Located along Sth Africa's Garden Route, the Fancourt Estate existed for more than a hundred years, before it was transformed into a golf resort.
There are three courses at Fancourt Resort, all designed by Gary Player.
It all began in 1990 with the opening of the Montagu course, followed in 1997 by the Outeniqua course, and finally the Links at Fancourt in 2000.
Fancourt is a full service resort with a number of dining options, sporting facilities, various types of accommodation (including residential), and a conference centre.
The Montagu course
The first of the Player efforts at Fancourt is beautifully presented, having been significantly renovated in the last decade or so.
I am not a fan of kikuyu playing surfaces, but they are green and lush, and well maintained.
The Montagu course starts out with some pleasant parkland holes winding through the estate, interspersed with a number of more interesting holes featuring water hazards.
The sharply downhill par 3 second is a strong hole, but it was the par 5, fourth hole which really grabbed our attention- with the green projecting into the lake.
But beware the severe green!
The par 4 sixth with water left and bunkers right off the tee, and an approach over the water is also a strong hole.
The water again comes into play on the pretty par 3, eighth hole, and the par 5, ninth.
Both are good holes
The back nine continued the fun with a mix of nice parkland holes and the occasional water hole that demanded your concentration.
The big finish on holes seventeen and eighteen is memorable.
The penultimate hole is an all water carry par 3.
It is a gorgeous looking hole, and challenging (see pic mid page).
The final hole is a par 5 with a water carry approach to a very picturesque green sitting in front of the Fancourt clubhouse.
Although I would not rate Montagu as a great course, it is cetainly a good day out.
We had good weather, and the entire group enjoyed the day.
You will find plenty of challenges, and come home with photos galore to remember the day.
On a still day the water reflection pics are very just magic.
No golfing trip should miss Fancourt, and if you come to Fancourt, Montagu is a must play.
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