Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate donates R84,000 to local charities

Multi award winning golf course in the Paarl/ Franschhoek Berg River Valley, Pearl Valley, has donated R 84, 000 this year to three local charities desperately in need of community support.

Non-profit skills development, income generation and enterprise development organization ENZA in Mbekweni; Franschhoek Resource & Network Co-ordination Organisation (Franco) and The Rock Foundation in Paarl each received an equal share of the combined total this year, 40% up from the debut grant made last year to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

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The Captain’s Charity, initiated in 2013 by Peter Richardson, Pearl Valley’s Men’s Golf Captain, is an ongoing fundraising initiative designed for players on the golf course to pay a small fine, should they land a ball in the water on the iconic 13th hole – a showpiece of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Couse that has breathtaking views of the Simonsberg Mountains and Berg River Valley.

“When I took on the Captaincy, I wanted to make sure we gave something back to the community in which we live,” says Richardson. What began last year as a fine payable on 13th hole misses has evolved to a charity day auction and a few smaller activities. In addition to this, Pearl Valley pledged to match all funds raised by the charity.

“Pearl Valley is honoured to support the Captain’s Charity, we realise the importance of giving back and investing in our local community and the charity provides us with the opportunity to do just that,” says Pearl Valley’s General Manager, Gawie Marx.

Opened a decade back by golfing greats Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, Pearl Valley has gone on to score “Best Conditioned Gold Course In the Western Cape” for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by Golf Digest magazine, and awarded Compleat Golfer’s Five Star Experience Award for six consecutive years. In 2013, the course saw an upgrade of its already superb facilities, increasing the range size from 2 800m2 to 5 200m2.

Richardson concludes, “I’m so proud of the Pearl Valley members for their ongoing support, thank you”.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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