About Southern Cape Nomads

Southern Cape Nomads was established 1985. The process started in June 1983 when an introductory game was held in George. This was the result of a rash promise by Jan de Kock to past National Chairman Mervyn Minnaar, to have a go at starting a Nomads club in the area. Nomads are no strangers to the region - teams from Western Province, Border and Eastern Cape have been meeting here annually since 1974 to contest the "mini nationals" Seaboard Trophy. In 1983 there was, for the first time ever, a full field including national Chairman, Mick Sugden, National Junior Vice Chairman, Derrick Transell and past National Chairmen, Arthur Cox, Bill Wilson, and John Knight, and at least three future National Chairmen, Stuart Gedrim, Burke Williams and Nigel Tipping.


Our weather played its part and the Sunday dawned bright and sunny for the 144 Nomads privileged to play on what must be one of the most beautiful and scenic courses in the country - the George Golf Course. Since it was a long weekend many stayed over to play at Knysna and other courses on the Monday. It was, by all accounts, a wonderful weekend played in the true spirit of Nomads and it´s no wonder that the idea of a Southern Cape club seemed so attractive.


But had it not been for the likes of Peter and Sue Steventon, and Jamie and Helen Whitelaw the whole idea would have been aborted right there and then. Tirelessly they organised games, looked for sponsors and tried to convince the local golfclubs that Nomads would actually be good for business.


Thus a new baby club was born on 1 June, 1983, a bitterly cold day, in the lap of Oudtshoorn´s renowed hospitality. What a bash it was! About 400 poeple saw 98 new Nomads being inducted by then National Chairman Derrik Transell.


They were shocked by our pink shirts and blue trousers, because after all, pink and blue will never do!  Fortunately Peter and Sue Gurnay filled the hall with half a ton of pink heather to bring home the point that the shirt represented our heather and the blue trousers our mountains and sea. Which other clubs can claim such a poetic approach to their playing uniform.

In 1990, Founder Captain Jan de Kock wrote:


Well, here we are back at Oudtshoorn and 5 years old! The baby has grown up and is strong, healty and happy. There have been a lot of name changes in the membership list but if you look around, some Founder badges are still to be seen. Respect the wearer therof, for after all they were the guys that made it all happen. May thay still be with us on our 25th birthday.


1993 was another great year for us - We lost the title of "Babes in the Woods" to Bones with his "Babes in the Vat". We staged our coming of age in spectacular manner by hosting nationals at George, and once again Brian Cusins steered the show, but this tima as National Chairman.

About Nomads?

Nomads Golf was first established here in South Africa in 1960. As its members were drawn from various clubs and played their regular competitions on a variety of different courses, the Nomads namn seemed particylarly appropriate.

Nomads Golf has flourished in the Republic, it has established clubs in all provinces and its nationa championship held annually boasts 360+ players.

In 1960, soon after the life story of American golfing legend, Ben Hogan, was portrayed in the movie, Follow the Sun, Mike Florance and his committee announced the formation of the ‘Follow the Sun’ Nomads Golf Club under the aegis of the National War Memorial Health Foundation. The lapel badge was similar to the Nomads badge we have now hanging from the name bar, but it consisted of a bell alone with a scroll at the top edge, with the legends Follow the Sun and Onthou 1939-1945 immediately above the bell. The background colours were yellow (sun) in the upper half and green (grass) in the lower half. The choice of the bell was prompted by a line from the Meditations of John Donne – For Whom the Bell Tolls – symbolising remembrance of those who had lost their lives in World War II. This is now our creed.

Nomads uses the common ground presented to us in Golf, to encourage and foster the development of life-long friendships, through which we can as a collective band of like-minded individuals foster involvement in the promotion of the game we love so much, as well as uplift the lives of those less fortunate within our own communities.

Nomads is one of GolfRSA’s biggest partners and is a major player when it comes to the development of golf in South Africa.  So here is all you need to know about what Nomads is and does, why the organisation is so important and how you can join this wonderful club.

NOMADS - the unsung heroes of South African golf.

It’s possible that you might never have come across Nomads - or that you may have heard the name but know very little about the organisation that plays such a vital role in the South African golfing landscape.

Yet without Nomads, South African golf would likely look very different to how we know it today.  We golfers all owe Nomads a debt of gratitude - and what better way of paying it forward than becoming a member of your local Nomads Club, so that you too can make a difference through the game of golf.

Founded back in 1960, Nomads Golf Club has played a prominent role in growing the game of golf in South Africa for over 60 years.  The support Nomads gives to junior golf (boys and girls), including the sponsorship of 12 GolfRSA junior events, has contributed to the development of many champion golfers over the years.

In fact, Nomads contributes upwards of a R2 million a year to the Furtherance of Golf, through the financial support of junior, ladies, development golf and disabled golf.

Nomads has also run the official live scoring system of the Sunshine Tour since the early 1960s, providing a modern, reliable and efficient service to professional golfers throughout the year.  Named Golforama, the roving Nomads volunteers make use of handheld electronic devices to send scores through to their ‘linkman’ in the Golforama caravan, keeping you, the viewer, up to date with player scores.

In return for Nomads’ input, the Tour contributes a significant amount towards the Nomads’ Furtherance of Golf projects.  These funds are donated to various golfing bodies around the country, with the bulk of the funds spent on the development of golf from grassroots level.

The Andrew Mentis Endowment Fund channels the funds generated by each club for distribution to charitable causes, assisting people, regardless of race, color or creed, in a less fortunate position than ourselves.

Monies raised are donated to a pre-selected beneficiary that operates within each club’s own geographical area, in the form of a tangible asset upon which the Nomads emblem is displayed.  It is important to note that no cash is ever handed over.

The defined aims of the Nomads Golf Club neatly summarise what we are all about:

  • We provide an opportunity for persons of all walks of life to meet one another at least once a month, to play a game of golf and to make new and cement old friendships.
  • We encourage, promote, foster and support the game of golf.
  • We generate funds for distribution to charitable causes and assist those persons, regardless of race, color or creed, in a less fortunate position than ourselves.

So how and why do we do it?  Well for starters, there are 12 provincial Nomads Clubs, based across the country.  Since Nomads has no home course, golfers meet once a month to play a game of golf together in their area, making new friendships and renewing old ones both on and off the course.

Being a Nomad requires a deep commitment to golf, to the community at large and to your fellow man.  Membership of Nomads is by invitation only, from an existing member, and so if reading this has evoked a deep feeling of synergy within you, then we invite you to approach a member of Nomads at your home club and learn more about what Nomads involvement would mean.

Put simply though, it means contribution - and that contribution would be of the most sought-after commodity you can offer: yourself.