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MAJOR GOLF POWERS JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT REBIRTH OF SOWETO COUNTRY CLUB

The rebirth of Soweto Country Club took another major step forward on Wednesday when the PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour, the R&A and the City of Johannesburg all came together to support Gary Player’s longstanding endeavors by officially breaking ground on the rebuilding of the golf course in South Africa’s most iconic city. This announcement comes after Gary Player revealed his golf course architecture firm, Gary Player Design, would take lead on the reestablishment and redesign of Soweto Country Club. New fairways, bunkers, tee boxes, greens and an irrigation system are all planned. Officials are currently in the process of vetting possible service providers for the impending project, with the guidance and design approval of Gary Player. […]
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GARY PLAYER DESIGN RECEIVES 2017 DESIGN EXCELLENCE RECOGNITION

The sixth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges. Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to practice facilities and renovations of various sizes. The 2017 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Gary Player Design’s Mountain Top Course in Hollister, Missouri at Big Cedar Lodge was one of just 11 […]
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SLOWING DOWN IS NOT PART OF GARY PLAYER’S PLAN

As one of golf’s “Big Three,” Gary Player set the standard for worldwide tournament play, winning more than 100 titles including nine major championships. Luck is the residue of hard work, Player is prone to say, and he is quick to credit his father, who worked as a captain in a gold mine 12,000 feet underground, teaching by example that with hard work he could do anything. “I was with him one time when he finished work,” said Player, host of the Nedbank Golf Challenge that starts on Thursday. “He took off his shoes and poured water out. I asked him why he was walking around in water. He said he wasn’t. That was his sweat.” His father’s words imbued […]
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STARS ALIGN AT SUN CITY TO RAISE FUNDS AT THE GARY PLAYER INVITATIONAL

A host of sports figures and businesspeople gathered together Friday night at Sun City for the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola’s Gala Dinner and Auction, raising more than R3.2 million for The Player Foundation’s beneficiaries, Wildlands and Wings & Wishes. The evening was another memorable experience for the global charity series’ “Union of Golf and Giving” as the funds raised will make a significant contribution to the two main charities of the tournament. Swing City, the glamorous and dazzling entertainment band, rocked the crowd to get the auction started and brought enthusiasm to the worthy causes supported by The Player Foundation. The charitable auction is the main fundraiser of the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola, and includes funds raised from […]
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GARY PLAYER DESIGN SHINES BRIGHT AT SUN CITY

For the second time in three weeks Sun City’s two Gary Player-designed golf courses will be in the spotlight as the hosts of professional tournaments, with the Nedbank Golf Challenge now followed by the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola. This week the Lost City Golf Course will host the South African leg of the global Gary Player Invitational series. The tournament starts on Friday with the official pro-am followed by the main 36-hole tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Top professionals such as Grand Slam champion Player; European Ryder Cup captain and 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke; European Tour winners Brandon Stone and Ignacio Garrido; World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies; Ladies European Tour stars Caroline Martens, Victoria Elizabeth […]
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BRANDEN GRACE JOINS THE GREATS IN NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HISTORY

Branden Grace became the first South African winner of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in a decade at Sun City on Sunday, and South Africa’s greatest ever golfer was the first to jump out of his chair and hug him on behalf of thousands of fans. With a final round of 66, Grace won “Africa’s Major” by a single stroke on 11 under par and ended a win drought of South Africans in this event stretching back to Trevor Immelman’s triumph in 2007. “This is awesome. This is the one event that as a South African you want to win. It’s Africa’s Major for a reason and what a special place it is. There’s a lot of history and a lot […]
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