GREEN­WAYS GOLF SO­CI­ETY IN THE CAPE

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Fol­low­ing your ar­ti­cle ( Novem­ber) on Duck­hook Golf in Gaut­eng, I want to in­form you about the Green­ways Golf So­ci­ety in Cape Town. We launched in Jan­uary 2014, play­ing one Sun­day a month at di er­ent cour­ses – Devon­vale, Stel­len­bosch, Erin­vale, Lange­baan and Malmes­bury among them. From 35 play­ers in 2014 we grew to 55 last year. Most reg­u­lars be­long to a club, but we also have un­af­fil­i­ated play­ers. Our elds av­er­age 28. We try to ne­go­ti­ate good group rates as some of the cour­ses are ex­pen­sive to play even if af­fil­i­ated.

The for­mat is in­di­vid­ual Stable­ford and we keep track of scor­ing through­out the year. We have a FedEx Cup over ve rounds, where you play for points based on where you nish in the eld, and other com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing a “Play­ers Cham­pi­onship.” We toured to the Gar­den Route in Septem­ber of 2014 and 2015.

Our hand­i­cap sys­tem gives more peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to win, and has worked well. We cut ruth­lessly, es­pe­cially any­one scor­ing over 40 points. We nd that hand­i­cap cuts help peo­ple lift their games. Two play­ers who scored 44 and 43 points re­spec­tively in the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship were o scratch for the rst game of 2016. I be­lieve our hand­i­cap sys­tem makes us unique and re­duces the pos­si­bil­ity of guys ma­nip­u­lat­ing their hand­i­caps.

We have a Face­book page, Green­ways Golf So­ci­ety, and any­one wish­ing to join us can con­tact me at ldtrue­man@gmail.com.

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