Gary Player

Full Name
Gary Jim Player
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Year of Birth
1935
Place Born
Johannesburg, South Africa

When speaking of Gary Player, it’s common for observers to say something along the lines of: “He’s done more with less than any golfer I’ve ever seen.” World Golf Hall of Fame - Class of 1974. “The harder you practice, the luckier you get.” Gary Player

Gary Player, the youngest of three children born to Harry and Muriel Player, had a tough start in life. Tragically his mother died when he was only eight years old. Player later wrote that his sad loss “has been a means for me, as it were, to settle some unfathomable debt.”

When Player was fourteen, his father bought him a set of golf clubs, which he immediately put to good use at Virginia Park golf course (now called South Downs Country Club), located on the edge of the Klipriviersberg Municipal Nature Reserve, south of downtown Johannesburg.

According to folklore, during his first game at Virginia Park, Player parred the first three holes, and two years later aged sixteen, he declared that he would become the best golfer in the world.

“Gary Player turned professional in 1953 and won scores of tournaments throughout the world,” wrote Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Architects of Golf. “One of only four men [now five including Tiger Woods] to complete golf’s Grand Slam, he won three British Opens, three Masters, two PGA Championships and one U.S. Open. With Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, Player was considered one of golf’s Big Three in the 1960s.

Although he was always first and foremost a competitive golfer, Player served as a golf design consultant for over half a dozen different golf architects. At the height of his playing career, Player planned several courses in South Africa and Zimbabwe in collaboration with professional golfer Sid Brews and Dr. Van Vincent. In the early 1970s he was associated with American designers Ron Kirby and Arthur Davis. When Davis left the partnership, Player then teamed up with Ron Kirby and Denis Griffiths.

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BlackSeaRama

2nd Bulgaria Ranking

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Blair Atholl

4th Gauteng - Best in Area 13th South Africa Ranking

Measuring an incredible 8,300 yards from the back markers, Blair Atholl is one of the longest golf courses in the world...

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Cascades at Somabay

3rd Egypt Ranking

Cascades at Somabay was far ahead of its time when it opened in 1998, in fact it was the first championship golf course in North Africa to be designed by any of the modern day “Great Triumvirate”...

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Château de Taulane

4th South East France - Best in Area 24th France Ranking

The “Black Knight”, Gary Player designed the Taulane layout, which is set on some 120 hectares and opened for play in 1992 to critical acclaim.

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Cihelny

9th Czech Republic Ranking

Set in western Bohemia, in the beautiful Slavkovsky forest, near Karlovy Vary, the Cihelny Golf Resort course is laid out on the flood plain of the river Teplá...

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Cliffs at Mountain Park

24th South Carolina - Best in Area

The Cliffs at Mountain Park is a Gary Player design, with fourteen fairways routed alongside the North Saluda River. There’s also an exciting 4-hole finish – called “The Joust”...

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Dainfern

28th Gauteng - Best in Area 71st South Africa Ranking

The 18 holes of the Gary Player and Phil Jacobs-designed Dainfern layout are actually a reworking of the old Fourways course that was originally laid out on the property.

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DLF (Gary Player)

1st Northern India - Best in Area 1st India Ranking 90th Asia Ranking

The DLF Golf & Country Club now has 27 holes at its disposal, the 18-hole Gary Player course and a 9-hole Arnold Palmer course, which still retains its floodlighting for those seeking a night time golfing experience.

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Donnafugata (Parkland)

4th Sicily - Best in Area 27th Italy Ranking

Gary Player's Parkland layout at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa hosted the inaugural Sicilian Open in March of 2011, only five months after it was first unveiled to the golfing public.

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