Investec Cup: The Courses

 

Millvale Private Retreat

Millvale is a magnificent 18 hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player and Tyrone Yates and significantly upgraded by Phil Jacobs. Set amongst breathtaking scenery in majestic surroundings, its floating tee, the only one in South Africa, plus many unforgettable holes, makes for a unique golfing experience.

Gary Player says: "Millvale is perhaps the most undiscovered gem of a golf course that exists in South Africa. The mix of good golf, an African bushveld environment surrounded by wildlife and immaculate conditioning, creates a unique experience for anyone fortunate enough to play. I am proud of my association with the property as golf course designer."

Rustenburg Golf Club

Nestling alongside the foothills of the Magaliesberg and situated among some of the largest and richest Platinum mines in the world, is Rustenburg Golf Club. This bushveld golf course was upgraded and modernised by Golf Data in 1996, and recently completed dams on holes 1 and 6 have made the course a little tougher but still fair. The golf course has an abundance of water hazards and trees for the golfer to negotiate.

Course Highlights: Hole 2. A long and narrow hole requiring accuracy off the tee in order to attack the green on the second shot. The drive must lay up short of the water hazard running diagonally across the fairway. Longer hitters will hit a fairway wood and then a medium iron to a green with water to the left and large trees both right and left.

Lost City

The course was carved out of undulating and rocky terrain. With the wide fairways and receptive greens it is a fantastic golf experience. The Lost City golf course covers more than 100 hectares and incorporates 28 000 square metres of water features.

It is a desert-style golf course with spectacular views across the bushveld. Unique to this 72 par track are the crocodiles at the 13th hole, which make this one of the most unusual golf resorts in South Africa.

The desert style design of the golf course has an exotic allure all of its own and designer Gary Player has acknowledged it as one of his favourite courses.

The Lost City Golf Course is flexible: playing off the back tee to a course length of 6 983 metres.

Playing the back nine at Lost City Golf Course is like going on a golf safari. It has often been noted that the game is more exciting when played downhill and this is certainly the case here.

The most hazardous area of the Lost City Golf Course is the 13th hole. Inhabiting the water hazard are Nile crocodiles.

In addition to the previously mentioned 13th, holes eleven, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen are all played from elevated tees and thus offer a challenge.

Golfers are discouraged from retrieving their wayward balls from the croc infested pool. No effort was spared to make the course a masterpiece.

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