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next up on the golfing calendar is the Ladies Invitational. This event has been rescheduled more than once (sorry, M) and now we are ready to roll! As usual, each of our lady members may bring up to three guests to share the spcial day. Following play, Chef Brad will present a fine lunch and share a new recipe with the participants (as I looked for a pic of Brad, I soon relaized that none would do justice to his new physique!).

Can you say BIG wedding!

Look what a new roof can do – make a winter wedding very special! It also allowed for 220 guests to sit comfortably as the ceremony was held indoors. For me, an African wedding can simply be amazing – the love for one another is often expressed in song – this wedding was certainly full of beautiful song and full of love!

Ace in the Hole!

John Wilson aces the 7th for his fifth Hole in One! Charles Laird and Barry Phillips are hoping the magic will rub off on them!

John used a 6-iron from 140m to a pin on the right hand side of the green – Yep, they watched it curve from the left and into the hole!


Interclub produces better results

Our members and friends from St Francis Bay GC have been participating in the Inrterclub series of events that features the Clubs listed below. It involves a good bit of travel (thus the slow take-up in the beginning). Now the value of the event has been appreciated and more interest has resulted. Those who have participated get the first go for the next event (30 August – Oubaai), but if the team of 12 is not filled, get you names in the hat!


Goose Valley
Mossel Bay
St Francis
Pinnacle Point


Best Pair
1 Sally Turner 49
Ruth Hein

Nearest The Pins
2 Sally Turner
5 Margot McGregor
11 John Wilschut
13 Tony McGuiness

To see the full scoring click here.



Long-time member and supporter of all Club activities, Nigel Idris, passed away after a short battle with cancer. They don’t make ‘em better than Nigel. He possessed one of the best swings in the Club and one of the best attitudes, as well.

Nigel, always pleasant on and off the course, was known for his coffee after the game – fortunately for the bar sales, his playing partners seldom followed suit! Liezl and I will miss the Wake next Friday (August 7 at 4h30) to honor of his life, but extend our best wishes to Gill and the family and his so many friends.

There are many fourballs upstairs waiting for him to join in! Pearly Gates Country Club has another new member! 

Thinus Talkin’
Flopping your way around

Often there is an obstacle between you and the green. Here at St Francis Links you need to use a variety of different shots around the green and the ability to hit the ball high and a short distance will help you to reduce your strokes around this course.

Tips to hitting a high flop shot:
• Adopt a slightly wider stance and position your hands over the ball.
• Open your clubface and your stance.
• Swing path is parallel to your foot line.
• Slide the clubhead under the ball
• Let your body unwind through the shot and finish high
• Keep your rhythm nice and smooth

Hitting a flop shot is all about practice and confidence. Without practice you won’t have the confidence that is necessary to execute the shot.

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See you on the practice tee!
Thinus Keller
PGA Head Golf Professional

Spring Programme

When love and hate collide
I know the heading of my article sounds like a song, and maybe it was written for Course Superintendents as they start their Spring treatments on the course every year, the time of the year when course superintendent punch holes in their well-manicured greens that resembles billiard tables, also the time of the year when members “love to hate” the poor guy maintaining the greens, the Course “Sup”. Why would any person in their right mind want to mess up a perfect green?

I hope to answer some of these questions from a Superintendent’s point of view.

Why do we hollowtine?
It is hard to believe that hollowtining helps you keep your greens perfect, but this is true. The main reasons why we do hollowtining will be named and highlighted in this article

July 29 – Member Get-together and Farewell
Aug 1 – Ladies’ Invitational

August 11- 25Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed. Accounting and Aqua Spa are open.


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Note the date changes!

January 3-4 – Men’s Member-Member Partnership, Scott Keevy and Martin King, Champions
April 11 – 1st Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions, Ernest Muller
April 25-26 – Club Championships, Men’s Champion, Sean Botha; Ladies’ Champion, Janine VD Merwe
June 21 – 2nd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions,
Linda Muller

July 11 – Sanlam Cancer Challenge – SFL Qualifier
July 18-19
Men’s Invitational Derek Ryan and Francois V Vuuren, Champions


July 19 – 3rd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions (SFL) Norman Pretorius
August 1 –
Ladies’ Invitational Margot McGregor and Melissa Palmer, defending Champions
August 9 – 4th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions (SFL)

August 11- 25
Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
August 29 – Sanlam Cancer Challenge FINALS at Uitenhage
October 9-10
Links Cup (The Internationals)
November 21-22
Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 27-29 – Nicklaus Champion of Champions (St Francis Links)

Then there will be times when we need to promote St Francis Links and St Francis Bay.

The Sunshine Tour returns to SF Links this year as the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung returns with a new format. Television coverage will generate a 26-minute special on Supersport. *Whenever the course is closed for play, we will make arrangements for you to play golf at area courses.

September 28-Oct 3 – Vodacom Origins of Golf sponsored by Samsung (Closed)
November 1-4 – SA Ladies’ National Mid-AM –


PGA Tour
April 9-12
The Masters, Augusta Georgia, USA (Jordan Spieth, Champion)
June 18-21
US Open, Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington, USA (Jordan Spieth, Champion)
July 16-19
Open Championship, The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland (Zach Johnson, Champion)
August 6-9 US PGA Championship, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, USA (def Champion, Rory McIlroy)
October 8-10 The President’s Cup, Jack Nicklaus GC Korea, Songdo IBD, Incheon City, KOR

Southern and Eastern Cape PGA EVENTS FOR 2015

This year the Southern & Eastern Cape PGA has put together a fantastic schedule with 12 regional events taking place across our region. Our Professionals would love to take you to as many of the events listed below as possible. Let us know when you are available.

4 August 2015 – Oubaai
1 September – Fancourt Montagu
22 September 2015 – Fancourt Outeniqua
5 October 2015 – Knysna
18 – 22 October 2015 – Pinnnacle Point National Pro Am
2 November – The Links @ Fancourt
16 November – Plettenberg Bay
30 November – Pinnacle Point.

Jeff, Liezl and The St Francis Links TEAM

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