ST FRANCIS LINKS CLIMBS TO THIRD IN SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP 100 GOLF COURSES FOR 2024

ST FRANCIS LINKS CLIMBS TO THIRD IN SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP 100 GOLF COURSES FOR 2024

St Francis Bay, South Africa – In an exciting announcement from South Africa’s Top 100 Courses, St Francis Links has ascended to third position in the 2024 Top 100 Golf Courses ranking, moving up from fourth position that they have held over the last few years. This achievement reflects the relentless dedication and hard work of the entire team at St Francis Links.

Jeff Clause, CEO of St Francis Links, expressed his enthusiasm about this significant achievement stating, “Hats off to everyone who has contributed to this recognition – from the course maintenance team, the hospitality staff and the golf staff. Golfers around the world know where we are and continuously express their desire to visit and revisit our special piece of paradise.”

The rankings are based on points allocated to aesthetics, playability, design variety, memorability, shot values and conditioning. A mere 1.1 points separates that top three courses, with Leopard Creek scoring 82.8, The Links at Fancourt 82.3 and St Francis Links 81.7.

The recognition by South Africa’s Top 100 Courses reaffirms St Francis Links’ status as a premier golfing destination in South Africa, known for its challenging layout and breathtaking views. It is a testament to the vision and strategic direction set by the leadership and implemented by every team member at St Francis Links.

Clause went ont to say “We also congratulate our fellow top-ranked courses, recognizing the role we all play in advancing South Africa’s reputation as a premier golf destination. This collective excellence not only highlights our commitment to outstanding golf but also contributes significantly to the growth and vibrancy of tourism in our nation.”

For more information about St Francis Links and to experience the course that continues to capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide, please visit our website.

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ABOUT ST FRANCIS LINKS

Endless lazy seaside days.  Exhilarating Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.  Indulgent self-catering accommodation and luxury guesthouse.  Nature trails and spectacular vistas.  Sumptuous restaurant and greenside bar.

This is links living par excellence!

KFC and The legend of Colonel Harland Sanders

KFC and The legend of Colonel Harland Sanders

It’s all happening, and Kentucky Fried Chicken will be opening soon. There has been much uproar around this, but the bottom line is that they probably will be well supported. Their food is well-priced, and for many people, that is the bottom line on food purchase decision-making.

Do you know much about the history of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Colonel Sanders?

Colonel Harland Sanders was a prominent figure known for contributing to the fast-food industry, particularly as the man who started Kentucky Fried Chicken. At the age of 40, he operated a successful service station in Kentucky, where his reputation for serving delicious fried chicken earned him the honorary title of Kentucky colonel from the state’s governor. Before his culinary success, Sanders held various occupations, including farmer, streetcar conductor, and insurance salesman, demonstrating his versatility and determination.

Sanders embarked on franchising his fried chicken business, establishing KFC outlets across the United States. His entrepreneurial endeavours proved fruitful, with each franchised restaurant contributing to his financial success through a payment structure based on chicken sales. In 1964, Sanders sold his interest in the company for a very nice $2 million, marking a significant milestone in his career.

KFC and The legend

Despite stepping away from direct involvement in KFC, Sanders remained closely associated with the brand as an ambassador, continuing to promote its products and values. Kentucky Fried Chicken underwent several ownership changes and was eventually publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Sanders’s influence endured through KFC’s global expansion and corporate evolution.

Colonel Harland Sanders passed away on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90, leaving behind a lasting legacy in the fast-food industry. His innovative approach to fried chicken and dedication to quality paved the way for KFC’s enduring success. KFC kills around 850 million chickens annually, leaving us with Streetwise 4’s, double crunch burgers, nugs, snack boxes, wings, desserts and spicy brekkie crunch wraps. 

To see the full menu – https://order.kfc.co.za/menu

see also: https://stfrancistoday.com/tuesday-14-may-2024/

 

St Francis Links Golf News: Santa Says –  Happy Mother’s Day and what a day it was!

St Francis Links Golf News: Santa Says – Happy Mother’s Day and what a day it was!

