You won't be better looked after...
This weekend we played host to three different groups and they all were glad they came. All three groups played both courses in the Village and were complimentary of both, as well. Sadly, I heard a cigar-smoking golfer from Joey's couldn't take his smoking outdoors and another lost control of his cart while playing at The Bay. Aside from that, they played hard and played harder - closing local restaurants and pubs in the process.
Our first group of 24 , called the Pres-her-dent's Cup, arrived from London to PE and cities in-between. They started here and then played 36 at The Bay before closing it all out here on Sunday on the lawn - cheering their friends home.
The second group, One-Touch, returned for the second year in a row. They also played here on Sunday and The Bay on Monday. One-Touch is named after their soccer team - so, golf followed by a fines session was the order of the day. Legends became their Clubhouse and the St Patrick's vibe fit them perfectly.
The third group, total tea-toters called themselves the Tequila Tour. They started at The Bay and came to us on Sunday. Golf appeared to come second to camaraderie with all of the players, though the boys in the blue shirts (top pic) won their Ryder Cup and made sure everyone knew it!
My thought...we love the groups who come. In the case of Pres-her-dents, I looked after them first some 17 years ago at Pezula. In most cases, the groups represent reunions of some kind and their reunions seem to be ageless - turning back the clock to when they all met - probably returning to the parties of high school or university. I am in favour of a good time as long as no one (or thing) gets hurt (or broken) and that they know their place on the course and the estate. When a good time leads to trouble, then the line has been crossed. Keep it fun and fair, with respect for the great game of golf and those who play it!
I'm sure Piri, John and Lance all got a little extra from the boys! They all loved the music, the food and the vibe!
Take note of the gear! Looking good, boys!
Club Champs - May 5 and 6
1. The Rules Modernization Initiative
a. How the Rules of Golf are Revised
Ever since the first known written Rules of Golf in 1744, continuous revision and updating of the Rules has been one of the enduring traditions in golf. (See our background paper A Brief History of Revisions to the Rules of Golf: 1744 to 2016) The USGA and The R&A became the governing bodies for the Rules in the 1890s, and since 1952 we have together produced a single set of Rules for golfers everywhere. Our individual Rules of Golf Committees and our Joint Rules Committee meet several times each year to consider changes. We normally revise the Rules of Golf every four years and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf (our interpretive guidance) every two years. The 2016 editions of the Rules and Decisions are now in effect and will continue to be in effect until 31 December 2018.
These regular processes tend to focus on individual issues, but there also are times when we step back to look at the Rules from a broader perspective. Such fundamental reviews led to the first consolidated Rules code in 1899, a major Rules revision in 1934, the first unified R&A/USGA Rules code in 1952, and a full reorganization of the Rules in 1984. Each fundamental review had its own motivations and goals, but the common thread was that the time had come for a major review and revision of the Rules. This is such a time.
Click Here for the Overview article
Click Here for the New Rules of Golf as proposed
Have you booked for Barry Hilton! April 8 with lunch!
W(HOA)...News from the Estate! Next Get-together is April 12
Our last Get-together was on March 9th - We provided the members in attendance with updates on our tasks at hand!
Mr and Mrs Fuchs joined me in presenting the way forward for re-cycling. The show of hands indicated a strong positive response for providing the service to our residents. It involves obtaining a skip that will be based at the maintenance area for the members to drop off their recycling itens in clear bags that will be available for puchase (at cost) in the Pro Shop. The only charge will be for the skip and the transporting. This amount will be shared by the participating residents. A mail will follow with the details.
