Fancourt Golf Resort & Country Club
South Africa, Western Cape, Garden Route, George
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South Africa's premier golf and leisure resort, Fancourt lies at the heart of the scenic Garden Route, running from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth through the Western Cape Province. Voted Africa's Leading Golf Resort five years in a row, Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate extends over 1,500 acres of lush landscaped countryside with the majestic backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains. The estate is an intriguing mix of Old World charm and contemporary luxury with 4 Gary Player championship courses.
Accommodation options at Fancourt range from the beautifully 1847 Manor House to stately Garden Suites. Nw listed as a National Monument, the Manor House offers 34 rooms and suites in a distinctive historic environment, while the contemporary Garden Suites are located in the peaceful setting of the magnificent gardens.Fancourt Spa offers an unrivalled range of therapies, treatments and leisure activities. World-class treatments are tailored to revitalise and detoxify mind and body.
Yet golf is the main dish at Fancourt, with four eighteen hole courses designed by legendary Gary Player. Since their opening in the early 90's, Outeniqua and Montagu have matured and developed into two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in the country, both rank in South Africa's Top 10. Inaugurated in 2000, The Links at Fancourt is without doubt the most impressive piece of golf design ever in South Africa, while Southern Cape’s combines the links and parkland features of its neighbours in one single layout. In addition, Fancourt boasts a fine Golf Academy staffed by PGA pros and the first Taylor Made Performance Lab outside the US.
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Accommodation options at Fancourt range from the beautifully restored Manor House to stately Garden Suites. Built by Henry Fancourt in 1847 and now listed as a National Monument, the Manor House offers 34 rooms and suites in a distinctive historic environment, while the contemporary Garden Suites are located in the peaceful setting of the magnificent gardens.
With its vaulted passageway and large bay windows overlooking the manicured fairways, the Main Clubhouse is the heart and hub of the estate, hosting most of the resort’s facilities. It has recently been complemented by the new Links Clubhouse, its proshop and restaurant.
Fancourt Spa offers an unrivalled range of therapies, treatments and leisure activities. World-class treatments are tailored to revitalise and detoxify mind and body through hydrotherapy, massages, exfoliation, wraps and Fancourt's signature body range.
5 Star Golf Resort & Estate • The Leading Hotels of the World
150 Guestrooms • All rooms with A/C, satellite TV, DDL phone, broadband wireless internet access, minibar, safe and tea/coffee makers
• Manor House
Original 19th C. house: 34 hotel guestrooms / Standard and Executive Rooms + Deluxe Suites
• Garden Suites
Peaceful garden units: Studios + 1, 2 and 3-bedroom Suites
Room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Concierge/Tour desk • Real estate office
Banquet Hall (425 sqm. multi- purpose hall) • 6 Function rooms • Full AV equipment and video conferencing • Business Centre
Le Pêcheur (Sushi & seafood / Main Clubhouse) • The Grill Room (Main Clubhouse) • Links Lodge (World fusion cuisine / Links clubhouse) • Sansibar (Modern African cuisine / Manor House) • La Cantina (Mediterranean / Manor House)
• Fancourt Spa
Roman bath, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, tepidarium, jacuzzi, relaxation room and fully equipped gym with personal trainers • Wide range of treatments (hydrotherapy, massage, exfoliation and wraps) • Hair Salon • Cherot exclusive ladies boutique • The Morning Glory (Restaurant)
• Fancourt Country Club
Outdoor & indoor swimming pools • Tennis (4 courts) • Mini cinema, billiard and game room • Kids Club • The Fancourt Leisure Trail (2-10 km. walking, running and cycling trails) • Bird watching & Nature walks
Golf is the main dish at Fancourt, with four eighteen hole courses designed by legendary Gary Player. Since their opening in the early 90's, Outeniqua and Montagu have matured and developed into two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in the country, both rank in South Africa's Top 10.
