Fancourt is situated in the heart of the Garden Route, in the shadow of the Outeniqua mountains. (Outeniqua is the San word for 'land of honey'). Fancourt, since its completion, has had international acclaim and praise and is South Africa's only member of the esteemed 'Great Golf Resorts of the World'.
Fancourt has been consistently voted the premier resort in South Africa by the country's hotel federation, as well as persistently voted the best golf venue and best-conditioned course in South Africa.
This Garden Route golf course is Gary Player designed and offers the professional and amateur golfer 3 challenging 18 holes. An additional 9 holes are currently under construction for this Garden Route golf course.Excellent pen-link bent grass greens, awe-inspiring water features, quick greens and immaculate kikuyu fairways make this the home of Ernie Els.Two holes that stand out from the rest is the 182 metre, 17th hole that has been modelled on Augusta's famous 12th hole, and the beautiful 450 metre, par 5, 18th hole that features a fairway lined with Oaks, water features around the green and the beautifully designed clubhouse.
Fancourt's fourth golf course, Bramble Hill, is a public facility. The modern Clubhouse houses a Golf Shop, where you will find 'International Brands for Rands'. In addition to a wide range of top brands at the lowest prices, there is a same day repair service and free club customization offered.
Equipment trade-ins are welcome. Course rating = 72 Head Golf Professional - Jayde Tannous Assistant Golf Professional - Neil Walsh-Tucker Tee times daily from 07:00 to 16:00 Shop open daily from 06:30 - 18:00
With 2 18-hole parkland courses The Outeniqua, that took shape under master golfer Gary Player, worldclass conditioning and a setting that takes in mountains, water and wildlife, there is nothing to beat a Fancourt round.
Since Golf at these 2 Garen Route courses are limited to members, their guests and resort guests, you will have ample time and space to savour this Garden Route golf experience.
Every hole on this Garden Route goolf course has received detailed attention to ensure that the overall balance in terms of length, position of hazards and shot values are in harmony. As a result, The Links presents a stern test in all weather conditions.
'The Links has satisfied and far exceeded my design philosophy, which was to capture the essence of what makes great traditional links golf courses so special,' Fancourt owner Hasso Plattner said. 'I believe that The Links will provide golfers with the most natural golf experience, which to me, is what golf is all about.'
Phil Jacobs, chief designer of the Gary Player Design Company says, 'Our brief from Fancourt owners, Hasso and Sabine Plattner, was to produce a course that can achieve a ranking within the world's top 100 by 2005.
We intend to achieve that goal.' Set to test the best golfer in every way, The Links has some extraordinary holes, like the par-3 second, with its bunker in the heart of the enormous green. Gary Player said, 'We included the bunker to break it up, but the front left of the green is severely sloped, so the golfer can use the contours to get the ball near the flag. You will never be stymied by the trap' Player added.
As a first for South Africa, the tees and fairways are a mix of 4 cool season grasses: Kentucky Blue, Rye, Fescue and Bent, with the greens a dominant Bent. These grasses allow for the traditional Pitch and Run shot to be played and also for the ball to 'chase' along the fairways.
The clubhouse at The Links is located only metres from the 18th green, with terraced areas and picture windows, to take maximum advantage of course and mountain views. All in all there is a very special atmosphere.
Every year thousands of holiday-makers from all over southern Africa flock to the beaches, luxury hotels and paradise-like setting of Plettenberg Bay, which is situated on the famous & beautiful Garden Route.Plettenberg is a sporty place, with most of the activities focused around the sea, surf, lake and lagoon.But 'Plett' also has an excellent golf course, set in the lovely Piesang (Banana) Valley, which is surrounded by high hills. The whole area has been proclaimed a nature reserve, rich in bird life and home to the strikingly beautiful Knysna Loerie.
The modern clubhouse is situated on high ground overlooking the course. The 470-metre par-five 4th hole plays particularly long in a southeaster when the average golfer will have little chance of reaching the water-guarded green in 2, and sometimes even in 3. By contrast the 11th is only 110 metres long, one of the shortest par-threes in the country.
The 300-metre par-four 14th is a sharp dogleg-left featuring 2 tall Oak trees, which are on the left-hand side of the fairway, just after the hole curves towards the green. The foliage makes the drive an exacting one.
This 18-hole golf course was designed by Ronald Fream, of the Ronald Fream Golfplan Design Group of California. The undulating terrain is almost perfect for the creation of a championship Scottish Highlands links-style golf course. The area is covered with beautiful varieties of fynbos, which strongly resembles Scottish heather.
The course, largely designed by nature, will prove challenging to the expert, yet accessible to the everyday player. The 14th and 15th holes, which play along the steep cliffs above the Indian Ocean are an experience not to be missed.