Links at Fancourt improves ranking in World Top 100 + 2 other SA golf courses make the list

2018-02-10 14:43 - Kavitha Pillay
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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, ranks at number one in the country.

In addition to Fancourt recently being honoured as Golf Resort of the Year - in the category ‘Rest of The World’ - at the 18th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards, The Links has improved its ranking in the 2018 Golf Digest World Top 100 Golf Courses.

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"It is a huge privilege as every golfing facility vies to be featured in the World Top 100," says Fancourt, explaining that there are two biennial golfing bibles produced by Golf Digest.

"Currently recognised by Golf Digest South Africa as the number 1 golf course in the country, this year The Links has gained kudos as the Golf Digest World 100 magazine (US edition) ranked this challenging golf course number 38, from number 43, among other leading global golf courses," says Fancourt.

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Ryan Reid, Sports and Recreation Director of Fancourt says “Not only does this recognition entice more golfers to visit Fancourt, awarded Africa’s Best Golf Hotel 2017 by the World Golf Awards last year, but also encourages players to explore the wonders of South Africa."

“With three world-class golf courses, Fancourt is a unique destination for those with a passion for the game,” he adds.

SA's other golf courses that made the World Top 100

Here are the other golf estates across the country that made the prestigious list.

Leopard Creek

Ranked at number 65, Leopard Creek, situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, merges the course with the Bushveld environment. With views of giraffes, hippos and crocodiles in the wild, players at Leopard Creek are protected from dangerous predators.

Durban Country Club

KwaZulu-Natal's, Durban Country Club ranked at number 96 on the World Top 100 list. Dating from 1922, this is South Africa's "most authentic links layout, despite the fact the many of its dunes, deposited by the nearby Umgeni River, are covered in dense brush and mature trees," says Golf Digest.

The 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.

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