• The Links Course
Gary Player (2000) Links - 18 holes - 6,858 yds - Par 73
Host to The Presidents Cup 2003 + Women World Cup of Golf 2005
The Links at Fancourt is without doubt the most impressive piece of golf design and construction ever in South Africa. Fancourt owner Dr Hasso Plattner, who took a very hands-on function in the creation, 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.
• Montagu Course
Gary Player (1991), remodelled by David McLay Kidd (2005) Parkland - 18 holes - 6,284 yds - Par 72
Montagu is a much celebrated parkland course and has been ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa in the past. It has recently undergone major renovations with several holes being redesigned and has two completely new holes - the 1st and the 9th. Play is restricted to members, their guests and resort guests, so there is ample time and space to savour the Fancourt golfing experience. It is, however, always a good idea to book in advance to ensure that you get your desired tee time.
The warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to all golfers before play. Golf carts are available for hire, weather permitting. Please note that to improve your playing enjoyment and to ensure a steady pace-of-play, it is mandatory for at least two caddies to accompany each fourball, and one caddy per twoball.
• Outeniqua Course
Gary Player (1997) Parkland - 18 Holes - 6,320 yds - Par 72
Outeniqua is one of two majestic 18-hole Parkland layouts at Fancourt. Designed by legendary Grand Slam golfer Gary Player, it is similar in character to its sibling Montagu, and its challenging design and fine conditioning will ensure an excellent test for all levels of golfers. As with all courses at Fancourt, there are a variety of tees from which to choose to play, ensuring that golfers are unlikely to ever feel overpowered by the course.
As with Montagu, play is restricted to hotel residents, members and their guests, so you are unlikely to ever feel crowded on the course, however, it is always a good idea to book in advance to ensure that you get your desired tee time. The warm-up area, featuring a full-length range and a chipping and bunker practice area, is available to all golfers before play. Golf carts are available for hire, weather permitting. Please note that to improve your playing enjoyment and to ensure a steady pace-of-play, it is mandatory for at least two caddies to accompany each fourball, and one caddy per twoball.
• Bramble Hill Course
Gary Player (2001) Links/Parkland - 18 holes - 5,752 yds - Par 71
As Fancourt’s only public offering, Bramble Hill is often considered a lesser test of golf than the estate’s marquee courses. Brendan Barratt discovered that while it may lack their glamour, it is still a fine golfing experience. A very public affair !
• Fancourt Golf Academy
The Golf Academy at Fancourt is a superb facility and has full-time teaching professionals to offer expert advice and tuition. Positioned between The Links and Bramble Hill courses and easily accessible to Fancourt residents and guests, the Academy is the perfect place to improve your golf.
• Taylormade Performance Lab
Club Custom Fitting. Custom fitting in the broadest sense is building a club designed to match your individual swing characteristics so that you hit the ball longer and straighter with better control. TaylorMade Performance Labs is able to provide golfers with Golf's Ultimate Fitting Experience.
• Ernie Els Fancourt Foundation
After establishing Fancourt as South Africa's premier golf resort, owners Hasso and Sabine Plattner, along with their daughters Tina and Steffi, committed themselves to the upliftment and advancement of disadvantaged communities in George and the Southern Cape. In 2005, they joined forces with the Ernie Els Foundation to create the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, in order to give talented young players who come from families with limited resources, an opportunity to develop their game at the highest possible level. The Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation has 33 young golfers involved in the Foundation for 2010.
The Links & Bramble Hills Clubhouse
Montagu/Outeniqua Main Clubhouse
Garden Route Golf
• George Golf Club
Charles Murray (1930's) George
George Golf Club members have played on the same site for more than 75 years so it’s little wonder George is often referred to as “the Old Course" - Apart from the construction of a dam between the 1st and 18th holes and the installation of a number of bunkers during the 1990s, the course remains true today to its original design. George’s attractive parkland course is also one of the most affordable of South Africa’s top rated tracks and it’s a big favourite, but despite this traffic, greens are first class and the overall conditioning of the course is amongst the best in the country.
