World Handicap System / Slope Rating

Join the Golf Department as we provide information pertaining to the new World Handicap System / Slope Rating which is set to be implemented on Monday, 3 September. The events

Main Committee Member – Eva Noble

Dear Member, As promised at the AGM, I am delighted to advise that Eva Noble has been co-opted onto the Main Committee with immediate effect. Eva has been a member


BEEKEEPING – To collect 1 kilogram of honey, bees make 120,000-150,000 flights, one bee carries 20-30 milligrams on each trip David Baxter is a fulltime management consultant with a South

Member’s Bar Project

Dear Member, We are very pleased to announce, as mentioned in our Chairman’s recent letter, that the renovation of the Member’s Bar and Grill Room will commence on the 21st

Letter from the Chairman: April 2018

Dear Fellow Members, As another successful year to 28 February 2018 has been completed, I am pleased to report, in brief, on various club matters, the financial results and activities


HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD (HARMONIA AXYRIDIS) An aphid (a sap sucking insect) excretes sugar water which collects on leaves making nice food for the black fungus that covers the leaves of our

INDIGENOUS TREES OF THE WOODMEAD ESTATE (GREEN TAGS) SA: 16 Podocarpus falcatus – Outeniqua Yellowwood, Common Yellowwood SA: 36 Salix mucronata – Safsaf Willow SA: 39 Celtis Africana – White-stinkwood

EXOTIC TREES OF THE WOODMEAD ESTATE (YELLOW TAGS) X18 Araucaria araucaria – Monkey Puzzle, Chilean Pine X24 Pinus canariensis – Canary Pine X46 Cedrus deodara – Deodar, Indian Cedar, Himalayan

GRASSES OF THE GREATER WOODMEAD ESTATE Agrostis lachnantha – Bent Grass Anthephora pubescens – Wool grass Aristida congesta subsp. barbicollis – Spreading Three-awn Aristida congesta subsp. congesta – Tassel Three-awn

Alien Invasive Species – Amended Regulations

ALIEN INVASIVE SPECIES The amended regulations on alien and invasive species in South Africa….. Do you have any alien invasive species in your garden? The amended regulations on Alien and

AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWKS (Gymnogene) take up residence on the Greater Woodmead Estate… Our Golf Professional and enthusiastic birdwatcher, Owen Grobler recently reported seeing a pair of African Harrier-hawks constructing a nest

Eucalyptus Gum

EUCALYPTUS GUM Called gum trees because they exude copious amounts of gum from any break in the bark…. Gum trees are very much a part of our history in South

Common Spotted Aloe

COMMON SPOTTED ALOE, TRANSVAALAALWYN Aloe greatheadii var. davyana The genus name, ALOE is derived probably from the Greek word alsos which just refers to the bitter juice from the leaves

The Wildpear

The Wild Pear Dombeya Rotundifolia Nothing heralds spring quite like the Dombeya. The “Bushveld pride” is a wonderfully apt name for the wildpear which when in flower is unmistakeable. The

Who gets the Acacia?

WHO GETS THE ACACIA? To different continents the acacia is more than just a tree. To us the acacia is part of our African landscape and the acacia name is

The Paintbrush Lily

THE PAINTBRUSH LILY Scadoxus puniceus The spectacular paintbrush lily is one of South Africa’s most striking bulbous plants. The name Scadoxus is derived from ‘doxus’ meaning glory or splendour in