Golf in George

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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.

You have to stay at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate to play on its Gary Player–designed championship courses, Montagu and Outeniqua. The Links, which is open to residents and members, is particularly challenging and was the venue of the 2003 Presidents Cup. Outeniqua and Montagu cost R795 per person per day—but you can play both on one day for that price. The Links is expensive: R1,500. There is also an on-site golf academy. Montagu St., George, 6530. 044/804–0000. www.fancourt.com.

Expect to pay about R420 in greens fees and R200 for a golf cart or R100 for a caddy at the top-rated public George Golf Club. Langenhoven St., George, 6530. 044/873–6116.

You can rent clubs (R150–R200 for 18 holes) and pull carts (R25) from the George Golf Shop. George Golf Club, Langenhoven St., George, 6530. 044/874–7597.

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.

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