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Jack Nicklaus, golf’s greatest player and renowned golf course designer, first came to the dunes and wind-swept land above St Francis Bay nearly 10 years before construction and completion of the award-winning St Francis Links in 2006. Before his introduction at the Opening Night festivities, Mr. Nicklaus spent another five hours with his team, checking what was to become one of the great golfing destinations in South Africa. That first view of the dunes in 1995 led to a design that embraced what Mother Nature had already provided – a perfect natural canvas, seven dunescapes, covered with indigenous grasses and beautiful fynbos. He routed 18 unique holes, no two alike, through the dunes, preserving the natural Milkwood trees and following the contours provided. His words at the Opening reflected the emotions he felt after that final review before opening for play. The following morning at the press conference, he was asked,

“You (Mr. Nicklaus) said last night that this may be the best course you’ve ever done…” Mr. Nicklaus interrupted the gentleman by stating, “I did not say that; I said it may be the best course I’ve ever seen (pause) that’s different (pause) that’s better than the best I’ve ever done!”
He added, “You always feel as though the last course you’ve done is the best course you’ve done but I have never made that statement about any golf courses I have done because I’d have 200 and some people become very upset. This golf course is so spectacular and this is such a spectacular piece of property that … it was our job not to mess it up.

St Francis Links is turning seven this year! The course looks and plays like it has been here for centuries – reflecting the perfect balance between nature’s gift and golf’s best surfaces for shotmaking.

St Francis Links, acknowledged as one of the ten best golf course in South Africa, is now regarded as the best destination for ‘brides to be’ as well. The venue, the attention to detail provided the Club team and consistent and quality food and beverage service has been validated by the two consecutive Bride’s Choice Awards for Best Club Reception. An hour by car from Port Elizabeth, The Links golfing and Club “experience” is complemented by their staff’s friendly and personalized service. Enquire about the fine options for accommodation, restaurants and other local activities that will ensure lasting memories and return trips for a short stay or a lifetime.
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St Francis Links Reviews

Average Rating from 251 golfers
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beautiful course in excellent condition. Staff and service was also exceptional. 
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played by Dawid from South Africa on Friday, 30 April 2021
The course itself is fantastic, in perfect condition. But we were a fourball that was held up by a very slow three ball and no marshalls were in site to hurry them up. Also, the snacks available in the bar after the round were underwhelming. No crisps available and only biltong and peanuts in packets. For a top 10 course, it was a poor note to end on. 
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played by Kyle from South Africa on Sunday, 4 April 2021
Course in good condition , all round lovely day out  
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played by Peter from South Africa on Saturday, 3 April 2021
Golf carts not ready, wrong names on carts, no water. Not the 5 start experience you would expect playing at a course this expensive. 
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played by Rhys from South Africa on Thursday, 24 December 2020
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. From start to finish. 
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played by Max from South Africa on Tuesday, 29 December 2020
Excellent condition and great service  
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played by Edward from South Africa on Saturday, 26 December 2020
Great service, beautiful course, well maintained, laidback atmosphere but very tough course 
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played by Sj from South Africa on Saturday, 26 December 2020
Great course, beautiful setting and great way to spend a day with my son  
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played by Jacques from South Africa on Friday, 3 July 2020
Beautiful course currently in very good condition with excellent signage. Friendly welcome and nice facilities throughout. Had to dodge the rain on our visit so could perhaps do with club covers on their carts. 
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played by John from United Kingdom on Sunday, 15 March 2020
A demanding course in great condition. Helpful and friendly staff  
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played by Martin from South Africa on Sunday, 9 February 2020

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Course Details

7300 yards
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Grass Type
Perennial Rye
Jack Nicklaus Signature

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