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D.O.G.S. Final Round at Riverside Golf Club

Hail the D.O.G.S.!!!!!

Courtesy of Ian Pemberton

61 players turned up for our final round at Riverside. Play got underway on time and most of the players were able to play quickly and get into the clubhouse early for refreshments. Others may want to review our slow play flow chart below.

If you do want to make your way around the course at a leisurely pace please put yourself in the last group so as not to affect play of others.

Welcome to Rajeev Rajeshweren, Richard Berg and Patrick Chaundy who played their first round with us and welcome back to Pungky Gunawan, Badrol Hisham Jeran, Steven Xie and Yusni Yusof. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Unfortunately for the D.O.G.S. this round we said so long to Katsuaki "Taka" Takahashi who is heading to Vietnam for his next posting. Taka vows to return to Jakarta once travel opens back up. We'll miss him until then.

We arranged a package of some D.O.G.S. gear as a farewell gift. We are looking forward to receiving some photos of Taka sporting it in Vietnam.

We had just a few submissions for the bridge photo challenge this week. Let's see what feature at the next course gets the D.O.G.S. attention.

Once again Sarah Brown was too strong off the tee, winning both Longest Drives. Gaurav Shirke had his putter working, winning Putting Champion. Gary Danskin made light work of the course to take Lowest Gross with a mere 71 strokes; his 40 points were also enough to win him Runner Up. The Little Dog went to Willy Noronha as our Weekly Champion.

Next Sunday the D.O.G.S. will be participating in the Jakarta Interleague for the first time when the 2021 season kicks off at Riverside. During our prize giving ceremony Captain Gary Danskin and the team got their shirts. Good luck next week Team!

Congratulations to this week's winners!

After 6 weeks of play the competition for the Big Dog was tight. This was further emphasized by the final standings where only 5.1 points separated 1st and 10th place!

As an added bonus, the winner of the Eclectic would receive a 3 month gym membership from our newest sponsor Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First.

While the Eclectic was tight, there was little doubt early on in this tournament who was going to win the Lowest Gross. Shooting the day's lowest gross was a fitting way for Lowest Gross Champion Gary Danskin to close out the tournament.

Going into the final round Dave Prosser was hanging onto a small lead. His 2 improvements were enough to hold off a charge by Gaurav Shirke. Congratulations to Dave on winning his 3rd Big Dog. Besides Runner Up Guarav also ended up taking home the gym membership as Country DM-Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First, Dave couldn't accept.

Full Lowest Gross and Eclectic standings can be viewed on our Leaderboard page.

Another tournament completes and we would like to thank everyone who came out to join us and make for 6 fun days of golf. Thank you to Riverside for doing such a great job organizing the efficient starts. As always we thank everyone on the Committee for their hard work, Kevin Dobson as MC, Rod Williams getting online scoring working with myGolf2u, Dougy McQuater and Craig Edwards helping with handing out scorecards, collections and everything else on play days and Sarah Brown for booking the course.


On Sunday a contingent of D.O.G.S. joined Tee Set for their Valentine's Day Scramble at Sawangan. In preparation for the day Tee Set had some nice coffee mugs made to be given as gifts. However, a miscommunication with their vendor took place and while Tee Set's logo was on the mug, "DOGS Happy Valentine’s Day" was printed below it! A good laugh was shared and we, of course, were quite happy to get our name associated with a great day.


The rules of golf are very important to the D.O.G.S. and this is why we have enlisted the help of our Rules Guys, Jens Roestel and Rudie Basson, to help educate us. The rules can be your friend and knowing them is certain to help you in your round. With this in mind players are encouraged to help each other on the course; if you think you have seen a rules infraction on the course please take the time to discuss it with the player(s) involved. In most cases we find out lack of knowledge was the root cause, not deceit. It is unhelpful coming to the committee after a round to report something if it was ignored on the course. Both sides are encouraged to see discussion about rules as a learning experience. If, after discussion, there is still some question then please bring it to the committee following the round and we will get a ruling.


Next week we move to another D.O.G.S. favourite in Tangerang. Turn out is always good here so grab a friend and sign up to play.

  • Where: Modern Golf & Country Club

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Tee Off: 12:00

  • Green Fee + Golf Cart: 875.000 IDR/person

As always; we request players are at the course 1 hour early.

To register:

If you are going to be late or decide not to play, let us know so appropriate arrangements can be made.

See you at the course,




Courtesy of fellow Dog, Rudie Basson - R&A First Grade Umpire.

The Rules and what it means when we play.


Rule 4.3 is very clear about what is allowed and what is not allowed when carrying a distance measuring device such as a GPS Watch, Laser Rangefinder, and a Multi-Functional Device such as a cell phone. It is not allowed to display effective playing distances (slope, elevation, or other plays-like distance information), recommended use of specific club, analysis or display of swing etc and measuring environmental conditions, such as wind speed or altitude. These features must be switch off or not accessed.

What is not clear in the rules but clarified by USGA is the limitation on images of Greens (providing slope and other information) on electronic devices. This applies when playing a stroke from the putting green or making a stroke made with a putter from anywhere with the intention for the ball to come to rest on the putting green.

