The Links at Fancourt Golf Course

The Links at Fancourt is one of the world’s most significant and creative design achievements. Gary Player was set the challenge of building a unique and distinctive five-star golf course for Fancourt owner Hasso Plattner, and produced something monumental for the game in South Africa.

Golf Digest ranks it among the Top 100 Courses in the World outside the United States, and The Links achieved its highest ever ranking of No 28 in their 2022-23 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Courses.

Dramatic, unconventional holes, undulating fairways, pot bunkers, and links-style greens in a variety of shapes and elevations make this one of the modern wonders of the golfing world. It might not qualify as a “True Links,” yet it is a surreal experience for those who have the privilege of playing it.

Exclusivity has not only given The Links an extra mystique, everything about the experience of playing there is distinguished. It adheres to an ethos of high standards and respect for the game’s traditions. From the attractive clubhouse to the first tee starting rituals, to the menu at the halfway house, to the fact that each golfer must take a caddie. The club has a small membership, and is not open to visitors. However, Fancourt hotel guests do have access to a limited number of tee times.

The course has been in the global eye a few times on TV, although not recently. Among high-profile international tournaments hosted were the memorable 2003 Presidents Cup match which ended in a spell-binding tie between Gary Player’s International team and a United States team led by Jack Nicklaus. The European Tour visited for the 2005 SA Open and 2012 Volvo Golf Champions. And The Links hosted the first Women’s World Cup in 2005.

The Links is not only a challenging golf course – even tour professionals have found it daunting – it is a pristine environmental habitat, its 18 holes bordered by grasslands and wetlands. It is a wildlife reserve, without large animals. For 20 years it was part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary programme. Fancourt are looking at a golf-centric programme to replace that.

Read: FANCOURT LINKS IS NUMBER ONE IN CONDITIONING

Read: FANCOURT ANDLEOPARD CREEKIN WORLD 100

Read: THE LINKS CONNECTION TO THE FORE

ADDITIONAL COURSE FACTS

COURSE RECORD

64 by Nicolas Colsaerts in 2012 Volvo Golf Champions; Jaco van Zyl in 2013 Dimension Data Pro-Am; Ben Eccles in 2016 DiData

FEATURE HOLES

Holes which would grace a list of the world’s best include the long downhill par-3 second, boasting an astonishingly large sloping green; the highly unusual par-4 tenth, called Kilimanjaro, with an elevated green perched at the top of the dunes; and the par-5 16th, over and through the dunes to a hard-to-find rumpled green. There are also two fabulous short par 4s, Nos 6 and 14, their fairways littered with bunkers, with the most diminutive of greens. There are five par 5s, three of them in the last six holes.

ACCOMMODATION

Guests staying at Fancourt have a range of luxury accommodation to choose from. There are 113 guest rooms and suites, either in The Manor House (18 suites) or elsewhere on the estate. Its facilities include four restaurants, a spa, gym, hair salon, business centre, four swimming pools, tennis courts, a leisure centre with Kidz Club, cycling, hiking and jogging trails. There is a discount on green fees for hotel guests.

PRACTICE FACILITY

The Links has its own range and short-game area a short walk from the clubhouse, complemented by a unique 5-hole short course for a fun experience.

DID YOU KNOW

1/ The Links encourages walking, but cart use is allowed and included in the green fee. A caddie for every player is compulsory.

2/ It is exclusive for members and guests, plus Fancourt hotel residents if times are available. There is a separate entrance road away from the Fancourt resort.

3/ The SA Open in December 2005 saw one of the great golfing duels between Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, who at the time were among the top 10 players in the world. They played together the final 36 holes, and were tied on the back nine of the final round until Goosen improbably chipped in for a birdie two at 17 to go one ahead. Els then narrowly missed an eagle attempt at the par-5 18th to tie. Goosen’s total of 10-under 282 was eight clear of the third-placed finishers.

4/ Branden Grace’s big breakthrough came in the 2012 Volvo Tour Champions at The Links when he won a three-way playoff against Els and Goosen.

5/ The first-ever LPGA Women’s World Cup was held at The Links in 2005 and won by Japan.

6/ The Links was No 28 in Golf Digest’s World Top 100 for 2022-23 (this excludes courses in the United States). The Links had previously been No 56 (2020), No 38 (2018), No 43 (2016) and No 34 (2014). It was ranked No 3 in SA from 2004 to 2010, then No 1 in 2011, and again from 2014 onwards.

7/ Australian pro Ben Eccles played the back nine in eight-under 29 in the 2016 DiData Pro-Am, with a birdie at 10 and then seven in a row from 12 to 18. He equalled the course record with a 64, and two days later had a 64 on Fancourt Montagu.

COURSE AND FACILITIES RATING
CONDITIONING RATINGS
Greens
Bunkers
Tees
Fairways
Presentation
Overall Conditioning
FACILITY RATINGS
Pace of Play
Practice Facility
Halfway House
Pro Shop
Service
Locker Room
19th Hole
Course Etiquette
COURSE REVIEWS
The Links is a memorable masterpiece from the first tee box shot of whisky to the last putt of the day. Flawless presentation with minor design changes constantly under consideration. Playability continues to improve with generous landing areas off the tee. Greens complexes are among the more challenging a club golfer will play. No easy two putts. The finishing stretch from 15-18 is one of the most demanding of any SA course. The 17th, a par 3 called “Prayer,” is a favourite hole. Varied tee boxes allow for a setup to test every player. The uphill par-5 18th – “Near the Dram” – is a test of driving accuracy. The 19th is superb, with service to match.
Jon James
10 March 2024
Fantastic course. As a visitor from Denmark, it was the best of eight courses I played on my travels in South Africa. And The Links rates in the Top 5 out of 213 courses I have played around the world.
Bo Friis
02 December 2023

Payment Options

Credit Cards

Bank Transfer

Cash

RESERVATIONS

Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum
dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur excepteur sint

Reservation Email

Booking URL

Address & Contacts

Address

Montagu Street, Blanco, George, South Africa 6530

GPS

-33.946916227835, 22.410222048662

Telephone


Notice: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. 

Transport Possibilities
Bicycle
Boat
Bus
Car
Foot
Room Types
Single
Family
Apartments
Luxury
Diet Type
No Diet
Drinks Only
Vegan Cuisine
Standard
Mixed
Accommodation Features
Air Conditioning
WiFi
Television
Exterior Seats
Children Playground
Showers
Guide
Money Options
Credit Cards
Bank Transfer
Cash

You can edit this page in WordPress Block Editor. Reorder blocks, add columns, text or images.
Citadela Directory plugin works with Citadela theme or any modern 3rd party theme.

Leave a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *