FAIR­WAYS & FAM­ILY FUN AT SUN CITY

Two premier golf cour­ses of­fer a di­verse of­fer­ing for golfers.

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Sun City’s two premier golf cour­ses lie at the heart of a re­sort com­plex that prides it­self on be­ing a des­ti­na­tion for the en­tire fam­ily, and the char­ac­ter of each course re­flects the di­ver­sity of this of­fer­ing.

The Gary Player Coun­try Club is the recog­nised flag­ship course within the Sun In­ter­na­tional col­lec­tion. This par-72 lay­out was opened in the late 1970s and from the start has been a cham­pi­onship test of the high­est cal­i­bre.

From early days host­ing the Sun City Clas­sic on the Sun­shine Tour, to be­com­ing the home of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge, hosted by Gary Player, this course has seen all the le­gends of the game com­pete on its fair­ways.

It re­mains a bucket list ex­pe­ri­ence for golfers. “Ev­ery year after the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge our phones never stop ring­ing with re­quests from peo­ple to play the course they’ve seen on TV,” says Sun City Golf Di­rec­tor Ken Payet. “Our job is to make sure they come here, have a great golf ex­pe­ri­ence and go away and tell their friends and fam­ily.”

To this end, the ver­sa­til­ity of the course has seen it serve as a chal­lenge for the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als while also host­ing top women’s tour­na­ments and ama­teur events. “It has stood the test of time,” con­firms Sally Lit­tle, South Africa’s most suc­cess­ful fe­male pro­fes­sional with mul­ti­ple vic­to­ries on the LPGA Tour.

Even in the mod­ern era the course com­mands re­spect from the very best.

“Pretty much ev­ery­thing in your game must be on song. It’s a bru­tal test, es­pe­cially when the wind starts swirling,” says 2017 Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge cham­pion Bran­den Grace, who shares most South Africans’ love for the course as well as the tour­na­ment it hosts. “There’s noth­ing like this tour­na­ment. It’s a great week. For me grow­ing up as a South African, it’s our African Ma­jor. This is what we dream of. This is the tour­na­ment to play in.”

The re­sort’s other course, The Lost City Golf Course, is also a reg­u­lar host of pro­fes­sional and ama­teur tour­na­ments and presents an en­tirely dif­fer­ent golf ex­pe­ri­ence. It has more of an African feel to it, and is prob­a­bly closer to de­signer Gary Player’s heart than his other more fa­mous course at Sun City.

“It’s a course that is unique in char­ac­ter. The bushveld at­mos­phere gives it that African feel, and in that sense I al­ways feel like I’m truly at home when I play there. I think it’s a fab­u­lous ad­ver­tise­ment for what golf in Africa is truly like,” says Player.

The Black Knight is so fond of The Lost City Golf Course that he an­nu­ally hosts his Gary Player In­vi­ta­tional, pre­sented by Coca-Cola, char­ity tour­na­ment there.

Sun City’s golf of­fer­ing is com­pli­mented by a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment that in­cludes ev­ery­thing from gaming to wa­ter­sports, and game drives to adren­a­line-charged zi­pline rides. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence recog­nised by even the world’s top pro­fes­sional golfers as un­like any­thing they find else­where. That’s cer­tainly the opinion of 2016 Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge cham­pion Alex Noren. “This place is amaz­ing. It has ev­ery­thing.”

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