The image of a Putting Green must be limited to a scale of 1:480 or smaller. The image of a 30m x 20m green will therefore be 62mm x 42 mm. The size of Green representation in electronic or digital form cannot be increased beyond scale or size limits, neither can it produce a recommended line of play.

The same limitation applies when carrying a paper copy of Green Images.

On and Around the Green

The rules are fairly generous to repair damage on the Green i.e., tapping down spike marks etc, which can be done whether your ball is on the Green or off the Green. A Player is only allowed to use his normal equipment to repair damages. However natural imperfections i.e., uneven growth, weeds and bare areas cannot be repaired or tapped down.

Sand and loose soil can only be removed on the Putting Green but not anywhere else on the course. Do not be tempted to remove sand and loose soil in your line of play on the apron or further from the Green if you intend to putt. One exception, if your ball is at rest of the Green and your opponent splashes sand from a bunker shot all around you ball lying off the Green. You are then entitled to recreate your lie similar to when your ball came to rest. In this case you can remove the sand and loose soil.

If your approach shot just missed the green creating a nice pitch mark right in front of your ball in line of play, do not be tempted to fix the pitch mark or any other irregularities of the Green. No problem to fix any pitch marks on the Green.

A ball is holed if any part of the ball is in the hole below the surface of the Putting Green. No need for the entire ball to be below the surface. If a ball comes to rest against the flagstick and no part of the ball is below the surface the ball is not holed, even if by subsequently moving the flagstick the ball falls into the hole. The ball must be replaced on the lip of the hole. Make sure the flagstick is in the centre of the hole!!!

When a ball is played from Putting Green and accidently hits any person, animal, or movable obstruction (excluding a ball at rest, ball marker, flagstick or person attending flagstick) on putting green the stroke does not count, the ball must be replaced on original spot. If your ball hits same, and you then play the ball without replacing the ball you have played from the wrong place (General Penalty). During SAS Championship in 2019 Jesper Parnevick’s ball lipped the hole and hit his shoe. He tapped in and had to face the consequences for not replacing his ball. Note that insects are also classified as animals so be aware if your ball hits a bug or a worm when you putt!!!!!

Lastly when the weather turns nasty and there is standing water on the green, you are only entitled to relief if your ball is on the green too. If your ball is off the green, you are not entitled to relief.

If you have any questions about rules please drop us a note to and our Rules Guys, Rudie Basson and Jens Roestel will answer on our website.



Player Safety

To ensure everyone's safety, players are reminded to follow the protocols set by Jakarta's COVID-19 Response Team:

  • Wear a mask properly wherever you go

  • Wash your hands with soap and running water regularly

  • Maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 meters

Lastly, we certainly enjoy when you come out to play with us, but if you are ill it is best to stay home and rest.


We received 3,803,000 IDR in the Charity Barrel for the Riverside tournament. The Committee has decided to top this up to 5,000,000 from game fees. The recipient of the Riverside donations will go to Yayasan Al Hijrah; an orphanage that adopts abandoned children and educates them from throughout Indonesia. Ibu Ida, the founder of Yayasan Al Hijrah, is a friend of John & Sarah Brown.

The beneficiary of our Modern tournament will be Yayasan YPAI – Indriya and are related to D.O.G.S via Rod and Dewi Williams. Below is a bit of information from Rod.

This is a charity which was set up back in 2002 and primarily looks at educating children with special needs such as Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and other mental and physical challenges. They operate a special school in Bogor which provides a number of special therapies for such children.

My wife, Dewi, and I first came to hear about this Yayasan through close friends who introduced us to one of the special projects set up and supported by the Yayasan. This particular project is called the Kouji Genki Project which is a small café situated on a small side street, Jalan Cibulan II, near to Senopati. This café serves coffee prepared by a special needs young man called Kouji. The café is small, simple, very clean and modern and serves good simple food. I would highly recommend it just to support young Kouji and the Yayasan. I have not been to the school in Bogor but I would plan to visit either there or the café again to present the D.O.G.S. donation.

We should all remember we live in a society that perhaps neglects children and young people with special needs and, as a father of 4 grown up children and 2 grandchildren, how blessed we are to have children without special needs.

Please support this important work.

Thank you Rod.

More information can be found on


We have fully moved away from the old spreadsheet with both Eclectic and Lowest Gross leaderboards now online.

For entering scores outside of D.O.G.S. the web portal found at is quite helpful. If you play a course that is not in the database please share your scorecard with us and we'll get it added.

Should you need assistance please contact Rod Williams and he will be happy to help.

President's Challenge

Two matches completed this week; Roger Finnie got by Rey Moore, 2 up. Jens Roestel and Velma Yolanda decided to get an early start on Round 1 with Jens coming out on top 5 & 4.

Challengers are on the lower rung and should initiate the request to play. Check out the board to see who you are playing against and get your match scheduled.

Lost Case

This glasses case was found in the clubhouse last week. Let us know if it belongs to you.

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