Fundraising, Golf Events starting with The Links Cup!

Jeff ClauseSanta Says

Level 1 means MORE opportunities!

At St Francis Links, we made the decision before re-opening that we could and would skip our annual Spring Programme to get as much play in as possible this year. What we didn’t expect was the amount of play and support that we have seen. The course is awesome and our members are playing more than ever. With travel restrictions in place early on, most of our play was member play; then the golfers started coming in from all over the Province. We were able to host the EP Champs with nearly a record field and quality golf. We experienced quite a decline in Cool Season golf last year and subsequently budgeted for less golf this year in July, August and September. August rounds nearly doubled budget and September rounds were nearly triple the budget! What a great way to finish the financial year off!

Well, to be blunt, we smashed it with local business.

Now we are able to return to some sense of normality with face masks and temp checks, continuing. Groups are booking and the annual events are back on the calendar. Starting with the Links Cup, 16-18 October, followed by the return of the SPAR Mystery Tour and the rescheduled Ladies’ Member-Guest Invitational 24 October and completing the month with a fundraiser for Nico Malan and the Trophy le Coque (the men vs the ladies) on the 31st! This Saturday, despite the foul weather, all will be raising funds for Stulting School with 80 players in the afternoon. That all adds up to a great way to start our new financial year.

With Challenge comes Opportunity

The lockdown was hard on everyone but it also saw a significant increase in residents on the Estate – from 55% occupation to over 80%.

Many who were here have stayed on and some have already made plans to live here – great for the Estate, the Community, the area schools and local businesses. Work from home -HERE!

Our local Real Estate agents are all smiling about the renewed interest in property. And…many are young families!

Community

Speaking of Growth!

This year saw another  22 homes completed on The Links with 17  under construction and a further 18 approved and awaiting construction! An additional 14 are in the planning and submission stages. The community grows and everybody wins and lives in the most special place in SA!

Meet Chantelle van Vuuren

Chantelle is our Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at St Francis Links. She tells us more below about herself and her journey here:

“I started working at the Links when I was 16 years old as a casual for holiday money and to give me some direction for a career choice after school. I was hooked from the start and knew this is my ultimate career choice.

When I was in my matric year, I handed in my CV to Liezl in the hopes I have proven myself through the years. Hard work got me to where I am today as an Assistant Food & Beverage Manager and the rest is history. I am a person who loves interacting with new people, I am extremely outgoing and a kind-hearted person. There’s never a mundane day or day without surprises at the Links and I love this. Everyday there are new challenges to overcome and new people to meet.

I am a proud mother of a young little boy, John Graeme (14 months old) and recently got engaged to my best friend since high school and boyfriend of 3 years Aaron Haldane.

I love working at St Francis Links, there is something special about this place that I can’t explain.  The people I work with makes it fun and less stressful. St Francis Links will always be my home away from home! My philosophy in life: “a dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, tears, determination and hard work!”

What a little advertising brings!

Many of you joined the fun by entering Golf Champs, the golf game where you picked four players to “back” in the Majors. When you opened the site to view the pools, make your picks or check the results you saw this…

The best stop on your next Road Trip…St Francis Links

and this…

The US Open pools were joined by thousands of golfers from around the world; more than 12, 500 people viewed the site and saw our logo and ad. Money well spent!

The 2020 Calendar and results

We look forward to our sponsored days with ITEC and Selective Lighting/The Fire Works and Pam Golding Properties and Village Square SuperSpar events.

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

22           Jul           ITEC Open Wednesday, Keith Simpson and Mark Ward 46pts

26-27   Jul             PGA Regional Finals (SFBGC and SFL) Canceled

29         Jul             Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, The Gobby’s and the Nienaber’s 85pts

7          Aug             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun (postponed)

12        Aug             ITEC Wednesday – Izzy Obray and Madelaine Barry 

14        Aug             Greensomes   – Dr Lynn Slogrove and Sally Nienaber 42pts

26       Aug            Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Zietsman, Schoeman, Potas and Nel 93pts (C/I)

28        Aug            Foursomes  Maggie Langlands and Dave Hart, 40pts

 4        Sep             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun  Scott Keevy and Doug  Cornish 25pts  

5-6      Sep              EP Amateur Championships Kyle de Beer 32-38=70 Strokeplay

9          Sep             ITEC Open Wednesday Carol Boonzaier and Sally Nienaber, 46pts

12-13   Sep             EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals Kyle de Beer, Champion, Malan Potgieter, Plate

30        Sep             Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance Percy Owen, John Wilson, Ronnie Nienaber and Ernest Muller (Ghost) 86pts

2         Oct             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun

3          Oct              Stulting Golf Day

14        Oct               ITEC Open Wednesday

17-18   Oct              LINKS CUP South Africa New date

24       Oct               Ladies’ Invitational new date!

28        Oct              Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

5          Nov            Eastern Province SENIORS

6          Nov             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun

7-8       Nov            Men’s Invitational – new date

11         Nov             ITEC Open Wednesday

17         Nov            Men’s Muirfield Day (3rd Annual)

20-21   Nov            Ladies’ Club Championshipsnew date

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