St Francis Bay Golf Club is celebrating its 40th year and to start celebrating they are putting together a truly fun event for the not only golfers, but the entire family to enjoy. For the occasion they are returning the course, just for the day, to the original course as it was way back in 1975 when Leighton Hulett, the developer of the area then known as Sea Vista, opened the 9-hole private golf course.
Designed by Robert Grimsdell who was also responsible for designing such great courses as Mowbray, Durban Country Club and Hans Merensky Country Club, the club was initially known as The Cape St Francis Golf Club with the late Buller Pagden as the first chairman. In the early eighties the name of the club was changed to its present name St Francis Bay Golf Club.
During the eighties the fairways were upgraded and Poa Annua greens laid with the course earning the status of not only the finest 9-hole layout in the Eastern Cape but also one of golf’s best kept secrets. During the mid-nineties a decision was taken to extend the course to 18-holes, undergoing several changes since to the great layout that it is today.
Unique in South Africa, St Francis Bay Golf Club, like “the old course” of St Andrews, the home of golf, is situated in the middle of a town and thus St Francis Bay Golf Club is affectionately referred to as the “old course’ by locals.
The Heritage Golf day is and event for the entire family and readers should cross off the 13th November in their calendars and join in the fun. Dress in your best seventies garb and golfing gear for there are prizes for the best dressed. Come and join in the celebration and try your luck at some of the fun events that will be held on the day one of which is a shot at the longest drive with an old style club.
After the golf there will be themed party with live music and the day’s prizes will be handed out to the lucky winners of the various events.
Format : Scramble Drive
Price R30 per player
Bookings : St Francis Bay Golf Club – 042 2940 467
Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole / prize can contact Barry on 0826022604