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THE REBIRTH OF SOWETO COUNTRY CLUB

Gary Player Design completes renovation of Soweto Country Club South African course is in final stages of grow-in and scheduled to reopen in March. The Player Design groups renovation of Soweto Country Club in Johannesburg, South Africa, is complete. The course is now in the final stages of grow-in, ahead of a scheduled reopening in March. All tees, greens and bunkers have been reconstructed, two new holes have been introduced, and a new irrigation system from Hunter has been installed. The Player firm designed the original course in 1972 and waived its design fee for the renovation project, which began in early 2018. “We intentionally kept the overall character of the golf course intact, while also implementing some meaningful design improvements,” […]
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CHANGES TO NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE HOSTED BY GARY PLAYER IN REVAMPED EUROPEAN TOUR FINALE

The Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player today announced a number of changes for 2019, including a first prize of US$2.5 million, as part of a series of exciting changes to the final three Rolex Series events of the European Tour season. The tournament, which takes place at Sun City from November 14-17, will once again be the penultimate event on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, joining the Turkish Airlines Open (November 7-10) and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai (November 14-17) at the conclusion of the 2019 season. Significant changes to all three Rolex Series events were announced to increase the excitement around this season finale, with the winner of the 2019 Nedbank Golf Challenge now set […]
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Chubb Classic Returns to The Classics at Lely Resort

This week, the Chubb Classic returns to The Classics at Lely Resort, a Gary Player Design course. Some of the greatest in golf have won this event over the years, including Grand Slam Champion Gary Player, who won the inaugural event in 1988. World Golf Hall of Famers Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, and Lee Trevino also headline the list of notable champions of this marquee event on the Champions Tour. The 2019 Chubb Classic will be the 32nd edition of the tournament, which began in February of 1988. Gary Player tallied a total combined score of 207 (-9) over the three tournament days to claim a one-shot victory in the inaugural tournament. Since then, there have only been two other international golfers to win the event, Bernhard Langer […]
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GARY PLAYER WANTS A BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN TIGER WOODS

Never one to be caught short‚ at the ripe old age of 83 Gary Player has two dreams. Some may dismiss it as the self-righteous ramblings of an octogenarian but the country’s most celebrated golfer wants to see a black South African scale golf’s highest peaks in the way Tiger Woods did. Player also wants crime in this country be addressed more aggressively so that 15 million tourists can visit these shores on an annual basis. Both he concedes‚ are long shots‚ but there’s hope. “To have a black champion‚ like a Tiger Woods of South Africa‚ can be done‚” said Player. “This guy would be such an ambassador for South Africa. He’d make so much money he wouldn’t count […]
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GARY PLAYER SHARES FITNESS TIPS IN ABU DHABI

At the ripe old age of 83, Gary Player swings his golf club as good as any other pro at the Saadiyat Golf Beach Club in Abu Dhabi. Player is one of the world’s greatest golfers and one of only five in the modern era to have won the Career Grand Slam – apart from Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. The South African held the fourth Gary Player Invitational, a charity golf series, in Abu Dhabi with the proceeds going to the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs. ‘Mr. Fitness’ of golf held an informative and lively clinic for the children of determination from the Zayed Higher OrganiZation. “I have seen you last […]
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GARY PLAYER’S FAVORITE GOLF GAMBLING STORY: ARNOLD PALMER AND A SOUTH AFRICAN GOLDMINE

Player’s favorite bet with a golfer didn’t happen on the golf course. Instead, it took place in a goldmine, where he made a bet on the strength of a friend – a friend named Arnold Palmer. “The Big Three gambled together quite a bit. Throw Lee [Trevino] in there as well. But my favorite gambling story came off the golf course with Arnold Palmer. “Arnie was in South Africa with me for a couple of exhibition tournaments, doing our part to grow the game globally. Really, we both came from humble beginnings. He knew that I grew up poor. My father was a goldminer, only making enough to feed his children and to make sure we had a proper education. […]
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