The 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player, will feature a world-class lineup of entertainment to match the golf when “Africa’s Major” tees off at the Gary Player Country Club from 9-12 November.
With a focus on fan value outside the ropes this year, the Public Hospitality Village has been significantly revamped to feature the hottest live local entertainment for the fans as soon as the last putt drops each day in this Rolex Series event on the European Tour.
Kicking off the live entertainment on 9 November is Brent Harris and Thee Jam. Drummer Harris and guitarist Denholm Harding are both founding members of the super group Just Jinjer, one of South Africa’s top selling bands with over a quarter of a million albums sold.
On 10 November, The Dixi Hillbillies tee off the post-golf entertainment. The vibrant folk-rock band comprises Gavin Hooker, considered one of the country’s finest vocalists and guitar shredders; Keith Hutchinson, a Grammy-nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Johnny Clegg's internationally acclaimed Savuka; Jerry Grove on bass; Roy Schoombie, hailed as one of SA’s leading drummers and the founder of Drumthology (an upliftment programme for destitute young people) and Johan Scheppel on violin, keyboard and vocals.
On 11 November, the legendary Mango Groove will entertain spectators. Mango Groove has been a household name on the South African music scene since 1984. The 11-piece band, with Claire Johnston on lead vocals, is known for their special fusion of pop and township music. The band’s most recent album, Faces to the Sun, was released last year.
Closing the weekend entertainment on the stretch is two-piece band, Me and Mr Green. Hailing from Cape Town, Me and Mr Green are a lively duo that perform a wide repertoire, and are known for their close-to-the-real thing tribute show to Coldplay.
Sports fans can also take in the South African Hall of Fame, which is an interactive exhibition where you can test your skills on simulators and learn more about the country’s sports heroes on touch screens.
Sun City’s lounges and restaurants, including Luma Bar & Lounge at the Cascades Hotel, Legends at Soho, The Brew Monkey at the Valley of Waves and the Shebeen will also feature live entertainment by local artists and DJs.
And of course Sun City has a wealth of other activities to keep spectators busy.
With over 30 restaurants, Sun City caters to all tastes. Must tries are Bocado at the Cascades, Legends at Soho and The Brew Monkey at the Valley of Waves.
Soho (formerly the Sun City Hotel) is Sun City’s always-on party zone. Soho boasts an exclusive dance club, Encore, a vibrant bar, Vibes, as well as new restaurants.
The Pilanesberg National Park and its Big Five is also just a wedge away from the main resort.
And the adrenalin junkies can choose from the waterslides at the Valley of Waves, or the outdoor adventure hub, Adrenalin Extreme, where they can go wild with activities like Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, The Accelerator and quad 4x4 challenge. There’s also the two-kilometre long zip line, the longest in the world and with an average speed of 120 km/h. And Waterworld offers parasailing, waterskiing, jet-skis, paddleboats, a wake snake, wake boarding and boat rides.
Children can enjoy supervised workshops at Kamp Kwena or try out Finders Keepers, Rock Venture Golf, Kazooma Raceway, Long John Silver Bumper Boats, a playground and the Stimela Train.
Tickets for the 2017 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player are currently on sale at http://www.ticketpros.co.za.
Adults will pay R100 for access on the practice and pro-am days on Tuesday 7 November and Wednesday 8 November, after which the cost will be R200 on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November, and R220 on Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November.
Children between the ages of 12 and 17 will gain free access on 7 and 8 November, after which they will pay R90 on 9 and 10 November, and R100 on 11 and 12 November. Children under 12 will gain free access for the duration of the event.
And for the ultimate in convenience there will be a Park and Ride option with return trips daily from Pretoria and Johannesburg to Sun City at a cost of R450 per person return and including a snack pack. They will depart at 09:00 and return at 18:00 at the three Park and Ride points of Menlyn Shopping Centre (at the Welcome Centre), WorldWear Shopping Centre (at the main entrance), and Killarney Mall (at the Pick ‘n Pay entrance). For further information contact Selma Nel on 082 442 1602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org