Sport, wine and weddings…oh, and The World Cup
This year’s Calamari Festival and Classics were bigger and better than ever-before with activities on the go throughout the Village and throughout the weekend. More than 20 wine estates were featured at The TOPS Calamari Wine Festival on opening day with hundreds in attendance. The next day, Calamari came to the fore by way of the Cook-Off with teams competing for the best recipe.
The Squash Club was full of energy as our local members welcomed players from Canada and South African clubs for a great couple of days of competitive sport and camaraderie!
The Calamari (Golf) Classic, in its 22nd year, was bigger and better than ever! Some 276 players completed play on Saturday, another 255 teed off on Sunday with another great turnout on Sunday. It’s St Francis Bay Golf Club’s premier event and we support them with sponsorship and a little of my time overseeing their auctions. The room was packed on Saturday night and, despite the tough weather, the room was heaving again on Sunday night. Judging from the faces of the organizers when we met on Tuesday for a follow-up, I could see it was all good.
Big, big turnout for the Calamari Golf at St Francis Bay GC, pics from SFBGC
Runners took to our roads for a well-attended parkrun before this year’s record turnout for the Nautical Half Marathon.
parkrunners and Putrus, running injured to 7th place for The Links, pics from Grant Leversha and SFL
The Calamari Bowls Classic has now been growing from strength to strength for 20 years and this year was another winner. Madelaine Berry, our member who started the Bowls Classic years ago was very pleased with this year’s turnout. She stated that the weekend was actually “over-subscribed”
Smack in the middle of it all, we hosted a room full for the World Cup Rugby match between South Africa and New Zealand. We had the “GEES” but the Boks and the ref lost momentum in the second half.
Fairytale wedding for Akhona and Babalwa
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ARC (Association of Residential Communities)
Andrew Barton, our FM, Liezl and I all attended and participated at the recent National ARC Convention held at San Lameer in KZN. Liezl led a panel discussion and Andrew and I sat on two others. The guest speakers, headed by John Loos, property analyst for FNB, were dynamic and informative. The exchange of ideas always assist us in keeping our estate moving forward – though, I think many who attended, envy many aspects of what we represent here at St Francis Links. I shared a story about how it all works in a successful company – “WE TALK TO EACH OTHER”.
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The St Francis Links HOTEL by Mantis – SHOW UNITS are under construction
The proposed St Francis Links Hotel by Mantis is being sold as a sectional title scheme. Now, three units are being built as show units to promote sales.
The show unit, comprised of one, two-bedroom unit and two, one-bedroom units will be completed for the season.
The Hotel will consist of 60 1 and 2-bedroom suites, modeled after the successful hotel development at Pearl Valley, where the 2nd phase was launched recently. The Clubhouse will be home to reception manned 24/7, the Food and Beverage services, AquaSpa and of course, the home of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course! Pam Golding Properties are handling the sales for the Hotel. Neil Fox is the lead person. Neil Fox email@example.com Saria Blaauw is assisting and they are dividing their time at The Links
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, 14h30 in the “Cool Season” and 15h30 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.
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 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
Every Great shot starts (and ends) with a SMILE!
Santa and the Links TEAM