After celebrating 21 years of acclaimed accolades and recognition since opening doors to the golfing fraternity worldwide, Fancourt has announced that entries for what is to be celebrated as THE ‘21st successive Amateur Open’, are now officially open. Hailed as one of the most popular events on golfing calendars, amateurs both locally and abroad are invited to swing into form during this annual tournament held in South Africa’s Garden Route golfing mecca, from 15-20 May 2016.
The open tournament will incorporate one round on each of the renowned Links and Outeniqua courses, and two rounds on the Montagu course, all of which have garnered praise from the international golfing community from all around the world. The Scottish inspired Links course has recently been ranked once again as the top Golf Course in South Africa by Golf Digest South Africa, whilst the sprawling parkland courses of Montagu and Outeniqua were ranked at 7th place and 16th place respectively in the same publication, meaning that rounds on each of these courses is an exciting opportunity, and not always an option, for every player.
There will be three divisions including Medal for A Division (handicaps 0-9), Individual Stableford for B Division (handicaps 10-18), and a separate Ladies Division. Sponsored by Adams, Taylor Made, Beacon Island, Cutter & Buck, Ernie Els Wines, Zebula Golf Estate and Spa, and Fancourt themselves, the tournament offers over 72 holes of play with a practice round included, and will operate under Nomads scoring and handicapping system.
For some, playing in the Amateur Open is a ritual, as is staying at the hotel itself where many ‘old friends’ reconnect during the five day period. This year Fancourt have prepared a fully inclusive package in full celebration of their 21st celebrations. For just R10 326.00 per person sharing and R12 531.00 per single room, golfers can enjoy five nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast, three dinner functions with entertainment, and five x 18 holes of play, including their tournament entry and giveaways. Prizes and trophies will be awarded daily for all divisions.
Closing date for entries will be the 22nd April 2016. Interested players should take note as registration and acceptance is on a first come first served basis.
For further information and entry, contact Annie Lawson Sports Promotions on 044 870 0973, 083 251 9581 or [email protected]
- Fancourt is a global landmark for business, leisure and golfing travel but its gradual expansion can be traced back to the establishment of the Manor House by its first custodian, Henry Fancourt White in the late 1880’s. The estate was transformed into a hotel and golfing destination in 1989.
- Today Fancourt is owned Dr and Mrs Plattner, with award-winning golf courses and unparalleled service offerings, against the backdrop of the ever-present Outeniqua mountain range.
- Fancourt has three 18-hole golf courses (Montagu, Outeniqua and The Links) situated on the resort and all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. The Links is currently No. 1 in South Africa (Golf Digest Rankings 2014/15) and was ranked 34th in the world in 2014 by Golf Digest USA.
- The resort has two accommodation offerings:
- Fancourt Hotel – 5 star hotel with 115 rooms
- The Manor House – a 5 star boutique hotel with eighteen suites all offering personalized, butler-style service.
- Fancourt is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
- Fancourt CSR projects include:
- George Child and Family Welfare Society provides a centre of care for abused, neglected and abandoned children. It was in 2000 that Fancourt and Sabine Plattner African Charities stepped in to offer much-needed funds for the running of GCFW and today, it is one of the most successful non-profit organisations in the country.
- Fancourt is located in George, part of the captivating Garden Route region in the Western Cape of South Africa. It stretches for 400 km along large expanses of panoramic Indian Ocean beaches, with breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges and natural forests. The Garden Route was voted the sixth best coastal drive in the world by Virtual Tourist. For non-golfers the region’s diverse offering include ocean sailing, horse polo, wine estates, mountain biking and hiking – the famous otter trail route, beautiful indigenous and protected forests, and breath taking Indian ocean beaches with an abundance of sunshine. There are organic food markets, craft villages, big 5 safari experiences, ocean and forest adventure activities, world class hiking and mountain biking trails and the world’s highest bridge bungee jump. The Garden Route is the world’s best-kept natural secret and Fancourt is the perfect place to start your adventure.