Lost City

Sun City - North West Province

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GM Sport & Recreation: Ken Payet
Head greenkeeper: Jomar Snyman
Greenkeeper: Carel Buitendach
CRITERIA SUMMARY: Total points 69.1 out of 100
Conditioning12.6 / 20
Playability14.2 / 20
Aesthetics11.1 / 15
Design Variety10.4 / 15
Shot Values10.8 / 15
Memorability10.0 / 15

Course Summary

Three tees / Par 72

Green 6683 metres, CR73.4/145
White 6192 metres, CR70.9/141
Light green 5080 metres, CR67.3/121
Women’s light green, CR71.9/141

Visitor green fee

Hotel guest R900 including cart/halfway house.
Day visitor R1200 including cart/halfway house.

Course designer

Gary Player 1993


Central golf reservations:
014 5571245/6

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The second course at Sun City is a highly creative and varied design, very different from the Gary Player CC due to its setting in a smaller valley between two rocky hills. It’s more undulating and Player has used the slopes of the hills for stark green designs and elevated tee boxes. It deliberately invokes an arid, almost desert look in terms of its bunkering and vegetation compared to the lush grassy expanse of the older GPCC.

At times the bushveld atmosphere makes it feel as if you are in an actual game reserve, rather than surrounded by the fences of one. It’s rough terrain off the fairways, and there’s a large crocodile pit adjoining the famous par-3 13th hole. This is a green at which to linger and admire these magnificent reptiles lazing in a natural enclosure whose steep vertical walls prop up the edge of the putting surface.

The green is shaped to represent Africa, and No 13 is played from a high tee on the hillside so you have a good view of the crocodile compound to the left of the green. It gobbles up golf balls, and there have been foolish golfers who have leapt into the pit to play their balls, including once in a tournament. The pro was subsequently disqualified.

A unique African-style clubhouse, stunning in its ancient-looking architecture, stands sentinel over the ninth and 18th greens. The two closing holes on each nine run parallel to each other, separated by a broad expanse of water, the ninth a long par 4, and 18 a risk-and-reward par 5.

While the GPCC is conveniently located for resort guests, who can walk from their hotel rooms to the first tee, transport is required to reach the Lost City in another valley of the Pilanesberg. And the Lost City is a compulsory cart course for an improved pace of play. There are some long walks from green to tee on the back nine.

Additional Course Facts

Course Record

62 by Hennie Otto in 2013 Investec Cup (31-31);
Jeff Inglis in 2014 Nedbank Affinity Cup Qualifier (32-30).


The entrance to the 5-star Lost City Palace is close to the Lost City Golf Course, away from the main resort area. Sun City has a wide range of accommodation, including the 3-star Cabanas and self-catering options which are part of the Vacation Club.

Practice Facility

Full-size range adjoining the tenth hole, and putting green at the first tee.

Did You Know

1/ The Lost City course and clubhouse is closed on Tuesdays, except when the GPCC closes for Nedbank Challenge preparations.

2/ Like the GPCC, it has been a regular tournament venue over the years, most recently for the Sunshine Tour’s Investec Cup finals from 2013 to 2015, and the Gary Player Invitational charity event.

3/ Gary Player had his 80th birthday celebrations at the Sun City Superbowl in November 2015. He has served as host of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in recent years.

4/ Shortly after the course opened for play, the Sunshine Tour visited Lost City in January 1994 for the Telkom Masters, won by Chris Davison. American Scott Dunlap won the 1995 Masters.

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