The ideal tee shot on this tough opening hole is to the left centre of the fairway. The bunker on the right side of the fairway is to be avoided at all costs. The green is well bunkered in the front, and dependent on the pin position a medium iron shot is required for your approach.
Par 5 Stroke 13 Length 520m
The emphasis on this par 5 is driving accuracy. Once on the fairway, the player must decide to carry a large dam on the right of the fairway, or lay up to a narrow sloping section of fairway on the left. A well-bunkered green with numerous pin positions awaits your approach.
Par 4 Stroke 3 Length 411m
Accuracy is the key from the tee, with bush on the left and a bunker on the right. A medium iron approach to a 3 tiered narrow green with bunkers on either side. Remember to use enough club, as the green is higher than meets the eye.
Par 3 Stroke 6 Length 195m
The first par 3 is a hole where most players play conservatively for the centre of the green. Played from above it, the green presents a clearly-defined target but distance control here is again vital for shots that are short will land in the pond and shots that are long will make for a very nasty downhill putt.
Par 4 Stroke 11 Length 449m
This seemingly straightforward hole is not to be underestimated. A short iron second shot can be very intimidating to this 3 tiered well-bunkered green. The various pin position options make this hole, and only 30 % of the work is done after you have found the fairway with your tee shot.
Par 4 Stroke 15 Length 388m
A long iron tee shot is ideal at this short par four. Any tee shot left of centre leaves a blind second shot over bush. Favour the right side of the fairway, which will leave a downhill short iron to a green guarded by bunkers in the front and at the back.
Par 3 Stroke 17 Length 206m
Most will abandon any pretence of aiming for the flag and happily settle for the safety of the green. Surrounded by a horseshoe of sand and partly hidden from the tee, a finish on the putting surface is achievement enough.
Par 4 Stroke 1 Length 450m
The toughest hole on the golf course requires an accurate tee shot to a fairway surrounded by dense bush. A water hazard running across the fairway is to be avoided leaving a medium to long iron uphill approach to a sloping green.
Par 5 Stroke 5 Length 545m
The signature hole at the Gary Player Country Club. This par 5 is a genuine three shotter for most golfers. The island green is more susceptible to a short iron third shot rather than a long fairway wood for the brave. A par 5 is always a good score.
Par 5 Stroke 16 Length 500m
This straightforward looking par 5 places emphasis on the second shot. The green is not visible for the second shot due to a large bunker on prominent mound 75 metres short of a narrow green. Playing the third shot from the fairway is essential.
Par 4 Stroke 10 Length 419m
This dogleg left requires an accurate tee shot. The tee shot must carry a narrow slute and land short of a menacing fairway bunker. Once on the fairway a straightforward second shot awaits the players. Cut off as much of the dogleg at your own peril.
Par 3 Stroke 14 Length 200m
It looks straightforward, but this par 3 demands an accurate tee shot, particularly when the pin is at the front of the green, Underhit shots will fall in the sand at the front and to the left of the green, while too much club will see the ball run to the back of a testing green.
Par 4 Stroke 2 Length 406m
Two bunkers await the overhit or pulled tee shot and can make it a very long uphill journey to a testing green. Make sure that enough club is used to this severely sloping green.
Par 5 Stroke 8 Length 550m
An accurate tee shot is required on this dogleg right par 5. Players wishing to hit the green in two must beware the large waste bunker with punishing pampas grass surrounding the green. The sensible play is to lay up leaving a short iron for the third shot.
Par 4 Stroke 6 Length 431m
Favour the right with the tee shot and the left with the approach to weave a path between the bunkers. If the player gets into a good position off the tee, the pin is vulnerable, making this hole a good birdie opportunity depending on the pin position.
Par 3 Stroke 18 Length 193m
The water on the left does not come into play, instead sand around the green is the hazard again. The shortest of the par 3’s, action here matches the dramatic view of Sun City from the green.
Par 4 Stroke 12 Length 437m
The dry route is guarded by sand so the tee shot must split a fairway rolling right to left towards water. Accuracy is the key as any perfect tee shot leaves a short iron into the green.
Par 4 Stroke 4 Length 459m
The tee shot must lay up short and right of the water, leaving a long second to an undulating green protected front right and left by bunkers. Ensure that enough club is used, as this shot is longer that it looks. The target can look extremely intimidating on this dogleg left closing hole.
The Gary Player Country Club clubhouse is situated between the Cascades Hotel and the Soho hotel. Everything about this facility exudes quality.
The Country Club’s restaurant and bar overlook magnificent stretches of fairways and greens.
Breakfast and light lunches are served to both golfers and non-golfers. The Gary Player Bar is also open to enjoy refreshments. Snacks are available to golfers at the Halfway House situated next to the 9th hole.
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t: +27 14 557 1000
The Gary Player Country Club has a fully equipped health club and spa of an international standard, and offers a full range of beauty treatments and therapies, including a hair salon.
Sun City Resort caters to every conceivable taste, and activities include game viewing safaris, hot air ballooning, riding the giant swells in the Valley of Waves and water sports.
Other facilities include:
The Gary Player Country Club and golf course are closed on Mondays for routine maintenance. The Gary Player Country Club golf course will be undergoing annual maintenance from 7 - 11 March and 3 - 7 August 2017.
The Gary Player Country Club Golf Course, designed by Gary Player, is an 18-hole par-72 walking course, with a 5km running trail along the course. Built in an extinct volcanic crater, this immaculate golfing paradise conforms to the stringent US PGA specifications and was recently named South Africa’s Best Golf Course in the World Golf Awards 2015. It is also home to the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge which plays host to some of the world’s golfing legends.
When construction of the Sun City Resort began in 1978, the decision was taken to build a golf course that would rival the best in the world. Today, in spite of stiff competition, the Gary Player Country Club is deservedly ranked as one of the most prestigious golf courses on the African continent.
18 holes including halfway house lunch
Winter: May – August 2017
Summer: September 2017 – April 2018
The Gary Player Country Club Golf Course is a strictly walking golf course - no carts available