George Golf Club members have played on the same site for more than 85 years so it’s little wonder George is sometimes referred to – by Fancourt visitors in particular – as “the Old Course.”
It was laid out by Charles Murray in the 1930s (he was responsible around that time for a number of good courses, including Royal Cape and Clovelly) and, apart from the construction of a dam between the 1st and 18th holes and the installation of a number of bunkers during a 1990s upgrade, the course remains true today to its original design.
George’s attractive parkland course is also one of the most affordable of South Africa’s top rated tracks and it’s a big favourite with tens of thousands of visitors who play almost half the number of available rounds here every year. Despite this traffic, George’s greens are first class and the overall conditioning of the course is amongst the best in the country.
The nines at George are a little lop-sided, with only one par three and one par five on the outward half and three of each on the inward nine. The signature hole is played late in the round at the penultimate, 17th hole, where an elevated tee shot must carry 200 yards across a valley to a raised, offset green in front of the aforementioned dam with a creek up the right and two bunkers on the left.
George deserves to be further up the list.
It is a wonderful old (by South African standards) members club which offers incredible value for money and is a match for the 2nd and 3rd courses at Fancourt.
George doesn't have bells and whistles but it is a proper golf course which should be enjoyed whilst walking and basking in the beauty of this part of South Africa.
A wonderful place.
We were made to feel extremely welcome at George from the moment we stepped through the door.
It's a friendly local club, and has a more homely feel to it when compared with other golf clubs in the vicinity.
The course is typically parkland in it's layout with a tough opening hole having water all down the left hand side of the fairway. After that you move on to a relatively flat part of the course with plenty of local flora and fauna to admire on the way round. It's not a highly manicured course though but I'd describe it as authentic. A true test of a golfer.
The back nine was a little more undulating and a buggy was a must for us both, but with some interesting holes making the most of the undulating landscape, this is a course you'll enjoy playing.
All of the staff we met were incredibly welcoming and friendly, something you don;t always find at member's clubs when playing without a member.
The green fees were exceedingly reasonable in GBP coming in at £15
If you're in George on a golfing break then do take the time to step away from the plastic courses, as good as they may be, and try this fantastic local club for what it is.