The second course at Sun City plays host to the Gary & Vivienne Player Invitational, which is sanctioned and supported by the Sunshine Tour.
While the Lost City Golf Course is located in the same vicinity as the Gary Player Country Club, it is vastly different. Set in a smaller valley between two rocky hills, the course is more undulating, with its bunkering and vegetation creating a desert-style look.
Designed by Gary Player in 1993, Lost City’s elevated tee boxes, wide fairways and receptive greens are just some of the elements that make this a fantastic, challenging experience for all golfers. It covers more than 100 hectares and incorporates 28,000 square metres of water features. Some have also commented that the bushveld environment makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a game reserve.
The famous par-three 13th, where Nile crocodiles inhabit the water hazard adjoining the hole, is without a doubt one of the most memorable features of this course. The green is shaped to represent Africa and the hole is played from a high tee on the hillside, allowing golfers a good view of the crocodile’s natural enclosure to the left of the green.
After a round on this majestic course, golfers can put their feet up at the unique clubhouse overlooking the par-four ninth and par-five 18th greens.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The beneficiary for the Gary & Vivienne Player Invitational is the Blair Atholl Pre-Primary School, which was opened by the Players on their family farm in 1990. More than R3-million was raised at the 2022 event.
- The Lost City Golf Course was ranked 65th in South Africa’s Top 100 Courses this year, a drop of seven places from 2022.