The Western Cape courses have experienced one of the wettest winters in history, month after month starting in May with the highest rainfall figures recorded in at least the last 50 years. It has been a winter which has tested every course’s drainage infrastructure. Some courses, those with good drainage and sandy soil, have coped better than others, remaining open when others are shut. Pearl Valley is one of them. Astonishingly, the course has only been closed on one day, although naturally there have been other rainy days when no one would particularly like to be playing. The maintenance team have used the winter months to spruce up the dams and water hazards, cleaning the edges of untidy foliage and grass to where it again resembles how the course was presented years ago.