The Estate lands in the TOP-5
St Francis Links is in company with the Industry's best providers!
Liezl, Eugenie and their team have been providing memorable wedding experiences for hundreds of brides and grooms here at St Francis Links. Now, the brides themselves have voted for their best venues, catering, accommodation and service - St Francis Links featured in the top five in all categories! Keep us the great work and passion for presenting the couples with the best of the best! Oh, they don't have a category for Best Golf Course for the Wedding family - if they did, we would win that one hands down!!! Ask the grooms!
We are having our best year ever!
The Club did extremely well in the third quarter, April to June, with spectacular events taking place in the Club and on the course. The biggest surprise of all was the addition of the National Senior Inter-Provincials to our schedule after the budget was submitted and accepted last August. I have lobbied through the years with Eastern Cape Golf, SAGA, Women's Golf, Golf RSA and the Sunshine Tour for events that will showcase the Estate and our facilities. The events have raised our profile in the marketplace and led to more events and good exposure. I must note that a member asked why we host juniors as they mess up our course. My response is quite simple – they represent the future of the game. We host top level golfers who respect this course and share their good support for SFL with others. Maybe the best event was the hosting of the Senior Inter-Prov as many of the participants are top players in the regions and known and respected members in their Clubs. The event was a roaring success where the standing ovation at the final prizegiving dinner said it all. They will become great ambassadors.
The National Women’s Senior Championships followed in May (budgeted) and this tournament also highlighted our quality of food and service which came in the form of the opening and closing functions. The course was prepared beautifully, and the ladies were treated as members for their stay. This is the event I lobbied for in 2012 and we shared the event with the Bay Club. Their course received some timely rain and looked fantastic for the tournament. The week showcased St Francis Bay in a perfect light as the weather once again, performed for us.
In June, we secured another Nomads National Junior Order of Merit where past winners and competitors, Jovan Rebula, British Amateur Champion, Wilco Nienaber, British Stroke play Champion, Christo Lampbrecht, SA Amateur and Irish Champion and Martin Vorster, British Junior Champion,have all competed here. I’m sure we provided the test that gave them all the confidence to compete at the game’s highest level.
From these guys taking lessons to this guy raising the trophy!
Join us and we'll explain SLOPE and the upcoming Rules for 2019!
On Monday, 13 August at 17h15, the Golf Team will address the new slope rating system and what it means for you all as members here, what changes will be implemented in course set-up (compliance) and touch on the major changes in the Rules of Golf for 2019. Set aside an hour and book with the Golf Shop team on 042 200 4520. Stay on for Monday Night Dinner at YOUR Club.
Couples Golf - August 4
Marlene reaches 100!
Over the past 5 years, a number of our property owners enjoy participating in parkrun on our estate each Saturday morning. Averaging 130 participants each week, parkrun (always spelled with a small “p” and as one word), has seen a total of 169,855km walked or run on our estate thus far! And this week, resident Marlene Webber completed her 100th parkrun! Congrats Marlene!
He said...she said!
I just wanted to express my gratitude on behalf of our group (The Honourable Company of Cape Town Golfers - please don't make fun of our name! ;-)
Our tour to St Francis was truly memorable and you, and your team of professionals, made us feel like celebrities although we didn't come close to playing like it! You have made 15 guys your new ambassadors and justified, why I told them beforehand, that SF Links is the best course in the land.
Thank you for the effort and making us feel most welcome.
Eugenie - thank you for your organising of everything beforehand - clockwork!
Note: we like ambassadors!
Links Majors, Special Events and Results for 2018
Jan 2-3 The Pam Golding Annual (St Francis Bay wins – the overall is tied 6 games each)
Jan 5-6 Men’s Member/Member Partnership, Chris and Jandré Lessing, Champions
Jan 20 Windhoek Lager International Pairs (3rd Qualifying), Percy Owen and Norman Dyer
Jan 27-28 EP Champs (course closed) Altin VD Merwe, Strokeplay Medalist (74-68=142)
Feb 3-4 EP Champs (semi-finals and finals) Naldo Claassens, Champion; Hugo Maritz, Plate Winner
Feb 14 Couples/Mixed Golf – Valentine’s Dinner Ronnie and Sally Nienaber, best members
Mar 10 Greensomes over 18 holes Pete Maskew and John Wilson, Champions on 39pts
Apr 22-26 National Senior Inter-Provincials Central Gauteng, Senior Champions; Southern Cape, Super-Senior Champions
May 5-6 Club Championships, Lynn Slogrove and Brent Vos, Champions
May 13-16 Senior Women’s Nationals (SFL and SFBGC) , Free State wins the team title, Maggie Minnie (Boland), gross champion.
May 18-20 St Francis Bridge Invitational Everyone was a winner!
May 20 Nomads Monthly Game (11am Shotgun) 66 in the field
May 24-25 Woodland’s Golf Days 96 players on Thursday and 112 on Friday! HOSPICE wins
May 26 Foursomes over 18 holes Johann Spangenberg and Tom Grimsley; Lynn Slogrove and Margot McGregor
June 2 Ladies’ Invitational, Sandra Marais and Sonette Korff, Champions
June 16 Quarterly Couples/Mixed – US Open - re-scheduled
June 17 Father’s Day Golf and Lunch
June 21 EP Seniors
June 25-26 Nomads Coastal NOoM, Barend Botha over Aiden Senger, playoff 143 gross
July 7 The Inaugural Muirfield Day (foursomes and four balls) everyone was a winner!
July 20-22 Men’s Invitational, Hein Spangenberg and Eddie Nel, 98 points
Aug 20 to
Sept 4 Spring Programme (Club Closed) FINAL DATES - PLEASE TAKE NOTE
Sep 23-29 Vodacom Origins of Golf (regional Finals) NEW
Sep 28-29 formerly Links Cup / Ryder Cup (Paris) (new date TBA)
Oct 6 Quarterly Couples/Mixed Golf
Nov Pam Golding Ladies’ Open Weekend (date – TBD)
Dec 1 Ladies’ Member- Member Partnership
Dec 8 Par-3 Championships
Dec 14-15 Pam Golding Annual (SFBGC host)
Dec 17 Kromme Trust Amazing Race
Dec 20 Food and Wine Festival
Dec 22 Year-end Couples/Mixed – Pro Shop Sale
Jan 3-4 Men’s Member-Member Partnership
More to Come!
Itec are our sponsors for OPEN Wednesday (2nd Wednesday) with meat and added prizes. Invite your friends to enjoy SA’s best with special rates for golf, snacks after the game and great prizes – Hey, Curry Night follows – stay or take away!
Monday Roll-up! Pitch up and play (9 holes or 18 Par-3 from 2pm) let's add you to the What's app group
All day Saturdays: Morning and afternoon fields - the afternoon field will be booked from 12 noon backwards with emphasis on "ready golf"
Monday Men's Book Club - 5pm in Jack's Bar (no reading required)
Ladies' Tea (and Coffee) - Every Tuesday at 10am on the Veranda
20-22 July The Men's Invitational
8 August ITEC Open Wednesday
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM