By Alistair Collier | From SA Golf Trader
From the John Collier Survey
From the 10th to 13th of November, the Gary Player Country Club at Sun City will once again be hosting the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which celebrates its 40th anniversary as “Africa’s Major”. For many years, this event has featured the biggest names in world golf, and now as a DP World Tour event, hosts an elite field of 64 players, playing over 4 days, for a purse of $6 million. To add further excitement, the tournament is the penultimate event in which players are able to accrue qualifying points in the Race to Dubai. Over the years, what Sun International has achieved as host, in partnership with Nedbank as tournament sponsor, is to put on a world class sporting event deserving of its name as “Africa’s major”.
The course is, as ever, an immaculately groomed layout, which has received rave reviews from the world’s top golfers, who agree that it is both demanding and fair.In addition, over the past number of years, the Gary Player Country Club has participated in independent third-party reviews of its environmental compliance and good governance processes, through the John Collier Annual Survey. In this regard, the course has been consistently awarded GOLD compliance accreditation for its reporting on issues such as sustainability, local procurement of resources and inclusivity within its local community. These awards do not happen without considerable planning and attention to detail, and special congratulations must go to Ken Payet and his club management team and green keeping staff for their efforts.
The golden thread that holds together compliance of sustainability principles and good governance is transparency. The John Collier Survey provides clubs with the ideal tool to achieve this with minimal cost and enjoy the real benefits that come from their participation.