The Links @ Fancourt – George

The Links @ Fancourt – George

Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golf resort, with all three of our golf courses ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa (2012 Golf Digest rankings): The Links ranked No. 2, Montagu ranked 7, and Outeniqua ranked 17.
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Fancourt offers three originally designed Gary Player golf courses – including The Links, which Gary Player has often referred to as his greatest design feat. The Links, Montagu & Outeniqua golf courses are all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa.

Since opening in the early 90′s with just 27 Gary Player-designed holes, Fancourt’s Outeniqua and Montagu golf courses have matured and developed into two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in the country.

The Links at Fancourt was added in 2000, an awe-inspiring example of magnificent design and golf-course construction, about which designer Gary Player says: “I feel a genuine affinity for Fancourt having been involved from day one as a designer of the original golf courses, I experienced one of the greatest thrills of my golf career here when captaining the International Presidents Cup team against Jack Nicklaus’ American team, and it is the home of perhaps my greatest achievement as a golf course designer, The Links.”

The Links at Fancourt is without doubt the most impressive piece of golf design and construction ever in South Africa.  Fancourt owner Dr Plattner, who took a very hands-on approach in the creation thereof, commissioned a golf course, which would not only be a thorough test for every golfer, but would also rank among the top courses in the world.

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 result is awe-inspiring and has elicited praise from some of the world’s finest golfers – The Links was the host venue for the 2003 Presidents Cup, which ended in an historic tie after a dramatic play-off between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els. In early 2005, it was the host venue for the Women’s World Cup of Golf.

In December 2005 The Links hosted the South African Open, the world’s second-oldest national Open Championship and in 2010, the Berenberg Bank Senior Masters.  Most recently in January 2012 the Volvo Golf Champions was played at The Links.

The Links is a private Club, but limited tee times are available for guests staying in the Hotel at Fancourt.

For a fact
  • The Links is listed in 30th place by the Golf Digest magazine (US Conde Nast publication) in their Top 100 courses outside of the US.
Course facilities:
  • Driving range: no
  • Practice green: yes
  • Putting and chipping area: yes
  • Locker rooms: yes
  • Halfway house: yes
  • Bar/lounge: yes
  • Restaurant: yes
  • Caddies: yes (compulsory 1 caddy per person)
  • Rental clubs: yes
  • Rental pull carts: no
  • Rental electric carts/buggies: no (unless with medical certificate)
  • Golf lessons: yes
Course information:
  • Course type: Links
  • Course designer: Gary Player
  • Founded/built: 2000
  • Rating: 18-hole, par 72
  • Course length: 6,477 meters (club/men) / 5,692 meters (seniors) / 5,205 meters (ladies)
  • Grass type(s): Cool season Bent grass (greens) / Cool season Bent grass (fairways) / natural fynbos (rough)
Dress code:

Members and visitors are asked to dress in an appropriate manner, both on and off the course. Attire must be in keeping with the gentlemanly and ladylike etiquette of golf. Below are some guidelines to assist you:

Headwear

  • Traditional golf hats or peak caps. Caps to be worn with peaks facing forward.

Shirts – Men:

  • Traditional collared or crew neck golf shirts to be tucked into trousers at all times;
  • No bold commercial advertising or inappropriate wording.

Shirts – Ladies:

  • Traditional collared or crew neck golf shirts;
  • Tailored waist length golf shirts need not be tucked in;
  • Sleeveless golf shirts may also be worn;
  • No bold commercial advertising or inappropriate wording.

Trousers:

  • Traditional long or short golf trousers; caprice for ladies to be worn with a belt or clasp.;
  • Denims, cargo, gym or drawstring shorts / trousers are not permitted.

Skirts:

  • Appropriate length golf skirts / skorts to be worn.

Shoes:

  • Only golf shoes with soft spikes are permitted.

Mobile Telephones:

  • To avoid unnecessary distraction at the club and on the course, the use of mobile telephones will not be permitted within audible range and view of others.
  • Any calls on the golf course must be dealt with efficiently so as not to effect the speed of play.

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GPS Coordinates:
33” 57” 4.40” S / 22” 24” 23.22” E
Directions:

From Cape Town direction:

- Travel on the N2 direction Port Elizabeth;
- Take the George Airport / Herold’s Bay turnoff;
- Turn left on the R404, and continue past the airport;
- At stop street drive straight over the R102 and continue on the R404 through farmlands, direction Oudtshoorn;
- You will arrive at Fancourt which is situated on your right.

- Driving time Cape Town – Montagu @ Fancourt: ~5hrs. / 450km

From George Airport direction:

- Turn left out of George Airport on R404;
- At stop street drive straight over the R102 and continue on the R404 through farmlands, direction Oudtshoorn;
- You will arrive at Fancourt which is situated on your right.

- Driving time George Airport – Montagu @ Fancourt: ~10min. / 10km

From Knysna/Plettenberg Bay direction:

- Travel on the N2 direction Cape Town;
- Take the George Airport / Herold’s Bay turnoff;
- Turn right on the R404, and continue past the airport;
- At stop street drive straight over the R102 and continue on the R404 through farmlands, direction Oudtshoorn;
- You will arrive at Fancourt which is situated on your right.

- Driving time Knysna – Montagu @ Fancourt: ~1hr. / ~70km;
- Driving time Plettenberg Bay – Montagu @ Fancourt: ~1hr30min. / ~100km

Less than 5km. from the course:

 

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