Sun City Resort (Gary Player Country Club course)

5+ (5 gold): one of our top-rated 5-star courses, worhty of 5½ stars.
   Sun City Resort (Gary Player Country Club course) Est. 1979

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Sun City Resort (Gary Player Country Club course): Long-time host of the highly lucrative Nedbank Golf Challenge, the superb and always challenging Gary Player Country Club layout nestles down in a natural amphitheatre on the edge of an extinct volcano. The golf course and its setting are both wonderfully natural; there are no roads or houses here to disturb your concentration.

Both nine-hole loops roam out-and-back on their expansive journeys into the surrounding bush and tree-covered hills, before eventually bringing you lakeside at the dauntingly long par-3 16th and water-hugging par-4 17th. Constant elevation changes, substantive bunkering and tough kikuyu grass beyond the beautifully manicured fairways, all contribute to the thorough examination your game will receive. Should you be too wayward, then its probably a case of "reloading", with either thick bushes or occasionally water lying in wait. The quality of the lightning fast putting surfaces matches the excellent presentation standards throughout.

This revered layout includes many fabulous holes, but perhaps most memorable of all are those that close-out both the nine-hole loops. The island-green par-5 9th and long par-4 18th, require well directed tee-shots and then dangerous water crossings before the safety of their respective greens are reached.

An ever-present member of South Africa's Top Five golf courses, the Gary Player Country Club layout offers a fabulous opportunity to pit your game against one of Gary Player's most enjoyable and toughest tests. And if you are planning a trip to Sun City, ensure you've enough time to tee it up at the contrasting and also hugely enjoyable "Lost City" course.

Stay & Play at Sun City: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.

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Making Contact

Gary Player Country Club
Sun City Resort,
Pilansberg, North West Province 0316
South Africa
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Office   +27 (0)14 557 3700
Pro Shop   +27 (0)14 557 3455

  +27 (0)14 780 3426

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Golf Pro
Antonie Els (Director of Golf)
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Tree-lined parkland.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland, bushveld and lakeside.
Designer: Gary Player
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Metres 7162 5962 5017
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 76 71 72
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At the Same Location:
Above distances are for the Gary Player Country Club course. Also at Sun City is the 18-hole Lost City Country Club course (par-72; 6983 m from back tees).
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How2Get There?

180 km NW of Johannesburg
From Johannesburg (Randburg) take the R512 north-west to Hartbeesport and connect to the N4, direction Rustenburg. From Pretoria, follow the N4 direction Rustenburg. At Bapong turn off the N4 onto the R556, direction Sun City. After approx 80 km, entrance to Sun City is on your right. From Johannesburg, Sun City is approximately a 2.5 hour drive.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Non-resident visitor fee, 18-holes (all days): R910; resort guest R855. Halfway house lunch included. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Closed Mondays.  Must book in advance. Handicap required.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. This is a walking course; golf carts only permitted for medical reasons. Caddies available at all times. 9-hole play is not permitted.

Practice facilities
Good (located at Lost City Golf Course).
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Did you know?

The Sun City Resort is a member of the Sun International Group, which owns and operates many resort destinations, as well as hotel, entertainment and casino facilities in southern Africa. Other Sun International Stay&Play golf destinations include Wild Coast Sun near Port Edward and Royal Swazi Spa in Swaziland (both detailed in

The Gary Player Country Club is home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge, an annual professional tour event which brings together many of the world's top players. The event was formerly a limited field invitational event, renowned for offering the richest first prize in world golf. (See our Tournaments section >by Venue >Gary Player CC).

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Published Ranking
2018 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 3rd best course of the 450 courses in South Africa.
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Latitude: (-25.345771)
Longitude: (27.098873)
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The Cascades Hotel 4-star
Sun City Resort, PO Box 7, Sun City 0316
+27 (0)14 557 1000

The Cascades Hotel, the Grotto Restaurant and the pool area underwent an extensive R60-million refurbishment project, transforming the 1980’s themed pool area into a tropical paradise. Footpaths wind between tens of thousands of exotic and indigenous trees and flowering plants. Lush gardens, tropical birds and water features give The Cascades its unique and relaxing atmosphere. A sophisticated, elegant hotel within the Sun City resort.

Golf at this hotel Gary Player CC; Lost City Golf Course
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Palace of the Lost City 5-star
Sun City Resort, PO Box 2, Sun City 0317
+27 (0)14 557 3111

The Palace of the Lost City is one of the most sumptuous and extraordinary hotels in Africa. It lavishes its guests with 5-star service, and is palatial, African and stunning in every detail. The Palace has 338 rooms inclusive of four deluxe suites that are breathtakingly opulent. For a few, The Palace maybe a tad kitsch. For the many it is an unforgettable and luxurious haven of African art and design. A place from which to enjoy fabulous views over the Lost City golf course, and launch yourself into the Sun City experience.

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