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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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    St Francis Links

    Holes
    18
    Par
    72
    Length
    7300 yards
    Established in
    2006
    Course Type
    Links
    Grass Type
    Perennial Rye
    Designer
    Jack Nicklaus Signature

    St Francis Links Reviews

    8.8
    Average Rating
    from 39 golfers
    9
    played by Kurt from Namibia on Tuesday, 14 November 2017
    verified review
    The staff at St. Francis was so friendly and helpful.  Highly recommended to play! 
    10
    played by Sabine from South Africa on Sunday, 1 October 2017
    verified review
    Definitely one of the most beautiful golf courses in SA. Excellent service, lovely scenery, perfect! 
    10
    played by Johnny from South Africa on Tuesday, 26 September 2017
    verified review
    Brilliant expereince 
    8
    played by Werner from Austria on Sunday, 14 May 2017
    verified review
    Great course, due to late tee off it got really chilly (middle of May) 
    9
    played by Juan from South Africa on Friday, 28 April 2017
    verified review
    Friendly staff, awesome layout, great conditioning 
    10
    played by Andre from South Africa on Sunday, 16 April 2017
    verified review
    General condition of the golf course is great and the service is excellent. 
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    10
    played by Retief from South Africa on Sunday, 16 April 2017
    verified review
    Great layout that makes you think about your next shot, spectacular views, very good condition, it's got a natural links feel to it, and best of all very friendly and welcoming staff 
    9
    played by Bernd from South Africa on Thursday, 16 March 2017
    verified review
    It was so nice to play this course, because the weather was very good, sunny and no wind. The course 1A - nice greens. We have had the best toastet sandwich with chicken in SA. The staff was very friendly . We enjoyed it very much. 
    8
    played by Sean from United Arab Emirates on Monday, 6 March 2017
    verified review
    Very green but spread out over a large area with lots of scrub and bushed 
    10
    played by Anton from South Africa on Monday, 6 March 2017
    verified review
    Course in great condition and I played well! 

    Amenities

    Club Valet
    Caddy / Golf Carts
    Practice Facilities
    Lessons
    Dining
    Spa
    Club / Shoe Rental
    Locker Room
    Night Golf
    Golf Shop
    Accommodation
    Health Club

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