GOLF AT SUN CITY
City has two incredible world-class golf courses set against the rugged backdrop
of the Pilanesburg mountains. Sun City's two, par-72 championship golf courses
offer visitors to Southern Africa's premier resort an exciting and challenging
The exotic allure of the Lost City Golf Course and the championship nature of
the Gary Player Country Club test the grit of many a fine golfer. Both courses
were designed by South African golf legend, Gary Player.
Gary Player Country Club Golf Course- The Gary Player Country
Club is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. Since 1981 it has been
home to the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge. The course requires stamina
and accuracy from players.
The comparatively flat nature of the golf course is misleading - water hazards,
cunningly sited bunkers and pins hidden away on kidney shaped greens makes up
for the lack of gradient.
Off the back markers the course measures over 7 000 meters which makes it one of
the longest in the world. But a variety of tees make it possible to shorten the
course and render playable for all levels of golfers. A distinguishing feature
of the course is its green's complexes, with strategically placed bunkers,
swales and mounds that protect the super slick clover shaped greens. With
pristine perfect kikuyu fairways and excellent bent grass greens the course is
kept in perfect condition all year round.
A feature hole? Well they're all good at the Gary Player Country Club, but for
risk and reward the stand-out is the 9th. Play this par 5 from the forward tees
and then have a go for the island green with your second and thrill to the
challenge of this superb test of golf.
Lost City Golf Course
Golfers are astounded by the breathtaking beauty of the par-72 Lost
City Golf course. The rich green fairways give a dramatic contrast to the
bushveld backdrop and the barren waste bunkers are a special feature of this
The desert style design of the golf course has an exotic allure all of its own
and designer, Gary Player has acknowledged it as one of his favorite courses.
The Lost City Golf Course is flexible: playing off the forward tee a course
length of 5,953 metres, extending to 6,983 meters off the back tee. The course
provides spectacular views.
The most hazardous area of the Lost City Golf Course is the 13th hole.
Inhabiting the water hazard are 38 crocodiles, some of them nearly two metres
long. Golfers are discouraged from retrieving their wayward balls from the croc
infested pool. The unusual water hazard is just one of the features that make
the Lost City Golf Course exciting and interesting to play. No effort was spared
to make the course a masterpiece.
Playing the back nine is like going on a golf safari. It has often been noted
that the game is more exciting when played downhill and this is certainly the
case here. In addition to the previously mentioned 13th, holes eleven, fourteen,
fifteen and sixteen are all played from elevated tees offering thrill,
excitement and challenge to the golfer. And some of the most spectacular African
views to be had on a golf course.