St Francis Links Golf News

Nearly 100 joined us at the Links in support of their moms and a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration! The team put it on them properly. Kids made their own pizzas, and the adults were treated to a great buffet. The weather made for a super outdoor setting.

Our fab singer and performer, Claire Venn, entertained everyone throughout the afternoon! She has been supporting us with her silky voice since we opened in 2007. Here’s what she had to say – (to read further) – The Links

See also: Gary Player visits Links

 

J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run Returns as a Highlight of J-Bay Surf Fest ‘24

J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run Returns as a Highlight of J-Bay Surf Fest ‘24

 

May 2024, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape – Entries are now open for the J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run in Jeffreys Bay on 22 June 2024. The event is sponsored by Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm and forms part of the J-Bay Surf Festival. This long-running, iconic event offers athletes a unique experience of racing through an active wind farm, promoting adventure and environmental stewardship. The event caters to various fitness levels and skill sets, offering multiple MTB distances and trail run options. It is far more than ‘just’ a mountain bike and trail-running race, with the race village at Mentorskraal offering a lifestyle experience for the whole family.

J-Bay Wind Farm

“We’re thrilled to continue our support for this beloved local event as the title sponsor,” commented Pieter Oosthuizen, Asset Director at Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. “It’s a unique race, allowing cyclists to traverse through a wind farm—a feature exclusive to this one-day event in Africa,” he added. “The ethos of mountain biking, a clean and carbon-free sport, perfectly mirrors our commitment at the wind farm. Embedded within the larger surf festival, it truly resonates with our community’s spirit.”

The beauty of the event is that it offers something for everyone, with routes catering to diverse fitness levels and skill sets on both the mountain bike and trail running side:

  • 60km MTB (990m vertical gain): The ultimate challenge awaits riders on this route, featuring diverse terrain and exhilarating descents, culminating in a thrilling conclusion through newly introduced Mentorskraal singletrack.
  • 30km MTB (480m vertical gain): With picturesque landscapes and thrilling descents, this route showcases brilliant singletrack sections and stunning views of the Kabeljauws Valley, ensuring a memorable journey for participants.
  • 10km MTB (132m vertical gain): Mirroring the 10km trail run, this mountain bike route promises an equally exhilarating adventure, traversing legendary train line singletrack suitable for all skill levels.
  • 10km Trail Run (132m vertical gain): Offering increased challenge, this route includes scenic singletrack from the 5km route and features the iconic train line singletrack overlooking Kabeljauws Beach, providing runners with a breathtaking view as they approach the finish line.
  • 5km Trail Run (80m vertical gain): Designed for families and beginners, this route winds through picturesque singletrack and dual track paths near the Mentorskraal start and finish venue, promising a delightful experience for all.

J-Bay Wind Farm

Entries for the 2024 J-Bay Wind Farm MTB Classic & Trail Run are now open online at mountainevents.co.za. Participants are encouraged to secure their spot for a race that promises a challenge and the opportunity to be part of a truly unique event within the picturesque setting of Jeffreys Bay.

 

New Business – Gogreen Industries

New Business – Gogreen Industries

Gogreen Industries was established in 2021 in the vibrant coastal town of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, by visionary entrepreneur Duard Siemens. It stands as a beacon of innovation and sustainability in the solar energy landscape. With a foundation built on passion, expertise, and a relentless commitment to excellence, we’ve earned a stellar reputation, backed by glowing testimonials and reviews from satisfied clients across the region. At Gogreen Industries, we pride ourselves on our unwavering dedication to quality, evident in our choice of top-of-the-line equipment from industry leaders like Sunsynk, JA Solar, Grow Col, and many more.

New Business - Gogreen Industries

With every project we undertake, we harness the latest in solar technology to deliver unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and environmental impact, paving the way for a brighter, greener future for all. Gogreen Industries has also launched a solar maintenance service, where we help maximize your panel efficiency by allowing it to absorb the most sunlight possible. Gogreen Industries (Pty) LTD believes that solar energy holds the key to a brighter, more sustainable future for South Africa and beyond. They are dedicated to leading the charge towards a renewable energy revolution and making a positive impact on the planet and society.

