It's time to book!
The 10th Anniversary events and holiday functions are fast approaching. As the golfing members should know, we will reserve all of the morning play in the holiday season for members and your guests. Please make your bookings for play in advance of 48 hours out. If, within two days of play, the morning times have not been booked, they will be released for open play. Members may book now with their players names now! People who will be here for the holidays and are wishing to play, may reserve times in the afternoon now. The Clubhouse will be a hive of activity during the holiday period with food and beverage (new menu items) from breakfast through dinner. In addition to our special events, we will be open for a la carte throughout the holiday period. Come as you are (beach town comfortable with footwear) and enjoy comfortable drinking and dining with easy free parking, easy access and great service. Christmas Lunch is already filling up fast with more than 200 booked and paid. New Year's Eve under the roof will once again be a real winner with live music and endless food and drink! We kick off the holiday season with a charity event for the Kromme Enviro Trust on the 18th; this fun event will be played over the Ultimate Par-3 course with a fun "Amazing Race" twist. Sponsorships are needed and encouraged. The Pam Golding Annual will be played on Jan 2nd and 3rd with our Men's Member-Member scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the 6th and 7th of January. Please enter these events early so that we may plan accordingly.
December Golf and Functions
7 Wednesday Sharp Classic with special after-golf talk with Bob Skinstad and friends
8 Thursday 10th Anniversary - Night FUN - Shoot-out and Spit Braai
9 Friday 10th Anniversary - 1st Annual Ultimate Par-3 Course Club Championship, Men's and Ladies' Champions
9 Friday 10th Anniversary Gala with Loyiso
10 Saturday 10th Anniversary Tournament
11 Sunday 10th Anniversary Family Fun Day - welcoming the entire community.
18 Sunday Kromme Enviro Trust Golf Day
19 Monday Food and Wine Festival (do your holiday shopping)
24 Saturday Morning times only - Club Closed for dinner
25 Sunday Course open for member and estate guest play
23 Sunday Christmas Lunch
19 - 31 Daily Competitions
31 Saturday Final Day Event - morning times only
January Golf and Functions
2-3 Mon-Tue Pam Golding Annual - Friendly between SFL and SFBGC
4 Wednesday AGM - 9am
5 Thursday Conrad Koch - yes, the Puppet Guy!
6-7 Fri-Sat Men's Member-Member Partnership
Colin is our 2nd Member to make history!
Colin Higgins teed of the 10th at Pretoria Country Club with his mates for the usual weekly game. On the Par-3 14th, he landed his tee shot a foot from the hole and it hopped in for a ONE! As he put it on the phone to me, when he arrived at the 8th hole, his 17th for the day, the only real thought was to beat the rain. Then he landed his tee shot a foot from the hole and it hopped in, AGAIN FOR ONE! A couple of years ago Mauro Nettl aced the 6th and the 17th here only weeks after holing out on the 14th. The odds for an amateur to make two aces in one round are 67 million to 1. Now we have had two members do it!
A Note from the TOUR
St Francis Links pays tribute to our stars!
All participants from our Wednesday school and everyone else who would like to share an evening of entertainment, great food, drink and laughter, should make a plan to be here on Wednesday, the 23rd of November! Who leads from the front and who knows how to pick a partner. Who are our Order of Merit winners and our major champions? Join us as we celebrate the highs and not-so-highs from this year's golf.
Claudi and Sharon's Turn
The Golf Shop is filled with new items for spring and summer!
...and there's more!
We continue to introduce the great mermbers of our St Francis Links Team. This week we are featuring members of the Golf Operations department and the Food and Beverage Department.
Golf Operations - Golf Shop
Brian Wessels – PGA Professional
Brian started with us 2 years ago, after he started his golf career in Port Elizabeth.
Brian is 22 years old and has developed to be quite a sales man. Under the guidance of the Master Professional (Jeff Clause) and his Head Professional (Thinus Keller), Brian has just graduated from the PGA of South Africa.
This course consists of 3 years of theory and practical education. In these 3 years, apprentices are also molded and shaped to be the best ambassador for Golf SA.
Well Done Brian!
Accepting his his award as a qualified PGA Professional
Proudly Sponsored - ITEC SOLUTIONS will be 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!
(every Tuesday) - 10am Coffee Break for our lady members
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 12: Nomads Eastern Cape/Southern Cape Challenge (11am onwards)
November 13: Nomads at St Francis Bay GC
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies' Open Weekend
November 23: Wednesday School "Oscars" night - our annual awards!
November 27: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pinnacle Point
December 7: SHARP Classic with Seartec - Special day, guests welcome
Bob Skinstad and friends to speak afterwards
December 8: 10th Anniversary Event - Night Golf Shoot-out and Spitbraai
December 9: 10th Anniversary Event - Ultimate Par-3 Championships (Men's and Ladies' Champions)
December 9: 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner with special entertainment
December 10: 10th Anniversary Event - Anniversary Tournament - Winner from every tee!
December 11: Family Day for the entire community - live entertainment
December 18: Kromme Enviro Trust Golf Day (visitors most welcome)
ST FRANCIS LINKS “MAJORS” AND “SPECIAL EVENTS” FOR 2016
Note the Date Changes for 2016:
April 9: 1st Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
April 23-24: Club Championships, Sean Botha and Janine VD Merwe, repeat Champions
May 29: Interestate Challenge at Mossel Bay (4th from 7)
June 4: Ladies 10th Annual Invitational - Helen Bridges and Jean Fynn, Champions
June 18: 2nd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 9: Sanlam Cancer Challenge – SFL Qualifier
June 26: Inter- Estate Challenge at Oubaai
July 15-17: Men’s Invitational - Leslie Krause and Hermanus Potgieter, Champions
Proud Sponsors of the Ladies OPEN Weekend and the ANNUAL
July 17: 3rd Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 30: 4th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
July 31: Inter-Estate Challenge at St Francis Links
August 6: 5th Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
August 8-23: Spring Programme – Course and Clubhouse Closed
August 21: Sanlam Cancer Challenge FINALS
August 21: Inter-Estate Challenge Simola
September 24: Final Qualifier for the Nicklaus Champion of Champions
September 30, October 1-2: Links Cup - South Africa are again the Champions
October 2: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula - St Francis Links were the winners!
October 30: Inter-Estate Challenge at Goose Valley NEW DATE
October 31: Inter-Estate Challenge at Pezula NEW DATE
October 30-November 6: Vodacom Origins of Golf FINALS (Sunshine Tour - course Closed)
November 19-20: Pam Golding Ladies OPEN Weekend
November 25-27: Nicklaus Champion of Champions (Serengeti)
November 27: Inter-Estate Challenge FINALS at Pinnacle Point
December 9-11 - 10th Year Anniversary Activities (watch this space)
2016 International Events
US Masters - Augusta National, Georgia - April 7-10 - Danny Willett, Champion
US Open - Oakmont CC, Oakmont, Pennsylvania - June 16-19 - Dustin Johnson, Champion
Open Championship - Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland - July 14-17 - Henrik Stenson, Champion
US PGA - Baltusrol (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey - July 28-31 - Jimmy Walker, Champion
The Ryder Cup - Hazeltine, Minnesota - September 30 to October 2 - USA USA USA
Every Great shot starts with a SMILE