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...