142,591
Pledged to the caddie fund up to 31st May + R30,000 from the Brandon Grace Trust

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26 May 2020

Dear Member;

Firstly, I sincerely hope you are all taking necessary precautions to remain safe. As we all wait patiently to return to our beloved golf club, there are still many uncertainties to overcome. The latest round of announcements regarding the change to level 3 from 01 June has still not provided golf with a green light. We remain in constant communications with GolfRSA and our Southern Cape Golf Union with regards to how and when golf will “open up”. We will endeavour to keep you informed.

I can in the interim assure you that your committee is making every effort to ensure that we all return to a safe and viable golf club environment. At this point, it’s only fair to share some thanks. Thank you for all the efforts made by our committee as well as our club manager and staff during lock-down. Thank you to our members who have been sending us valuable suggestions and who have made generous contributions towards our caddie relief fund.

While we still cannot say exactly how or when we may return to golf, I would like to update you on some points of interest.

Firstly, our club treasurer has spent many hours revising our 20/21 budgets. Our finance committee had to make tough assumptions and decisions while protecting our club’s finances as best possible. On this note I am pleased to inform you that our family of 43 staff members have received their full salaries at the end of April and May. We are busy negotiating individual salary reductions with our staff for the end of June and to date there are no foreseeable job losses. We are of course trying to protect our most vulnerable staff while we remain dependent on some level of golf re-opening relatively soon.

Secondly, although our 31 registered club caddies are not our employees, our caddie relief fund, which was initially created for a three week lock-down period, has supported our caddies to the tune of R186 000 in grocery vouchers. We distribute R30 000 every 10 days to our caddies. Our members have thus far contributed a whopping R130 000 to this worthy cause. We kindly ask that you continue if possible (refer to our website).

Thirdly, once we have more certainty, we will communicate our club’s re-opening conditions. We will assess which facilities may function and all the health and safety requirements linked to each. We kindly request that these criteria be respected and adhered to. Compliance will determine our success. In the interim, we recommend sending funds electronically to your club spending account in advance, in order to minimize personal contact with our Greens office personnel.

The next point deals with our golf course. We have been fortunate to have our greens staff working tirelessly on our course in order to prevent Winter diseases and to maintain the usual high standards. We do however have to manage our expectations and appreciate the circumstances under which we have had to look after our golf course.

With no revenue coming into our club at the moment, you will appreciate that austerity measures have been implemented forthwith. Besides respective salary reductions, we have scaled down on the number of active security guards and have suspended our 20% member discount on bar and halfway house purchases. We will continue to perform basic course maintenance and aesthetics. There will be no specific capital expenditure or any further course re- construction for the foreseeable future.

Based upon our revised revenue assumptions and budget, our club remains financally sound for the medium term. During July we become reliant on receipt of our annual subscriptions. You will receive a letter with your subscription invoice quite soon detailing the clubs needs and your options.

Although we all wish to be back at our club and making birdies, the biggest concern remains the welfare of our members and staff. Please take care. We miss you.

In the spirit of Knysna Golf Club, we decree that every member will have a “mulligan” on the first tee once our course re-opens.

Stay safe.

Kevin Horack
On behalf of Knysna Golf Club committee

Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

Knysna Golf Club’s committee have agreed that our staff will continue to receive their full respective salaries despite the lockdown extension. This is the standpoint until further notice.

The club will also continue to support our registered caddies until the end of April. We will do so by continuing to remunerate them on a weekly basis and collect voluntary funds on their behalf from our generous members. A word of thanks to our ladies section for their recent R15,000 contribution towards this cause.

You may assist our caddies by depositing money into the club’s bank account as follows:

Bank: FNB
Account name: Knysna Golf Club
Account number: 527 029 66056
Branch number: 210 214
Reference:Caddie fund

Many thanks.

 

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A challenge for all golfers

The island green at the par-3 8th hole

 

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On the shores of the lagoon

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Knysna Golf Club

is set in the heart of South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route. Just minutes from the famous Knysna Heads, the course hugs the shores of the Knysna Lagoon and so offers a truly unique golfing experience, making it a must-play destination for visitors to the Southern Cape.

Founded in 1909

Knysna is one of the country’s oldest, most characterful and cherished golf clubs. It is renowned for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and its exceptional clubhouse facilities. Visitors from all parts of the globe are assured a warm welcome and are encouraged to take part in the club’s full programme of golfing competitions.

Our 18-hole course features many tidal pools and inlets with magnificent indigenous trees and a wide variety of bird-life. The flat terrain offers easy walking both with or without a trolley – but don’t be deceived! Long par-5s, imposing par-3s and some challenging par-4s, make it an enjoyable but thought-provoking test for players of all levels.

Its interesting links/parkland layout and has been upgraded and enhanced over the past 10 years. The course boasts some of the finest greens in the Southern Cape and its many natural hazards and scenic location add to its charm and visual appeal.

Knysna Golf Club is one of the town’s most enduring institutions.

Regularly hosting charity events, Southern Cape Opens, Junior Order of Merit competitions, functions for local organisations and businesses and supporting the development of golf, particularly amongst youngsters, Knysna Golf Club embraces the best traditions of a long-established members’ club.

Affordable rates, welcoming staff and excellent facilities make a visit to Knysna Golf Club a memorable and pleasurable experience for anyone who loves the game of golf.

Schöner Parklandcourse mit viel Atmosphäre: Schöner Parklandplatz mit viel Atmosphäre. Alter, ebener Golfplatz mit altem Baumbestand und vielen Wasserhindernissen.

U.G.Stuttgart, Germany

Great Course! We enjoyed our round with the friendly caddies thoroughly. Value for money is excellent here, course is in excellent shape.

A.F.Munich, Germany

Gemoedelijke golfclub: Prima golfclub. Zonder pretenties. Prima baan. Veel leden uit Knysna en omgeving. Levendig. Prachtige restaurant en clubhuis. Aanbevolen,

B.D.Driebergen, The Netherlands

Je bent hier echt gast! Een zeer prettige golfclub. Een hoge attentie waarde van het personeel. Een niet te moeilijke maar wel leuke baan. Wij hadden een buggy, maar is ook eenvoudig om zelf of met een caddy te lopen.

S.T.Gennep, The Netherlands

You'll enjoy playing here! Excellent course to suit all with reasonable golf ability. It’s very scenic with quite a bit of water so you do have to hit straight ..or be good at fishing!

F.G.Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

We had 2 Caddies at a cost of R160 each. Well worth it. Greens were in excellent condition as was the overall course. You do need to book as it is a very busy Members’ Club.

Z.H.Cape Town

Lovely course, well kept greens, nice views and nice folk, good golfers breakfasts and as a bonus, lovely melktert!

P.J.Johannesburg, SA

Beautiful course and friendly people. It's a must on the Garden Route.

I. K-CUnited Kingdom

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