Hole 1 - MilkwoodPar 4 (376, 327, 287, 259 Metres, Stroke 5) The Signature Tree, never to be touched. The Milkwood is protected throughout the course and the development. Play over her, under her or around her. If you try to play through her, she will win she always does! How to Play this Hole PGA Director of Golf, Jeff Clause, tells you how to play this hole and the other fantastic 17 Enjoy the walk (or the ride) and remember his most valuable advice, Every great shot begins with a smile, play one shot at a time! The opening hole at St Francis Links teases the eye more than the golf swing. This relatively short par 4 turns left and plays uphill past the blowout bunker on the left. There is plenty of room left and right driver here may not be necessary. Make sure you account for the uphill and the prevailing wind when playing to the green. Your safe start is a miss to the right, a chip and a putt!
Hole 2 - Which Way?Par 4 (383, 363, 328, 286 Metres, Stroke 3) In true links fashion, you arrive at the tee and guess where to aim. My advise? Take the driver over the aiming pole and the left corner of the bush. Shorter hitters should aim at the bush on the left. How to Play this Hole When I arrived on the tee for the first time, I looked almost 270 degrees before I found the hole! The dune and another blowout distort the shot-making picture here. If you know your own length, carrying the dune and the bush will bring huge rewards. Shorter hitters stay left, lay-up and pitch your third. Longer hitters should let it fly. Trust me, there is plenty of fairway over the dune.
Hole 3 - Perfect FitPar 5 (537, 511, 473, 450 Metres, Stroke 7) The first of the four fantastic par 5s, the green was designed and placed "perfectly" between the bushes and dunes take dead aim. How to Play this Hole Mr. Nicklaus designed this hole simply by letting the land dictate the play. The little target bunker through the fairway on the left is the perfect line from the tee. Again, the landing area is generous for the average length player, but narrows at the bunker for the longer hitter. Unless you really "creamed it" off the tee, lay up to another wide and safe zone short of the approach bunkers +/- 100m from the green. It is from there that you will see why the hole got its name. The green is placed perfectly between the bush-covered dune behind and the bunkers and bushes to the left. Trust your swing and walk away with your first birdie. This is where the great man got his first one, too! Oh! At 66 years young, Mr. Nicklaus launched a drive from the back tees (about 330 yards), knocked his second to 10m from the green, hit a little bump and run near the pin and casually rolled it in. You should've been there on Opening DAY!
Hole 4 - Double VisionPar 3 (159 - 107 Metres, Stroke 17) The first time golfer will only see the green with the flagstick. How is this for some par 3 double vision! How to Play This Hole Whether you are playing from the back tee to the front green OR the front tee to the back green, this is truly one great par three. one for the memory books. Another Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Desert Highlands, Geronimo in Arizona features large greens with two flagsticks and in some cases, two greens for the same hole. Number 4 at SFL offers two great shot-making options. Allow for the prevailing wind when playing the bottom green; when it comes from the west, those greenside bunkers get pretty big! When playing to the top, take an extra club - it carries all the way and the green surface is a lot bigger that it looks.
The Links land was the marginal land lying between the beaches and the arable fields, and only good for grazing of sheep and rabbits and the bleaching of cloth. Open to the elements, wind and rain, the game was played on the links grasses between the dunes and the bush. St Francis Links land may not have been grazing land for the sheep and rabbits, but a natural course between the beach and arable land it is.
Jack Nicklaus has had the pleasure of taking Mother Nature's best piece of links land and signed his name to something unique. St Francis Links will challenge all who play it and reward those who respect it. The layout combines every element of shot making with its undulating terrain, greens and surrounds as well as its variation in length and direction. The bunkers look as though they have been simply plowed out of the land. It is the bunkering that truly defines the quality and character of St Francis Links. Others have designed and built courses with a links look. Here you will easily see what separates St Francis Links from the rest a consistent look throughout.
One will agree that, almost from the opening shot, St Francis Links carries a look and feel that breathes history from times gone by. The shape of the greens comes from the natural movement of the land. The greens have simply been placed on top of the sand, changing shape in construction as the wind changed its mind. Some are more undulating than others. All putting surfaces and green surrounds present a mental and physical test. St Francis Links is South Africa's Pure Links!
The Pro Shop features top brands like Cutter & Buck, Ahead, Rhode Island and Annika in clothing and the latest Mizuno Equipment.
Everything you require to dress & play the part will be on hand 7 am daily/365 days per year. Our friendly shop staff will be on hand to assist with your purchases from golf balls, clothing, caps and gifts for birthdays or holidays as well as gift vouchers for special occasions. Gift wrapping services are also available as well as personalize your cap. Fitting rooms is available in the shop.
The Golf Course: The Magnificent Jack Nicklaus Designed Course boasts a Minimum of three tee locations per hole for the improving or experienced golfer to the aspiring professional. Forty five Club Car electric golf carts complete with sweater baskets, shatterproof tinted two-piece windscreens, cooler boxes, ball washers and club cleaners, sand bottles and GPS. (Licensed drivers only).
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Practice Facilities: 280m driving range with twenty hitting bays, bunkers, and putting green as well as target areas. Demonstration equipment from our major suppliers will be available. Lessons with our PGA Team, headed by 3-time PGA Club Professional of the year, Jeff Clause, may be booked in advance. Next to the Clubhouse is one of the largest practice putting greens and chipping areas in the country over 1000 square meters of practice pleasure.