Designed by Gary Player himself and completed in 1979, the Gary Player Country Club has been rated the No.1 course in the country in the past. From the championship tees, the course measures a mammoth 7162 metres, one of the longest layouts in the country, and provides the sternest of tests for even the best players in the world. Even with technology allowing players to hit further, the Gary Player Country Club ensures you will be using every club in the bag.
Hole 1: Par 4, 403 metres
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.
Hole 2: Par 5, 520 metres
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.
Hole 3: Par 4, 411 metres
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.
Hole 4: Par 3, 195 metres
As if the length is not challenging enough, this par 3 calls for the tee shot to fly over the corner of a lake fronting the green. Once on the green, no par is assured as the breaks have fooled many a golfer.
Hole 5: Par 4, 449 metres
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.
Hole 6: Par 4, 388 metres
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.
Hole 7: Par 3, 206 metres
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.
Hole 8: Par 4, 450 metres
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.
Hole 9: Par 5, 545 metres
The signature hole at the Gary Player Country Club. This par five 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 five is always a good score.
Hole 10: Par 5, 500 metres
This straightforward looking par five 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.
Hole 11: Par 4, 419 metres
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.
Hole 12: Par 3, 200 metres
It looks straightforward, but this par 3 demands an accurate tee shot, particularly when the pin is at the front of the green, Under-hit 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.
Hole 13: Par 4, 406 metres
Two bunkers await the over-hit 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.
Hole 14: Par 5, 550 metres
An accurate tee shot is required on this dogleg right par five. 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.
Hole 15: Par 4, 431 metres
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.
Hole 16: Par 3, 193 metres
The water on the left does not come into play; instead sand around the green is the hazard again. The shortest of the par 3Âs, action here matches the dramatic view of Sun City from the green.
Hole 17: Par 4, 437 metres
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.
Hole 18: Par 4, 459 metres
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.