It’s hurting everyone…including all of us who serve YOU!
6 weeks into this, and we are all looking for answers that will allow us to find our sense of community again. I am aware that this time apart raises questions about our actions and our future. Fortunately, we got on our bellies in 2009 and have always started our budgeting from a zero base and run the estate and all departments as efficiently as possible. Over the years, we have garnered the respect of the golfing community through the quality of our course and the golfing experience we provide. When we re-open, in all likelihood, be for members only for the foreseeable future. Without the outside events we have secured in the past, we are budgeting for a very conservatibe ride.
Our Chairman, Chris Kelway, sums it up best in his letter to the members. We are blessed to have a great team here at The Links and a knowledgeable and supportive Board of Directors with a wealth of broad-based experience. No one could have predicted that this virus would result in the disfunction of everything we need and care about. Rest assured, we are, on a daily basis, looking for solutions to keep your dream investment alive, secure and well-looked after.
If you have not received the Chairman’s Letter here it is again.
Dear Links Property Owners and Residents,
ST FRANCIS LINKS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION
Update #7 – The Coronavirus (COVID 19)
Message from our Chairman
I am writing to all Property Owners of St Francis Links to communicate the actions the Board of Directors and the management team of St Francis Links are undertaking to address the multiple impacts of COVID-19 on our Estate and business in the short to medium term.
At the outset we would like to express our most sincere appreciation to all who are resident on the Links Estate, for the responsible manner in which you complied with the stringent regulations during the Lock Down period and as Level 4 restrictions. Your actions have really helped our management team ensure that the all-important security responsibilities we carry out every day, as well as other critical and essential duties remain our top focus activity during these turbulent times we all face.
The Covid-19 period has been tough for all of us, and as we progress through Level 4, we all realise that a number of regulations imposed on us simply do not make sense. As many of us experience a sense of “cabin fever” and restlessness at this time, I urge everyone to consider the potential of what is expected to happen in our country with COVID-19 over the next 2-3 months, never mind the devastating effect on many communities experiencing lack of food and other basic needs. We take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to all those property owners who have helped with food parcels whether it be for the Sea Vista community or other communities across South Africa.
I do want to inform you that the Board of Directors and management team view the current and future impact of Covid-19 on our estate very seriously. Over the past 6 weeks we have jointly been working on a number of scenarios forecast to play out over the next 18 months through to 30 September 2021. We have been assessing the Covid-19 impact on both our business operating budget as well as our reserve investment portfolio. This requires a re-work of our current financial year Operating and Capex plans as well as the next financial year’s Operating and Capex plans. We can tell you that we are assuming that no further business such as visitor golf, conferencing, weddings and other day to day income will flow to the Estate for the remainder of 2020 which means that our only source of income will be levies and subscriptions from you as property owners. We have tasked the management team to present at the next Board meeting the actions required to right size our estate and club business with the prime objective to balance the books in the current and next financial years.
We confirm that the Board of Directors and management team are very focused to protect the interests of both our property owners as well as our employees and to minimise any impact on both stakeholders.
We have regular interactions with the management team and are working to review a solid plan at a Board meeting in mid-June to review all the proposed changes. Further communication will follow to you all post the Board meeting.
In conclusion we confirm that the Board of Directors and the management team are proactive in ensuring we conclude a solid strategy to get through these very uncharted times in our lives.
St Francis Links
7 May 2020
Liezl never stops…not even for her birthday…so I hid her phone!
During Lockdown, Liezl has spent a great deal of her time working with other volunteers to feed those less fortunate. Many of you, our members , have contributed to their efforts. They don’t require a permit because their efforts were approved. Why, because it was done right!
Happy, Happy, Happy, Liezl
Club Championships April 24-26, 2020 (on hold)
The 2020 Calendar and results
This year, we will be seeing more weddings, fewer golfing National events (due to rotation) and more member functions as our member play is the fastest-growing category in golf. We look forward to more sponsored days with ITEC and Selective Lighting/The Fire Works and the addition of a new partnership between Pam Golding Properties and Village Square SuperSpa
4-5 Jan The Pam Golding Annual, SFBGC Champions, Series tied 7 all
7-8 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership, Roger Smith and Charlie Gilmore, Champions
8 Jan ITEC Open Wednesday, Dr Danie Cronjé and Mel Maubec, winners on 51pts
18 Jan Windhoek Pairs qualifying, Geoff Garratt and Ernest Müller, winners on 49pts
29 Jan Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Gill, Hool, Garratt and Wilson-Jones on 87pts
12 Feb ITEC Open Wednesday, Karl-Johann and Nyana Persson on 45pts
14 Feb Valentine’s Day Dress-up Golf; Dinner with entertainment, The Gobby’s 45pts
26 Feb Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Coesens, White, Gobby and Spangenberg 91 pts
12 Mar ITEC Open Wednesday, TK and Percy Owen 51pts
25 Mar Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance cancelled
27 Mar Ernie Els for Autism Golf Day rescheduled for a later date
3 Apr Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun cancelled
8 Apr ITEC Open Wednesday cancelled
11 Apr Greensomes to be rescheduled
24-26 Apr Club Championships on hold
1 May Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
2-3 May Pam Golding Ladies Open Weekend
13 May ITEC Open Wednesday
21-22 May Woodlands Dairy Charity Days for HOSPICE
24 May Nomads at St Francis Links (10h30 off 2-tees)
27 May Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
6 Jun The Bard’au Ladies’ Invitational
10 Jun ITEC Open Wednesday
12 Jun Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
17-19 Jun Nomads National Order of Merit* – Juniors earning International points
5 Jul Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
20 Jun Foursomes
21-22 Jun PGA Pro Pairs (SFL)
24 Jun Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
8 Jul ITEC Open Wednesday
17-19 Jul Men’s Invitational
26-27 Jul PGA Regional Finals (SFBGC and SFL)
29 Jul Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
1-2 Aug EP Amateur Championships (course closed)
7 Aug Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
8-9 Aug EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals
20-3 Aug/Sep Closed for Spring Programme
4 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
9 Sep ITEC Open Wednesday
25-27 Sep LINKS CUP South Africa (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights)
30 Sep Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
2 Oct Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
3 Oct Stulting Golf Day
14 Oct ITEC Open Wednesday
28 Oct Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
5 Nov Eastern Province SENIORS
6 Nov Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
11 Nov ITEC Open Wednesday
16 Nov Men’s Muirfield Day (3rd Annual)
22 Nov “The Trophy” – St Francis Links sponsored Amateur Champs
25 Nov Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance
25 Nov Members’ Oscars
5 Dec Ladies’ Member-Member
9 Dec ITEC Open Wednesday
12 Dec Ultimate Par-3 Championships
16 Dec The Kromme-Enviro Trust Amazing Race
5-6 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership
8-9 Jan The Pam Golding Annual