Larry Gould and Peggy Klement share their vows first!
27 years ago, Larry (Lawrence, Gouldie, The Frenchman, Frenchie) was the Marketing and Entertainment Manager at Fancourt. On September 1, 1991, he picked me and my familoy up at the airport in Cape Town and took us to our first-night-in-South Africa accommodation at the Mount Nelson. To say I was impressed was a slight understatement. I was arriving sight-unseen to Fancourt where I would take up the position of PGA Director of Golf. Lawraaaans, as he was known then, toured us through the city concluding a three adventure through london getting here. At about 11pm, he came looking for me, thinking maybe I had fallen asleep in the bathroom at the seafront restaurant, the Green Dolphin, where we were dining. Oh, Larry, you didn't understand the Texan; I was showing the bartenders who to make a lemon drop.
At about that same time, Larry was courting an American girl who was also embracing South Africa with her hospitality skills as General Manager of the Halyards in Port Alfred before taking on the Breakwater Hotel (home of the Graduate School of Business, as well) in the Waterfront. Larry moved to Cape Town where he wrote Gould's Guide to Golf, hosted numerous international touring groups and lectured on hospitality and tourism, by demand.
Over the year's Larry would ask his life-partner for her hand and for 7 times she insisted on remaining his girlfriend. Finally, as the story goes, she opened a fortune cookie stating that number 8 would be her lucky sign.
After 26 years together, Larry and Peggy became our first wedding couple of the holiday season. The small ceremony and long lunch here will be followed by a bigger gathering of close friends in Franschhoek later in the month! As the MC, I kept my words reletively short as Larry can talk - almost past the medium rare filet!
Over the next few days five other couples will share their vows and their love for each other here at St Francis Links along with luncheons, yearends and other special functions
Gillian and Linda claim their 1st Major!
Gillian Hammond and Linda Müller walked away from most of the competitors when they combined for 31 points in the final 9-hole format. Their 72 point total for the modified Betterball, Betterball and Combined Individual outdistanced Madelaine Barry and Sandy Cunningham, who also counted out former champions, Sharon Noble and Margot McGregor for 2nd. Both teams ended on 64 points. After golf, a special ladies' luncheon followed. It's al about the ladies!
Our 2nd Annual Ultimate Par-3 Championships
Join us this Saturday as we play our 2nd Annual Par-3 Champs! The trophies have been updated and are ready to add you names. Tee times from 8h30.
Our first Champions, Margot and Keith!
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!
Book Now for December 18!
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Happy Happy to all of our members with birthdays this week
10 December - Peter Bradfield
13 December - Thian De Jager
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
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"
Dec 2 - Ladies' Member - Member
Dec 8 - ITEC Open Wednesday
refer to the Festive Season for the remainder of the holiday events
ST FRANCIS LINKS “MAJORS-SPECIAL EVENTS” & 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 (PLEASE ENTER)
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE
The St Francis Links Team