Gary Player Design’s portfolio stretches globally, and three courses lead its pack in golfscape’s Top 100 Golf Courses in the World 2020.
With the help of an extensive panel of industry leaders, the golf courses featured in their official rankings offer experiences to remember for a lifetime, from beach resorts to coastal gems. golfscape’s list takes you through forests, over clifftops, and across the desert to uncover the top golf courses in the world.
Checking in at No. 19. Is The Links Course at Fancourt in South Africa. Sculpted into what Gary Player has described as his greatest feat as a designer, The Links is the golfing hallmark of the Fancourt estate. Featuring a dune-style landscape, the course is the collaborative handiwork of Gary Player Design and Fancourt’s owner Dr. Hasso Plattner.
The golf course, which was once home to an airstrip, hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup and is a stalwart in all Top 100 rankings.
On the banks of the aptly-named Crocodile River, at the gate to the Kruger National park, lays this Gary Player design, No. 26 Leopard Creek Country Club in South Africa. The par-5 13th hole is one of the most memorable experiences here, right on the edge of the river (safely above water level) where hippos dominate the water. It offers amazing views of both the river and park surrounding.
Don’t be surprise to find yourself having encounters with African wildlife during your round.
Designed with consideration to the surrounding natural environment, this par-72 Gary Player Design harnesses the Gulf’s captivating beauty, No. 92 Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi boasts glistening ocean views accompanying your round, and the 18 holes have turned Saadiyat Island into a golfing paradise.
Since opening in 2010, the course has gone from strength to strength and 2020 marks yet another year in which awards and accolades have been bestowed upon the golf club, firmly securing its position as one of the jewels in Abu Dhabi’s golfing crown.
The complete Top 100 rankings from golfscape’s can be found here: https://golfscape.com/blog/top-100-golf-courses-in-the-world-2020/