40% up on 2013 charitable donations for needy Boland NGOs
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.
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”.
About Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate
Unsurpassed for natural beauty, nestled in the Berg River Valley and surrounded by the magnificent Simonsberg Mountains, the Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate is a tranquil and safe country residential estate with an award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
Residents enjoy all the benefits of secure country living with close proximity to excellent local schools and easy access to the celebrated Cape Winelands and central Cape Town. The championship golf course, popular Club House and excellent golf practice facilities are part of an array of superb lifestyle amenities that also include a spa, gym, equestrian centre, tennis courts, swimming pools, children’s play areas, petanque courts, hiking, running and cycling trails.
The modern architect-designed homes, set in indigenous landscaped gardens, have unique and splendid views of mountains, lakes and the river. This year, Pearl Valley Golf & Country Estate will focus on reviewing and enhancing its current operations and the Pearl Valley Development Masterplan. Future plans include the possible expansion and upgrade of a number of facilities such as the gym, spa and equestrian centre. The Developer is also currently investigating the inclusion of a hotel and new residences priced to suit different lifestyles, enabling a greater variety of homeowners to realise their dreams of secure country living.
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