- SA Tourism Five Star Grading
- Named as Africa’s Leading Golf Resort at the World Travel Awards six times since 2001 (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009)
- Awarded 2004 Golf Resort of the Year – IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators)
- Ranked 8th international Best Golf Resort by the USA’s Golf Digest Index in 2007
- Home of The Presidents Cup 2003 at The Links
- Venue to the second of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concerts (SA) in 2005
- Host of 2006 SAA Open
- Hosted the Women’s World Cup of Golf in 2005
- Host to Commonwealth Heads of Government Retreat in 1999
- The 2001 Ballroom was rated the Fifth Social Function in the World by Gold, an international Condé Nast magazine
The Links Golf Course
Golf Digest South Africa has announced its rankings of the Top 100 golf courses in South Africa for 2011 - awarding The Links the coveted first place. The Links Golf Course leapt into the top spot for the first time, improving from the third position in 2010, to surpass Leopard Creek, which had been holding the crown since 2005.
This annual evaluation of all South African 18-hole golf courses is scored on a scale of one to ten, based on the golf course condition, the clubhouse facilities, as well as the service offering of establishments.
Located on the Garden Route, at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, the Links Golf Course at the hotel was officially opened just over ten years ago by golf course designer Gary Player, and the owner, Dr Hasso Plattner. Inspired by Scotland’s famous links courses, here Player and his design team created some of their finest holes to craft an official links test on what was once a featureless terrain, and the site of an airfield.
The unique layout and natural conditioning of The Links have resulted in its hosting of some International events, including the prestigious Presidents Cup in 2003, the Women's World Cup in 2005, the SA Open in 2005, The Berenberg Bank Master Seniors European Tour event in 2010.
Unique to South Africa, The Links Golf Course presents undulating windswept terrain and dune-style landscape, with the tees and fairways a combination of four cold season kinds of grass. Every hole has been carefully considered to ensure that the overall balance regarding length, position of hazards and shot values provide the ultimate test to the low handicap player, providing an unforgettable golf experience.
Five of the world’s most legendary golfers are Honorary Members of The Links: Gary Player, John Bland, Justin Rose, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.
The Golf Digest Top 100 also rates South Africa’s best golf courses in four different categories: coastal, parkland, golf estate and bushveld. Considering the vast number of parkland golf courses found in South Africa, Fancourt is also proud of the ranking of its other two 18-hole courses, with the Montagu course moving up one place from 8th to 7th place, and the Outeniqua course included in the top courses, at 18th place.
Acknowledged as one of the leading golfing magazines in South Africa, The Golf Digest magazine has a readership of over 150 000 golf enthusiasts and is regarded as one of the ultimate guides to the world’s best ‘holes’.