A LEFT-FIELD AP­PROACH

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Disruptors Innovators & Risk-Takers -

St Fran­cis Links CEO Jeff Clause is one of the bright­est thinkers in the lo­cal golf in­dus­try, and the Amer­i­can had the novel idea of trans­form­ing the Jack Nick­laus-de­signed lay­out in the East­ern Cape to in­cor­po­rate a Par-54 al­ter­na­tive to the main course. Clause’s course staff sited new tee­ing ar­eas on ev­ery hole, and in June he launched the Ul­ti­mate Par-3 course, us­ing the ex­ist­ing 18 greens. The holes vary in length be­tween 75 and 130 me­tres (lo­cal res­i­dent Richard Vauqulin has the record of 51), and the club or­gan­ises Mon­day com­pe­ti­tions where play­ers get round all 18 holes, us­ing carts, in be­tween two and three hours. The green fee is R300 for two golfers shar­ing a cart. “We en­cour­age play be­fore the field on any day, or in the late af­ter­noons,” said Clause. “It pro­vides a fun and speedy al­ter­na­tive way of oc­ca­sion­ally play­ing golf, and is popular with our mem­bers.”

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