To be honest, our group planned to play both the Gary Player and Lost city courses during our stay in April 2013 and I was looking forward to the Gary Player course more, given the annual Nedbank Challenge being played there. I thought the Lost City course would be second rate and made more for the higher handicap players who couldn't take on the Gary Player challenge. How misguided I was.
As a solid 5 marker, the Lost City course was both challenging, rewarding, forgiving and spectacular. A lot has been said of the 13th hole with the croc's, but what about the rest of the holes with the views and challenges. We opted not to take a caddie which only miodly hampered us on one or two holes i.e. there is a par five dogleg left and a short par 4 dogleg right that having a caddie would be of assistance, but other than that, a caddie really isn't necessary.
The 4th hole is the par 5 which only requires a tee shot of about 200 metres, then a sharp left hand turn up the hill will leave you a solid 3-5 wood to an elevated green. I pulled my tee shot to the far left side of the fairway thinking I would be in trouble, but it was centre cut, in perfect position (a caddie would have been handy on that one). The only other hole where a caddie would have been handy was the par 4 10th (I think). This is a clever little hole with a blind tee shot which turns right up the mountain. You can cut the corner, but don't cut too much or you won't find your ball.
Overall, the Lost City course is a memorable experience. As a golf purist, there is something very special about the Gary Player course, but to be honest, if I return to Sun City with 2 games of golf in mind, I will most certainly make at least one, if not both games at the Lost City. I have attached some snappy picks for perusal as there isn't many around.
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