STYLISH ‘NEAREST THE PIN’ MARKER
Anew innovation caught my eye at a few courses on a golf trip to KwaZulu-Natal. A cylindrical device on the greens and fairways to mark the nearest the pin or longest drive. It stood out prominently so that golfers could see it, and was a big improvement on some of the markers we are used to seeing at golf clubs around the country. In most cases they are a basic plate attached to a pin, with a sheet of paper stuck on for golfers to write down their names. They are not always noticeable, and lack style.
Cotswold Downs assistant golf director Ross Dewes, a PGA Class A professional, thought there was a better way of marking closest to the pins and longest drives, and asked the inventive grandfather of his fiance to come up with something different. John Pierrot, a former pro jockey who competed in England and Ireland, quickly put together a cylindrical design, and then built it. He has a business in Durban called Plasfab Industries where he fabricates fittings for plumbing installations, and invented the Gutta-Buddy leaf catcher for rain water harvesting systems.
Dewes (above), who grew up playing golf at Victoria CC in Maritzburg, and first worked at Gowrie Farm, introduced the new device at Cotswold Downs, and before he knew it one of them had been “pinched” and copies were appearing at other KZN courses. “I did consider taking a patent, but was told that it wouldn’t be easy, because the device is easily copied,” said Dewes. “John has done a wonderful job, and we love them at Cotswold. The paper for the names is stuck safely inside the cylinder. They can be painted in a variety of colours. We are producing them, so if any golf clubs are interested in buying a set they can contact me at my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.”