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Best Gary Player Golf Courses

Not only is he a really good golfer, he's pretty good at designing golf courses as well. We take a look at our favorite courses designed by the man himself.

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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 1980s, and 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.

Thracian Cliffs

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 course is framed by rugged coastline and the vast blue of the Black Sea, with holes set out among some of the most dramatic landscape possible to locate a golf course. This truly is a sensational golfing experience.

The Palace of the Lost City

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.

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

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.

Mazagan Golf Course

Player’s Mazagan Golf Course design is set out over dunes and valleys in Morocco. The 18-holes run alongside the beach, 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 Links at Fancourt

You will find it difficult to beat the stunning surroundings of the Links Course at Fancourt, or find a links course outside of the UK as good as this one. It is arguably one of the toughest tests in South Africa, and certainly is a must play for anyone visiting the Fancourt Estate.

Gary Player Signature Course - Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort

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.

Parkland Course at Donnafugata Golf Resort

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.

Outeniqua Course at Fancourt

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 mountain range backdrop making this a truly aesthetically pleasing golf course.

Cougar Point at Kiawah Island

Following a recent 10-month renovation, 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.

Golf de Mogador

Gary Player’s design, Golf de Mogador, overlooks the stunning Atlantic Ocean and offers a mix of links and woodland style holes. There are severe elevation changes to content with, and when the wind blows off the ocean, club selection is absolutely vital.

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