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HISTORY AND DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Since the early 1980s, Gary Player Design has been a global leader in golf course design, marketing and real estate planning services. We employ a small team of seasoned and dedicated professionals who combined have more than 200 years in the golf course development industry. Through the years, Gary Player and Gary Player Design have executed a portfolio of nearly 400 projects in 38 countries on five continents. In the end, our success is driven by our proven ability to add substantial value to real estate and resort properties.

The mission of Gary Player Design is to conduct our business in the same manner in which Gary Player has conducted himself as a golfer and gentleman during his more than 60 year career. Our services revolve around building long-term mutually rewarding relationships with our clients by displaying integrity and credibility in a business setting. From project conceptualization through planning, design, construction, marketing and opening, we take a proactive role in providing experienced solutions throughout the intricate development process. When a design agreement is signed, we join our client’s team and do whatever is necessary to contribute to that team’s success.

Player Real Estate selects only those projects that are of the highest quality. The division deliberately follows all steps necessary to deliver the attention to detail that will enhance the quality of each development. Player Real Estate currently has projects all over the world, including current developments in the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe and South Africa.

“The design of a golf course is a far more sophisticated process than many people would ever imagine, as it requires not only an understanding of the game, but a great deal of vision and clever planning. To a large extent the topography of the land one works with will determine how the golf course is to be laid out, and in this regard it is always my objective to work as much as possible with the natural topography, environment and features of the site.

As a course designer, one of my prime concerns is always to create beauty and harmony and a playable golf course, whilst respecting a developer’s objectives. Quality and the opportunity for our client to make a profit is something that is foremost in my mind when we approach a new course design. The financial viability of any scheme is obviously critical and accordingly means one has to work within a set budget.

There is no doubt that designing golf courses is an area of business that gives me significant pleasure and reward. There are various reasons for this; however, perhaps the most important is the fact that I feel we are putting something back into nature by designing and building golf courses. There is a natural reward in being able to play a course once it is built, but that is far outweighed by the satisfaction experienced when I see other people deriving enjoyment from something we’ve helped create. I get a great kick out of knowing that hundreds of years after people have long forgotten me, the courses with which we have been involved will continue to give people tremendous pleasure!” – Gary Player

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