Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate

George, South Africa

Set on the aptly named Garden Route on the Indian Ocean’s coast, the town of George and surrounds are stunningly beautiful. Fancourt Country Club has four courses, of which the Links Course is the jewel in the crown. This inland links course presents an undulating, windswept terrain with dune-style landscaping, and is the only such course in South Africa. Home of the Presidents Cup 2003, the Gary Player designed course is set in the most peaceful and scenic area on the Fancourt Estate. Every hole is well planned to ensure a balance of length, hazards and shot values, resulting in a stern test in all weather conditions.

While it is certainly a visually splendid golfing experience, the Links is possibly the most difficult golf course in South Africa – it was never intended to be a low scoring layout, so take a few spare balls along for your round. The 309m par four 14th is a classic links hole. Well placed fairway bunkers demand accuracy from the tee followed by a pitch shot to the smallest green on the track, framed by large dunes and punishing rough. The 15th is another popular hole as its fairway doglegs left around a lake and slopes towards the water, making the shortest line a dangerous one. The approach shot is played to a peninsula green, surrounded by wetland on three sides. There’s no average hole on this course.

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