Mark is a qualified PGA Fellow Professional who has been involved in the game golf for more than 40 years. After 11 years as a full time Touring Professional two years were spent as Tournament & Operations Director for the PGA’s Sunshine Tour in South Africa, coordinating all professional events including the 1995 World Cup of Golf at Erinvale. That was followed by a 6 year stint as General Manager of a first ever golfing theme park – The World of Golf, selling over 10 000 memberships to an up market driving range and as co-owner introduced the first Gary Player Golf Academy in South Africa.
Mark then joined Fancourt as the Director of Golf at both The Links & Bramble Hill, as well as Golf Teaching Academy at Fancourt. One of the many highlights at Fancourt was the set up and running of the Presidents Cup in 2003, the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005 and also the South African Airways Open in 2006. Mark recognised the need for a strong junior program which was formed at the academy and following this he was included on the board of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation. Mark left after 4 years of service at Fancourt to start up MWG (Pty) Ltd.
Francois du Plessis
Francois obtained his B Comm. (1989) and MBA (2000) degrees at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. From 1999 he worked as a management accountant at various multinational companies. In 2001 he was appointed as a development accountant at Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate, a position that soon changed to Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Francois was intimately involved with the interaction and financial management between the developer, real estate, hotel and golf operations including corporate services.
In 2006 he resigned to start a media company and this encouraged him to consult and advise on various developments in South Africa including hotels and golf estates. Francois joined MWG in 2008 as the company’s Business Strategist. His role is to devise strategic plans for golf courses and real estate developers which are supported by valuable financial, marketing and operational information with the aim of providing sustainable solutions.
Andre has been in the turf and golf industry for the past 24 years in all fields from course design and construction, to golf course maintenance and estate planning and management.
For the first 10 years in his career Andre was appointed as assistant superintendent at George Golf Club, Fancourt and Pezula Championship Golf Course. He also was involved in the construction and maintenance of Oubaai and Simola Golf Courses respectively, before accepting the position as Head Golf Course Superintendent at Pezula.
In 2007 Andre accepted the position of Head Golf Course Superintendent at St. Francis Links where he managed to ensure that it was rated the best new course in 2007 and also voted into the top ten courses in South Africa in 2010 in its first year eligible.
Andre became part of the executive board at St. Francis Links and was responsible for managing the golf course as well as all the HOA aspects of the estate.
From 2010 to 2018 Andre managed numerous golf courses and projects in Mauritius, Vietnam and Thailand working with various types of turf and was involved in the planning phases and grow – in of 5-star golf courses.
Andre was also the Head Golf Course manager at Steenberg Golf Club and Goose Valley Golf Club before joining the MWG team in 2018.
Andre will be managing MWG’s Turf Division throughout Africa.