Last weekend the final event of the year for the top golfers in the Free State province took place in Clarens. The Heineken Clarens Open is a three way partnership between Heineken, The Clarens Golf Estate and the Free State Golf Union, and counts towards provincial colours and points.
This is the second year of the event, which was held over two days, last year’s having been played on one day only. The Clarens Golf Estate General Manager, Francois Schoeman, envisages that it will become the biggest annual amateur golfing event in the Free State. This was the only Free State Golf Union tournament that has been able to fill its field this year, and neither Eskom nor the weather were successful at undermining the success of the event.
The course was looking in superb condition after major upgrades this year. Mr Schoeman maintains that the aim is for The Clarens to become the premier golfing venue in the Free State. This would place The Clarens venue in a good position to host top national tournaments. Without any doubt The Clarens Golf Estate is the most splendid golfing venue in the province, and one of the most beautifully situated courses in the country.
The Clarens Club members featured well in the event despite having to pit their skills against those of the provincial top players. Thinus Rosslee showed his form by reaching 7th in the overall placings, also taking the Men’s Club Championship, which was decided at the end of Saturday’s play. Janice Brownlee confirmed her status once again as the Ladies’ Club Champion, having held that position now for six years. Two young locals, the Delport boys, showed their mettle by chasing the top end of the field of players all the way over the 54 holes. Well done!
Next year’s tournament will be held over three days and will include a gala evening. This promises to be an event not to be missed!
Spectators and visitors are always welcome at The Clarens, and the facility has an excellent and reasonably priced restaurant and bar.