Wow! Counting down 2017!
The Year in Review!
Growth - New homeowners and property owners; more reserves for the future, more rounds by members and guests
Improvements - New tees, upgrades to the course, better playability, resurfaced pool and plenty of preventative and critical maintenance
Recognition - From testimonials to articles, the news was all good as we presented the best experiences in the business
Motivation - The quality of what we provide, from the condition of the estate and course to the quality and consistency of the products we supply, enbable our staff to be proud of what they do!
Education - Maintaining and improving the estate is a work in progress, learning from our years of experience and constantly seeking knowledge to make it even better.
Community - As we enter our second decade, the community of St Francis Links is being shaped the residents - from Tuesday coffee to the Monday School and following Book Club, to monthly get-togethers and special events, we are attacting young families to the "forever young" and the mix is a benefit to all.
One for the record books - Most new homes (22) and most rounds (18 000+) and best year financially in the Club and the HOA
Looking ahead - We can be pleased to be living where my friend calls, "a pocket of excellence" - The years ahead will come with opportunities and challenges, many that come with growth. The team at St Francis Links will continue to do our best to understand, then anticipate and be flexible to your needs and wants - to put our members first, then treat our guests as members for their stay!
Here are some of the Highlights in pictures:
Tournaments, Charity Days, Ladies Weekend, Special people and memories for all!
IGTM at Cannes was outstanding!
My trip to France with Fasie Malherbe and Anita Lennox from Cape St Francis Resort was fruitful as an understatement. After meetings with owners, CEO's and representatives from more than 35 travel companies from all over the world, I feel confident that many will be using the Eastern Cape as the start or finish to their South African holiday. We worked well together sharing our resources to impress our guests. It was amazing the number of representatives who had not experienced anything beyond the Garden Route. We offered the best golf, ocean-front accommodation and a wealth of activities from whale watching, canal cruises, cultural tours, Calamari tastings, river cruises and one of their best-kept secrets, a trip up river to the farm (which I experienced for the first time just before we left for the Golf Market). I emphasized our desire "to get personal" with couples to groups.
I really think we scored on all fronts with representatives from the UK to China and Italy to Sweden. We sat with folks from Slovania and Slovokia, France, Canada and even Austin, Texas. We also worked very well with our neighbours on the SA stand - Fancourt, Arabella, the Sun International Group, Pro Travel, Guilt-Edge, Gondwana Reserve (a very impressive 12 000+ hecter reserve) that is home to free-roaming Big-5 with amazing accommodation and Zimbali. The girls next door were there not for the 1st time, but as 1st-time presentors from J-Burg and their company, pela/pela. They look after inbound clients and organize trips for Club golfers - we will do great business with them too!
Next event 21 December!
Norman Pretorius and Walter Ehinger are the 1st to qualify on 47pts!
Scoll down for the results from our 1st qualifier held on Saturday!
There is more worth reading!
Happy Happy to all of our members with birthdays this week
20 December - Barry Jepson
21 December - Gary Denisschen and Tracy Martins
23 December - Ryan Hart
Click HERE for the entire Festive Season Itinerary!
More to remember!
This was our best year to date in almost every way:
- We finished our 122th home on the estate (55% permanently occupied)
- 23 homes have been completed this year.
- 7 homes are under construction
- 20 homes are in the planning or application stages
- We are financially sound with great lifestyle choices for the entire family
- We just played our most rounds in a single year!
- Our golf rounds featured golfers from more than 20 different countries - from Wisconsin to New South Wales
- Over R1M raised for charity this year
- We moved up in the nation ratings to No. 7 in Golf Digest
- The UK rates us No. 6
- The Swedish press rate us No.4
- With our members, No. 1
New Golf Digest ratings come out in the March issue!
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"
December 20 - NSRI
December 21 - Windhoek Pairs (2nd Qualifying)
refer to the Festive Season for the remainder of the holiday events
ST FRANCIS LINKS RESULTS FOR 2017
Jan 2-3 Men’s Member-Member, St Francis Bay wins by .18 of a point! Well done!
Jan 7-8 The Pam Golding Annual, Derek Ryan and Scott Keevy, Champions
Mar 11 Greensomes over 18 holes (NEW) Sandra Marais/Ingvild Stiansen; Mauro Nettl/Yan Coesens
Apr 28-30 Club Championships - Ralph Richardson and Helen Bridges, Champions
May 7 Inter-Estate Challange (St Francis Links)
May 18-19 Woodlands' Dairy Golf Days for HOSPICE R400 000-00 raised for Hospice
May 20 Stulting School Day R280 000-00 raised on the day
May 27 Foursomes over 18 holes (NEW) Margot McGregor and Dr Lynn Slogrove, Champions
Jun 3 Ladies' Invitational Dr Lynn Slogrove and Noeline de Ridder, Champions
Jun 10 Sanlam – Links Qualifier
Jul 2-3 National Junior Order of Merit Wilco Nienaber, Champion (ranked No. 3 in SA)
Jul 20-23 Men’s Invitational Derek Ryan and Pieter Jerling, Champions
Jul 23-25 The Annual "Road Trip" Brian Wessels, Individual and Pards Cup Champion
Aug 6 Sanlam Cancer FINALS at St Francis Links, Gillian Hammond finished 2nd Nationally
Aug 8-23 Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
Sep 29-Oct 1 Links Cup - South Africa (29-19)
October 5 Els for Autism at St Francis Links R232 000 raised on the day
Nov 11-12 Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend (144 players)
Dec 2 Ladies' Member-Member, Gillian Hammond and Linda Muller, Champions
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE
The St Francis Links Team