St Francis Links Golf Course


4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   St Francis Links Golf Course Est. 2007

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St Francis Links Golf Course: If the Eastern Cape needed another big-dimension "trophy course" to lure visitors away from the Western Cape's Garden Route, then it has surely arrived in the shape of the Jack Nicklaus designed St Francis Links. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, this is pure links golf, in the great Scottish tradition. Sensational bunkering is used to define many of the holes. These ever-present hazards are a throw back to days of old, when the sand scrapes of the earliest links courses were lined with thick, shaggy grass, as thick as that found if you stray too far beyond the rolling, tumbling fairways. If you do miss the fairways and modest amount of first-cut rough, then the rugged terrain and dense vegetation will probably require you to "re-load" and hit the next one a bit straighter. Mixed into this fabulous but occasionally daunting layout are some testingly tight short par-4's, snaking par-5's, water protected par-3's and as many accuracy demanding approach shots as you dare to imagine. Added to the unique features of this handsomely rugged and demanding design, there are many views to enjoy across the stunning duneland, out onto the Indian Ocean and inland to faraway mountains. Mid and low handicappers will love it here, especially once some "local knowledge" has been acquired after a round or two. For higher handicappers, and all golfers if the wind is blowing hard, ensure there are a few spare balls in your bag and not a little humility in your soul, as you take on this wonderful new course.

At this Stay & Play venue, the on-site accommodation is located close to the golf facilities.

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Making Contact

St Francis Links
Main Road,
St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape 6312
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)42 200 4500
Pro Shop   +27 (0)42 200 4500
Fax

  +27 (0)42 294 0749

Email   golf@stfrancislinks.com
Website   www.stfrancislinks.com
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Golf Pro
 
Jeff Clause (CEO and PGA, Director of Golf) / Ryan Dodds (Head Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb, with several longish green-to-tee walks.
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 6736 5494 4875
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75 70 72
 
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How2Get There?

83 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 right into golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes: R600. Stay&Play packages available, and reduced rates for juniors and students. [Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 36.
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Golf carts (fitted with GPS) available for hire.

Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Seven duneland ridges run east-to-west across St Francis Links, dunes that have formed over the last 6,500 years. Even older than the dunes, at c.8,000 years old, are some stone-age archaelogical sites around the golf course. Looking to the future rather than the past, a new 5-star hotel is due to be built as part of the St Francis Links development.

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Published Ranking
2016 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 7th best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Location

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Latitude: (-34.160775)
Longitude: (24.816377)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

St Francis Golf Lodge (B&B) & Self-catering units 
Main Road, St Francis Bay 6132.
+27 (0)42 294 0028
www.stfrancislinks.com

St Francis Links now offers luxury accommodation on the estate in newly built luxury rooms in 2, 4, 6 and 10 bedroom homes/units, with self catering facilities. If you don’t want to cater, the club can do that for you, with breakfast available at the clubhouse seven days a week.

Golf at this hotel St Francis Links
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Golf within 10 km St Francis Bay
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Thatchwood Country House 4-star
63 Lyme Road, St Francis Bay
+27 (0)42 294 0082
www.thatchwood.co.za

Thatchwood Country Lodge is situated at the entrance to the village of St Francis Bay over looking the St Francis golf course. In a relaxed home from home atmosphere, nothing is overlooked - but the golf course.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 10 km St Francis Links (next door); St Francis Bay
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