Sun City Resort,
Pilansberg, North West Province 0316
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb and long green-to-tee walks, especially on the back-9.
Woodland and open bushveld.
Above distances are for the Lost City Country Club course. Also at Sun City is the 18-hole Gary Player Country Club course (par-72; 7162 m from back tees).
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.
Sun City Resort (Lost City Country Club course): Sitting on the edge of the Pilanesberg National Park, the Lost City course expansively roams through a wonderfully natural and undulating bushveld environment. With the fabulous Palace of the Lost City looking down on proceedings, this is yet another Gary Player gem to savour.
Occupying the site of a long extinct volcano, this desert-style course has a more open and (at times) easier-going feel than its more famous Sun City stablemate, the Gary Player Country Club course. Sprawling sandy waste areas are to be found alongside many fairways, while large, deep bunkers provide serious defences around the greens.
Water hazards need to be crossed at the par-3 3rd and 15th holes, and a multi-tiered water feature flanks the fairways and greens at the par-4 9th and par-5 18th. Most famous and dangerous of all Lost City's hazards is a crocodile pit (complete with 2-metre long crocs) guarding the front of the spectacular downhill par-3 13th. If your tee shot to the "Africa" shaped green is short and right, then don't even think about climbing into the pit to recover your golf ball - you'll not come out in one piece.
With the two nine-hole loops making excellent use of the rugged and undulating terrain, you'll enjoy many wonderful views from the layout's higher elevations. Far from playing "second-fiddle" to its more renowned sibling, the Lost City layout also offers a thoroughly enjoyable and testing round in a sublimely natural setting. If you are planning a trip to Sun City, try to plan enough time to play both the "Gary Player" and the "Lost City" courses ... and lose yourself in this unique and unforgettable 36-hole offering.
Stay & Play at Sun City: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Closed Tuesdays.
Must book in advance. Handicap required
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts compulsory. Caddies available at all times.
The Lost City course at Sun City has hosted several top-level Sunshine Tour events, including the South African Masters and season-ending Investec Cup (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Lost City CC).
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 Where2Golf.com).
2018 South Africa Golf Digest rating: 34th best course in South Africa.
Sun City Resort, PO Box 2, Sun City 0317
+27 (0)14 557 3111Visit website
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.
Gary Player CC; Lost City Golf Course
Sun City Resort, PO Box 7, Sun City 0316
+27 (0)14 557 1000Visit website
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.
Gary Player CC; Lost City Golf Course
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