New owner at St Francis Links
Craig West was my first PGA apprentice at Fancourt in 1991. A South African by birth, Craig saw an opportunity in Germany and pursued it. Some 28 years later, Craig and his partners own and operate three golf operations. The flagship facility in West Golf is a nine-hole course that features the 17th at Sawgrass near the Clubhouse. They play 40 000 rounds a year – nine-hole rounds! With over 800 members and an average age of less than 40, the place hums on and off the course. Outside the 600sq metre Clubhouse is what he calls “West Palm Beach” complete with palms and sand. On Fridays, it’s that place to be.
Craig was born and raised in PE and his dad resides there. He has followed and kept up with me and stayed in tune with the happening here. One thing led to another and he starting seeking opportunities for winter residence.
Recently, after some good searching and assistance from Stirling Olivier (RE/MAX), he secured a home on the second fairway here at The Links. Everything was done online, sight unseen. When he arrived, Stirling was there to welcome him and what Craig found, surpassed his high expectations. After playing the course, he started messaging me.
“The course is MAGNIFICENT!!!!!”
“Greens are truly world-class”
Craig later wrote to me…
Was it the view down to the sea, surf and mountains, the slivers of lush green fairways, perfectly manicured and revealing themselves between the Fynbos…?
What is it about the Links at St Francis that made me want to be part of it?
Was it the friendly and almost familiar greeting at the clubhouse for breakfast on only my second visit, the terrace boasting a vista that can more than hold its own with anything I‘ve ever seen worldwide…?
Is it the perfect balance between nature and residential living on a timeless and world-class golf course?
Is it the “gees” that you feel wherever you are on the estate, a feeling of getting back to your proudly South African roots and reliving it all again as if for the first time?
I‘m not sure if I‘ll have the answers anytime soon, and somehow it doesn’t really matter. Because like an old friend you haven’t seen in years, some things just need to be felt to be understood. And I‘m loving this feeling!
“Hard to leave”
Please, please, please do your part!
New Dates for our Majors
Due to the Covid lockdown, we have been forced to reschedule the Men’s Invitational. Please check that you are ok with the new dates and reconfirm your entry.
Men’s Invitational – 17-19 September (fully booked)
Players of the Week
Wednesday School – Easylife Kitchens – Betterball – Jaunita Gobby and Bimpie Olivier
Saturday School – Alliance 3 to count – Lynn Slogrove, Debbie McCracken, Bimpie Olivier and Alison Bosch
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The 2021 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.
New events – Ladies’ and Men’s Medal will be played on the 1st Wednesday of every month
7-8 Jan Men’s Member-Member Partnership, Mark Ward and Richard Sharwood, Champions
13 Jan ITEC Open Wednesday, Hein Spangenberg and Yan Coesens, 51pts
27 Jan Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Hein Spangenberg, Yan Coesens, Daryl vd Vyver and David vd Vyver, 92 Points
3 Feb Monthly MEDAL, Shaun Viljoen and Lynn Slogrove
10 Feb ITEC Wednesday, Yan Coesens and Hein Spangenberg, 47pts
14 Feb Valentine’s Day Dress-up Golf; Gavin and Jaunita Gobby, 41pts
20 Feb Greensomes, Scott Keevy, and Deon Marais, 41 pts
24 Feb Pam Golding/ Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Simon Haigh, Yan Coesens, Charl Blaauw, Hein Spangenberg, 86pts
3 Mar Monthly MEDAL, Gross – Fred V Eyssen, Nett – Brett Wilson-Jones, 69, Stableford – Hein Spangenberg, 35pts
5 Mar Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun, Graham Botha and Geoff Garratt, 24pts
6-7 Mar Pam Golding Annual – SFL vs SFB, SFB, 37.15 ave, SFL, 36.83 ave (.32 difference)
10 Mar ITEC Wednesday, Charlie Gilmore and Neil Jones, 44pts
20 Mar Foursomes, Dave Micklem and Norman Rock, 40 pts
31 Mar Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Norman Rock, Tim Elliott, Michael Barratt, and Ronnie Nienaber, 81pts
2 Apr Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun, Debbie McCracken and Michael McGahey, 24pts
2-4 Apr Easter Weekend
7 Apr Monthly MEDAL, Rita Du Plessis and Malcolm White
9 Apr Masters Par-3, shotgun at 15h00 (sponsored by Fitch and Leeds), Graham Botha
27-28 Apr Ladies Championships, Medal, Lynn Slogrove (G), Rita DuPlessis (N)
1-2 May Stableford Championships (Men and Ladies) Chris V Rensburg (A), Doug Cornish (B), Dave Hart (C), Lynn Slogrove (A), and Alison Bosch (B)
7 May Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun Ernest and Linda Muller (donated back).
26 May Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance, Brett Wilson-Jones, Norman Rock, Nico Van Rensburg and Gavin Gobby, 88pts (85%)
29-30 May Pam Golding Ladies’ OPEN Weekend, Jaunita Gobby and Lettie La Grange, 86pts (85%)
2 Jun Monthly MEDAL, Chris V Rensburg, Lynn Slogrove, Lesley Fisher and Carol Boonzaier
4 Jun Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun, Lesley Fisher and Gillian Hammond, 22pts c/i
16 Jun Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday, Lesley Fisher and Susan Gray, 45pts c/i
23 Jun Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance Noelie Pearson, Jaunita Gobby, Bimpie Olivier and Sue Gray
26 Jun Windhoek Lager International Pairs, Norman Pretorius and Deon Marais
30-3 Jul Nomads National Order of Merit (International Points) Rescheduled
7 Jul Monthly MEDAL, Shaun Viljoen, Lynn Slogrove and Alison Bosch – Gross
18-21 Jul 30th Road Trip (PGA Invitational) Rescheduled
21 Jul Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday – Jaunita Gobby and Bimpie Olivier
28 Jul Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance,
6 Aug Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
14 Aug Greensomes –
15 Aug Nomads Annual Game
16 – 31 Aug Hollow-tining Spring Programme (Course Closed)
1 Sep Monthly MEDAL
3 Sep Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun
15 Sep Easy Life Kitchens/ Wednesday
12 Sep Foursomes
17-19 Sep Men’s 15th Invitational Member/Guest (fully booked on 166 players)
25-26 Sep Links Cup (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits)
2/3 Oct EP Champs (course closed)
9/10 Oct EP Champs Matchplay finals
16 Oct Ladies’ Invitational
20 Oct Easy Life Kitchens / Wednesday