PLAYING GOLF UNDER COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS @ THE CLARENS GOLF & LEISURE ESTATE

Following Govt. regulations and GolfRSA's hard fought recommendations, guidlines and directives - we have put together the following steps to ensure everyone's safety. We urge everybody to go above and beyond in maintaining hygenine, social distancing and consideration for staff and fellow golfers - locals and visitors alike.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to just talk to us. You can also email us on: golf@theclarens.co.za

BEFORE THE ROUND:
No-touch booking and payment

Mobile phone APP | Telephonic, online & email booking and payment ONLY.

Clubmaster APP (Apple)
Clubmaster APP (Android)
Clubmaster Manual pdf
Phone: +27 58 256 1270/1319
Email Proshop: golf@theclarens.co.za

MyHomeClub APP is another golfing APP option. Check it out here.

ARRIVAL & WAITING TO PLAY.

Limited essential access. Masks at all time and social distancing. Golfer is responsible for santising and handling of own equipment.

• All staff, membership and visitors are temperature screened and details recorded at the Clubhouse entrance.
• Hand sanitisers provided at all areas.
1 person at a time in Pro Shop.
• 1 person per sanitised golf cart.*
1 x 4-ball at arrival • 1 x 4-ball on practice green • 1 x 4-ball on tee-off.

THE COURSE

All the items on and around the course.

• All rakes, ball washers, drinking fountains, benches and bins have been removed or sign-posted 'not for use'. • Flagsticks are not to be touched and sponge has been wrapped around the base of all flagsticks - inside the 'hole' to ensure no-touch ease of use.
• Spotters are recommended. Caddies  may be used. Sanitize the bag BEFORE and AFTER the round (especially strap and handles.

DURING AND AFTER THE ROUND

Halfway, scoring and gathering.

• Order your halfway meal before you tee-off. • Take away kitchen service is fully operational. • Alcohol is permitted for on-site consumption. Strict adherence to the curfew. Golf Course Closed on Mondays. • Scoring strictly - no exchange of scorecards - use HNA APP only. • The number of people  gathering must not exceed 50% of its normal capacity.

THERE ARE CHANGES TO LEVEL 1 REGULATIONS

These changes were published on the 21 September.

ACCOMMODATION

Choose, to suit your needs.

The Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate has several rental options available for those weekend or midweek treats away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

GOLF

Winter course holding up beautifully.

Your round of golf at The Clarens Golf Estate begins at the stylish clubhouse, strategically positioned to view the finish of both nines.
The course is closed on Mondays.

EVENTS CENTRE

What do you need?

Our new events centre caters for small, intimate board meetings to functions up to 100 people. Our dedicated teams aim to please and ensure that folks leave with a memory of the quiet life here in Clarens.

CLARENS

The village of Clarens

Clarens is renowned for its art scene and the town hosts a range of interesting shops, restaurants, leisure and country life experiences, for any energetic or relaxing visitor.

WEATHER

Up-to-date information so you
can plan your day.

MONTHLY CALENDAR

At a glance, see what formats are beng played on a monthly basis.

LOCAL WEEKLY COMPETITIONS

Join us every Wednesday and Friday for competitions.

BULLETIN BOARD

Keep up to date with what's going on at The Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate.

FACEBOOK

Post images of your stay or round of golf.
Would love some feedback.

NEXT EVENT

Find out about our next event.

US KIDS GOLF

15th November 2020. Junior Event R250 for 9 holes / R300 for 18 holes.

Please email maritzwessels@yahoo.com for more information and registration

US KIDS GOLF

14th November 2020. Parent / child day R1200 per team (Halfway house/Dinner incl.).
15th November 2020. Junior Event R250 for 9 holes / R300 for 18 holes.

Please email maritzwessels@yahoo.com for more information and registration

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Click below to see the magnificent view
from the club house via live streaming camera

BULLETIN BOARD

We're proud to show you everything that we've been up to
in the form of a few pics.

The rains were slow to start this summer in Clarens, but over the past three or four weeks there have been days with wonderful mountain thunderstorms as well as long periods of gentle drizzle. All of it very welcome - and speaking of welcome there has been some additions to assist our visitors to the Estate - in the form of new EXIT signs at all the intersections on the roads of the Estate. Continuing the sandstone theme, these signs have been carved out of sandstone and strategically placed, helping with navigation on the Estate.

Another new addition situated just inside the entrance to the Estate is a simple large map, showing all the necessary details and directions for the visitors convenience.

