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For Immediate Release Thursday 2 March 2023
St Francis Links ready to host first DP World Tour event
ST FRANCIS BAY (Eastern Cape) – As St Francis Links prepares to host its first Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned tournament with this month’s SDC Championship, the focus is on presenting a golf course that is “as playable as it is beautiful”.
That’s the vision St Francis Links CEO, Jeff Clause, and his team have for when this Jack Nicklaus Signature Course hosts the most global tournament in its history with the $1.5 million SDC Championship from 16-19 March.
“We’ve spent 16-and-a-half years now trying to make this a golf course that’s as playable as it is beautiful. The golf course is ready,” Clause says of a course that was voted South Africa’s Best New Course in 2007 and which is currently ranked fourth in the country.
St Francis Links has already established itself as a championship venue through its hosting of several tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, and more recently as the home of the prestigious South African PGA Championship.
“We’ve hosted everything from junior golf tournaments to women’s senior tournaments and everything in between. For the past two years we’ve hosted the South African PGA Championship which we wanted to associate with because of its history and standing in South African golf,” says Clause.
“The fit with SDC (Skills Development Corporation) is perfect for us because that’s what we have in our future here as well. We’re looking to create more facilities here for skills development. This tournament is a match in a lot of different ways. We want to use this opportunity to show off our area within the Kouga Local Municipality. We’re a golfing, surfing, hiking, cycling, boating and fishing mecca and we want to attract more people. This tournament will do that for us.”
Nestled on a hill overlooking the picturesque seaside village of St Francis Bay, Clause predicts that St Francis Links should be a challenging but fair test for this field.
“Every hole here offers everything, and we’ll have a good variety of par-three shots in particular. We’ve made a few small changes here and there. But we also know what Mother Nature can do at this golf course. If we get a bit of wind this golf course will be formidable from any tee and any pin placement. March weather is generally a bit more passive and then there will be a lot of birdies and opportunities out there.
“The golfer who can manage his ball around this golf course and keeps his ball in play will be right up there in the end.”
St Francis Links, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, will host its first Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour co-sanctioned tournament this March. Credit: Grant Leversha.
DP World Tour events come at a price! Book tickets NOW for FREE admission.
The co-sanctioned Sunshine Tour /DP World Tour event will be played at St Francis Links. Tickets available online for admission will cost R100 per person. Seniors and children are FREE but still need to register. The SDC Championship played from the 16th to the 19th of March will be an event not to miss – FREE with online entry UNTIL WEDNESDAY, THE 8TH of March.
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You are invited, along with any property owners, to attend this talk at the Links. With the new general valuation roll being released at the end of this month, property owners (residential, agri and business) will find this talk informative. Lientjie is so knowledgeable, and it will assist in determining whether objections should be lodged, as well as how.
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