New Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal Country Club

Golf lessons

     Natasha Swanepoel – Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal Country Club

Meet the newest member of the Riviera on Vaal Country Club team! Natasha Swanepoel studied sport science specializing in golf at the University of Pretoria, the first institute to combine a degree with the PGA requirements. During her 3 years of studying, part of the practical requirements was to coach under the TuksGolf name, coaching all ages. After her degree, she worked at Kempton Park Golf Club where she was involved with coaching group sessions for school kids and the Development Academy where she taught basic golf to under privileged kids. She recently started working at Riviera on Vaal ProShop, and has taken over the coaching.

Golf lessons

Anyone is welcome to come for lessons. Kids get the opportunity to learn basic golf and also develop motor learning skills. Men have the opportunity to master their golf as well as master a specific shot desired. Ladies have an opportunity to spend quality time with their partners by learning the game and being able to play a round of golf with them. “Golf is a working progress and should be taught from a step by step approach,” where she begins her focus with the 4 basic fundamentals of golf. Once these four fundamentals are mastered, you will move on the 5 laws of golf. Last but not least are the technicalities of golf, the shot principles and the list goes on. This is more specific to your individual faults and will be her focus with the more advanced players.

Lessons are available for new golfers (from primary school up to adults) as well as advanced players who would like to improve their technique. For more information about golf lessons, please contact the ProShop on 016 420 1347.

For more information contact Natasha Swanepoel, Head of Coaching at Riviera on Vaal ProShop.

016 420 1347 / proshop@rovcountryclub.co.za

Riviera on Vaal’s Christo Roos wins 2013 PGA Apprentice Championship


The new Professional Golfers Association Apprentice Champion is none other than Riviera on Vaal Country Club’s Christo Roos. Winning his first major golf title, Roos bagged this win with an impressive 69 shots in the first round playing the East course and 73 in the second round playing the West course. “I finished the first day of the tournament leading by six shots; I played my best round on the most difficult course,” said the proud golfer.

PGA Apprentice Championship winner, Christo Roos

PGA Apprentice Championship winner, Christo Roos

The tournament took place at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington course.  Roos beat a total of 90 other golfers, playing 36 holes over the two day tournament. There were players from all over South Africa and some from neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe. Roos walked away from the win with a monetary prize as well as the chance to represent South Africa in the World Finals taking place in Australia later this year.

Now in the third year of his PGA training, Roos started playing golf under the encouragement of his father at the tender age of four years. The game of golf runs in his family with his older brother, sometimes mistaken for his twin brother, also being a qualified PGA Professional. “I enjoy playing golf because it doesn’t feel like work. I get to do what I teach on the course. When I play I get to practise and get away from everything,” said the budding professional.

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club’s General Manager, Leon Kruger said: “Christo has made us very proud by winning. He played an excellent game and deserves the Championship. He has been with the Riviera on Vaal Country Club for the past two and half years and he continues to add value to our company.”

Christo Roos gives golf clinics and lessons at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club. He says that he enjoys playing the Vaal River golf course because of its layout and views. He also enjoys interacting with the club members.  His golf tip is that you should focus on your rhythm and to keep from hitting the ball too hard.

 

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg on the banks of the Vaal River. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent river views and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport, conferencing and river cruising to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

 

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

 

Phone:    016 420 2310

Fax:         086 667 4469

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Maccauvlei on Vaal Facebook Photo Competition


Maccauvlei Facebook Photo Competition

Maccauvlei Facebook Photo Competition

Maccauvlei on Vaal has launched a Facebook Photo Competition, encouraging visitors to share their memories, experiences and stories of the early days at Maccauvlei with them.

With Maccauvlei forming an integral part of Vereeniging and the Vaal Triangle’s history, it is only natural to want to know more about its hay-days.

