Safety…before anything else!

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Restarting St Francis Links will be structured to protect all!

All of us who form EXCO and senior management at St Francis Links have all been involved in strategy sessions to “right size” (a term used by one of my colleagues in a Zoom call) the business going forward.

Our panel of 10 in my PGA/Club Manager Zoom agreed on a number of topics

  • Safety 1st
    • Ensure that all employees are safe, tested daily and provided with proper clothing and a clean working environment
    • Ensure that all who come to the facilities for work, visits or pleasure are screened
    • Provide members and guests with disposable masks
    • Adhere to all regulations regarding social distancing and health care
  • Focus on the experience when offerings may be compromised
    • Keep the course and facilities at the highest standard possible (that’s how we got where we are)
    • Food and Beverage may not be allowed – do what we can, well!
    • Single seating (with adjustments to fees) may be required
    • No locker room facilities
    • No gatherings – we already comply to 10 minute times and will eliminate 2-tee starts
    • Change the model – communicate through social media
    • Modify the local rules for equity and an enhanced experience.
    • Modify the course (we have) to promote par-3 and short course opportunities
  • Keep your staff employed
    • Many of our people have been with us for years – they know what you want and how you want it!
    • We may be forced to change the model for F&B and Golf – but member needs and wants come first
    • Hours and days of operation may be adjusted in the short and medium-term to control expenses.
    • Transporting one team for one or two shifts may prove effective without compromising service
    • Casual staff will fall away with the expected stop in functions
      • Note: We got on our belly in 2009, restructuring the entire Estate to be “lean and mean” (friendly) overlapping duties and working as one – that prepared us for now.

American golf courses are reopening

There are plenty of challenges associated with reopening a golf course in the current environment. Most clubhouses and pro shops are closed or extremely limited. Golf carts are restricted or banned altogether. Social distancing is certainly feasible if golfers are committed to it, but it’s difficult for courses to enforce. Last week, we profiled the changes undergone by Asheville, N.C.’s municipal golf course in order to open. But several days later, the course closed again, describing the challenges as “unreasonable and impossible to execute.” Now the course plans to re-re-open, although they won’t enforce the city’s request for only one player on a green at a time.

“There is a misconception from those who don’t play golf that people are crammed together,” said Keith Pope, the CEO of the course’s management company. “But those who play know that it’s very easy to maintain social distancing. Our smallest green is about 3,000 square feet, which is bigger than most people’s houses.”

In golf, as with the rest of the coronavirus response, there are no simple answers. But responsible players looking for a socially-distanced game just might have something to look forward to in the near future.


Grant Hepburn, CEO of the Golf Deveolpment Board was interviewed by Lali Stander, Media Liason for Golf RSA and the Sunshine Tour


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Rescheduled  for July 10 


Club Championships April 24-26, 2020 (on hold)


The 2020 Calendar and results

This year, we will be seeing more weddings, fewer golfing National events (due to rotation) and more member functions as our member play is the fastest-growing category in golf. We look forward to more sponsored days with ITEC and Selective Lighting/The Fire Works and the addition of a new partnership between Pam Golding Properties and Village Square SuperSpa

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

25         Mar           Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance cancelled 

27         Mar           Ernie Els for Autism Golf Day rescheduled for July 10

3           Apr            Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun cancelled

8           Apr            ITEC Open Wednesday cancelled

11          Apr            Greensomes to be rescheduled

24-26   Apr            Club Championships on hold

1          May           Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

2-3       May            Pam Golding Ladies Open Weekend

13         May            ITEC Open Wednesday

21-22   May           Woodlands Dairy Charity Days for HOSPICE

24         May            Nomads at St Francis Links (10h30 off 2-tees)

27         May            Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

6          Jun            The Bard’au Ladies’ Invitational

10         Jun             ITEC Open Wednesday

12         Jun             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

17-19    Jun            Nomads National Order of Merit* – Juniors earning International points

5          Jul               Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

20         Jun            Foursomes

21-22   Jun             PGA Pro Pairs (SFL)

24         Jun            Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

8         Jul               ITEC Open Wednesday

17-19    Jul             Men’s Invitational

26-27   Jul             PGA Regional Finals (SFBGC and SFL)

29         Jul             Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

1-2       Aug            EP Amateur Championships (course closed)

7          Aug             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

8-9     Aug              EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals

20-3   Aug/Sep   Closed for Spring Programme

 4        Sep             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

9          Sep             ITEC Open Wednesday

25-27  Sep             LINKS CUP South Africa (Ryder Cup at Whistling Straights)

30        Sep             Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

2         Oct             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

3          Oct              Stulting Golf Day

14        Oct               ITEC Open Wednesday

28        Oct              Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

5          Nov            Eastern Province SENIORS

6          Nov             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 15h00 shotgun

11         Nov             ITEC Open Wednesday

16         Nov            Men’s Muirfield Day (3rd Annual)

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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