Gary Player Designed Golf Courses' Tour
Southern Africa is home to some of the continent’s finest golf courses and this is perhaps not surprising considering that the region has also produced some of the World’s best professional golfers.
If you have ever wondered why the region punches so far above its weight in golfing terms – currently placed third overall among those countries with the most winners of golf’s Majors in the modern era – the golf courses these players developed their skills on is a key part of this recipe.
Gary Player’s record stands head and shoulders above the rest of his fellow countrymen while his on course exploits inside the ropes have now been matched by his flair for design and golf course architecture.
The tour will start in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s most densely populated province and the country’s commercial and political hub.
The first leg will feature games at three award winning courses, two of which are in golf estates.
Dainfern Golf and Residential Estate, on the northern borders of Sandton, was the first golf estate to be developed in Gauteng which was then known as the Transvaal.
It all starts here... Part 1
Day 1 to 3
Gauteng: Blair Atholl Golf and Equestrian Estate and Dainfern Golf and Residential Estate
The first leg will feature games at two award winning courses which are in golf estates.
Dainfern, on the northern borders of Sandton, was the first golf estate to be developed in Gauteng which was then known as the Transvaal.
The estate has as its centrepiece the former Fourways golf course which was beautifully remodelled by the Gary Player Design Group.
Blair Atholl is unique in that the course has been constructed on the farm on which was originally Gary Player’s home on the Highveld.
In the course design Gary took inspiration from the thousands of miles he has travelled and the 100’s of golf courses he has played over the years. This has included a selection of what he considers to be the best features of some of the many golf holes he has played.
A best example of this would be the club’s third hole which bears a strong resemblance to the par 3 12th at Augusta National.
The non-golf section of the programme provides an exciting ‘menu’ of parallel activities suitable for the whole family.
This can include visiting the restaurant and shopping areas in Sandton City and Sandton Square – one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest malls and the opportunity to visit and explore the region’s more natural attractions.
Gauteng’s central location is perfect for ½ and full day access to a number of must see places, including visits to areas of cultural significance and historic interest, the Voortrekker Monument, the Cradle of Humankind (a World Heritage site) and the ‘city’ of SOWETO as examples.
Arrival in South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport | Transfer to Sandton and check into your hotel of residence | Introduction to the programme and welcome dinner
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Dainfern Golf & Country Club | Non-golfer programme | Evening at leisure
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Blair Atholl Golf Club | Non-golfer programme | Evening at leisure
Sun City here we come... Part 2
Day 4 to 5
North West Province: Gary Player Country Club and The Lost City Golf Club
In the Northwest, which is the province adjoining Gauteng’s northern borders, Sun City Resort, in its role as the home to the Million Dollar and Nedbank Challenge, should need no introduction and it is possibly just about as ‘complete’ a resort as one could hope to find.
Its two golf courses offer quite distinct layouts - the world-famous Gary Player Country Club and the lesser known, but very challenging Lost City.
Off the ‘tips’, even in the thinner air of the Highveld, the Gary Player Country Club is a ‘big’ course in every respect.
Still if you swallow your misplaced golfing pride and play the course from the tees suitable to your handicap level, it will be a memorable challenge and a tick on your personal golfing bucket list!
The Lost City is more subtle and far shorter. However, it is full of hidden trouble…oh and the BIG crocodiles basking on the mud flats in the hazard next to the par 3, 13th green are not plastic, as several visitors have thought in the past when they jumped down into the hazard to retrieve an errant tee shot, but the real thing!
The non-golfer can have a ball of another sort with a range of diversions from balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park, to which the resort has its own entrance, and para gliding on the Sun City lake.
Four hotels and a host of bars and restaurants, various entertainment areas and a casino mean that there is also always something for everyone to do at night.
A final comment on the subject of Sun City would be that it could be said that if you can’t find something to do at this resort, then you might already be dead!…so it is a paradise for all ages and both golfers and their families.
Breakfast at hotel of residence | Transfer to Sun City Resort by road | PM - 18 holes at Lost City Golf Club | Non golfer programme | Dinner and introduction to the programme section
Breakfast at hotel of residence | PM - 18 holes at Gary Player Country Club | Non golfer programme | Dinner and prize-giving