Pairing wines…perfectly!

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Great food and great wines make for a great evening 

Chef Jon was on the mark again as he presented five magic courses to pair with five magic wines! Andrew Gunn, the owner of IONA wines, and his wife were on hand to explain the history of the estate and a bit about the wines. IONA was a popular spot at the last Food and Wine Festival here in December. It was another full house (with some full tummy’s, too!)  


Basically Brenden, by Brenden 

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(semi) Pro Chef.

As some of you would know, I occasionally put the clubs back in the cupboard and take out the apron to prepare myself for another sizzling hot session with Chef Jon in the kitchen.

We’ve hosted some amazing food & wine pairings in the past couple of months, and I was fortunate enough to work alongside the greats like Chef Jon and sous chef Helga. This experience taught me the ins and outs of preparing a five-star meal. Wow, what an experience; I’ve helped cook and plate dishes that were beyond my wildest expectations. I’ve experienced all the preparation going into each meal and every effort which was made to create this absolute breathtaking and mouthwatering masterpiece.

Chef Jon and his team are an absolute pleasure to work with, each one giving me advice on what to do and what to look out for, truly embracing me as one of their own regular chefs.

I can’t wait for the next Food & Wine pairing to see what the kitchen has in store.

Big thanks to Chef Jon, Chef Helga and the team for growing my passion for food.

Our first Muirfield Day (ladies, you’re next)


In honour of the traditional member’s day at The Honorary Company of Edinburgh Golfers (Muirfield), we held our first Muirfield day. Starting early on Saturday, the Secretary of our Honorary Society of Links Members, TK, paired the entrants into foursomes with foursomes as the format for morning play. Following the golf we dressed for lunch (jacket and tie) and met in Jack’s Bar for the customary pint, dram or drop of gin. Once together, we all moved through to the Lighthouse restaurant for a three-course Scottish tribute that featured a salmon-based starter, followed by fillet of venison and a dessert that cannot be described in a way that shares the flavours on the plate. A little wine was consumed to accompany the starters and mains – the Muirfield way. Following the lunch, we dressed for golf again and resumed play with new pairings and foursomes again. Everyone was a winner as we shared stories above the 18th green following play! 

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 TK fit the part with a proper tarton on top! 

Nik had them all laughing for more! 

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Nic Rabinowitz was non-stop comedy for 1 1/2 hours – we are calling all of the events “LIVE” at the Links! 

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Dan Patlansky and Larry Amos will be here on Saturday

We have a great golf course, too! 


 Links Majors and Special Events for 2018

Jan 2-3        The Pam Golding Annual (St Francis Bay wins – the overall is tied 6 games each)
Jan 5-6        Men’s Member/Member Partnership, Chris and Jandré Lessing, Champions
Jan 20         Windhoek Lager International Pairs (3rd Qualifying), Percy Owen and Norman Dyer
Jan 27-28    EP Champs (course closed)  Altin VD Merwe, Strokeplay Medalist (74-68=142)
Feb 3-4       EP Champs (semi-finals and finals) Naldo Claassens, Champion; Hugo Maritz, Plate Winner
Feb 14        Couples/Mixed Golf – Valentine’s Dinner Ronnie and Sally Nienaber, best members 
Mar 10        Greensomes over 18 holes Pete Maskew and John Wilson, Champions on 39pts 
Apr 22-26   National Senior Inter-Provincials Central Gauteng, Senior Champions; Southern Cape, Super-Senior Champions
May 5-6      Club Championships, Lynn Slogrove and Brent Vos, Champions 
May 13-16  Senior Women’s Nationals (SFL and SFBGC) , Free State wins the team title, Maggie Minnie (Boland), gross champion. 
May 18-20  St Francis Bridge Invitational Everyone was a winner! 
May 20       Nomads Monthly Game (11am Shotgun) 66 in the field
May 24-25  Woodland’s Golf Days 96 players on Thursday and 112 on Friday! HOSPICE wins
May 26       Foursomes over 18 holes Johann Spangenberg and Tom Grimsley; Lynn Slogrove and Margot McGregor
June 2        Ladies’ Invitational, Sandra Marais and Sonette Korff, Champions 
June 16      Quarterly Couples/Mixed – US Open – re-scheduled 
June 17      Father’s Day Golf and Lunch
June 21      EP Seniors
June 25-26 Nomads Coastal NOoM, Barend Botha over Aiden Senger, playoff 143 gross 
July 7          The Inaugural Muirfield Day (foursomes and four balls) everyone was a winner! 
July 20-22   Men’s Invitational
July 22-25   PGA Road Trip – Pards Cup
Aug 20 to
Sept 4        Spring Programme (Club Closed) FINAL DATES – PLEASE TAKE NOTE
Sep 23-29   Vodacom Origins of Golf (regional Finals) NEW
Sep 28-29   formerly Links Cup / Ryder Cup (Paris)  (new date TBA
Oct 6          Quarterly Couples/Mixed Golf
Nov            Pam Golding Ladies’ Open Weekend (date – TBD)
Dec 1         Ladies’ Member- Member Partnership
Dec 8         Par-3 Championships
Dec 14-15 Pam Golding Annual (SFBGC host)
Dec 17      Kromme Trust Amazing Race
Dec 20      Food and Wine Festival
Dec 22     Year-end Couples/Mixed – Pro Shop Sale
Jan 3-4    Men’s Member-Member Partnership

 More to Come! 

  July 18

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Itec are 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 or 18 Par-3 from 2pm) 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”

Monday Men’s Book Club – 5pm in Jack’s Bar (no reading required)
Ladies’ Tea (and Coffee) – Every Tuesday at 10am on the Veranda

Every Great shot starts with a SMILE! 

Santa and the Links TEAM 


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