Gary Player Country Club

Sun City, South Africa

The Gary Player course is probably the best known layout in South Africa due to the annual Million Dollar Challenge held there, once the biggest prize money in golf. Sun City is a Vegas-styled resort built in the valley of an extinct volcano and has a second Lost City course. Both courses make good use of the slopes and elevation of the topography as well as numerous water features and the thick African bush. The main course is long and has exceptional greens; fast and hard, they are contoured and protected by water and cunning sand traps. The fairways are covered in thick Kikuyu grass, cut longer in the semi-rough it creates a formidable challenge for anyone straying from the fairway.

The 9th and 18th are feature holes, finishing in front of the lavish club house complex with water always in play. The 9th is the signature hole. 545m from the back tees, it requires two perfect strokes from a long striker of the ball to hit the green for a chance of an elusive eagle. The second stroke has to carry a large expanse of water on two tiers to hit an island green which is difficult to hold. Most would be forgiven for playing short of the water and trying a short iron at the flag.

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