturday) to demo his putters. If you have any ...
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Holiday reciprocity

Hough’s It

Sorry to bother you twice in one day, but we just realised that the reciprocity link in my letter earlier was for a Microsoft Publisher file, and it’s not opening for most, so I’m ...
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The best value route to better golf is to put new grips on your current clubs, a practice often overlooked by the majority of golfers. The advice is to re-grip your clubs once a year or every 40 ... See more