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    St Francis Links

    • 1 Jack Nicklaus Drive
    • Main Road
    • St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape 6312 South Africa

    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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    Average Rating
    from 94 golfers
    played by Kendrew from South Africa on Friday, 27 April 2018
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    Beautiful course and friendly staff. However, no-one met us at the car so I had to carry my golf bag through the clubhouse for which I then got gently reprimanded! I think it would be very taxing and would slow the field down too much to walk this course, and I would recommend that carts should be clearly made compulsory, not optional as they are at present. The pot pie on the menu was not available at 10H30 in the morning - hard to believe it had already sold out so early in the day. Nonetheless overall it was a wonderful experience, albeit it quite pricey. 
    played by Markus from Switzerland on Friday, 20 April 2018
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    Perfectly prepared and operated golf course. Fairways and greens in perfect conditions.  
    played by Deborah from South Africa on Friday, 6 April 2018
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    On the whole all good except the hire clubs were in poor condition. Dirty mixed sets and split grips. Also  bottles of waters in the buggies would be nice. 
    played by Dirk from Germany on Tuesday, 6 March 2018
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    Great Course, very friendly staff.  
    played by Helmut from Germany on Tuesday, 27 February 2018
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    This is one of the best courses in Southern Africa with very unique holes. .If you are on your way to PE from Knysna or driving down south, you have to stay a night in St. Francis and play this course. It will be an unforgettable experience. Just put plenty of balls into your bag in case the wind is blowing hard. The overall condition of the course was excellent, the staff in the proshop are very friendly and helpful. 
    played by Victoria from United Kingdom on Saturday, 24 February 2018
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    The course was not in the excellent condition that we have seen in the past. I totally understand that water may be an issue, but found many fairways to be less defined and a little scruffy in places 
    played by Richard from United Kingdom on Friday, 23 February 2018
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    Course layout and condition both very good  
    played by Juergen from South Africa on Tuesday, 20 February 2018
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    For me one of the best golf courses ..very simple ! 
    played by Victoria from United Kingdom on Monday, 19 February 2018
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    Having played before at the links we found  the course was not in the best condition  
    played by Richard from Switzerland on Sunday, 18 February 2018
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    Great course layout - good condition & easily walkable 
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    St Francis Links
    7300 yards
    Established in
    Course Type
    Grass Type
    Perennial Rye
    Jack Nicklaus Signature