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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 180 golfers
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Exceptional course layout. Perfect fairways and Greens. Bunker in very good condition. Innovative Electro bicycle carts. Super service ! It were 2 perfect days on the the golf course 😊 
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played by Bernd from Germany on Friday, 15 November 2019
It was the first of two days on the best links course i ever played 😊 
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played by Bernd from Germany on Thursday, 14 November 2019
Firstly the reception and PRO Shop personal  were very friendly and professional and the course condition was 100% from tee too green.  Could not fault a thing. thanks loved playing the course xx 
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played by Helen from United Kingdom on Friday, 8 November 2019
I’d actually give it 8.8 but you don’t give that option. We were a bit unlucky as we played it on an extremely almost unplayable day! Would love to play it again.  
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played by Anne from Ireland on Thursday, 17 October 2019
Friendly staff and great food. Reasonably priced. 
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played by Alexandra from United States on Thursday, 19 September 2019
Very professional staff and great looking course all round. Thank you 
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played by Mark from South Africa on Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Absolutely perfect 
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played by Harry from South Africa on Sunday, 18 August 2019
Eight is a very good score; 7 is for the multiple blind shots. Playing a second time would almost certainly increase the score for familiarity sake.  
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played by Frederick from South Africa on Thursday, 25 April 2019
Staff was friendly but on a little disappointed we did not get water in our cart. The previous times we played there we had 2 bottles of water in the cart. 
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played by Mario from South Africa on Sunday, 21 April 2019
Wonderfull Links Course  
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played by Dirk from Germany on Friday, 5 April 2019

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Course Details

7300 yards
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Grass Type
Perennial Rye
Jack Nicklaus Signature

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