The esteemed Fancourt Links Golf Course ripples over the green splendor of the Garden Route. A few minutes from the coastal city of George, the natural surroundings of the area are some of the most spectacular in the country. The fairways and tees blend in cool-season grasses such as Kentucky Blue, Rye and Fescue while the greens are a dominant Bent. This Links-style course, the only one of its kind in the country, blends the surreal organic bloom of the environment with a rewarding play structure.
Designed by celebrated golfer and architect Gary Player, the Fancourt Links Golf Course is one of South Africa’s most remarkable golf design and construction accomplishments. Course owner Hasso Plattner has stated that he wants to provide golfers with the most natural golf experience available, which is essentially “what golf is all about”. Player’s design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland and then, armed with inspiration from the best that those countries had to offer, embarked on the ambitious task of recreating some of their finest holes to make a genuine links test on what was once an airfield.
The course opened in in 2000 and, in 2003, the Links hosted the prestigious President’s Cup, with Gary Player captaining the international team and Jack Nicklaus captaining the Americans. It has since established itself as a world-class course. Current ranks include #1 Course in South Africa by Golf Digest SA and #34 Course in the World by USA Golf Digest.
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