Sun City Golf Resort
South Africa, North West Province, Bojanala Platinum, Pilanesberg
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Deep in the African bushveld, at the foot of the Pilanesberg mountains, to the North-west of Johannesburg, lies one of the world's most unique resorts, Sun City. This African fantasy-style resort, offers a dazzling variety of entertainment and amenities, including two championship golf courses and four hotels as well as time share units.
Modelled on an ancient mythical African city, The Palace of the Lost City is a brazen architectural extravaganza. The turreted façade gives way to sumptuous interiors with mosaics, frescoes and hand painted ceilings that pay tribute to the art and nature of Africa. The Cascades Hotel is the grand old lady of Sun City, the epitome of timeless elegance and understated luxury. All rooms in this tower hotel enjoy sweeping views over the tropical gardens and the Gary Player Golf Course. Hosting the casino, Sun City Hotel & Casino is alive around the clock with its numerous restaurants, bars, shops and casinos. Set amidst extensive gardens on the lake shore, The Cabanas Hotel is ideal for families, with its independent accommodation, expansive lawns and direct access to the lake.
Sun City Resort's amenities and activities are virtually limitless, ranging from gambling to water sports, waterpark, safaris in Pilanesberg National Park, The Maze of the Lost City, Cultural Village & Shebeen, Kwena Gardens (crocodile sanctuary), Quad-biking, the world’s longest Zip Slide, Archery, Segway, Clay Pigeon shooting, golf and many, many more. Set against the rugged backdrop of the Pilanesberg mountains, Sun City's two courses were designed by South Africa's golf legend, Gary Player. Arguably South Africa's most famous course for being the annual venue of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the Gary Player Golf Course is continually ranked as one of the best in the country.
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Sun City Resort
The Palace of the Lost City
Modelled on an ancient mythical African city, The Palace of the Lost City is a brazen architectural extravaganza. The turreted façade gives way to sumptuous interiors with mosaics, frescoes and hand painted ceilings that pay tribute to the art and nature of Africa. In keeping with its amazing surroundings, The Palace's four restaurants offer exquisite cuisine in opulent settings.
The Leading Hotels of the World
Superior Hotel overlooking the Lost City Golf Course • 335 Rooms including 3 Presidential Suites • Each presidential suite with entrance foyer, en-suite bathroom, lounge and butler station
• Crystal Court (serves breakfast, High Tea and International cuisine for dinner) •The Palace Pool Deck (lunch option) •Tusk Bar & Lounge •Plume (French cuisine with an African twist) • The Grill Room (elegant steakhouse specialising in superior “A” grade steaks matured to perfection) • 2 Bars
• Outdoor swimming pool • Beauty salon
The Cascades Hotel
The Cascades is the grand old lady of Sun City, the epitome of timeless elegance and understated luxury. All rooms in this tower hotel enjoy sweeping views over the tropical gardens and the Gary Player Golf Course. Sophisticated culinary venues range from international to Mediterranean.
Superior Hotel overlooking the Gary Player Golf Course • 241 Rooms • Luxury room with jacuzzi, lounge, bar area and patio
• Peninsula (serves breakfast buffet) • Luma Bar & Lounge • Santorini Restaurant (Greek / Mediterranean cuisine) • 3 Bars • Outdoor swimming pool
Sun City Hotel & Casino
Hosting the resort casino, Sun City Hotel & Casino is alive around the clock with its numerous restaurants, bars, shops and casinos. The rooms overlook the landscaped gardens and guests can choose from five superb restaurants in the hotel.
Standard Hotel with Casino • 340 Rooms • Luxury rooms with lounge and dining area
Ying Tao Asian Kitchen (Asian cuisine) • The Raj (Indian cuisine) • Cherry (cocktail bar) • Mugg & Bean (Coffee shop) • Sun Terrace (breakfast buffet and South African menu in the evening) • Harlequins (bar) • Casinos (smoking and non-smoking) • Shops • Outdoor swimming pool
The Cabanas Hotel
Set amidst extensive gardens on the lake shore, The Cabanas is ideal for families, with its independent accommodation, expansive lawns and direct access to the lake.
Superior Hotel overlooking the lake • 380 Rooms • Standard Cabanas (Shower) + Family Cabanas (Sleeping 2 adults and 2 children includes full bathroom) •Palm Terrace (Buffet breakfast and dinner) • Pool Bar • Outdoor swimming pool
Sun Vacation Club
The Sun Vacation Club is the fastest selling timeshare in Southern Africa and the most affordable way to experience more of Sun City.
