The new normal – get healthy, stay healthy!
As the lockdown finally lifted, many of you started golfing, walking, running, paddling and cycling more than ever! The lockdown affected all of us differently and “some” of us, even with vigorous training, found the refrigerator too close to the couch. Even after we returned to full time here at work, something must have gone array during the lockdown period. There were some stressful situations that may have changed my metabolism. I had gained weight. Dammit. I even saw the doctor for advice. The super B shot helped but I was mentally strong and physically weak. When it came to the return of golf I faded faster than a navy blue shirt in the summer sun. Holding a club was as foreign to me as a cellist trying to play a trumpet. Most of you know me as being perpetually on diet (see food diet) and in my 14 years here I have gained and lost a hundred pounds, unlike people like Rex McGregor and Pete Maskew who could probably wear their school uniform today. Now I have found the secret…exercise in harmony with nature – right here!
I found the perfect plan
Our Estate offers more walks than the Kruger Park, and some of the best walks when you are not circling our beautiful course in the morning or evening are our trails on the west side of the estate. Don’t even take your earphones as the music that Nature provides will be your entertainment.
You can take a short walk or a long walk; you can start with one and finish with another. You can run them or walk, stop, read the signs and smell the fynbos. The trails are well marked and all are manageable – hey, I’ve done the purple trail twice in a week. This is just another reason to choose the Links as your home (visitors must be accompanied by members to enjoy the trails).
Food and Beverage – Consistently Consistent – 4 years in a row!
Norman Rock is on a run with 74 from the blue tees last week and 80/69 nett from the white on Wednesday. Izzy and Madelaine took to honours in ITEC Wednesday, counting out Norman and Ronnie Nienaber who counted out Fred Van Eyssen and Paul Spencer for 2nd and third.
On the Saturday before Jason King fired on all cylinders finishing with a 64 Nett. But Juanita Gobby and Sandra Marais got it right scoring with Rita Du Plessis and Norman Rock as their ghosts. Norman’s 74 produced a 66 nett while Rita had nett 72 and Jo nett 70.
Rita and Jo kept the fire hot as they paired up with Simmo (Keith Simpson) and Gavin Gobby to walk the the couples – which, by the way, is finding its footing on Sunday mornings – book yourselves in on the Clubmaster APP. Rita fired a 78 GROSS, her best round at the Links. Yeehaw.
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Watch this space!
Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship, only his 2nd major, by shooting 65-64=129 on the weekend. Harding Park a Muni course was no slouch to play with the narrowest fairways played in the last 40 years and patchy rough where there were places where you could lose your shoes. He has more tournaments that missed cuts (3 to 1). In testing equipment, as they can today, he hits balls closer together with a six iron than others do with a wedge – think about it.
Come and help us clear the stock – even new winter wear is on sale!
Our friends from Global Golf, suppliers of Cutter&Buck, AHEAD, Ernie Els, Rhode Island and others have sent their latest winters garments and we are prepared to offer specials from the start. In addition, the popular puffer jackets and vests have been reduced to go! Perfect for our cool morning and fresh winter days, take advantage of what’s on offer. Hey, shoes and eyewear are on sale, too
OPEN all through August with no hollowtining closure … Now is the time to be working from home – HERE AT THE LINKS!
WE ARE COOKING and your favourites are back
Curry Wednesdays just got easier!
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 SuperSpar
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
17-19 Jul Men’s Invitational (postponed)
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
1-2 Aug EP Amateur Championships (postponed)
7 Aug Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun (postponed)
12 Aug ITEC Wednesday – Izzy Obray and Madelaine Barry
14 Aug Greensomes – Fully Booked
8-9 Aug EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals (postponed)
4 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun
9 Sep ITEC Open Wednesday
25-27 Sep LINKS CUP South Africa
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