Freshly Ground is coming to The Links

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South Africa has been the source of great music over the years, with some of the artists from South Africa going on to tour worldwide. Freshly Ground is one of the most successful Afro-fusion groups in South Africa. The band has toured different countries, performing their music, and the highlight of the group came when they performed “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” with Shakira. This was the theme song of the 2010 World Cup held in South Africa. Huge, right? 
Freshly ground biography Freshlyground is an Afro-fusion band formed in 2002, in Cape Town. The band features members who are from Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. So, who is Freshly Ground lead singer? This detailed biography will give you a clear understanding of the band and what they have achieved over the years. Freshlyground profile Formed: 2002 Origin: Cape Town, South Africa Genres: Folk, Afropop, Jazz, Indie Rock Website: Twitter: @FRESHLYGROUNDsa Instagram: @freshlygroundsa Facebook: @freshlygroundsa 
The band comprises of vocalists and instrumentalists. Over the years, some members left the band and ended up being replaced. Zolani Mahola is the lead vocalist and has been in the band from 2002 to date. Simon Attwell plays the flute, saxophone, and keyboard. Peter Cohen is the drummer. Kyla-Rose Smith – played the violin and also helped with vocals (2003-2016). Chris “Bakkies” Bakalanga – lead guitar (2016 to date), he replaced Kyla-Rose Smith. Julio “Gugs” Sigauque – Electric and acoustic guitar. Josh Hawks – Bass guitar, vocals. Aron Turest Schwartz – Keyboard (2002-2009). Seredeal “Shaggy” Scheepers – Keyboards (2008 to date).
Freshlyground achievements and awards Won the Best Group in the 2008 South African Music Awards. Won the Album of the Year, Best Adult Contemporary Album: English and Best Engineer in the 2008 South African Music Awards for their album, Ma’ Cheri. Won Best Africa, Southern in the 2008 Channel O Music Video Awards for the Pot Belly video. Won the Best African Act in the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards. 3 Nominations in the 2005 South African Music Awards for their album, Nomvula. The band has also performed with some of the best artists in the world: Performing ‘Waka Waka’ with Shakira at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Performing with Oliver Mtukudzi at the Harare International Festival of the Arts Performed alongside Miriam Makeba, Stanley Clarke, and Femi Kuti at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town.

It’s a 2019 Zietsman Double 

Boetie won our Club Champs and Pieter take the EP Champs! 
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St Francis Links Club Champs
In April, Boetie played some of the best Club Champs golf ever played here when he fired a two-over-par 146 to win. 
EP Champs
Congratulations to Pieter Zietsman for winning this year’s EP Championship Match Play. He managed to beat Dillon Germshuys 4&3 in a 36 hole match.
This accomplishment was two weeks in the making after players had to qualify in a Stroke-play competition.
Well done, guys 

When love and hate collide

Course closed from 19 August to 4 September 

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 Superintendents 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.
Thatch removal is a key reason why greens and fairways for that matter get hollow tined, the definition of thatch can be described as, “Thatch is a tightly intermingled layer of living and dead stems, leaves and roots which accumulates between the layer of actively growing grass and the soil underneath. Thatch is a normal component of an actively growing turfgrass. As long as the thatch is not too thick, it can increase the resilience of the turf to heavy traffic. Thatch develops more readily on high-maintenance lawns than on low-maintenance lawns.” The definition sums up why it is important to remove thatch on greens.
Compaction relief, with this I mean compaction caused due to traffic moving over the green on a daily basis, whether it is the machines cutting the grass or golfers enjoying a nice round of golf. Imagine walking in a veld and ahead of you are animal paths heading in all directions, have you ever noticed that nothing grows where all the traffic is focused on? This is all due to compaction and outside stresses that are not advantageous to normal plant growth, take the traffic out of the veld and the weeds will start growing on these compacted areas and water will struggle to infiltrate the soil. Let me explain how hollowtining helps with compaction relief. A hole gets punched into the greens surface and a core extracted (or not in the case of solid tines), immediately the tine breaks the hard crust under the surface and depending on the severity of the compaction the Superintendent can set the depth of tining accordingly. Now for the rest of this article, I will focus on “Hollowtining” where we extract a core from the actual green and fill the hole with sand to ensure a smooth putting surface. By filling the hole with new sand it creates a new growing medium for the roots to move into, and the more roots you have, the stronger the plant, and the stronger the plant, the less it will suffer under the stresses of heat and disease.
The open holes on the greens give the Superintendent the perfect opportunity to get all the needed soil amendments down to ensure optimum plant growth. The open holes also promote air movement within the soil, and like all living things, the most important components to stay alive are air, water, food and temperature. I think I have touched on most of these key components now, except water. Due to the compaction relief, water now drains freely through the soil profile where the plant can absorb the water through its roots and also due to the water movement, a lot of unwanted salts can get washed out of the soil that will usually be harmful to the plant.
The time of the year when most clubs do their tining will be dependent on weather, golf days and scheduled tournaments, but most courses do it between September and November and some courses even do it twice a year, with this I mean that they do it again in March or April. This seems a lot, but the only reason most clubs don’t do it twice a year is because of budget constraints and loss of income during and after the hollowtining.
Now you can take this information and apply this to your lawn at home, trust me, you will see some amazing results. There are contractors that specialize in hollow tining and scarifying of lawns. Ask your course Superintendent for some advice; he might just be able to put you in contact with contractors like this.
This is in short why we hollowtine and how we can keep giving you great greens surfaces for most of the year. Next time you see your Course Superintendent, have a chat with him and ask him more about the process because the more we all know the better, and remember this “sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind to get the best results”.
Greetings from St Francis Links where we hope to make the first impression a lasting impression.
Charl Blaauw.

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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. 

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 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, modelled 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 Saria Blaauw is assisting and they are dividing their time at The Links 


Our events  

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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

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Every Great shot starts (and ends) with a SMILE!

Santa and the Links TEAM




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