FAN­COURT LINKS

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

The sheer scale and size of the course is a sight to be­hold. It’s an im­mensely en­joy­able and im­pres­sive course to play.With­out de­bate, it’s Gary Player’s best de­sign in his global port­fo­lio. Don’t be fooled by the name; this is not a links by de ni­tion. How­ever, the pot bunkers, blind drives and swash­buck­ling fair­ways im­me­di­ately give the sense you’re be­side the seashore.You’ll say “wow” many times, and it’s clearly the best course built in South Africa in the past 50 years.

The down­hill par-3 sec­ond oozes qual­ity and gives you a rst glimpse of a fea­ture you’ll face many times at Fan­court – forced car­ries! This is a cham­pi­onship lay­out and rst-time play­ers will strug­gle to even come close to their hand­i­cap.You’ll see pin-point land­ing ar­eas, de­mand­ing doglegs, won­der­ful changes in el­e­va­tion, and green com­plexes to chal­lenge the best play­ers in the world.

Ar­chi­tec­turally, the course gets high marks – es­pe­cially the lay­ered sod in the ex­cel­lently placed pot-bunkers.Th­ese stair­ways to hell are iconic fea­tures on any “true links.” Player routed the course in many di er­ent di­rec­tions, and the land­scape looks so nat­u­ral that you can­not be­lieve dozens of bull­doz­ers cre­ated it.

I love the fact that ev­ery hole has a name, which only adds to the unique per­son­al­ity each hole brings to the course. It’s easy to re­mem­ber ev­ery hole, a true tes­ta­ment to its mer­its.This pre­mier course needs to be on ev­ery South African golf itin­er­ary.

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