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Fancourt's Links, Montagu, and Outeniqua golf courses and the public George Golf Club are all regularly featured among South Africa's top 10 courses, and are never out of the top 20.
Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate. Fancourt's three golf courses are all regularly featured among South Africa's top 20 golf courses. To play at the Gary Player–designed championship courses, Montagu and Outeniqua, you have to stay at the Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate. The Links, a private club exclusively for members and Fancourt hotel guests, is particularly challenging and was the venue of the 2003 Presidents Cup. It is currently ranked number 1 in South Africa and 34th in the world by Golf Digest USA. There is a golf academy on-site. Montagu St., George, 6530. 044/804–0000. www.fancourt.com. R795 for Outeniqua and Montagu; R1,500 for The Links. Outeniqua Course: 18 holes. 6,902 yds. Par 72. Montagu Course: 18 holes. 7,342 yds. Par 72. The Links: 18 holes. 7,578 yds. Par 72.
George Golf Club. This 108-year-old, picturesque public course is a longtime favorite. It kicks off with a tricky first hole, with water to the left and trees to the right and a well-placed bunker that makes the approach to the green difficult. The course highlight is the 17th hole, which has been described as one of the best par-3s in the world (and certainly the best in South Africa), leaving no room for error. Golf-cart rental is R220, and caddies are R145. You can rent clubs (R150–R300 for 18 holes) and pull carts (R30) from the George Golf Shop at the course. George Golf Club, Langehoven Rd., George, 6530. 044/873–6116 Club; 044/874–7597 Shop. www.georgegolfclub.co.za. R380. 18 holes. 6,738 yds. Par 72.
From George the N2 descends steeply to the sea through a heavily forested gorge formed by the Kaaimans River. Look to your right to see a curved railway bridge spanning the river mouth. This is one of the most photographed scenes on the Garden Route (and was especially popular with shutterbugs when the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train used to puff over it). As you round the point, a breathtaking view of mile upon mile of pounding surf and snow-white beach unfolds before you. There is an overlook from which you can often see dolphins and whales frolicking in the surf, and if you look up, you may see a colorful paraglider floating overhead.