GARY PLAYER COUN­TRY CLUB

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

Golfers around the world have had the bene t of see­ing this course on tele­vi­sion dur­ing the Ned­bank Chal­lenge. South Africa’s an­swer to Las Ve­gas be­comes vis­i­ble when you pull into the “Palace of the Lost City,” eas­ily on the short-list of the best ho­tels on earth on any rat­ing scale.

Ev­ery hole on the GPCC makes you work hard to make a par. Cer­tain fea­tures feel out­dated, and the bunkers are unin­spir­ing, but the holes are tight with veg­e­ta­tion on either side of the fair­ways, and the rolling land makes for an en­joy­able walk.The course is long and chal­leng­ing from the back tees which val­i­dates its cre­den­tials as a tough venue for the pro­fes­sion­als, but o ers plenty of playa­bil­ity from the shorter tees.

The 10th has pos­si­bly the small­est green for a long par 5 I’ve ever seen and plays as a true “three-shot­ter” to get the back nine started. The va­ri­ety of long and short mem­o­rable par 4s were the high­lights for me, in ad­di­tion to the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of the kikuyu grass. I hit ev­ery club in the bag and sin­cerely en­joyed the chal­lenge of the cli­mac­tic ninth and 18th holes over wa­ter.The en­tire Sun City ex­pe­ri­ence will be a jewel on any South African hol­i­day. Ex­pect not to want to leave!

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