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18 October 2012

Fancourt makes CNNGo's list of top 10 golf resorts

Fancourt golf resort in the Western Cape has been ranked in the world’s 10 best golfing destinations.

The Links in George, Western Cape Fancourt's Links, 1 of the world's top golf courses

We’re delighted with this international recognition of our golf and hospitality offering. It’s especially rewarding to be handpicked among all the golf resorts globally, and this kind of acknowledgement spurs us on to continually refine our services and facilities.

The luxury Fancourt golf resort near George was recently named 1 the world's 10 best golf resorts by CNN's respected online travel hub, CNNGo.

The only African golf resort to make the cut, Fancourt was ranked 9th overall. The list appeared in an article by acclaimed golf and travel journalist Tony Smart.

Each resort was personally rated by Smart according to the following criteria: the quality, condition and history of the golf course; the quality and luxury of the accommodation; the quality and range of the food and drink available; and the calibre and variety of the other facilities available.

The resorts were scored out of 10 for each criterion, with Fancourt notching up an impressive 9 for its courses, accommodation, and food and drink, and 10 for its other facilities.

In his review of the resort, Smart named Fancourt 'Africa’s leading resort', with '3 great courses, the Links, Montagu and Outeniqua – the best of which is the Links'.

'We’re delighted with this international recognition of our golf and hospitality offering,' said Fancourt sales and marketing director Carl Reinders. 'It’s especially rewarding to be handpicked among all the golf resorts globally, and this kind of acknowledgement spurs us on to continually refine our services and facilities.'

Smart’s list of the 10 best golf resorts in the world, in descending order, is: Pinehurst (US), Kiawah (US), Pebble Beach (US), the American Club (US), the Old Course Hotel (St Andrews, Scotland), the K Club (Ireland), Sotogrande (Spain), Mission Hills (China), Fancourt (South Africa), Quinta do Lago (Portugal).

Fancourt’s Links course was also recently included in Golf Digest’s 2012 Top 100 Golf Courses outside the US.

It was also recently announced that South Africa has secured the 10-year hosting rights to the new Tournament of Hope, an $8.5-million tournament that will no doubt attract all the big names.