Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fancourt

Fancourt is one of South Africa's most prestigious golfing estates and consist of three golf courses, the Fancourt Hotel and a beautiful golf estate featuring different developments. The development is situated in George on the Garden Route and plays host to the Japan team during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
My only previous visit was during the Presidents Cup which took place in 2003 on The Links Coarse and where I got to see players like Tiger Woods and Ernie Els go head to head. The coarse also hosted the inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf in 2005 as well as the South African Open in 2006. The other two courses at Fancourt are two of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts in South Africa, namely Outeniqua and Montagu. Fancourt's membership is mostly confined to property owners although a limited public membership was started in 2009.


The six residential developments are all situated on the golf courses and each includes membership to Fancourt. Some of the properties are bought as a full stand and house while others are available in shares. The facilities around the clubhouse includes a spa and three restaurants.


The Manor House (called Blanco House at that stage) on Fancourt was built in the style of a Cotswold Mansion from 1859. The house was renamed Fancourt in the memory of Henry Fancourt White who was involved with the building of the Montagu Pass (here and here) in the early days. Fancourt opened as a hotel and golf estate in 1989 and the current owners, German couple Hasso and Sabine Plattner, bought it in 1994. Although Fancourt is a modern complex, the historic Manor House remains its soul.
I have now been to Fancourt twice but have never stayed, so next time...

7 comments:

  1. That's really near my grandparent's house! They'll be amused by the influx of japanese football players!

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  2. I believe it's a really beautiful place. I would love to visit there. Of course part of its claim to fame was that it was the home of Hansie Cronje too (as well as some other sports heros, I guess).

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  3. man oh man, that is a stunning stunning golf course...not being into golf myself I never knew we had such a beautiful on in SA...thanks for sharing and educating this old Sa chick!!

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  4. Beautiful golf course!! One of the many beautiful courses we have here.

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  5. Brilliant golf courses - I think you forgot about the more public golf course - Bramble Hill - which is generally more affordable / accessible to the public than the other 3 - The Links, Outeniqua and Montagu.

    Bramble Hill is well worth playing and should not be overlooked.

    All 4 courses are superb with the Links being a real test.

    Where are my golf clubs?

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  6. Wow! That is a beautiful place. When and if I make it back to Africa, are you going to treat me to a round of golf there?

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  7. Very nice. Did you knock a walnut around into gopher holes? :-)

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