OUR HISTORY

Fancourt has become 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. 

The late 1880s was a period of grandeur for Henry White, whose role in the development of the commercial infrastructure around the Montagu Pass led to the establishment of the Blanco House – his esteemed family home and predecessor to the current Manor House. Shortly after his passing, the property was auctioned and sold to his son, Ernest Montagu White, who made extensive improvements to the estate. The regrettably early passing of Montagu due to wild mushroom poisoning, saw the property fall into a state of disrepair until in 1960, Dr Krynauw initiated a renovation process that would recapture the splendour of what is now a national monument.  

Expanding on the stature of the Manor House, the estate itself was transformed into a hotel and golfing destination in 1989 under the direction of Andrea and Helene Pieterse. Now, under the ownership of Dr Hasso and Sabine Plattner, the Fancourt estate boasts a contemporary outlook on its early beginnings, with award-winning golf courses and unparalleled service offerings, against the backdrop of the ever-present Outeniqua mountain range. 

ACCOLADES

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    2014
    The Links is ranked No. 1 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA
    Fancourt receives World Luxury Travel Award
    Fancourt Restaurants receive Diamond Award from Diner’s Club International for its Wine List
    La Cantina rated Best Hotel Restaurant in the CXPress Garden Route Culinary Awards

    2013
    The Links is re-certified in the Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses
    Fancourt Wine List receives a Diamond Award from Diner’s Club International

    2012
    The Links was ranked in Top 100 golf courses by Golf Digest as the Top course in Africa
    Fancourt was listed on CNNGo’s as world's Top 10 Golf Resorts
    Fancourt refurbishes all luxury and one bedroom guest suites in-line with leading hotel trends
    The Links hosts Volvo World Golf Champions
    Fancourt hosts The BMW Golf Cup International World Amateur Final 

    2011
    The Links was ranked No. 1 in South Africa by Golf Digest
    The Links achieved Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary status, only one of two courses in South Africa
    The Manor House at Fancourt, a national landmark opens after extensive refurbishments as an all-suite boutique hotel.

    2010
    The Links hosts The European Tour of the Berenberg Bank Master Seniors 

    2009
    For the first time Fancourt hosts the annual Sunshine Tour Dimension Data Pro Am
    Tournament

    2008
    The Links hosts the 2010 Gary Player Invitational for three years (2008 – 2010)

    2007
    Dr Hasso and Sabine Plattner receive honorary citizenship to the historical town of George in the Southern Cape

    2006
    Fancourt selected as a member of the 200 prestigious Leading Hotels of the World 

    2005
    Fancourt rated as Africa’s leading Golf Resort  in the World Travel Awards for the 5th consecutive year
    Fancourt hosted former South African president Nelson Mandela and the 46664 Concert 
    Fancourt hosted the SA Open
    Fancourt hosted the Women’s World Cup

    2004
    Fancourt received the Golf Resort of the Year Award from IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators)

    2003
    Fancourt hosted the esteemed President’s Cup Golf Tournament

    2002
    Fancourt is awarded Africa’s Leading Golf Resort by World Travel Awards 

    2001
    Fancourt Spring Ball rated “5th Social Function in the World” by Gold, an international Condé Nast magazine

    2000
    The Links was opened in November 2000
    Fancourt hosts the very first George Child Welfare Spring Ball

    1999
    Fancourt hosts Commonwealth Heads of Government during a November retreat 
    Formation of the Fancourt Foundation, dedicated to children and to education in the George area

    1998
    Fancourt’s world class Golf Academy opens 

    1997
    Fancourt’s Outeniqua and Montagu parklands 18-hole golf courses open

    1996
    Fancourt commences with real estate development on the 600 hectare estate
    Fancourt’s SV Morning Glory 80ft yacht wins Cape to Rio Race out of a fleet of 54 yachts

    1995
    Fancourt commenced with the construction of the pavilion that today houses the Roman Bath Spa and Morning Glory, the Conference centre, the outdoor pool and pool-side cafe, and 42 lodges.

    1994
    Dr Hasso and Sabine Plattner purchased Fancourt and started an XXI (21) year extraordinary journey

FANCOURT MAGAZINE

Fancourt Lifestyle & Leisure is the official publication of the Fancourt golfing estate. In an elegant fusion of travel, business and lifestyle content, the publication provides an entertaining reading experience supplemented by information on Fancourt’s latest developments. This biannual title is distributed to Fancourt’s supply contractors, guests, residents of the estate and its travel and tourism partners. 

To advertise in the Fancourt Lifestyle & Leisure magazine contact:
Highbury Safika Media
Tel: +27 (0)21 416 0141
Email: max@hsm.co.za


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OUR CSR PROJECTS

  • George Child and Family Welfare Society

    Founded in 1926 by the town’s former mayor, the George Child and Family Welfare Society (GCFW) was established to provide 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. 

    Its official Safe House, established in 2008, serves as a short-term home for children in crisis, who have been abandoned or abused and are in need of emergency placement at any time of the day or night. The GCFW also encompasses the Sikelela Skills Development Centre to boost job creation and provide sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty and unemployment within the larger community. 

    Apart from its main childcare focus, the GCFW renders the following services:

    • Foster care placement
    • Food support
    • Educare centres
    • Organic gardening training

    As part of the shareholders’ continued commitment to promoting a better quality of life for those less fortunate than ourselves, Fancourt automatically adds an optional R10 donation to our hotel invoices for the George Child and Family Welfare.

    http://www.georgechildwelfare.co.za/

  • Sikelela Skills Development Centre

    Sikelela Skills Development Centre is an initiative of the George Child and Family Welfare Society (GCFW) aimed at creating jobs and driving long-term change in the lives of the unemployed through basic craft training. Established in 2006, Sikelela trains and assists local crafters to develop socially, economically and environmentally sustainable lifestyles.

    In association with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the Cape Craft and Design Institute, this project provides training for crafters in design, production, marketing and the sale of their products. The work of these talented artisans include handcrafted gifts, art, fashion and décor products which are sold at Sikelela’s retail store on the corner of Albert and Merriman streets in George alongside a selection of treats and organic coffee at the adjacent café. 

  • Odzala Rainforest Project

    The aim of the Odzala Rainforest Project is to provide much-needed support for those involved in the struggle against poaching and illegal deforestation with a particular focus on the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo Basin. Covering 13.500km² of precious land, this rainforest is home to around 70 villages established on its borders and these inhabitants require support in order to protect this priceless piece of Africa’s natural heritage. Focused on building an environmental investment for the future, the Odzala Project provides support in the form of financial assistance, the construction of schools in the area and the creation of apprenticeship opportunities and jobs. Fancourt is a proud supporter of this deserving initiative.  

  • Isisombululo HIV & AIDS Programme

    The Isisombululo Programme is a collaborative initiative by the University of Cape Town in partnership with the University of KZN and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health, and funded by Dr Hasso Plattner. 

    Isisombululo means, “solution” in Xhosa, and finding solutions to the challenge of HIV and AIDS lies at the core of what this programme aims to achieve. Essentially, the project is an integrated, comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programme aimed at reducing the rather of HIV and tuberculosis infections in the Eden District by strengthening existing provincial government health programmes and community initiatives. 

    This collaborative programme combines world class expertise in the medical, biomedical and social sciences and Fancourt is proud to be a part of this outstanding cause.  

THE GARDEN ROUTE

The captivating Garden Route region in the Western Cape of South Africa 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.

Find out more about Garden Route activities.