Fancourt Golf News

Greetings from Lloyd 

Greetings Members and Friends,

I would like to start this week’s newsletter with a message from Kerrin, our CEO: 

Congratulations Are In Order!Yesterday The Links was voted the number one Golf Course by Golf Digest. 

This award looks at the course, clubhouse facilities and service offering of establishments. Since opening the Links has maintained the 3rd place so to jump from 3rd to 1st is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to Graham, Spencer, Lloyd, Tyronne and the team at the Links.

To Gerhard and Neil and the Montagu / Outeniqua team, congratulations are also in order. The Montagu moved up one place from 8th to 7th place. The Outeniqua achieved 18th place. With the vast number of parkland courses in SA, this is an incredible achievement.

Please join me in congratulating the Golf Team. Well done, we are very, very proud of you!

Kind regards,
Kerrin Titmas

As we are all aware, golf is a luxury and in tough economic times golf clubs and particularly golf estates have been hit hard all over the World. It’s always good to see what our friends and colleagues across the World are doing. This is what we found out…

In the UK rounds are down by only 4% but significantly membership players decreased by 15% while green fee players increased by 26%. Members are leaving clubs and are rather looking for bargains at “pay and play “ facilities.

In Germany it’s not all bad news; women’s golf represents 39% of the German golf market. This is up from 27% in 2009. And interest from Junior golfers has increased by 11% from 2009. The most important aspect for a visiting German golf tourist when choosing where to play was “value for money”.

In the States times are tough, as rounds are down between 10% and 20% and many private clubs have opened their doors to the public. Over 50% of golf oriented clubs have fewer members today than in 2007, but what is interesting is for the same period clubs that have become more “family oriented” have increased their membership by 39%.

The figures from China are just astonishing! An estimated 54 million Chinese traveled abroad on 2010 and spent approximately 48 Billion US$. It is estimated that that figure will climb to 60 million in 2011. The Chinese golf industry report stated that China has 500 golf courses and 3 Million golfers! That’s 6000 golfers per course!! This explains why China is the only country World Wide that is currently building golf courses on a large scale.

Here in SA, times are tough and rounds are down all over the country. What will be interesting locally is the situation at Pezula and Pinnacle point. The home owners association has taken over the course and golf club at Pinnacle and Pezula and it will be interesting to see what happens. All over the World rounds are down and costs remain high. 5 star service, lots of smiling, happy staff to cater to your every need is all well and good, but if it’s a choice between that and keeping the doors open then I am afraid it will mean the course and service may have to reflect the financial situation the club is in.

Interesting times!

Paul Blaikie says Farewell

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Lloyd and his team for all there help and support over the past 3 months. It has been great working with you all. Thank you.

Last but not least a Big thank you to all you members for making me feel so welcome and for your support. I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing you all again at the end of the year.

Paul Blaikie

St David’s Charity Golf Day At the links
1 March 2011

We would like to invite you to join us, once again, to raise funds for Blanco’s Kretzenshoop Primary School.

Last year you assisted us in raising R26 232.14. All this was spent on the Kretzenhoop Primary School choir and music department. Again this year all money raised will go to the Kretzenhoop Primary School. The school project still to be decided.

Below you can see the new robes, key board, stands, Djembe drum, recorders and microphones that was purchased for their use.

We look really forward to the Kretzenhoop Choir performing again for us this year.

Date: 01 March 2011
Format: Member/ Guest – Better Ball Stableford
12h00 – Shotgun start
Cost: R800 per person
Draw: To be sent by the Friday 25 February)

Mulligans will be sold as well as a raffle. All in aid to raise funds for this worthy cause.

Please note that the cost includes green fees where applicable, caddy management fee, halfway house, drinks on the course, a great braai menu (to view, click here) as well as sponsored wine at dinner.

There will be dancing till late with live entertainment by Glen Webster.

Additional guests for Saturday night will be R300 per person.

Prizes kindly sponsored by Kevin & Sue Mercer.

We look forward to your support!

Help us to help the local community!

Please book as soon as possible with Sonja to avoid disappointment.

From the Album…

Monday Invitational winners
Thomas Aiken in the rain on Thursday
Di-Data Winner Hennie Otto
Francois Pienaar is action
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