Following up on the massive task of clearing the alien plant life on the western side of the Estate, there has been a solid effort in eradicating the Black Locust, commonly known as Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia L.), also know as false acacia is a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae). A salt solution has been used to gain control of this area.. The wood that has been cut down has been “chipped” and constant follow-up of cutting and applying solution has seen excellent results.

There were a number of Villas that were completed earlier this year, as winter being the optimal time to build with it’s consistently dry and cool weather conditions. With a couple of Villas still under construction, we are proud to announce that there are now ten permanent residents living on the Estate.

On the golfing side of things there have been continual improvements and alterations, with the ninth green-side bunker being filled in, much to the glee of the golfing membership. This is just a part of the ongoing programme to improve and upgrade the bunkers throughout the course.

With the rains arriving so late this year, there was considerable effort and individual care taken of the numerous new trees that have been planted throughout the golf course over the past couple of years. This watering and fertilizing effort is showing results now, with the December afternoon rains in full swing.

The yearly signature golf tournament - The Thabo Mofutsanyana Amateur Open - The Clarens Open was held over the first weekend in December with great success, as a field of 105 players from under 11’s through to Super Seniors came from all over the Free State. A very hot weekend of 54 holes of stroke-play golf was endured and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants with the incredible duo of Franco Froneman and his dad Jaco Froneman taking The Clarens Open Championship and the Senior Championship respectively. Outstanding, consistent golf from the Froneman family - once again, huge congratulations and hope to see you next year.

In further news, we are closed on Christmas Day and will be closing early - 14h00 on the 31st December and will be open for a quiet brunch on the 1st January at 9h00.

USGA, R&A release World Handicap System details, target 2020 debut.


Golf will soon be getting a unified handicap system. The U.S. Golf Association and R&A announced details for the proposed World Handicap System, which would provide golfers everywhere with a consistent measure of playing ability. The World Handicap System is designed to encourage all golfers to carry a handicap, enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions. Currently, there are six different handicapping authorities: the USGA, Golf Australia, Council of National Golf Unions, European Golf Association, South African Golf Association and Argentine Golf Association. Under the proposal, the new system will be governed by the USGA and R&A and administered locally by national associations around the world and the six existing authorities, which represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a handicap.

Details of a few additional local rules at The Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate will be forthcoming in the new year. Watch this space.

It's been a busy winter at the Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate, from high flying balloonists to low waddling new arrivals - Muscovy ducks. Muscovy ducks are not related to any other duck, in fact some believe they are decended from geese rather than ducks.

They originate from South America where their name is believed to come from their insatiable appetite for mosquito's and their larvae. They also have a penchant for flies, small slugs, snails and even frogs & newts. Quite tame and enjoying their new home on the dam in front of the Club House. 

Winter time on the Estate is the time for maintanance and upgrading. Planting new aloes at the entrance to the Estate to replacing 33 new conifers at the Maze Folly. 

Public rest spots along the hiking trail are in the process of getting attention with a fresh coat of varnish on the wooden units.

Winter is also the perfect time to clear the brush on the empty plots on the Estate and 

while an on-going task, is helped by the fact 

that there is a constant and steady flow of new villas been built throughout the Estate.

The addition of retaining walls in the form

of gabians at the Estates reservior site was completed a month or so ago.

One can't help noticing the huge task of clearing the alien plant life on the western edge of the Estate. Black Locust, commonly known as Robinia (Robinia pseudoacacia L.). Also know as false acacia is a member of the Pea family (Fabaceae).

Black locust is a shade intolerant species and therefore is typical of young woodlands and disturbed areas where sunlight is plentiful and the soil is dry.

In this sense, black locust can often grow as a weed tree. It also often spreads by underground shoots or suckers which contribute to the weedy character of this species. The clonal pattern of growth and connected roots are promoted for erosion control. In South Africa, it is regarded as a weed because of its habit suckering. 


Reeds in the dams on the golf course are also being cut down, a huge team effort and a tricky, cold job at the best of times. A necessary on-going yearly job and always a relief to wayward golfers.

The Springbok and Impala on the course have increased in numbers substantially over the last season. They seem to have settled very well, getting used to golfers buzzing around on their grazing grounds and gaining status with visitors asking after them.

On a lighter note, The Clarens Golf & Leisure Estate has been busy entertaining birthday and wedding guests in both the events centre as well as in the warm and cosy Club House.

On the golfing front, winter has not deterred the avid golfer with visitors travelling from far afield and enthusiastically braving the early morning frost to challenge The Clarens Winter Course. All reports - from groups of visiting Pro's to weekend golfers have stated that they have thoroughly enjoyed the course, with particular fondness to the state of the greens.