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We may not have caddies here, our service is provided by all of our staff

When I started as the PGA Director of Golf at Fancourt, the Friday caddie training was a ritual. Even in the early days we supported hundreds of families by offering trained caddies and ball spotters to improve the experience on the course. Why was this so important – because a bad caddy can ruin the experience and a great caddy will enhance it. Look at the men and women on tour, the caddy is part of their equipment. This weekend, in America, Jordan Spieth’s dad is on the bag because his longtime support, Michael Greller, is at home grieving the loss of his mother. Jordan’s dad messed up on Thursday-

“I’m stepping into the ball and he goes, ‘Just don’t overdo it,’” Jordan said afterward. “I step back, step back in. I’m like, ‘Dad, there’s only really like one or two things you just can’t do and that’s just don’t say not to hit it somewhere while I’m stepping into the shot.’ 

“He goes, ‘Well, you know, you did it on No. 11, so I didn’t want you to do it on 13.’ I’m like, ‘I didn’t overdo it.’

At Fancourt, our caddies, for the most part, left even better memories than the course provided, learning your game quickly, offering putting advice and club selection. Many of the caddies there had a wonderful sense of humour, as well. I started hosting the caddies from Fancourt and Plett (in different tours) years ago. Why, you ask. One, because they love and appreciate the game that supports them and their families. They have also been given the opportunity to play it. Some of them pay it very well. But, when you spend 4-5 hours with the guest or member, you also have time to ask, “Have you been to St Francis Links?” It’s a great course and you should go. Our old boss and friend, Jeff, will look after you!” Guess what? It’s works like a bomb and those who come here make a point of finding me and sharing the stories.

This past weekend we, once again, hosted their final event of what they call “The Race to Dubai”.  Amandla, Nazeem from here, and Henry from the Bay. were part of the tour. There were extremely proud to be the unofficial host for the day.
Well dressed, well versed and excited for the final, they arrived! The Fancourt men left early on Sunday and drove back after golf and the traditional Santa Burger. The got treated and we have renewed their Ambassadorships.

The Ladies’ International Invitational

When Nina Cloete arrived on the first tee, it was like a homecoming as she spends most of her time in Gaborone, Botswana. She and I share a great mutual friend there and they see each other often. By crossing the border, she made our event officially International!

Ladies’ Invitational – Sponsored by

Bard’au & Co
This year our members were able to host their guests in summer colors. The golf course is in great condition this time of year and we love meeting new people who love it as much as we do.
After a full day of competition and friendship, the ladies were treated to a Chef’s Demonstration: Chef Rauzhea Buys shared his secrets on making a delicious Citrus Trifle.
Congratulation to all the prize winners on the day:
Better Ball Stableford:
Jaunita Gobby & Lettie La Grange 47 Points
Debbie McCracken & Nina Cloete 45 Points
Margot McGregor & Melissa Palmer 44 Points C/i

Special thanks to Anne Coesens from Bard’au & Co for her generous contributions to a lovely day.


Meet team member Jeanette Knoetze

My parents own a home in Jeffreys Bay. Both my kids love golf and we used to visit Jeffreys on holiday, visiting St Francis Bay frequently. This is where my love started for the Links. I relocated to Jeffreys Bay in 2015.  My daughter was still in school and matriculated in Nico Malan, my son had to stay behind as he started working at Serengeti Golf Estate.
I started working at St Francis Links in 2017 as an admin assistant and receptionist over the holiday season and was then appointed as access controller in March 2018.  I loved the challenge of this new position.  We had to start from scratch with a new system for access control, implementing new procedures with Glovent and our security company. They always say you are never too old to learn new things, well I believe this!  This was a big challenge for me but through dedication, commitment for work and a great management team in the lead, I did it and made a success of this challenge.
Each day as the sun rises I am blessed to live and work on this beautiful estate. I love working at the gates as I get to meet new guests and build relationships with the homeowners. I have learned to be humble and not take life for granted. We work as a family here at St Francis Links and I look forward to welcoming you to visit our beautiful estate and clubhouse.

Be a KID!

Coach Christo on the left of of his star pupils as they teamed up with Micah’s dad, Fred, to win the weekly Wednesday comp. Dr Lynn stepped it up winning the Ladies’ Silver medal, while Margot McGregor won the Bronze medal and Gill Hammond returned to top for winning the Ladies’ IPS. Malcolm White and Brian Cunningham teamed up to topple the in-form Yan and Hein on Saturday! See all by clicking below! Happy Golfing!

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 Postponed

3          Oct              Stulting Golf Day A proper success with 80 players

14        Oct               ITEC Open Wednesday, Hein Spangenberg and Yan Coesens

17-18   Oct              LINKS CUP South Africa South Africa, 28-16!

24       Oct               Ladies’ Invitational, Jaunita Gobby and Lettie La Grange, 47pts

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,

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



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