EVENT: Nedbank Affinity Cup
DATE: 4 – 6 November 2014
VENUE: Lost City Golf Course
PRIZE MONEY: R750,000
The Lost City golf course was carved out of undulating and rocky terrain with its wide fairways and receptive greens making it a fantastic golf experience. The 6683-metre championship 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 par 72 track are the crocodiles at the 13th hole, which make this one of the most unusual golf resorts in South Africa.
The design of the golf course has an exotic allure all of its own and mastermind Gary Player has acknowledged it as one of his favourite courses.
The track is also very flexible and has a range of tee boxes, with the length from the tips reaching 6983 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 is the 13th hole, which is the signature of the course. The par three has an elevated tee that looks down on both the green and a nearby water hazard that is full of Nile crocodiles.
In addition to the 13th, holes 11, 14, 15and 16 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.