Blanco, George, Western Cape 6530
18 holes. Links-style. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
18-hole golf courses at Fancourt: LINKS course (par-73, 6930 metres from back tees); MONTAGU course (par-72, 6714 m); OUTENIQUA course (par-72, 6312 m). The BRAMBLE HILL course was originally 18-holes (par-70, 5517 m), but now reduced to six holes.
6 km W of George city centre.
From Cape Town follow the N2 highway direction George. Take exit 425 (George Airport/Herolds Bay) and head north on the R404, direction George Airport/Blanco/Oudtshoorn. After 5.5 km Fancourt is well signposted, on your right off the R404.
The Links at Fancourt: Here at one of South Africa's best known golf and leisure resorts, visiting golfers can enjoy three varied and challenging championship golf courses, as well as excellent practice and learning facilities. Of the three, the most demanding and perhaps most distinctive layout is the Links course.
A superb and testing British links-style course is not perhaps what you'd expect to find a few miles inland on South Africa's Garden Route - but make no mistake this is a "links" in name and in character. Gary Player's masterpiece was in fact built on a flat, disused airfield. More than 750,000 tons of earth was moved to create a classic looking dunescape, onto which this world class links-style course was crafted. The result is a superb and very testing championship course.
As aficionados of links golf would expect, the terrain is open, the fairways full of rolling bumps and hollows and lined with sand dunes (housing is conspicuously absent). There is deep uncompromising rough awaiting the long-carries from the tees, plenty of strategic pot bunkering and some huge, undulating greens.
Integrated into the design are some wonderfully natural wetland areas, which means that water is dangerously brought into play on a few occasions. Wooden-slatted walkways are used on a few occasions to get you from green-to-tee. As one of the very well-trained local caddies accurately put it, "this is a great course - enjoy it".
Stay&Play at Fancourt: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Resort guests staying at the Fancourt Hotel can book to play on weekdays and weekends; not open to outside visitors.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details and Stay&Play packages. [Last updated: 2022].
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts available for hire (only with medical certificate). Caddies always available.
The owners and visionaries of Fancourt are Dr Hasso & Sabine Plattner. Hasso Plattner is a highly successful German entrepreneur and co-founder of the software giant SAP.
Golf at Fancourt started with 27-holes constructed in 1990, which were officially opened in 1991. An additional 9-holes were added in 1997 to create today's outstanding duo, the Montagu and Outeniqua courses. The Links course followed in 2000 and Bramble Hill (now reduced to six holes) in 2001.
The Links course quickly became established as a top-level championship course and has held several high-quality professional events, including the Presidents Cup, South African Open and Women's World Cup of Golf (see Tournaments section >by Venue >Fancourt Links).
South Africa's 2nd best course (SA's Top 100 Courses, 2023).
World's 90th best public access course (Golf World, 2023).
Montagu Street, George 6530
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A combination of old world charm, contemporary luxury, three fabulous championship golf courses and full spa facilities, makes Fancourt a distinctive and luxurious Stay&Play location on South Africa's world renowned Garden Route. Guests can choose between a room in the Hotel, the beautifully restored Manor House or one of the many stately Garden Suites and Studios.
Fancourt (The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua courses).
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