St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape 6312
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Robert "Bob" Grimsdell
85 km W of Port Elizabeth
From the N2 highway, 11 km west of Jeffreys Bay turn-off, take exit 665 (Hankey / St Humansdorp) and follow the R330, direction Humansdorp. After 3.3 Km at T-junction turn left and follow the R330 direction St Francis Bay. After 16.4 km at "St Francis Links" roundabout, on the edge of St Francis Bay, turn left, direction St Frances Bay. After 100 metres, at T-junction, turn right. After 1 km golf is on your left.
St Francis Bay Golf Club: The delightful seaside village of St Francis Bay can now boast two very contrasting championship golf courses. The new kid on the block is the ruggedly challenging, Nicklaus-designed St Francis Links. For an easier-going and more parkland style golf outing, the very welcoming St Francis Bay Golf Club also attracts many visiting golfers.
Created by an ancient sand dune system, St Francis Bay's gently undulating terrain is home to a mix of quite tight, bush-lined holes that have been carved out of the thick coastal fynbos, and others that have a more open and linksy feel. Small oyster-shaped and pot-style bunkers are sparingly used around the often small and gently sloping greens.
The short par-4 11th through to the par-5 15th holes occupy their own parcel of land (on the other side of St Francis Drive) and bring you closest to the sea. However, sea views are limited to a quick glimpse of the ocean at the 12th and 13th holes, although around the course perimeter you can admire the white-walled, thatch-roofed houses very typical of St Francis Bay (in fact the vast majority of houses in the village are thatched).
Among several testing holes, the short par-3 8th is a gem, with two palm trees standing watchfully on either side of the green and water to be crossed before reaching the safety of the putting surface.
"The Club with heart, at the heart of the village" will provide a pleasant golfing challenge on a course that combines the characteristics of both parkland and links-style golf.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
While in St Francis Bay, you may hear references to "The Canals". This is actually a very stylish, aquatic housing development located just to the north of the St Francis Bay golf course. The development has been created around a network of waterways that feed from the River Krom estuary.
South Africa's 81st best course (SA's Top 100 Courses, 2023).
Triton Avenue, Port St Francis, St Francis Bay
+27 (0)42 294 006Visit website
The Port Hotel, located in an exclusive harbour village, offers luxury accommodation in the surrounds of a working harbour and vibrant waterfront. Superb luxury suites each with superior finish boast spectacular views of the harbour and ocean on the waters edge.
St Francis Bay; St Francis Links
7 Spray Avenue, St Francis Bay 6312
+27 (0)42 294 1894Visit website
This elegantly appointed thatched guest house is located within the tranquility and beauty of the famous canals area of St Francis Bay. Abundant birdlife and canal side views are all around.
St Francis Bay; St Francis Links
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