“Tee off in Paradise” at South African Golfing Mecca, Fancourt


“Tee off in Paradise” sounds like marketing hyperbole, but in this instance it might not actually do justice to the Fancourt as a whole.

Yes – the golfers will certainly feel as if they have ended up in a terrestrial version of a golfing heaven with not one, but three magnificent Gary Player designed layouts on their doorstep, all of which are ranked in the top 15 courses in South Africa.

Notwithstanding its thoroughly deserved and hard won reputation as a premier leisure resort and golfing Mecca in Africa, the Fancourt, set in a beautifully landscaped 613 hectares of lush countryside with the Outeniqua Mountains as its majestic backdrop, is also one of the region’s best and most complete family vacation destinations.

The resort’s setting on the Garden Route means that a variety of scenic attractions, fabulous beaches and the Indian Ocean, known locally as the “Golden Triangle” of authentic experiences and activities, are only a stone’s throw away.

However these temptations might be difficult to make time for if you have chosen to stay at one of the Fancourt’s two accommodation options.
The first of these is Fancourt a five star hotel with 115 rooms and the second is The Manor House, a historical boutique all-suite hotel with 18 suites.

And into this sybaritic mix you can add an award winning spa with roman bath, sauna, steam room, tepidarium and plunge pool and 4 on site restaurants, 2 of which have Diners Club Diamond Award winning wine lists.
There is also a great on site kids club and teen lounge with various indoor and outdoor activities, a leisure centre with indoor heated pool, outdoor pool, gym, tennis courts and the Poolside Café.

If we then top this all off with numerous on site activities including walking trails, cycling and fishing in on site dams, the traveller will be faced with a serious ‘stay at home’ challenge, and it’s therefore little wonder that many visitors stay on site at the Fancourt for their entire vacation.

See more from Regional Editor, John Cockayne – DG SAIO;


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