20 April 2011 by Kate Turkington

Test your skills on South Africa’s #1 golf course

The Links at Fancourt on the Garden Route has just been rated #1 of the Top 100 Golf courses in South Africa for 2011 by The Golf Digest magazine which boasts over 150 000 readers.

So I went down to George in the Southern Cape on a day when the air was like champagne, the sky an impossible cerulean blue, and the Hadeda ibises - those birds that look like bonsai pterodactyls - were squawking Fancourt’s achievement to anybody within a few 100m.

The Links, designed by the legendary Gary Player just over 10 years ago, is framed by the Outeniqua mountains which rise majestically on the near horizon. Once upon a time there was an old featureless airfield here, now you’ll play on an undulating windswept landscape of 4 kinds of grass, flowering shrubs, magnificent old trees and even bushveld.

Of course I didn’t get to play on The Links - you have to have a handicap of 13 or less. Over that you’ll have to play Fancourt’s Montagu course rated 3rd in South Africa, or if you’re just a happy hitter like me, stick to its Outeniqua course which came in at 18th.

Go see for yourself (but save up first - it’s pricey) and then chill out in ultimate luxury in the newly opened Manor House, Fancourt’s original homestead, which dates back to 1859.

Category: Adventure

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