Do you have old photos from your or your family’s visits to the former Maccauvlei Learning Academy? Or a few memories to share about your golfing experiences at the Maccauvlei golf course? Perhaps you have a few stories to tell about the Kwaai Angus bar. Share your photos and memories with Maccauvlei on Vaal by posting them on your Facebook wall and tagging Maccauvlei on Vaal or send your photos and stories to press@pressonvaal.co.za.

What is a competition without prizes? Maccauvlei on Vaal offers you a choice of:

We look forward to taking a trip down memory lane with you.

For more information about Maccauvlei on Vaal and its offerings, contact them on 016 420 2000 or res@maccauvleionvaal.co.za.

 

About Maccauvlei on Vaal

A welcoming country lodge and conferencing venue in the Vaal, open to both leisure and conference guests. Maccauvlei on Vaal has a variety of entertaining options. Also on offer are golfing packages, sport group accommodation, bird watching, wedding venues, photography and culture weekends and more.

www.maccauvleionvaal.co.za

 

For more information please contact: 

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:   016 420 2245

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Golfing and Fishing at the Riviera on Vaal

Greens Golf Festival

Greens Golf Festival

Are you a golfer or a fisherman? Well, the Riviera on Vaal caters for both on the weekend of the 26th and 27th of April this year with a Golfing and Fishing Festival bound to exceed your highest expectations.

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club invites all golfing and fishing fanatics to join in on the fun that will be kicking off on the Friday in the form of a golf day, followed by a competition consisting of teams that will play golf and fish for first prize on the Saturday.

This festival, aiming to raise funds for the revamping of parts of the Riviera on Vaal golf course, promises to be a fun affair, showing the potential of becoming an annual event at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, should the opportunity arise. With numerous golfing and fishing experts in the Vaal Triangle and the surrounding areas, this is the ideal outdoor activity to end off summer.

What to bring:

Golfers are responsible for bringing their own golfing gear. Should you want to book a golf cart, it is advised that you do so well in advance, as there are limited carts available. Golf carts can be booked at the Riviera on Vaal Proshop by contacting them on 016 420 1347.

Fishermen will need to bring their own fishing gear and bait. Fishing will only take place at the dam situated adjacent to holes 7 and 12 on the Riviera on Vaal golf course. Fishing in the Vaal River during the competition is strictly forbidden.

Contact Leon Kruger, the general manager of the Riviera on Vaal Country Club for more information on the rules and regulations regarding the Golfing and Fishing Festival.

Do you feel like joining in the fun, but you don’t want to take part in the competition? Come early, book a table at Inyama Grill House or at the SAB sponsored beer tent and join in on the festivities at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club.  For bookings at Inyama Grill House, contact them on 016 420 1300.

Weekend accommodation:

Thinking of making a weekend of it? Book your accommodation at the 4-star rated Riviera on Vaal Hotel or the 3-star rated Maccauvlei on Vaal. Contact Riviera on Vaal’s reservations team to enquire about accommodation packages on 016 420 1300 or reservations@rivieraonvaal.co.za or book accommodation at Maccauvlei on Vaal, just around the corner from the Riviera on Vaal Resort, on 016 420 2000 or reservations@maccauvleionvaal.co.za.

 

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

About Maccauvlei on Vaal

A welcoming country venue in the Vaal, that offers quality conference and accommodation. Open to leisure and conference guests, Maccauvlei on Vaal has an extensive list of entertaining features including golfing packages, sport group accommodation, bird watching, wedding options, photography weekends, culture weekends and more. Additional activities on offer include snooker, squash and great outdoor teambuilding facilities, as well as a kids’ entertainment room featuring table tennis and other enjoyable kids’ activities.

www.maccauvleionvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

 

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Corporate Golf at the Riviera on Vaal

Corporate golf has become the norm in the business world, allowing business men and women to connect on a more relaxing and social level while still being able to close the deal.

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club offers companies the opportunity to combine business with pleasure on their golf course by hosting corporate golf days at this magnificent venue on the banks of the Vaal River. With well trained golf event coordinators you cannot go wrong by booking your corporate golf day here. The Resort also boasts luxury conference accommodation with numerous conference centres to choose from.

