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

POTY

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

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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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Disrupter

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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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Calamity

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

Gimmes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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