Gary Player may be the greatest ambassador South Africa has ever known, and for golfers, there may be no better reason to visit Player’s native country than his 2000 design, The Links at Fancourt.
Part of a 72-hole resort and residential community, the par-73, 7,748-yard layout sits on a former airfield, in view of the Outeniqua Mountains. After visiting Scotland and Ireland, Player’s design crew re-created some of the best design features of the classic links courses, as at the 361-yard 14th, “Wee Wrecker,” a risk/reward par 4 flanked by dunes.
Although Fancourt has hosted several international events, including the 2005 South African Airways Open, the course received its star turn in the U.S. as the site of the 2003 Presidents Cup, which infamously ended in a tie when darkness interrupted the playoff between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Year founded: 2000
Architect: Gary Player