See also: Wildside Marketing

Kromme Enviro-Trust Newsletter – May 2024

Kromme Enviro-Trust Newsletter – May 2024

This Kromme Enviro-Trust Newsletter is a round-up of some of the recent events and activities of the Kromme Enviro Trust. As always, if you want more information, please check our website (https://stfranciskrommetrust.co.za) or respond to this email. 

Coastal Clean-Up

Our thanks to those who braved the wind and took the opportunity to assist in the coastal clean-up on Sunday 21 April. The feedback is that there was less litter than at previous events, which is very positive as it indicates that by holding two events a year we are not getting the same build-up of rubbish along our coastline. However, as you can see in the pictures below, our volunteers still managed to clear a fair amount of rubbish from the beach. As usual the primary culprit is plastic in all of its forms, bottles, containers, cutlery and bags, quite a lot of metal and far too much fishing tackle, lines and other gear. Thanks to Kouga Municipality for coming out on a Sunday to remove all of the rubbish collected.

It was good to see members of the Sport For Youth Soccer Programme in attendance doing their bit on the Wildside. Also, our thanks to FOSTER, Rotary, Nevermind Restaurant, Bruces • Ocean • Museum • Cafe, Slipway Surf Crew, and NSRI who supported the morning’s event and also to St Francis Safaris who donated an eco-ocean cruise for the free raffle which was entered by those who helped out on the day. The lucky winner was Jenny Pike from Cape St Francis! The next clean-up will be in September for the International Coastal Clean-Up.

Members of the local football team with rubbish collected around The Lighthouse and The Wildside.

Eco Kids

As always, we had a good turn out from our Eco Kids to assist with the coastal clean-up. The kids are very enthusiastic and bring back all sorts of interesting things for the prizes that were on offer. Thank you to Bayview Boating for their sponsorship. 

On Saturday 23 March our Eco Kids were “On The Trail Of The Bees”, an event that took place at The Links. 

On The Trail Of The Bees

The next event is scheduled for 25 May and we will send out details closer to the time. If you have children between the ages of 4-10 and want to get involved in the Eco Kids programme, please just reply to this newsletter with your details and we can add you to the Whatsapp  communication channel. 

Animal Sanctuary

As many of you are aware the Enviro-Trust has a small wildlife sanctuary where we hold and care for small birds and animals for short periods of time until we are able to either release safely back into the wild or identify where they can go for long term care. It is with regret that this facility is temporarily closed for the next 3-4 months but should this change then we will of course share an update.

We do have details of other persons who can care for and re-habilitate specific species of wildlife so should you need that information then please get in contact with the Kromme Enviro-Trust and they can help you and point you in the right direction.

Oysterbay Dune Field

As most of you will know, this continues to be our Lead Project in 2024. Started in 2023, continuing with this lead project into 2024 and possibly beyond, is down to the amount of work involved. It is crucial to ensure that we sustain momentum in securing sections of the dune field to be recognised as nature reserves. To date, there has been significant discussions with Eskom, who is the majority landowner for the dune area and we are pleased to announce that Eskom are very positive about this project and wishing to drive forward the concept of recognising areas of the dune field as nature reserves. This would go a long way in preventing mining companies from submitting applications for prospecting or mining as they would have to avoid areas classified as nature reserves, therefore making it logistically difficult to achieve. Of course, there is a great deal of consultation and preparation to be undertaken including with Government departments at both local and national level, so this will not be achieved overnight but at this moment in time, it is heading in the right direction.

Two Harbours Walk

Since the devastation of the Spring High Tides last year the rehabilitation of the walk has been an ongoing project for the Kromme Enviro-Trust. As frequent walkers will know the walk was hugely impacted as board walks were washed away, the high point was crumbling and debris was strewn along the low water mark points. It has been a labour of love for the people involved in repairing the trail and it is great to see it back in shape with improvements made for everyone’s enjoyment. 

Talks

Thanks to everyone who went to the Raising the Costa Concordia talk, we got some great feedback and a significant donation to the Trust. We are planning more talks over the winter months and will send out advance notice once speakers and dates are confirmed. 

Thanks for your continued support.