An Amazing Race for the Environment

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 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

Kettlewell Trophy

2016 Kettlewell Trophy

The St. Francis Bay Golf Club Ladies Section organised the yearly Kettlewell Trophy golf day on Monday 19th December. This trophy has a proud tradition that started in 1983. John Kettlewell felt in those years that the men had the Colin Rose Innes Trophy for which they play for annually but the ladies had none. He then introduced the Kettlewell Trophy day to promote women’s golf at the Club. The first winner in 1983 was Margaret Kettlewell. Jenny Schulze (Kettlewell) held up the tradition by handing over the prizes and Trophy to the winner.

The ladies tee-off this year in beautiful December weather and ended the day all smiles after a tasty Christmas lunch prepared by Jani and Frank Ellis.

Kettlewell trophy at St Francis Bay Golf Club

The winners on the day featuring on the group photo are: Front: – First & trophy winner: Dale Ball, – Fifth: Jean Fynn – Back: – Third: Heather Kruger – Fourth: Caroline Kettlewell – – Second: Clare Millson

Kettlewell trophy at St Francis Bay Golf Club

Carol Hemsley (Captain), Dale Ball & Jenny Schulze (Kettlewell)

Article and photographs Heilie Uys

Fun test of golf

It’s a treasure hunt and a test of golf

St Francis Links is putting on a fun event on the 18th December in aid of funds for Kromme Enviro-Trust with a treasure hunt and a test of golf skills you never knew you had.

Every hole will be a new experience. Can you hit your tee shot left handed? Can you hit the green with a putter from 100 meters?

Can you spot what’s around you while you zip along in a golf cart? Are you bush savvy enough to pick up clues in your environment?

Have you got a kid with sharp eyes and lots of energy, a kid to run and pick up those clues while you tee your ball up? The whole family can take part, whether they play golf or not.

Challenge your golf buddy – your family against his – and see who’s best. There’s so much enjoyment in beating a good friend. And there’s plenty of opportunity for laughing at each other’s mis-hits and mistakes in this amazing race!

Lots of second chances along the way, good things to eat and drink, great prizes, and lots of fun.

18 December, 8 a.m. tee off, shotgun start. Entries on line at

Par 3 amazing race at The Links

Successful FOSTER Golf Day

FOSTER - friends of St Francis nature areas


The FOSTER Golf Day held at St Francis Bay Golf Club last Saturday turned out to be a huge success with a field of over 100 golfers teeing off in near perfect weather. Thanks to those golfers who contributed to the success of the day by entering into the spirit of the event and to the many generous sponsors who supported the event with financial donations and prizes, the money raised will allow FOSTER to continue with the incredible work they do for the nature areas of St Francis.

Whilst Ken Gammie, Jules Gazet, Brett Wilson-Jones and John Wilson won the golf the real winner was being able to generate funds to ensure FOSTER is able to continue clearing our reserves of highly inflammable invasive alien plants (principally Acacia cyclops or rooikrans), In addition it will allow FOSTER to continue establishing a system of peripheral and interior access routes for firefighting, establish a network of footpaths and implement a wide range of outreach programmes.

The day was dedicated to the late DAVE FISH who served selflessly on the FOSTER committee and

initiated the FOSTER Golf Days to raise much needed funding

Below are listed the many sponsors who so generously supported FOSTER

Billabong – Ernest

TAG Yachts – Ryan

Ken Gammie

Penny Pinchers – Frans

Ritchie/Buchanan Family

Custom Construction – Greg

Cape St Francis Resort – Anita

Country Feeling – Sharon

St Francis Brick – John

CBS Construction – Justin

KJC Rockblast – Colin

Humansdorp Hotel – JP

Bard’au Beauty Spa – Anne

Legends Pub – John

Rock Lily – Mike

Bayview Boating

Paul Duval

Village Square TOPS – Richard

Bushbuck Garden Indigenous Tree Nursery – Garth

In House Kitchen Shop – Greta

The Butcher Shop – Emmet

The Pro Shop – Miles & Ross

J-Bay Print – John

Rambling Rose –Craig & Mechelle

Christy’s Catch – Harm

John Bain Services – Roy Bennett

Pam Golding – Richard

SEEFF – Desiree

Blue Bottle Store – Marc

Al & Joan Brady

Seal Point Estates – Jal

Barry & Colleen Jepson

Dave & Lilian Bouwmer

Marc Maingard & Grosvenor Road Band

All printing sponsored by Kouga Print & Design – Debbi

The St Francis Bay Club for hosting us

Thanks to ALL the PLAYERS who have supported our FOSTER GOLF DAY