The town of George was established as a result of the growing demand for timber and the wood used in building, transport and furniture. George has a sophisticated infrastructure with banks, conference facilities and shopping chains including the newly completed Garden Route Shopping Centre, transport and sporting facilities, yet retains its small town atmosphere. George has numerous world-class golf courses, some designed by famous golfers. Amongst these are Oubaai and Le Grande George. The most well-known is Fancourt Golf Estate, which hosted the Presidents Cup in 2003 and is often the host to high-profile golf tournaments.