The Trophy – The start of something special!

Jeff ClauseSanta Says

The Links Open will now be known as “The Trophy”, with our commitment to grow the event in years to come. The Individual Medal format, played over 36 holes, was won by EP standout Dillon Germshuys. While Mother Nature and her spring energy were teaming up to blow the boys away, Dillon took no notice. He was in his own world, on a day where par was closer to 77 than 72. His opening 72 led the field by 3, and his closing 71 for a total of 143 was a perfect score for the first event. Well played Dillon.

Special thanks to Greg DeDonker for his organization and sponsorship efforts, along with the additional prizes sponsored by St Francis Links.

Update on The Trophy at St Francis Links

The tournament, held yesterday, proved to be an absolute success, given that this was the inaugural tournament. I believe that despite the breezy conditions, the players thoroughly enjoyed the course, especially the condition thereof which allowed us to play no preferred lies.

I firmly believe that this tournament will become the most sought after the tournament to participate in on the EPGU OOM calendar, and will only get bigger and better. We look forward to engaging with you to discuss your possible future involvement, in what will become the flagship event within EP Golf.

Thanks again.

Regards,
Greg

Every Day is Ladies’ Day

Every Tuesday, our resident ladies gather for a cuppa and a catch-up! Sometimes with a guest speaker. They are known as the Links Ladies Coffee Club, but also referred to as our Links Ladies Lift Club. They help each other source things, sell things, lean support, or simply lift each other to and from the airport. How special is that? On this day, they celebrated their annual breakfast and welcomed a couple of new residents. They love the support and camaraderie. Thank you Links ladies!

Danny is following Charl’s lead!

Danny Mhlabeni, Charl’s right hand and long-time employee, is spending the week at Leopard Creek, where he is assisting in the course set-up for the Alfred Dunhill Championship which will be played there. I am sure that he will return with new insights to course maintenance and presentation. Don’t expect us to adopt the “Australian” method to bunker raking. However every opportunity to improve our knowledge through seeing how others do it, will prove worthwhile.

Another Amazing Wedding!

Kelly Schroeder and Cameron Harvey said their vows, overlooking the Village, and then danced the night away with their family and friends! Eugenie, Chef and the team did themselves proud, as this was a big event, with the first two courses plated and perfected for more than 160 happy guests. Note: the chef handmade more than 500 tortellini’s for the starters – don’t ask for that anytime soon!

 

What to look forward to

Great “Hutchie Tribute” coming to SFL and the community!

 

Please get your Knockout matches played, and remember, it’s a double-elimination event!

Ladies – do you have your Member-Member Partners?

The Annual  – Ultimate Par-3 Champs are on December 8 – get out on the Par-Three-course! 

Muirfield Day returns – with 24 playing!

The course, called Muirfield, was designed by Tom Morris and within a year it hosted the Open Championship.

The ethos of golf for the Club is two-ball Matchplay, either singles or foursomes, other forms being discouraged but permitted on occasion. The Club hosts several formal dinners each year at which foursome matches are arranged by Members, wages are places, and all participate in the betting.
Format of play:
Two-person teams will compete in a 36-hole foursomes matchplay.

Arrive in a jacket to the Club (tie not required at this point) and you start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. Move on the locker room and dress for golf. Carry on to the first tee after a few putts and start the traditional matchplay competition, playing foursomes. No handicaps in the match, but if a side does get to 3 up, they give their opponents a stroke a hole until the lead has been reduced to one. In Jeff’s match, he and his partner got to three-up twice and finally closed our opponents out on the 17th – it proved to be a fantastic way to keep play going for longer. You then return to the Clubhouse where you shower and dress for the luncheon (jacket and tie required).

The Day

Two Tee start at 07h30
Sit-down 3-course lunch will be served at 12h00 after the first 18 holes
Jacket and tie required for lunch

Second 18 holes start at 13h40
The second 18 holes are played solely for walking off lunch!
Prizegiving at 17h00 at the amphitheatre by the 18th green

Entry fee per participant

R270 per member
for a day of golf, food, friends and fun

19 Dec – Annual Food & Wines Festival – Buy tickets here

23 Dec – Radio Kalahari Orkes – Buy tickets here

27 Dec – Ultimate 80’s Show by Centrestage – Buy tickets here

29 Dec (Sunday Lunch) – Bottomless Coffee Band – Buy tickets here

3 Jan – Magnificent 7 Show by Centrestage – Buy tickets here

Events to take part in

Ernie and Linda Müller and their Team from Selective Lighting are making Fridays extra special at St Francis Links. Once a month, they host the Selective Lighting/The Fireworks Friday Competition. We shotgun start the players for 9 holes. Starting times are based on the season, 14:30 in the cooler season and 15:30 in the summer months. Be a part of growing the Club and join us for nine and some good times after golf! Please enter in advance for numbers.

Open Wednesdays

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, sometimes 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 Whatsapp 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.

Major competitions and events

2 December: Men’s Muirfield Day (2nd Annual)
4 December Member Get-together
7 December: Ladies’ Member-Member
8 December: Ultimate Par 3 Championships
16 December: The Kromme-Enviro Trust Amazing Race
17 December: NSRI Golf Day

Every great shot starts (and ends) with a smile!
Santa and the Links Team