The definition of a Gentleman

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Pearly Gates Country Club welcomes A NEW MEMBER

1 September 2006, a man with a bit of a French accent and a welcoming and warm smile picked me up at the airport in Cape Town. He introduced himself to me as Lawrence. Over the years that followed he could be called Larry, Gouldie, The Frenchman, Frenchie, French Toast or even Toast would get a smile and a reply. Lawrence Gould was at Fancourt with me and certainly played the role of “Host with the Most” even though his duties revolved around everything from marketing and PR to General Manager (he called it Polly filer) as he filled the role when Fancourt was between managers. He had a proud international career at a hotelier and certainly understood how to put the guest first and see to it that their needs and wants were anticipated and exceeded. That’s one reason we worked well together.

I keep saying he was and he did because we lost Lawraaaance this week to illness that reduced his life to living in a small care center. His wife and long-time companion, Peggy hails from America and started her career in South Africa in the late 1980’s. Frenchie loved Peggy more than anything in his life; He also liked golf, white wine and a good meal. My Peggy (a he called her) said it was living a good life that ultimately got the best My Larry (as she called him).  You see, The Frenchman put others before himself always. He was a brilliant speaker, writer and storyteller. His motivational talks were some of the best I have ever heard. It was Toast who would start a session or conference by having you all stand and repeat after him, EVERY DAY, IN EVERY WAY, I’M GETTING BETTER AND BETTER” – and it better be loud or you’ll be doing it again and again until he was satisfied! I stole that from Larry and use it all the time.

Frenchman by birth, educated in England and South African, by choice! (sound familiar, another one from Larry). Gouldie was a dear friend, MC’d our wedding and married Peggy here on the lawn at The Links. That small and intimate day was followed by a great luncheon at a restaurant in Franschhoek a month later.

French Toast wrote many many articles through the years, but was probably best known for promoting South Africa and tourism through his books called The Larry Gould Guide to Golf  first published in 1995, then again and again and again. By no accident, St Francis Links got a few more great words, pics and pages than most of the rest.

Who doesn’t have one?


Lawraaaaaance would be heard saying, “I’m a legend in my own mind

No Frenchie, You were simply a legend!

ps. Not everyone gets into Pearly Gates CC

More than 150mm of rain came our way over the past few days and more than 200mm has fallen in August. It’s filled our dams, got the creek flowing but did not have a large impact in the catchments where it is desperately needed.

Winter SALE continues!

Come and help us clear the stock – even new winter wear is on sale!


Our friends from Global Golf, suppliers of Cutter&Buck, AHEAD, Ernie Els, Rhode Island and others have sent their latest winters garments and we are prepared to offer specials from the start. In addition, the popular puffer jackets and vests have been reduced to go! Perfect for our cool morning and fresh winter days, take advantage of what’s on offer. Hey, shoes and eyewear are on sale, too

OPEN all through August with no hollowtining closure … Now is the time to be working from home – HERE AT THE LINKS!



WE ARE COOKING and your favourites are back

Curry Wednesdays just got easier!

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 SuperSpar

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

17-19    Jul             Men’s Invitational (postponed)

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

1-2       Aug

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

 4        Sep             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun

5         Sep              EP Amateur Championships (new date)

9          Sep             ITEC Open Wednesday

12        Sep             EP Amateur Championships – Matchplay finals

30        Sep             Pam Golding/Village Square SuperSpar Alliance

2         Oct             Selective Lighting / The Fireworks – 14h00 shotgun

3          Oct              Stulting Golf Day

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 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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