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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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    8.8
    Average Rating
    from 59 golfers
    10
    played by Stephen from United Kingdom on Sunday, 14 January 2018
    verified review
    Beautiful course amongst Finbos with lovely views. All holes well designed and challenging.

    Greens and fairways immaculately kept. Millionaires Golf. We saw only a couple of players in the distant

    One of the best course we have played
     
    10
    played by Dawie from South Africa on Sunday, 7 January 2018
    verified review
    Excellent service, facilities and course in very good shape. Staff very friendly and helpfull! 
    8
    played by Andre from South Africa on Thursday, 4 January 2018
    verified review
    The pins were on extremely slopy parts of the greens and with the wind made it very difficult. 
    9
    played by Heike from Germany on Wednesday, 27 December 2017
    verified review
    everything was nice ! Course in good condition, cars with GPS and ice buckets, entrance with helping peoples are very friendly , secretary also helpful and the place wonderfull  
    10
    played by Gavin from South Africa on Tuesday, 26 December 2017
    verified review
    I had my son and grandson from UK and my son from Jhb. We all had a wonderful afternoon on a great course with excellent service and attention. 
    10
    played by Nick from South Africa on Thursday, 21 December 2017
    verified review
    Beautiful golf course, excellent use of nature. Found it more beautiful than the Links At Fancourt. T-off 13:10 on 21/12.  Nick Jacobs  
    1
    played by Johannes from South Africa on Thursday, 21 December 2017
    verified review
    Hi

    Unfortunately there was no course management. Play very slow due to no marshall and eventually did not even play my second 9. The experience was not enjoyable at all.

    If anyone what to discuss it with me, 0824499586.

    Regards

    Johannes
     
    10
    played by Patrick from South Africa on Sunday, 17 December 2017
    verified review
    Proper golf course

    Difficult in the wind no matter how hard it blows

    Otherwise great experience 

    Will recommend it to all golfers with lower handicaps 
     
    10
    played by Mary from United Kingdom on Friday, 8 December 2017
    verified review
    A wonderfully designed golf course set in the natural landscape. Superb condition and luckily not too windy when we played.   
    9
    played by Sjoerd from Netherlands on Saturday, 25 November 2017
    verified review
    Beautiful course in a great natural environment. It is a large area and you are only seeing the hole that you are plating. Very good maintenance. Driving range is a bit far away and not very accessable due to a closed gate. 
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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