Fancourt - The Links. (Photo: Supplied)
Cape Town - Situated in George along the Garden Route, Fancourt South Africa is a lavish estate predominantly renowned for its elite golf offering.
With the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop, it is a luxurious place of leisure, but it’s drawcard is its three 18-hole Gary Player designed golf courses - Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links – all ranked in Golf Digest’s Top 20. The Links, a privately-owned club, ranked at number one.
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Now, Fancourt adds a new prestigious title to its collection as it has been honoured Golf Resort of the Year - in the category ‘Rest of The World’ - at the 18th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards which was held in Cannes, France on 12 December.
Fancourt says that its courses garner praise from the international golfing community while its "fairways attract players from across the world".
Fancourt’s Sales and Marketing Director, Peter Dros, who attended the ceremony to accept the award says that “Fancourt was the very first recipient of IAGTO’s Golf Resort of the Year Award in 2004, and to be awarded the same – thirteen years later – echoes our continual strive for excellence.”
Established in 2000, the IAGTO Awards recognises brilliance in the golf tourism industry, honours achievement for golf destinations and golf resorts, and reflects the opinions of golf tour operators, golf travel writers and golf travellers.
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“With three world-class golf courses, Fancourt is a unique destination for those with a passion for the game,” says Ryan Reid, Director of Sports and Recreation at Fancourt. “This award is as a result of the continued hard work by all involved, and serves as the motivation to strive to provide an unparalleled golf experience,” adds Reid.
Golf estates in SA to check out
Here are some other golf estates across the country that are worth visiting if you are a golf enthusiast.
Situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, players at Leopard Creek are protected from dangerous predators, but it’s not uncommon to spot a hippo in the water pools.
Durban Country Club
KwaZulu-Natal's, Durban Country Club hosted more South African Open Championships than any other in the country, with a list of winners that includes Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Ernie Els and Tim Clark. It has also been rated among the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf Magazine US according to South African Info.
Royal Johannesburg and Kensington East Course
This classic golf course has hosted seven South African Open Championships.
Bordering the largest natural lagoon in South Africa and overlooked by the Kogelberg mountain range in the Western Cape, Arabella Country Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in SA.
St Francis Links
This course lies in the dunes above St Francis Bay in Eastern Cape and includes a wetland area. It was voted South Africa's best new golf course by Golf Digest in 2007.
Gary Player Country Club
The Gary Player Country Club at Sun City in North West features two holes that have ranked in Golf Online's list of the 500 best holes in golf: the 520 metre par-five ninth, and the 402 metre par- four eighteenth.
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