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The Lost City Golf Course, South Africa

Sep 19th

The Lost City Golf Course is an 18-hole desert-style golf course within the Sun City entertainment complex in the semi-desert of the North-West Province of South Africa. Designed by South Africa’s grand master of golf Gary Player, the Lost City Golf Course covers more than 100 hectares and incorporates 28,000 m2 of water features. It comes as no surprise that golf carts are compulsory. The rich green fairways give a dramatic contrast to the bushveld backdrop and the barren waste bunkers are a special feature of this intriguing course; the fairways were originally planted with the Bay view strain of Bermuda, but later replanted with the hardier kikuyu, making the fairways easier to hit.

The front nine holes have a desert style layout with a classic links feel. Large waste bunkers are common to this part of the course preventing a safe landing area for drivers and placing a premium on straight hitting. Playing the back nine is like going on a golf safari. It has often been noted that the game is more exciting when played downhill and this is certainly the case here. In addition to the previously mentioned thirteenth, holes eleven, fourteen, fifteen and sixteen are all played from elevated tees offering thrill, excitement and a challenge to the golfer – as well as some of the most spectacular African views to be had on a golf course. But wait, there’s more…