Get your Family or Corporate entry in today for this Amazing Race
The Christmas holiday will start with something different at St Francis Links – they call it the Par 3 Amazing Race. It’s a combination of crazy golf and an environmental treasure hunt, racing round the course in a golf buggy collecting clues and executing some stylish golf shots – you hope.
The Kromme Enviro-Trust is the fiendish designer of this double whammy and the Amazing Race is their main fundraiser. Do you think you could play a Par 3 hole with just a putter, or just a driver? This is the day to find out. Some very nice single malt is on the cards too, if you can land your ball on one or two of the harder greens. You also get a quiz question on the environment on every hole, and here’s where the kids come in, looking for clues to the answers.
This is the second year of the Amazing Race and last year’s entrants are signing up as quickly as they can. Something tasty like pizza or cookies or fish nuggets is served up on every third hole. And there are snacks afterwards so no-one’s going home hungry.
There is only space for 36 teams and entries are pouring in so get your entry in NOW!
It’s on Monday 18th December, teeing off at 8 a.m. Want to enter? Call St Francis Links 042 200 4500, or enter on-line at www.stfranciskrommetrust.co.za. If you want to know more before you enter, you can call Maggie Langlands on 082 458 8063.
And if you are not into golfing and racing and having an amazing time you can always either support their efforts by becoming a member or donating to the cause
What is the Kromme Enviro Trust?
The St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO reference number 930038246) concerned with environmental issues in the greater St Francis area.
The Trust was established in 1981 by a committee of volunteers headed by Lindy Pagden and 35 years on and the St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust’s role is just as vital now as when it was formed.
to encourage and promote environmental awareness in the Greater St Francis area to preserve and protect the environment and amenities for the benefit of future generations to encourage the preservation of all flora and fauna, shell-fish, sea life and bird life in the area, and the appropriate use of Public Open Space, coastal areas and nature reserves St Francis Bay (SFB) is situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa about an hour and a half’s drive south of Port Elizabeth. Surfers the world over know SFB as the home of the “perfect wave” Bruce’s Beauties.
What makes Greater St Francis unique?
Botanically we fall within the Cape Floral Kingdom, and our unique vegetation in this area is referred to as St Francis Fynbos / Thicket Mosaic.The Cape Floral Kingdom into which we fall is the smallest of the Earth’s six Cape Floral Kingdoms –home to 9000 plant species, 70% of which grow nowhere else in the world. We lie at the mouth of the Kromme River estuary. Tides expose and cover the large sand bank twice a day. St Francis is flanked by the Oyster Bay Dunefield, one of the finest examples in the world of a by-pass headland dune system. The headland dune system contains Late Stone Age middens and Middle Stone Age artefacts. The Sand River flows through the Oyster Bay Dunefield.
For more information and to support the the Kromme Enviro-Trust visit their website or better still become a member or donate
Hole in One prize
Hole-in-ONE prize for the Pam Golding Ladies Golf Open Weekend
Once again, The Pam Golding Ladies Golf Open Weekend is attracting ladies from all over South Africa to compete over two rounds played at St Francis Bay Golf Club and St Francis Links. On November 11 and 12, Bay Union Insurers will be offering a brand-new VW UP, presented by Dirk Ellis Motors, for the 1st Hole-in-ONE made on the 17th at The Links. The UP valued at R190 000-00, represents the 2nd car on offer in as many years.
The Pam Golding Ladies Golf Open Weekend is also sponsored by Annamarie with a great voucher for a Hole-in-ONE at St Francis Bay GC and several other local businesses. The ladies, representing 28 different Clubs, are in for another great golfing treat!
St Francis Today is back after our short break
St Francis Today is back with the Ed all patched up with a fully rebuilt fuel injection system. Not quite 100% just yet so we may not publish every day or may sometimes publish a little later or even earlier than our normal 7:30am deadline. Unfortunately the Ed’s sleeping pattern has been a little topsy turvy of late so please bear with us until we are able to establish a new rhythm.
Sadly we missed the Calamari Classic an event that really has such potential to become an even bigger drawcard than it already is and who knows, even reach the popularity of the Knysna Oyster Festival. After all you can do a whole lot more with calamari than with oysters.
Local news erupted during our shut down with unhappy township residents burning and plundering. Certainly they have the right to protest but do they have the right to destroy property. Most concerning however was the mutilation and killing of dogs near the Humansdorp SPCA premises causing SPCA to evacuate the animals to Uitenhage. What sort of person takes out their rage by taking the life of an innocent animal. Barbaric!
But it seems the barbarism spread to a local pub with a bar brawl that would have had Hollywood Western movie directors scrambling for their cameras and English crickter Ben Stokes wondering what all the fuss is about his little skirmish in the early hours of the morning.
Thanks goodness though for some uplifting and positive news with some of South Africa’s finest young golfers competing in the Vodacom Origins of Golf at St Francis Links. As always events such as the Origins highlights just what a wonderful facility the Links offers to the Eastern Cape as a tourst magnet. Read Jeff Clause’s news – Scotsmen love it in the dunes!
And then we had the All Blacks giving the Boks their biggest thumping in history. Fortunately the Ed was still in ICU when he heard the news so all the necessary life saving equipment was in place lest the shock news cause cardiac arrest.
Interesting too was the closing of the Paradise Beach causeway whilst the eco people hummed and hawed before coming to their senses and allowing the river mouth to be breached. It is human interference that has stopped the estuary from breaching naturally so surely a helping ‘human’ hand should be acceptable. Read – Kouga gets the go-ahead to breach the Seekoei estuary mouth
But what would the news be without all the stories of corruption and fraud and so we continue picking up the strings as our poloticians continue to wreak havoc with our economy.
A quick note to advertisers, with our shutdown many adverts have not yet be renewed so should you wish to advertise please be sure to contact Colin on 083 554 0796 or at email@example.com to discuss your advertising needs into the holidays.
Again thanks to all our readers and loyal sponsors for your understancing and many good wishes on social and other media during our shutdown.
News Snippets 8 / 8 /17
Reciprocity with courses during our Spring Treatment
St Francis Links course and clubhouse will be closed for spring treatment from 9 – 23 August 2017.
We have secured reciprocity agreements for St Francis Links Members with St Francis Bay Golf Club, Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate and Port Elizabeth Golf Club.
St Francis Bay Golf Club (0422940467) – R145 Green Fee
Wedgewood Golf and Country Estate (041 450 9595) – R200 Green Fee
Port Elizabeth Golf Club (041 374 3140) – R200 Green Fee
St Francis Links Team