The incredibly affordable Peak and Flexi week membership fee entitles you to the use of a 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom or 2 bedroom luxury self-catering apartment. All Vacation Club units are fully equipped. Timeshare membership at the Sun Vacation Club transforms a member into a guest, with all the resident privileges afforded to Sun City Resort hotel guests including complimentary access to Valley of Waves.
Accommodation: • Phase 1: 50 x 3-Bedroom units - 2 x bathrooms, lounge / dining room, kitchen, patio, braai area • 184 x Luxury 2-Bedroom units of which 74 units are upstairs and 110 are downstairs. All units have covered patios with built-in jet master braais • Phase 2: 148 x 2-Bedroom luxury units - 2 x bathrooms, lounge /dining room, kitchen, patio, braai area.
Restaurants: • Tree Tops Bistro • 4th Street Café
• Gary Player Health Spa
Located at the Gary Player Country Club, this ultra-luxurious health spa is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a wide range of treatments ranging from traditional therapy treatments to hydrotherapy or Vichy shower, massage, body treatments, manicure, pedicures and skin care. There is also a gymnasium, spa pool, full locker facility and change rooms, including a steam room and hair salon.
• Royal Salon
The Royal Salon is located on the second floor of The Palace of the Lost City Hotel. The top team of stylists who are in touch with the latest international and national trends are ready to transform you into a beauty Queen (and King). Manicures, pedicures and facials are also available. Massages are offered either at The Palace Pool Deck or in the comfort of your room.
Valley of Waves
The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a 6 500-square metre (7560-square yards) wave pool with a palm-fringed beach. Hydraulic mechanisms can generate a 1,8 metre (6 feet 8 inches) wave every 90 seconds. When waves are not generated, a bobbing cycle is generated in a diamond pattern.
Visitors can find the latest in entertainment and shopping facilities in the Entertainment Centre, plus a wide range of fast food outlets, restaurants and children’s facilities and the Superbowl which boasts performances by world famous artists.
Restaurants: •Leonardo’s Pizza Workshop (Italian cuisine) •Squires (Steakhouse) •Fishmonger (seafood)
• Sun City Hotel Casino
You may try your luck at, American Roulette, Blackjack, Poker and Punto Banco or the slots machines. The concepts behind these games are very simple and once grasped open up new dimensions of excitement and entertainment.
Sun City Golf
Gary Player Golf Course
• Championship Course
Gary Player (1979) 18 holes - 7,587 yds - Par 72
Home to Nedbank Golf Challenge • Venue of the Women's World Cup 2007 + 08
Arguably South Africa's most famous course for being the annual venue of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the Gary Player Golf Course is continually ranked as one of the best in the country. One of the longest courses in the world it is also one of Africa's toughest, but multiple tees make it enjoyable for all. Although this parkland course is fairly flat, several water hazards, fairway bunkers and hidden pin placements make up for the lack of gradient.
The fairways, clad in manicured kikuyu grass make for the perfect surface from which to hit approach shots to the bent grass greens. Imaginative bunkering protects the sand-based putting surface, all large and undulating. The magnificent views of the resort’s four hotels and lake, as well as the surrounding mountains that form part of Pilanesberg National Park, is enough to stir the blood.
No carts / Caddies available
• Clubhouse (Bar, Restaurant, Pro Shop, Changing rooms, Putting Green) + Gary Player Health Spa
Lost City Golf Course
• Championship Course
Gary Player (1993) 18 holes - 6,510 yds - Par 72
Lost City Golf Course was carved out through rolling desert hills, affording views of the bushveld and Pilanesberg Mountains from every hole. The front nine has more of a links feel to it, while the desert-style back nine is only separated from the game reserve and its wildlife by a fence. The signature hole is the 13th, with its green shaped in the form of Africa and water hazard home to some Nile crocodiles!
Mandatory carts (no walking)
• Clubhouse (Bar, Restaurant, Pro Shop, Changing rooms, Putting Green, Driving Range)
There are no other golf courses of importance in the area, but several top facilities in Johannesburg, gateway to Sun City. Here are some of the top venues in town.
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
Without question, Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in South Africa. In its almost 130 years of existence, it has hosted 7 South African Opens and numerous other major tournaments. Royal is home to the biggest annual professional golf event in Africa, the Joburg Open, inaugurated in 2007, and is the preferred venue for the International Final Qualifier (Africa) for the Open Championship.
