As you probably know, the Calamari Classic golf kicks off today with, as always, a full field of nearly 300 golfers, playing from soon after 6 a.m. until almost 6 p.m. on the St Francis Bay Golf Course. 

(The standard of golf might be slightly lower than at the PGA being played at the Links, but the level of enjoyment is probably second to none!)

Today also sees the holding of the Calamari Classic Pam Golding Best Dressed Fourball Competition.

Soon after we won the Rugby World Cup a second time in 2007, we started holding the Calamari Classic Pam Golding Best Dressed Fourball Comp, along with drinks and snacks, always on the popular par five 6th tee (downwind with a westerly!) of the St Francis Bay Golf Course (a very highly rated course), a short walk through a gate from our Pam Golding Office in Lyme Rd at the entrance to St Francis Bay. 

Year by year, the trouble the golfers take with their outfits for our competition has increased, with the Plett team leading the charge! In fact, it seems that the 20 or so Plett golfers come more for the Best Dressed Comp than the golf! 

We light a fire and offer a boerie tit-bit and an array of drinks to suit all tastes, and most importantly, take a photo of each fourball, which we pin up in the clubhouse about an hour after the last fourball. The golfers can take their A4 photo after the prizegiving.

Then the winning names are called out, much to their delight… and sadness for some ☹

This fun event adds to the attraction of the longstanding Calamari Classic, the big fundraiser for the club, which ensures their financial viability and, in a way, ensures the economic viability of our town as a popular tourist destination, providing business and employment opportunities. 

The Calamari Classic golf has led to the establishment of the Calamari Festival over the same weekend, which will hopefully rival other festivals, such as the Knysna Oyster Festival.