Christo says it best…
11th Annual Club Championship
Since the beginning of golf, competition fueled all enthusiasts. This weekend brought the opportunity to our members to fight for the crown once again. The battlefield: South Africa’s 7th ranked, Jack Nicklaus designed, St Francis Links.
The golf course was presented in true “links” splendor by Charl Blaauw and his team of passionate experts. They succeeded to create a playing surface that is challenging, yet elegant, and the weather couldn’t possibly be any better.
The weekend’s golf delivered a new Club Champion and re-crowned a previous champ. It goes without saying that there was a fair amount of banter at the prize giving social, but laughter proved the best medicine.
Please scroll to the “Club Champs 2017” photo album to view all the memories we made.
Congratulations to our two champions:
Helen Bridges & Ralph Richardson
Martin King Men’s Nett Champion
Ernest Bendeman Men’s 2nd Gross
MJ de Bruyn Men’s 2nd Nett
Gillian Hammond Ladies Nett Champion
Sandra Cunningham Ladies B Division Winner
Mauro Nettl Men’s B Division Winner
John Wilson Men’s B Division Runner-up
Deon Marais Men’s B Division 3rd place
Seasonal packages are now on offer
It’s also the time of year for golf travel. We join others in advertising our course countrywide. The are are a couple of subtle differences between what you pay and what you receive in a golf package. We pride ourselves on over-delivering with personal services, additional opportunities, special events, shoot-outs and so much more. We’ll supply the braai or what you need to do it yourselves; we’ll serve your meals here or recommend the area establishments who will exceed your expectations (and of course, we’ll do the booking for you). Why? Because we can and we want to!
Why not sign up for the special events coming up in the future and expand them into a few days of play! Play in the Inter-Estate Challenge, enter the Ernie Els for Autism in June, start planning for the Invitationals – ladies and men; Invite your friends in for the best golf in SA (and beyond).
More to remember!
This was our best year to date in almost every way:
- We finished our 106th home on the estate (57 are permanent residents)
- 16 homes are under construction
- 25 homes are in the planning or application stages
- We turned 10 in December with nearly R14M in the bank
- To date, we are 500 rounds UP on budget
- Our golf rounds were up by more than 3300 rounds – 17 550 in total
- We moved up in the nation ratings to No. 7 in Golf Digest
- The UK rates us No. 6
- The Swedish press rate us No.4
- With our members, No. 1
Don’t stop yet!
Time to say farewell
Everything happens for a reason. Mariska’s journey here at St Francis Links started off by accident and not long after she was permanently part of the Family and loving her job. After doing her internship here with us as St Francis Links she blew everyone away with her warm personality, her hospitality, her kind and loving heart and her way of handling every situation with ease. Today, 2 years later, she decided it’s time to spread her wings and broaden her knowledge more.
Even though she is leaving the St Francis Links Family she will still always be part of us and she will be dearly missed by everyone here at The Links.
My journey at St Francis Links started by accident- My best friend, who had worked at St Francis Links once before and I decided we needed some extra spending money for our road trip to Zimbabwe in 2014 and that was the first time I was introduced to the beautiful place I will always call home. I started my internship at The Links in 2015 and so this place became my real home. It has been two years and what a pleasure it has been. I think the best challenge and what I enjoy most is that every day brings something different. EUGENIE was my biggest mentor for sure!!! I remember her telling me the one time how Liezl inspires her and how much Liezl helped her grow. She was that for me. She inspired me and helped me grow so much, I will always be thankful for all she has done and meant for me. St Francis Links is more than just a job- it’s a family. That’s what I will miss the most! It’s difficult sometimes to say goodbye, but I truly believe it’s not a farewell, it’s a see you later. Friendships have grown and I have learnt so much from each of you. I am thankful and I would like to thank each of you for all you have done and meant to me.”
“Amazing is an understatement of what a kind of person Mariska is. She is amazing to work with and she is always excited to learn something new. She is hardworking, loving and never gives up on something she knows she can do. She has a special place in everyone’s heart here at St Francis Links and we will all miss her dearly.
May her journey to success be amazing and I wish her the best of the best.”
Eugenie van Vuuren
“I like the feeling of finding it difficult to say goodbye to someone because it only means that I have found loyal friends “
Will be 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, Curry Night follows – stay or take away!
Monday Roll-up! Pitch up and play (9 holes from 3pm) 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” – Prizegiving and Happy Hour at 17h00
May 7 Inter-Estate Challenge at St Francis Links
May 10 ITEC Open Wednesday
May 12-14 St Francis Bridge Tournament
May 14 Mother’s Day (and Family) Lunch
May 18-19 Woodland’s Dairy Golf Days for Hospice (course closed from 11am)
ST FRANCIS LINKS “MAJORS” AND “SPECIAL EVENTS” FOR 2017
Jan 2-3 Men’s Member-Member, St Francis Bay wins by .18 of a point! Well done!
Jan 7-8 The Pam Golding Annual, Derek Ryan and Scott Keevy, Champions
Mar 11 Greensomes over 18 holes (NEW) Sandra Marais/Ingvild Stiansen; Mauro Nettl/Yan Coesens
Apr 28-30 Club Championships
May 7 Inter-Estate Challange (St Francis Links)
May 18-19 Woodlands’ Dairy Golf Days for HOSPICE
May 27 Foursomes over 18 holes (NEW)
Jun 3 Ladies’ Invitational
Jun 10 Sanlam – Links Qualifier
Jun 22 Els for Autism at St Francis Links (finals at Highland Gate)
Jul 2-3 National Junior Order of Merit
Jul 20-23 Men’s Invitational
Jul 23-25 The Annual “Road Trip”
Aug 6 Sanlam Cancer FINALS at St Francis Links
Aug 8-23 Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
Sep 30, Oct 1 Links Cup
Nov 11-12 Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
Dec 2 Ladies’ Member-Member
Dates for Mixed Events, as well as the Knock-outs to follow.
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE