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South Africa Golf Holidays - Fancourt Golf Estate

Fancourt has established itself as the top golfing destination in South Africa and deservedly so. With 3 courses maintained to the highest possible standards, this is a golfer's dream destination. A mix of 2 parkland and 1 links style courses, there is plenty of variety. It is a 'must-play' destination for South African golfing holidays.

The Montagu is a parkland-style course, and a past holder of the Top South African Golf Course accolade. On the front nine, the course winds through wooded areas with quite tight fairways. There is also a lot of water, either running alongside the fairways or hazards around the greens. The course finishes with 2 spectacular holes, the 17th is a deceptive par 3 over water, with some mean bunkers that guard the front of the green. The final hole brings you back to the clubhouse with a rising par 5 and the front of the green protected by a small lake. You'll need a great third shot to give you a chance of making the green in regulation, but if you over shoot, there are bunkers behind waiting for your ball.

The Outeniqua Course, also in the parkland style is more forgiving, with wide, undulating fairways. It has been upgraded in the winter season to improve the quality of the greens. There are some large expanses of water on the course which come into play on several holes. The 15th is a tricky downhill par 3 with water behind to receive any balls that overrun the 'dance floor'.

For those who really want to pit themselves against the elements, The Links Course is surely the ultimate test for any golfer.  

It is one of the most stunning and exclusive courses in the world. Voted the No. 1 golf course in South Africa 2014/5, and home to the 2003 Presidents Cup, The Links is a separate entity from the rest of the Fancourt Club, with its own clubhouse and limited membership. Guests staying at Fancourt Hotel are permitted to play a round on the course. The Links Course is walking only and it is compulsory to have a caddy. You will soon see how necessary they are to you completing your round!(Carts can be used with a medical exemption - let us know to arrange it for you.)

A round on the Links course is magical, it really is 'millionaires golf' with hardly another soul on the course. It goes without saying that it is in immaculate condition with carpet like fairways and lightning fast greens. In our opinion a high light of South Africa golf holidays. Don't miss it!

Fancourt also offers a comprehensive Golf Academy, the perfect location for honing your golf skills. There are 4 full holes which you can use as a pre-game warm up area.

The Fancourt Estate has a policy of providing local employment through its caddie scheme. It is compulsory to have a caddie, at least one per four ball. The caddies are rated according to their competence and knowledge and are costed to reflect their experience. Expect to pay your caddy, R200-250 for a round, and it is customary to give them R50 when you stop at the halfway house so they can buy a snack.

It is no longer necessary to stay at Fancourt in order to play on the Montagu and Outeniqua courses, as was the previous arrangement. However to play the Links course, you must be a hotel guest at Fancourt or a Member's guest. Out of Africa Travel offer a number of South African golf holidays which include a chance to play at Fancourt but staying at accommodation off the estate. Alternatively you can choose to base yourself at the hotel and play at Fancourt and the other nearby courses such as Oubaai and Pinnacle Point.

Course Information

                      Montagu     Outeniqua  Links    

Holes               18              18           18       

Par                  72              72            72       

Type                Parkland     Parkland    Links    

Length Mens     6324m       5986m      6477m   

Length Ladies    5669m       4954m      5205m

For more information about golfing holidays in South Africa and playing at Fancourt, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia) to speak to our South Africa golf holiday's team.   

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Facilities at the main Fancourt Clubhouse:

  • Pro shop
  • Club hire
  • Carts
  • Caddies (compulsory, 1 per 4 ball)
  • Pull trolleys
  • Putting greens
  • chipping and bunker practice area
  • driving range

Facilities at the Links Course Clubhouse:

  • Pro shop
  • Club hire
  • Caddies (compulsory, 1 per person)
  • Putting greens
  • Chipping area
  • Golf Carts
Facilities at the Golf Academy:
  • 4 hole practice course
  • floodlit driving range
  • chipping area
  • putting greens
  • bunker practice area
  • Indoor computer swing analysis
  • Tuition
  • Swing analysis