Maccauvlei on Vaal has recently been launched, adding additional conferencing facilities to the wide country conference options to choose from. The Riviera on Vaal, as well as Maccauvlei on Vaal, are both ideal for combining your corporate golf days with a two day conference or even some team building sessions.

Contact the Riviera on Vaal Country Club on 016 430 1380 or enquire at gm@rovcountryclub.co.za to book your next corporate golf day. For more information on Maccauvlei on Vaal’s new offerings, contact them on 016 420 2000 or res@maccauvleionvaal.co.za.

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About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

 

Easter is family time at the Riviera on Vaal

Easter Family Time

Easter Family Time

As one of the Vaal Triangle’s most sought after family resorts, the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club has created an accommodation package for the Easter weekend to highlight the importance of family time.

With rates from as low as R900.00 per night per person sharing, family rates of R1180.00 per night per person sharing and kids aged under 12 staying for free in a family room, the Resort caters for everyone this Easter season. The Riviera on Vaal Hotel’s family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children, which is ideal for a quick family getaway to a Resort which is just a stone’s throw away from Johannesburg. These packages are valid from 29 March to 1 April 2013, including dinner, bed and breakfast.

The visit will also be packed with family fun and loads of special experiences for special people as the brand promises.Some draw cards include kids’ activities, kids’ turndown and access to Murphy’s Clubhouse. Children will also be able to join the Easter Bunny for an Easter egg hunt on Sunday and families can enjoy a game of Pitch and Putt for two adults and two kids at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club. The on-site Zorgvliet Spa also ensures for some relaxation on Vaal with a Lighten Up Delight Easter treat at R330.00 per person, valid until the end of April.

For bookings, contact the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club on 016 420 1300 or reservations@rivieraonvaal.co.za.

 

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Riviera on Vaal Golfing and Fishing Festival


The Riviera on Vaal Country Club will be hosting a Golf and Fishing Festival on 26 and 27 April 2013, as part of their fund raising project for the revamping of several components of the golf course. This will include the repositioning of the greens of holes 8, 14 and 16.

As part of the Greens Fundraising Project a weekend of golfing and fishing will commence on Friday, 26 April, where participants will be able to enjoy a game of golf beside the Vaal River at R250.00 per person. The fun will continue the next day when golfers and fishermen can team up to win great prizes. Partner up with a golfer as a ghost partner and fish for carp, barbell and bass from the Riviera on Vaal golf course’s dams. The larger the fish, the more points and the larger the prizes. Fishermen can enter the competition at R100.00 per person, Riviera on Vaal Country Club members can enjoy a round of golf at R200.00 and golfing visitors at R250.00 per person.

During the day on Saturday, 27 April, visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments from SAB’s sponsored beer tent. Other sponsors for the Golfing and Fishing Festival include Inyama Grill House and TailorMade.

With the Riviera on Vaal Country Club, formerly known as the Vereeniging Country Club, being one of the Vaal region’s historical gems, it is only natural to want to build on its glory. With legends like Bobby Locke linked to its name, the Riviera on Vaal Country Club has a reputation to withstand. Raymond Pienaar from the Vaal Meander mentioned in a 2007 publication that “the golf course has never been as good as it is today and things continue to improve.” The current status of the golf course and the plans of repositioning some of the holes still justify this statement in 2013. Since the launch of the Vereeniging Country Club’s golf course in 1938 huge amounts of time, effort and money have been ploughed into this golf course and more recently this included new irrigation, soil rejuvenation programmes, machinery, pathways and other infrastructure. The improvements planned for the near future are only an addition to these efforts to provide golfers and visitors of the Riviera on Vaal Resort with luxury golfing facilities.

The funds for this golf course upgrade will be generated from the club’s green and annual subscription fees, as well as funds raised by similar events such as this Festival. Leon Kruger, General Manager of the Riviera on Vaal Country Club, encourages golfers (and in this case fishermen) to take part in this event: “It is a fun way to make a significant contribution to a golf course built for the enjoyment of community members and local golf lovers. We want to improve the golf course and put it in a championship golf course league.”

Contact Leon for bookings and more information on 016 430 1380 or gm@rovcountryclub.co.za.

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About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Ladies Pitch and Putt at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club

Ladies Pitch & Putt at Riviera on Vaal

Ladies Pitch & Putt at Riviera on Vaal

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club hosts Ladies Pitch and Putt Champagne Breakfasts at their country club on Saturdays.

These champagne breakfasts have specifically been launched to attract ladies who would like to take on a new hobby or for those who would like to learn more about golfing and pitch and putt techniques. For only R125.00 per person these Saturday mornings include champagne on arrival, a complete breakfast buffet brunch and some tips from their in-house golf professionals.

Contact the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club for bookings and more information: reservations@rivieraonvaal.co.za or 016 420 1300.

About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125

Email:     press@pressonvaal.co.za

Vaal Community competes to raise funds

One of the potjies that was made on the day

One of the potjies that was made on the day

Vereeniging – 15 October 2012. Matt’s Foundation, a well known non-profit organization in the Vaal, hosted their annual Potjiekos Competition combined with a Garage Sale at the Riviera on Vaal Country Club on Saturday, 13 October 2012. The Riviera on Vaal Country Club sponsored the venue for the day.

The teams’ potjies were judged externally and the winners were announced after a fun filled morning of cooking and competing. The team, Golden Oldies, was given first prize for the overall best potjie. Park Motors Alfa Romeo seized the second spot and also received an additional prize for having the best décor. Team Em-jee received third prize and the fourth prize went to a team called Three men and a lady. The prize for the team with the best spirit on the day went to the Foo-D Fighters and the most disorganized team, the Panty Hose, also received a consolation prize.

Bruno and Lloyd teamed up to provide the cooks and the audience with live entertainment for the day while Tapimanzi Adventures sponsored a variety of inflatables that kept the kids busy for hours on end. In between, competitors and visitors were able to enjoy a draught or two at the beer tent, sponsored by SAB Breweries, and shopaholics were able to catch a few bargains at the garage sale.

The aim of the day was to raise funds to be able to assist in providing for the basic needs of the children of the Vaal community – especially with Christmas soon approaching. Matt’s Foundation’s slogan is to “love the children” and therefore the potjiekos competition and garage sale were held in honour of just that. Many locals jumped in and volunteered to help on the day, including the Riviera on Vaal Hotel who sponsored side salads, fresh bread rolls, cutlery and staff. Matt’s Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in making the day a great success.

 

About Matt’s Foundation

Matt’s Foundation endeavor to assist in making a difference to the lives of under-privileged children in the Vaal community, by raising funds, donations and events. Funding community-based organisations – such as foster homes, safe houses and children’s care centres – working with some of our most vulnerable children for their most basic needs like food, clothing, special education needs and medical care. These children have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control.

 

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV Communications

 

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:  016 455 6100

Fax:      016 455 6125

Email:  press@rivieraonvaal.co.za

Ladies Pitch and Putt Champagne Breakfast

The Riviera on Vaal Country Club hosts Ladies Pitch and Putt Champagne Breakfasts at their country club on Saturdays.

These champagne breakfasts have specifically been launched to attract ladies who would like to take on a new hobby or for those who would like to learn more about golfing and pitch and putt techniques. For only R125.00 per person these Saturday mornings include champagne on arrival, a complete breakfast buffet brunch and some tips from their in-house golf professionals.

Contact the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club for bookings and more information: reservations@rivieraonvaal.co.za or 016 420 1300.

www.rivieraonvaal.co.za

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers

MV COMMUNICATIONS

Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:  016 420 1300

Fax:      016 455 6125

Email:   press@rivieraonvaal.co.za