December 2007 has come and gone but the course continues to be as busy as ever. We believe that Goose Valley Golf Course is now the second busiest golf course in the Southern Cape. Both local and international visitors continue to heap accolades on the golf course and the relaxed atmosphere at the Club House, as well as the superb and friendly service from all the staff. The golf course has once again held its own in the new 2008 Golf Digest rankings, despite four new super courses being ranked for the first time and in the top 50. Golf Digest has moved the course up one position from number 50 to 49 and the conditioning has improved from being the 26th Best Conditioned SA golf course in SA to the 18th Best! Well done to Green Keeper Gaeren Wilkinson, General Manager Klippie Melck; and your superb staff.
Turtle Creek's building of new homes has come on at quite a pace with only five vacant stands still to be built upon. The housing Estate looks fantastic and has been praised by many visitors for strictly sticking to its Mediterranean theme and colour guidelines. As soon as most of the construction vehicles leave the Estate, new entrance gates will be erected in place of the existing booms, to create an entrance facade in keeping with the up-market homes and the image of the Estate.
Goose Valley and Turtle Creek Trustees and spouses recently met at the Whaling Station Boma for an evening of camaraderie and an excellent meal prepared by Peter & Gail Wall. Relationships between the parties are excellent and all parties are working together to enhance the entire Estate and ensure that it maintains its growing reputation as the most desirable place to live in Plett.
We welcome all new owners to Turtle Creek. Turtle Creek owners held their traditional annual Street Braai in December where great fun was had by all.
Porky is captured at last!
Goose Valley's resident Bush Pig has finally been captured. After enjoying roaming the Fynbos for a few months and dining on delicious bulbs from Goose Valley's extensive range of delectable plants, Porky was finally caught steeling fruit from a trap set to capture him. He has been captured before, but his immense strength resulted in him tearing the wire of the cage apart. Not to be outdone, Goose Valley's staff welded a strong steel cage together and this managed to hold Porky until local Veterinarian, Brendan Tindall, from Robberg Veterinary Hospital, was able to dart Porky. Porky was transported to the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve where he now forages to his heart's content. The images show the darting, Porky enjoying his sleep prior to being transported, and with General Manager Errol Walsh, Dr Brendan Tindall and one of the Security Guards who helped as a stretcher bearer.
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Chas Everitt International Property Group held its 2007 Eastern Cape & Garden Route Annual Awards Function at the new Jack Nicklaus Links Golf Course in St Francis Bay. Amanda Smit, Chas Everitt's Specialist Goose Valley Realtor, was awarded the Region's Most Outstanding Service Award and also received the first ever Gold Certificate in the region for total sales registered in the last quarter of 2007; plus a received a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for registering sales in excess of R20 million during 2007.
Amanda is shown with Chairman - Charles (Chas) Everitt, his wife and director Tilla Everitt, CEO Berry Everitt, and Plettenberg Bay Principal, John Fuller. Amanda is a partner in the new Rental and Accommodation business that Chas Everitt has established on-site at Goose Valley, and she looks forward to continuing to build her relationships with all Goose Valley owners and residents. Amanda owns two Units at Goose Valley and resides at Unit I-2. Please call in and see her when next in Plett.
New Rental & Sales office opens at Goose Valley Golf Club
Chas Everitt has been awarded the tender to operate the Goose Valley on-site Rental & Sales office adjacent to the tennis courts and next to the Club House from 1 April 2008. John Fuller, Principal of Chas Everitt says "the office will do both holiday rentals and property sales and will introduce a professional rental software system to manage bookings. For the first time, Goose Valley properties will be marketed through extensive award winning websites to local and international markets, print media advertising, and through tour operators and golf courses throughout South Africa and in Europe. A specific focus will be placed on marketing Goose Valley as a desirable destination".
Chas Everitt will offer a rental and home management service to its clients on an exclusive basis and John says that clients will enjoy enhanced rental income plus proper financial reporting. In the past, rentals at Goose Valley have been handled on a reactive basis where the rental companies have mainly performed the role of collection agent. The on-site office will also incorporate a mini business centre, offering residents an Internet Cafe and copy and fax facilities. Amanda Smit, Chas Everitt's resident Goose Valley Specialist Realtor, will mange the new Goose Valley office. Her on-site presence will ensure an even better service to clients.
Amanda looks forward to the challenge of building the new rental business at Goose Valley and meeting all owners and rental clients and providing them with top quality service. She will focus on property sales and holiday & long-term rentals at Goose Valley, Turtle Creek, Fairway Close & The Tides.
Compleat Golfer in their May edition once again improved Goose Valley's golf course ranking, moving the course up to place number 40 in South Africa. This is a tremendous achievement and is the third year that the course has climbed the rankings, despite the continual inclusion of the large super courses into the rankings. The Goose Valley Golf Club staff are continuing to improve the course and the seventeenth tee has just been moved back, enabling the Club to turn this relatively easy hole into a real test and no doubt take the course rating from 71 to a clear 72. In addition, other areas attended to, have been the improvement of rebuilding tee boxes, steps up to tee boxes, benches on every tee, and improving the sand in the bunkers.
Semi-gration is the new word coined for people choosing to emigrate within their own country and according to estate Agents and John Loos, the FNB Property Economist, one of the key semi-gration areas is the Garden Route.
At the end of May Chas Everitt International Property Group took their Top Performers to Bali to recognise their performance and reward the fantastic achievements of these very special people. Amanda Smit from Plettenberg Bay was awarded a certificate, medal & trophy, for achieving Second Place in the category "Top Non-Metro Agent in South Africa" for 2007. Amanda joined Chas Everitt as a rookie agent in June 2005, and we are extremely proud of her outstanding achievement in such a short time! Amanda is pictured in Bali with Plett Principal Broker John Fuller, and receiving her award from Chas Everitt International Group CEO Berry Everitt and First National Bank's Management.
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