The luxury golf and leisure estate Fancourt (www.fancourt.co.za) in the heart of South Africa’s legendary Garden Route celebrates its 25th birthday this year. Having hosted the likes of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in the past, the internationally esteemed estate is honoring this milestone with a series of refurbishments, a bucket list golf offer and an exciting golf tournament.
Sandwiched between the Outeniqua Mountain Range and the Indian Ocean, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town, the 613-hectare estate turned into one of the region’s landmarks when Dr Plattner took over ownership in 1994, and will now be even more stylish, thanks to the renovations of both of its hotels and some of the restaurant facilities. The facelift will be complete by September and covers new floors, doorways, walls, furniture, as well as resurfacing of the terrace areas. The estate includes two hotels (the exclusive 18-room Manor House and the 115-room Fancourt Hotel), three Gary Player-designed golf courses, an opulent spa, four swimming pools, an impressive Kids Club and four restaurants. With its extensive grounds, the resort is three times the size of Monaco and enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s best golf destinations.
Bucket list Golf Offer: Learn and Play with a Golf Pro on The Links, South Africa’s No 1 course
As part of the 25th birthday celebrations, Fancourt has launched an exclusive Pro Package that includes expert tuition and the chance to play the No 1 ranked course in South Africa – The Links. Under the guidance of a personal golfing professional, guests experience fascinating rounds of golf and benefit from tips and tricks to improve their game. Surrounded by pine forests and mountains guests will be sure to get a break from wet winter weather. The Pro Package starts at R9,775 / ca. £545 per person and includes four nights at The Manor House boutique hotel with breakfast, a golf pro coaching throughout the stay, a personalized caddie & golf cart and various other pampering.
Fancourt Heritage Classic Tournament: 20-24th September 2019
Registrations are open for the Heritage Classic Tournament which has been a drawcard for avid golfers for years. Participants play 54 holes on three of the top 15 golf courses in Southern Africa (The Links, Outeniqua, Montagu). The cost for the 4-day event is R11,655 / ca. £648 per person sharing and includes 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, welcome dinner, tournament entry fee, giveaways and daily prizes. Closing dates for entries: 01 September 2019.
The resort offers tons of onsite activities for the whole family, including tennis, leisure trails, cycling and fishing. The Kidz Club offers fully supervised activities for children aged 3-10. The trendy Teen Lounge provides teens with their fair share of age-appropriate activities and entertainment. For those looking to venture out, glorious swimming beaches are easily accessible and mountain biking, horse riding, picnics and guided hikes can be arranged.
In the Area
Fancourt is in a prime position for exploring the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s most celebrated drives. George is home to a charming railway museum and a small botanical garden. Other major attractions such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay or Oudshoorn are within easy reach. Have lunch on the cliffs above nearby Herolds Bay, or drive an hour east to enjoy the sunset from East Head Café, in Knysna. Head north to Oudtshoorn to explore the Cango Caves or visit an ostrich farm. On Saturday mornings, a visit to the farmers market in the coastal town of Sedgefield is a must. The Garden Route is an outdoor lover’s heaven, and the five-day Otter Trail is one of the country’s most popular hikes.