Fancourt Estate

For the discerning golfer who does not compromise on the course or in his life, a visit to Fancourt with its three superior courses will exceed all expectations. Fancourt is the jewel of the Garden Route, an area known for its glittering white beaches, sheer cliffs that plunge into the Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The resort evokes a genteel tranquillity and old world charm.

Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golf resort, with all three of its golf courses ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa (2012 Golf Digest rankings), THE LINKS RANKED No. 1, Montagu ranked 6, and Outeniqua ranked 17.

The Links

There is a reason you’d be mistaken for thinking you were playing on one of the top courses in Scotland or Ireland. Course designer and golfing legend Gary Player and his team spent months studying the classic links courses and returned home to recreate some of the legendary courses’ finest holes, on what used to be an airfield. More than 700,000 cubic meters of earth was moved to create this awe-inspiring course and it presents an undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape.

The Links is currently ranked the No. 1 course in South Africa by Golf Digest (2014). The only course of its kind in the country, it is also one of the most challenging. Host to the 2003 President’s Cup and the 2005 Women’s World Cup of Golf, the course has elicited high praise from some of the world’s finest golfers. In 2005 The Links hosted the world’s second oldest national Open Championship – the South African Open. More recently the course hosted the VOLVO GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP.

After a challenging day on the Links unwind with a drink at the clubhouse with its large picture windows giving guests an uninterrupted view of the 18th green, just meters away.


Montagu is the oldest of the three courses at Fancourt and is currently ranked as the number six course in South Africa by Golf Digest (2012). Nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua mountain range, this much celebrated and beautiful parkland course, originally designed by Gary Player, underwent a major rejuvenation in 2005, under international golf course architect David Mc Lay Kidd.

Several holes have been redesigned and the 1st and the 9th holes are completely new. It is a truly rewarding experience to play in such scenic surroundings and on a course with world-class conditioning. The bunkers are stylish and the greens are fast and undulating. A number of tight fairways demand accuracy and length from the tee and the water hazard at the par-5 18th are challenging.

Montagu’s warm-up facility has a full-length range as well as a chipping and bunker practice area.


The Outeniqua course is regarded as the easiest of the three courses as it is more open in appearance, but it presents its own challenges, risks and rewards, particularly when facing the water hazards and streams on 11 of the 18 holes. Ranked 17th on Golf Digest’s Top 100 for 2012, the course is tranquil with colourful gardens, mountains, water and wildlife as a backdrop and is well cared for and in magnificent condition all year round.

The short par-four 4th hole is a challenge to big hitters because of the waterway dominating the right side of the fairway and green.

Outeniqua’s warm up facility also features a full-length range as well as a chipping and bunker practice area.

The Fancourt Golf Academy

Showing just how seriously they take the game of golf, Fancourt spared no expense when planning and designing their Golf Academy. The facility is world-class and there are full-time teaching professionals on hand to offer expert advice and tuition.

The Academy’s facilities include practice greens, chipping greens, bunker facilities, a 4-hole course and a driving range with open air and undercover practice bays.

The Fancourt Academy also houses the TaylorMade Fitment Centre, giving golfers the opportunity to optimise their performance through the selection and fitment of clubs that match their individual swing characteristics in order to achieve greater distance and accuracy on the course. TaylorMade fitters use the most advanced fitting tools and technologies available to analyse the golfers swing and determine the club characteristics that will make them better.

Previously available only to PGA Tour professionals, the two-hour custom fitting experience is conducted in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, and includes driver, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putter.


Fancourt has played host to an array of prestigious golfing events including:

  • The President’s Cup 2003
  • The Women’s World Cup 2005
  • The South African Open 2005
  • The Berenberg Bank Masters 2010
  • The Gary Player Invitational 2008, 2009, 2010
  • The Dimension Data Pro-Am 2010, 2011
  • The Coca Cola Championship 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Will host the Volvo Golf Champions from 19 - 22 January 2012


  • Clubhouse
  • Bar
  • Halfway House
  • Locker Rooms
  • Steam Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Billiard Room
  • Tennis Courts
  • Gym
  • Lounge
  • Restaurants
  • Fancourt has two fully equipped pro shops, one situated at the Fancourt Resort, and the other at The Links
  • Fancourt Golf Academy and TaylorMade fitment centre

Course Information

The Links

Course Type: Links
Designer: Gary Player Group
Built: 2000
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Course Length: 6,930m
Championship: 6,930m
Green: 6,477m
Gold: 5,692m
Burgundy (Womens): 5,205m
Grass type:
Fairways and Greens: Cool season bent


Course Type: Parklands
Designer: Gary Player Group
Built: 1990
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Course Length: 6,714m
Black: 6,714m
Green: 6,324m
Gold: 5,669m
Gold (W): 5,669m
Burgundy (W): 4,947m
Grass type:
Fairways: Kikuyu
Greens: Bent


Course Type: Parklands
Designer: Gary Player Group
Built: 1991
Course Rating: 18-Hole, Par 72
Course Length: 6,312m
Black: 6,312m
Green: 5,986m
Gold: 5,603m
Gold (W): 5,603m
Burgundy (W): 4,954m
Grass type:
Fairways: Kikuyu
Greens: Bent

Club Regulations

Montagu and Outeniqua

  • These are walking golf courses
  • Golf cart availability is subject to weather conditions and course maintenance
  • Golf carts must be booked in advance, as a limited number are available
  • Any golf carts booked in advance must be cancelled within 24 hours or the full tariff will be charged to your account
  • There must be at least one caddy per 2-ball or two caddies per 3 and 4-ball.

The Links

  • Players may not use golf carts on The Links unless they supply a medical certificate stating the need for one
  • One caddy per person is compulsory at The Links

Dress Code

  • Golf Shoes / Soft Spikes are compulsory at Fancourt. These can be paid for in the Pro Shop and fitted by our Locker Room Attendant


  • Collared Golf Shirt (Golf shirts must be tucked in)
  • No T-Shirts allowed
  • Tailored shorts, ankle length socks or slacks
  • Visor or Cap (Must be worn the correct way round)
  • No Denim blue jeans
  • Collared Golf Shirt


  • Sleeveless or collarless shirts (Tops with cut away sleeves, necklines and hem lines e.g. tank tops and tops showing midriff)are strictly unacceptable
  • Tailored shorts or slacks
  • Visor or Cap (Must be worn the correct way)
  • No Denim blue jeans

Recommended Accommodation

Additional Activities

Fancourt is a leisure and business resort and has many onsite activities available to its guests including:

  • Leisure Trails
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Horse-Riding Trails
  • Bird Watching
  • Billiards
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming Pools
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Steam Room
  • Darts
  • Spa and beauty salon
  • Family Cinema

For Children:

The Supervised Kids Club for children aged 3-10 years including arts and crafts, nature walks, board games, treasure hunts, indoor jungle gym and a variety of children’s toys to keep the little ones occupied. Kids Club staff members are qualified and experienced and have CPR training. The Club opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h30 with lunch served between 12h00 and 13h00

Experiences Featuring this Course