• Oubaai Golf Resort
Ernie Els (2005) George
This 18-hole golf course on the Oubaai residential estate in the Western Cape is the first signature course designed in South Africa by local golfing hero, Ernie Els. Fairways at Oubaai are generally wide with large landing areas but with strategically positioned fairway and greenside bunker that increase the degree of playing difficulty. The signature hole is the par three 17th, played downhill to what, in modern course design parlance, is termed an “infinity green” with the sparkling Indian Ocean as a backdrop
• Simola Golf & Country Club
Jack Nicklaus (2005) Knysna
This "Bear" design sits majestically on a wooded landscape overlooking the Knysna River, with the Outeniqua mountain range in the background. The parkland course is routed between two valleys divided by the Simola Ridge. The opening seven holes overlook the river and the remaining holes, on the other side of the ridge, enjoy great views of the Knysna Heads and Lagoon.
• Pezula Club
Ronald Fream (2000) Knysna
The fairways at Pezula – meaning “high up with the gods” – are part and parcel of a sizeable residential estate laid out on a commanding headland at Knysna. Many believe the 18 holes here to be the most visually pleasing on South Africa’s entire coastline.
The front nine is routed in an anticlockwise loop a little way back from the cliffs, with water in play only on one hole, before returning to the clubhouse. The back nine is also laid out in an anticlockwise loop and includes a lovely sequence of holes above the cliffs.
George & The Garden Route
The Garden Route
The stretch of southern coastline running from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth through the Western Cape Province makes up South Africa's well-travelled 'Garden Route', scattered with popular resort towns. The coastal plain is backed by spectacular mountain ranges, offering scenic lakes, forests, beaches and secluded bays.
The main town on the route is George, which is a bustling commercial centre making it a good central point from which to explore the coastal region. From George it is also a short drive inland over the Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn, site of the renowned Cango Caves. Other popular holiday towns on the Garden Route include Mossel Bay and Plettenberg Bay.
The town of Knysna, clustered around a vast tidal lagoon which opens to the sea through a narrow inlet guarded by two sandstone cliffs known as 'The Heads'. The town features some quaint Victorian houses, a modern commercial waterfront development, a lovely sandy beach and some good shopping for local arts and crafts in the crowded town centre.
The upmarket holiday town of Plettenberg Bay was originally called 'Bahia Formosa' (Beautiful Bay) by the early Portuguese explorers, and it pays tribute to its original name, despite the development of luxury homes, hotels and a thriving town centre.
Attractions along the Garden Route encompass a wide variety from historic sites to scenic vistas, and beaches to nature reserves. There are ample opportunities to interact with nature, and you may spot whales, dolphins, seals, baboons, and species of bird. To make the most of the area one needs to stray from the highway and explore the towns, villages and resorts off the main road. A fun way of enjoying the scenery is to ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Choo vintage steam train between George and Knysna.
Lying in a fertile, rich valley, surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains, forests, rivers and prosperous farmlands. Regarded as the administrative capital of the Southern Cape, George is a rather big town with a sophisticated infrastructure. It has redressed its former image of an industrial town to that of a major tourist mecca - not hard to do when you have two of the top ten golf courses in South Africa, theatres, a wide expanse of forest, rivers and the Indian Ocean on your doorstep.
The Outeniqua Nature Reserve lies in the heart of the Outeniqua Mountains, a natural barrier that separates the high rainfall, lush atlantic side of the Garden Route, from the contrasting and arid Little Karoo inland.
Address & Contact
Fancourt Golf Resort & Country Club
Montagu Street, Blanco 6529
PO Box 2266
George 6530, South Africa
Garden Route (Western Cape)
440 km. E of Cape Town + 330 W of Port Elizabeth
George Airport (GRJ), 7 km. (Fancourt VIP airport lounge)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Temperate/Indian Ocean, with warm summer and mild winters