After arriving at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, you will be met by a representative and transferred to SUN CITY RESORT, ±two hours from Johannesburg. On arrival, the event organisers will be on hand to meet you and assist with check in. Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool or visit the Valley of the Waves. We kick-start AGSI this evening with a welcome in true African style in the Royal Chamber at the Palace Hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at leisure, after which you will transfer to the Lost City Golf Course for a 09h30 shotgun start. Your round of golf includes a bucket of balls to warm up with, as well as halfway house and a shared cart with water.The theme for dinner is International Evening, where the chef will prepare meals representing all the participating countries. Wear clothes that represent your country or simply dress in the colours of your flag. After dinner, join in for an evening of sing-along with our regular band and show your moves on the dance floor.
We return to the Lost City Golf Course for round two. With our unique handicapping system in place, we level the playing field so that everyone has a chance of winning the coveted AGSI jacket. Your round includes halfway house and a shared cart with water, and today is a shotgun start at 09h30. After freshening up at the hotel, you will be transferred to the shebeen. Here a typical braai (BBQ) awaits you to satisfy your hunger with an array of delicious meats on offer. In addition, you will be invited to join the African drumming team as they teach you how to play a local drum by hand – an unforgettable experience.
An early morning start is in order if you want to catch the African bushveld as it wakes from its slumber. The neighbouring Pilanesburg National Game Park is home to the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant, as well as numerous plains game. Return to the hotel for breakfast and enjoy a day of relaxation and exploration of SUN CITY. In the late afternoon, we gather at Lost City for the traditional putting competition where one lucky participant could win their entry to 2018’s AGSI by making a ‘simple’ putt. As the sun sets the night shootout begins, where brightly coloured golf balls will decorate the night’s sky as attempts are made to hole out from 110 metres. Delicious finger snacks will be served while a resident DJ and cash bar will keep the atmosphere going.
Designed by Gary Player, his eponymous course has hosted all the major golf names, including Els, Woods, Nicklaus, among many others. The venue for an annual European event, this walking-only course is a test for players of all abilities. Your designated caddy will assist you around this unique golf course. This evening, join the events team in the Gary Player Club House for a prize-giving followed by dancing to the sounds of a local band.
All good things come to an end, and for those departing it will be a fond farewell. For those who just cannot bear to leave, there are optional extensions, including additional nights at SUN CITY or the opportunity to move down to Cape Town or FANCOURT for further golf. And for those who want something unique, there is the ROVOS RAIL Golf Adventure or simply retreat on a safari at one of the numerous lodges within easy reach of SUN CITY.
Built in a volcanic crater, the Gary Player Golf Course is a bucket-list course for golfers for a reason. SUN CITY’s flagship course and rated the top course in the country at the WORLD GOLF AWARDS 2015, the Gary Player-designed par-72 course is walking only, allowing players to immerse themselves in their unique surroundings, including free-roaming warthog, baboon, and various antelope. As home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge, you will be playing the same course as golfing legends such as Nicklaus, Woods, and Els, among many others.
First opened in 1993, the Lost City Golf Course offers you a vision of North West Province’s bushveld, an undulating and rocky terrain where you can play desert-style golf on a Gary Player-designed course. One hundred hectares, this course is complemented by 28 000m2 of water features (with its most famous feature being the Nile Crocodile pit on the 13th hole – believe it when you see it!), challenging any level of golfer.