Fancourt (Outeniqua) - Western Cape - South Africa

Montagu Street,
George 6530,
South Africa

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The fantastic Fancourt golf complex was constructed back in 1990 when an initial 27 holes were laid out, followed seven years later by an additional 9 holes which then became the Montagu and Outeniqua courses, with the Links following in 2000 and the Bramble Hill course a year later, which has subsequently closed.

Situated between the Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south, all three of Fancourt’s fabulous courses can be played by Hotel residents and Country Club members and their guests.

The 18-hole Outeniqua (meaning “land of milk and honey”) parkland layout is maintained to a very high standard, with a number of fairways bounded by white-walled, thatched roof villas, adding character and colour to the surroundings.

The course starts with two old holes then moves to nine new ones before returning at the 12th to the original layout. A number of holes contend for the title of signature hole. Some claim it to be the beautiful 4th, others the cleverly designed 5th, the downhill par three 7th or the testing par five 11th. Regardless of which is the best, most golfers are united in the belief that the walk from the 11th hole to the par three 12th tee is the defining view of the course that remains etched in the memory.

The Links may have become the number one course at Fancourt but the Outeniqua course still features very high on any “must play” South African golf course list – a golfing excursion to the Western Cape must surely include a couple of days’ stay at the Fancourt Hotel in order to play all four courses here.

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Description: The Outeniqua (meaning “land of milk and honey”) parkland layout has a number of fairways bounded by white-walled, thatched roof villas, adding character and colour to the surroundings. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I might divide opinion here, but the Outeniqua is my preferred course on the Fancourt Estate. The Links, not being part of the estate itself is a stand alone course that guests have access to and is the better of the three hotel guest can use.The Outeniqua really is a majestic and pretty course. Not the most demanding test of golf you'll come across, but certainly a great test.The Par 3 4th is a great test of accuracy with a carry over water to a well protected green. Beware the water if the pin's on the left side. The short Par 4 5th follows, with water all the way down the left. Be sure not to land in the bunker on the right hand side of the green or you'll face a perilous shot out with the water beckoning!A long up hill Par 5 8th is a long hole and takes two good blows to reach the green in two.After finishing the 9th you'll arrive at a quaint little half way hut, well stocked with food and drink to see you on your way for the rest of the round.The back nine is almost split into two sections, 10, 11, 12 and 13 are played on the top of the course and are all very pretty to look at and a good test.The remaining holes are played around a complex of lakes that come into play on each of the remaining holes. Accuracy is key on the final stretch, with a long par 5 17th with OB down the right a good test and a tricky green to negotiate on 18.Overall, the course is a good test for all golfers, how hard you want to make it depends on the tees you decide to play off! Enjoy it for what it is, the underrated supposedly ugly sister of the Fancourt courses that might just turn into Cinderella!
5 / 6
Fancourt (Outeniqua)
January 02, 2016

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The Outeniqua course is close to getting a 5-ball rating from me but as the Montagu and The Links are so good, I just drop down to a 4-ball. The course is a smaller version of Montagu and if you get the chance to play this first, then do so, not really as a warm-Fancourt (Outeniqua) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerup but playing the three in ranking order gives the very best experience. The par-3 4th at around 200 yards has an intimidating tee shot over water but this is a very picturesque hole. If the flag is on the left, play for the middle of the green as there is water at the back left of the green as well. Another good looking short hole comes at the 7th – very downhill and surrounded by bunkers (I think most golfers have a place for a par-3 from an elevated tee). The last hole, a par-4 under 400 yards should see plenty of pars and the odd birdie to give a warm feeling to the end of the round – in saying this, there is plenty of trouble around the green so watch out. Very enjoyable course that would probably be ranked higher if anywhere other than Fancourt.
4 / 6
Fancourt (Outeniqua)
April 28, 2014

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The Outeniqua sits extremely well among the four courses at Fancourt and provides an excellent alternative to the Links and the Montagu. Many feel the course is inferior the the two above but I would rather say that it sits on a par with them, they all have their own merits. The Links being the finest imitation of one of GB&I seaside tracks that I have ever witnessed (K Club Smurfit course take note) whilst the Montagu is one of the finest examples of a modern "second shot" golf course I have played. The Outeniqua is extremely playable for the average golfer, but play it from the tips and it is a real test. The real standout hole for me was number 5, a short driveable par 4 with water all along the left side. The hole presents a well designed risk/reward scenario, with the tee shot inviting the golfer to have a go, but only a very well struck drive will suffice. As with many great complexes (ala St Andrews New and Ballybunion Cashen) this layout suffers due to it being next door to the aformentioned two and also nearby George Golf Club, this aside it is a smashing track offering a test for all golfers of all levels.
4 / 6
Fancourt (Outeniqua)
November 14, 2010

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February 28, 2011
An excellent assesment of the course which really cannot be added to.