The Club is the product of a merger of the former Royal Johannesburg Golf Club and the former Kensington Golf Club in 1998. The Johannesburg Golf Club was founded in 1891 and was located on the current premises as far back as 1909. It received its Royal Charter in 1931. Little is known of the original Kensington Golf Club that closed its doors in 1918,but soon a new club and a nine hole course was established.
• The East Course (1935) Robert Grimsdell
is a championship layout that has hosted seven South African Open Championships, the SA Amateur and numerous other Tour and amateur events. The Joburg Open a co-sanctioned event between the European and Sunshine tours is played at Royal, primarily on the East Course, every January since the inaugural event in 2007.
• The West course (1909)
was the site of the Johannesburg Golf Club when it first moved to the current premises in 1909. Over the years it has been upgraded and its major revamping was in 1999. The West Course, shorter in comparison to the East Course, is a fine example of how two layouts in close proximity can still create quite different, but vastly enjoyable golfing experiences. While its beautiful sweeping fairways and generous sized greens inspire joy and confidence, the player who strays from them will quickly find trees, water or other frustration in uncompromising abundance.
Blair Atholl Golf Club
Gary Player (2007)
Situated just outside the Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservatory to the north of Johannesburg, Blair Atholl was Gary Player’s home for almost quarter of a century before developer Robbie Wray helped transform the property into a low density residential estate with a championship golf course as its focal point.
Measuring an incredible 8,300 yards from the back markers, Blair Atholl is one of the longest golf courses in the world and the fairways are routed in a large anti-clockwise loop with only the opening and closing holes running adjacent to each other.
Glendover Golf Club
Charles H. Alison (1937)
Formed back in 1935, the Glendower Golf Club engaged the services of Harry Colt’s associate, Charles Alison, to lay out an eighteen-hole parkland course in two loops of nine on some old Glendower farmland. The course has since been lenghten to modern standards and Glendower hosted the South African Open three times in recent timres. Glendover is not only a fine course in itself but is also in a lovely setting. IN 1973, the site was declared a national nature preserve, protecting the course from any real estate development.
Wanderers Golf & Country Club
Felix Oliver (1937)
The Wanderers Golf Club moved to its present site in 1937, when it became clear that the club had outgrown its previous location. Felix Oliver was the man who laid out the original 10-hole course and this was extended to a full 18-hole layout by 1942. The Wanderers is more than a golf club. In fact golf is just a small section in a wide range of activities. Like Royal Johannesburg, it is a parkland layout with an enourmous variety of trees both indigeneous and imported. Variety is tne name of the game at the Wanderers.
Pilanesburg National Park
Pilanesberg is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectare.
Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, the park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas - a delight for photographers and guests.
Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five. Visitors can explore nearly 200km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.
Johannesburg is the gateway to South Africa's top game parks, and many who enter the country here would be well-advised to spend a few days holiday in Johannesburg to experience this vibrant city before or after they hit the bush. 'Joburg', as it is known, is also a great destination for a holiday, offering plenty of attractions.
The capital of South Africa's smallest province, Gauteng, Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of Africa with its suburban sprawl creeping outwards from the central city skyscrapers and ring-road motorways. The more than 10-million inhabitants live fast and have a restless spirit, which they have imparted into the fabric of the city, also known by its African name as Egoli, 'the place of gold'. The development of the city, which is just over a century old, has followed tge gold rush started in the 1880's.
Johannesburg today is a city of contrasts, with glass-paned modern luxury high-rises towering beside a few remaining dilapidated Victorian buildings, and affluent northern suburbs with stunning private homes behind high fences giving way to the squalid streets and tiny shoebox houses of the massive Soweto township in the south. The chasm between rich and poor in the city has given rise to a high crime rate, evidenced by the fortress-like security that pervades the wealthier suburbs.
Cradle of Humankind
Between Sun City and Johannesburg lies The Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a complex of dolimitic limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the fossil, Australopithecus africanus was found in 1947 and estimated to be between 2.6 and 2.8 million years old. At present only the Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Cave are open to the public. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is a stirring, world-class exhibition space, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors and evolution over the past few million years.
Address & Contact
Sun City Resort
No 910 JK
Northwest Province 0316
Pilanesbuerg (North West Province)
187 km. NW of Johannesburg
Pilanesburg International Airport (NTY), 2 km. (Private fliights only)
Johannesburg International Airport (JNB); 150 km. (Daily scheduled bus service)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Desert-like. Warm Winters and hot Summers (December-April)