In other news, Interested parties read the hard copy of the SSEG (Small Scale Embedded Energy) plan and shared their comments. Thsi will be finalized soonest. Next month, Jonathon Hodgson from Specialized Solr Sysyems will be here to present valuable information about green solutions. Glovent hardware has approved by the Board - this concludes nearly a year's worth of investigation into the best tools for communication to our members. It will also provide the mechanism for the homeowners to take responsibility for their guests and service providers through the APP. SMS's with pincodes will replace phone calls and cards. Anumber of members were taken by Kevern to the Impophu Dam for and educational. Norman Dyer shared the members' thanks for the trip. Property clearing will commence soon as we have pruchased a powerful chipper. This will enable property owners to remove Slangbos, Blombos and Bitou from their vacant stands for a fraction of the cost. We will intially be creating larger firebreaks on the north west boundary of the Estate, before starting with the plots. There is a good possibility that the chipper may be a viable solution for homeowner garden refuse as well (watch this space). Bart Logie will be launching his 10th book at a special launch at 6pm on Monday, 2 April and Clive Horlock will be presenting an updated version of Walking with the Bushmen with an accompanying African meal on 20 March at 7pm.
Our first Property Owner Forum will be hosted by our homeowner Dirsctors, Tim Elliott, Norman Dyer and Chris Kelway on March 27. This is your opportunity to share ideas and concerns for the Board before their next meeting in early May.
Club News centers on the growth of golf as experienced another record month on the links. Internationals from all over the world joined our members and locals, bringing nearly 2500 rounds in February. Thus number is up slightly on last year. Golfers came from Austraila, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Zimbabwe. Oh, they also came from all of SA! That makes 22 countries that we know of! Wow, pretty cool, hey!
Next Get-together - April 12
The Year Ahead - Your planner for 2018
Please take note of the dates and post them where you will see them and ENTER!
Links Majors and Special Events 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 (90) (course closed)
May 6-7 Club Championships
May 13-16 Senior Women’s Nationals (SFL and SFBGC) (courses closed)
May 18-20 St Francis Bridge Invitational
May 20 Nomads Monthly Game (11am Shotgun)
May 24-25 Woodland’s Golf Days
May 26 Foursomes over 18 holes
June 2 Ladies’ Invitational
June 16 Quarterly Couples/Mixed – US Open
June 17 Father’s Day Golf and Lunch
June 21 EP Seniors
June 25-26 Nomads Coastal NOoM
July 7 The Inaugural Muirfield Day (foursomes and fourballs)
July 20 Oakley X-Over
July 20-22 Men’s Invitational
July 22-25 PGA Road Trip - Pards Cup
Aug 20 to
Sept 4 Spring Programme (Club Closed) FINAL DATES - PLEASE TAKE NOTE
Sep 28-29 Links Cup / Ryder Cup (Paris)
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
Important Note: We endeavour to keep our "Majors" on the same weekend each year to encourage the best participation. We are forced to move the Annual Club Championships back a week this year because we were the chosen course in the Eastern Cape to host the National Senior Inter-Provincials, a tournament featuring the country's top golfers. It finished on Thursday the 26th, leaving no time for practice or course preparation. I apologize and the Champs will return to the last week in April in years to come.
http://www.Leadingcourses.com - Please rate St Francis Links
1 - Eddie Vorster
3 - James Bredenkamp
8 - Victor Zwane
10 - Barry Davis, Russell Egan, Rudi Alberts
12 - Claire Beckley
13 - Willem Wolmarons
16 - Michelle Nel
17 - Andre Holder, Gerritt, Johannes, Fred Van Eyssen and Lukas Pretorius
20 - Lorraine Wilson, Matthys Ellis, Norman Dyer, Norman Rock
21 - David Joubert, John Barnes, Lizette Kruger
22 - Mike Morrison
23 Clemens Froehlich
24 - Darren Hammond, David Smith, Garry Wills
26 - Mzila Mthanjane
27 - Gail Martin
29 - Mark Apker
30 - Jacques Vermeulen, Leander DeWit
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
March 9 Member's Get-together
March 10 2nd Annual Greensomes (sponsored)
March 14 ITEC Open Wednesday
March 30 Good Friday
Check this out - 1-stop shopping!
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM