Best Gary Player golf courses
Gary Player is not only a champion on the course, but also a champion at designing them too. We take a look at our favourite courses created by the man himself.
Winner of nine major championships, one of only five golfers to win all four majors and a devotee to physical fitness, Gary Player truly is one of the game’s role models.
But, he is also a stalwart of the golf course architecture world after setting up Gary Player Design in the 1980's, having since built more than 300 golf courses. Take a look at ten of our favourite Gary Player golf course designs that you can play on your next golf break.
Arguably one of the most photographed golf courses in Europe, it is no surprise Player was quoted as saying; 'You will not find a golf course like this anywhere on the planet'. The Signature course is framed by the rugged Bulgaria coastline and vast blue of the Black Sea, with holes set out among some of the most dramatic landscape possible to locate a golf course. Thracian Cliffs is truly a sensational golfing experience.
In Player’s native country, South Africa, you will find the stunning Palace of the Lost City, home to the testing Gary Player Course. This course hosts the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge and features a clever design with imaginatively placed bunkers, kikuyu fairways and bent grass greens offering a near-perfect experience.
Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is one of the world’s most uniquely captivated golf projects and is the Arabian Gulf’s first beach-front course. Measuring at 7,806-yards from the tips, every hole has its own unique character providing a breath-taking variety of challenges. Keep your eyes peeled during your round, as you may experience some unique wildlife such as strolling mountain gazelles, dolphins and the protected hawksbill turtles.
Player’s Mazagan Golf Course design is set out over dunes and valleys in Morocco. The 18-holes run alongside the beach and wider Mazagan Resort, following the dunes and natural contours of the land, while focusing on respecting the environment. Every standard of golfer can enjoy this course and with many risk-reward holes calling for heroic shots, you are guaranteed to have fun.
The Gary Player Signature course is one of the finest golf courses in the Coachella Valley, boasting stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains individually unique holes. Offering more space to manoeuvre than its sister Pete Dye Course, the Player Signature Course is more accessible for all levels of golfers, while still maintaining a pleasurable challenge.
Nestled among the wild olives and carobs typical of the Ragusa countryside, the Parkland Course at the Donnafugata Golf Resort is a fantastic option in Italy. Offering amazing views of the surrounding countryside, the course features deep bunkers defending the testing greens and tree-lined fairways that call for accuracy off the tee. The 18th green forms a natural amphitheatre next to the resort, creating a little bit more pressure over your final putt.
The Outeniqua course at Fancourt is another Gary Player design on the Fancourt Estate, providing a much easier game than its counterparts, while still maintaining a pleasant challenge. Water hazards come into play on 11 of its holes, with the added Garden Route backdrop making this a truly aesthetically pleasing golf course.
Following a 10-month renovation in 2017, the Cougar Point Course at Kiawah Island is now reaping the rewards of its recent rebuild. The renovation saw Paspalum trees planted on all tees, fairways and greens, bunkers rebuilt, as well as the updating of all bridges and bulkheads, meaning the course now has a stunning visual impact before you even hit a ball. With 4 other courses on-site on top of the famed Cougar Point, Kiawah is the perfect base for a South Carolina golf trip.
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