Lost City - North West - South Africa

Lost City Golf Course,
Sun City Resort,
Pilansberg 0316,
South Africa


  • +27 (0) 14 557 1000

  • Golf Club Website

  • 100 miles NW of Johannesburg, off the R556

  • Welcome, except Tuesdays (when closed), book in advance

  • Kenny Payet

  • Gary Player

  • Not known

The Sun City resort in North West province is adjacent to the fourth largest game park in South Africa (the Pilanesberg National Park) and it’s an opulent man-made oasis in an inhospitable, semi-desert region.

Operated by the Sun International Leisure Group of Hotels, Resorts and Casinos, Lost City is one of two world class courses at the Sun City resort and although it is often overshadowed by the neighbouring Gary Player Country Club layout, it is still a great course in its own right – though some consider its cart only regulation a major drawback.

Fairways are generally open but don’t be too wayward as there’s plenty of waste bunkers to catch errant shots. Water comes into play at several holes, most notably on the par threes at the 3rd and 15th holes, not forgetting the multi tiered water feature between the 9th and 18th holes.

The most fearsome hazard is reserved for the downhill, par three, 13th hole where a crocodile pit (yes, you read that correctly the first time; an enclosure containing large reptiles!) guards the front of the green. Unlucky for some if a tee shot goes in there – just tee another ball up and try again!

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Description: The most fearsome hazard at Lost City is reserved for the downhill par three 13th where a crocodile pit guards the front of the green! Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

I played both Sun City golf courses a couple of years ago on an extended weekend. The Lost City course has some spectacular views from the elevated tees and I was happy to have a golf cart as the course has many elevation changes which would be tiring to walk in hot weather. The holes leading out and in to the hotel (nr. 9, 10, 18) are really memorable, the par 3 crocodile pit less so. My main gripe is that some holes with doglegs and narrowed fairways can easily lead to lost balls, and some uphill shots were blind. Worth the effort.
4 / 6
Lost City
April 03, 2016


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I know a lot of people prefer this to the Gary Player Course – but I’m not sure why. Sure it is certainly quirky, with some fabulous raised tee’s playing over ravines and even a crocodile pit (yes they are real) – but for me it just felt a bit too rugged and more like the pictures I’ve seen of Arizona. That said – if you are in Sun City and have time it is certainly worth the experience. It is still in great condition and the view of the clubhouse walking up the 18th is quite impressive.
4 / 6
Lost City
December 02, 2010


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