Take the place of the Internationals and discover SA GOLF!
This past Sunday night and Monday, I spent time in Knysna and at Simola Estate. Thinus and Christo were playing in the Monday Scratch Golf/Investec Pro-Am and I was going up to salute my friend, Alistair (COACH) Beaumont, at his farewell / retirement party. We stayed in the Simola Hotel with brilliant views of the heads and surrounds below. I originally left Fancourt in 1997 to start Simola with Liezl and Ola Grinaker. His dream to shuttle guests to and from the George airport in his Jet Ranger helicopter to this amazing piece of ground near his blueberry fields, came crashing down, after back-to-back floods destroyed the course.
It all happened during my notice period at Fancourt. I resigned and was going to a place where there was no golf course. Liezl and I stayed on at Simola while Ola tried desperately to raise funds to resurrect what would have been South Africa’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature course. That was an extra incentive for me as I was the Director of Golf at a Jack Nicklaus Signature in Texas before coming to Fancourt. Simola required another 8 years to be rediscovered and revamped beautifully by Avril Kaschula and the Osner Family. What they finished makes everyone proud, especially me!
Today Simola is one of the great golfing destinations in South Africa. The investment opportunities have grown with the project, as well. Hey, I’m not suggesting anything – just another success story to share!
Yesterday, TK played with local members and Christo took members through from here to what was the only PGA Pro-Am this year. We also attended our Annual General Meeting of the PGA where TK was finally presented with his certificate for 2019’s Regional PGA Professional of the Year. So, when you see him, you can pat him on the back again.
When you want to travel for golf, please use my contacts around the country to assist with bookings and rates. We have developed great relationships over the years and now is the time to see all that South Africa offers in golf holidays. Fancourt has a great package on the table now that I can’t even better. Do what Gavin and Jaunita Gobby did, they booked the Fancourt package and I set them up for golf and accommodation at Simola. Whatever your travel plans were, now is the time to see and experience our own great SA! With no international travel, there are special places to go and special prices to enjoy!
Hats off to the hardy ones!
Keith Simpson and Ashley Parker are not afraid of a little weather. You won’t keep Deon Marais or Danie Cronjé off the course either. Saturday morning featured a couple of proper downpours but 45pts from Simpson and Parker made it look like a piece of cake. Danie swept the par 3’s by making the only two, 2-clubs on the day.
WE’RE BACK TO DOING WHAT WE DO BEST – HOSTING!
Richard Gill is an entrepreneur and he has been presenting great golf to golfers for more than 20 years. I first hosted him at Fancourt 23 years ago. He has since created the Corporate Cup hosting golf events throughout the year. He hosts the annual finals at Fancourt and the winners there go to Mauritius where he hosts another great event. Richard has organized trips to Augusta and the Masters. He’s looking at a trip to the Ryder Cup in Rome and this year I finally got him here after years of trying. He built an itinerary that featured golf in the Garden Route before “peaking” here at St Francis Links!
And then we hosted Stulting!
80 players signed up for the day, with dinner and fundraising to follow. The forecast was horrific with expected wind and rain. Then someone said a little prayer and the Big Man listened. It didn’t blow and there was very little rain. Sponsors were on the course with activation stations and the modified Alliance format with scrambled drives had everyone thinking they were winning! The Supporters Club and our team produced a proper day for the school!
Meet the TEAM
Isaac has been working for the Links for the past 2 years as a golf attendant. He tells us more about himself below:
“I was born in Humansdorp and went to King Williams High School in Keiskammahoek. My love for golf started at the age of 16 when I got my first job at Zwartenbosch Golf Course. At the Links I take care of the driving range, cleaning and replacing of golf balls, cleaning of clubs and managing the tee box. I am a proud dad of two beautiful children, a boy who is 25 years old and a girl who is 22 years old. I am a family man and my family means the world to me! In my free time, I play golf. I am trying to get my handicap to a single figure, right now it is 18. I also like watching television and I enjoy teaching my son how to play golf. I love working at the Links, it makes me happy to see our guests happy and to assist where I can. I treat my colleagues like my second family as I am with them most of the time.”
Do we need to call you???
Next up is the Links Cup
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
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 Championships – new 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