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The Links at Fancourt

Located in the picturesque southern Cape, The Links at Fancourt hosted a memorable 2003 Presidents Cup clash between the USA and the International Team, which ended in a thrilling tie, as well as the inaugural Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005.

Never mind playing it, simply looking at it, the Links provides a dramatic, beautiful picture. Gary Player himself has often referred to it as his greatest design feat.

His design team spent months studying the classic links courses of Scotland and Ireland and then, taking the best those courses had to offer, constructed the Links on what was once an airfield with with over 700 000 cubic metres of earth being moved to create it.

Perhaps the most eye-catching hole is the over 200-metre long par-three second. It is surrounded by a dramatic, undulating landscape, allowing little room for error and features a bunker precisely where one might find some relief just off the green. Hook your shot and you’re in water.

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Gary Player Country Club

Host to the Nedbank Challenge since 1981, the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City in North West province features two holes that have ranked in Golf Online’s list of the 500 best holes in golf: the 520 metre par-five ninth, and the 402 metre par-four eighteenth.

The course is one of the longest in South Africa and certainly one of the toughest. It places a premium on accurate approaches, with plenty of bunkers and water hazards sprinkled around the layout to test even the best. While the fairways are mostly wide, any wayward shots are gobbled up by very punishing rough.

Water plays a big and spectacular role on both the 9th and 18th holes, with the green on the 9th being an island, while the 18th, a dog leg hole, features a dam over which one drives to the elevated green. The Gary Player Country Club is part of Sun City, a marvelous entertainment complex that includes the Lost City and Lost City Golf Course, also designed by Gary Player.

 

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