Gary Player Biography:
Player won tournaments in 27 consecutive years, and 163 tournaments total worldwide.
His first major championship win came at the 1959 Open Championship, and was the first non-American to win The Masters, in 1961. The PGA Championship followed in 1962, and when Player won the 1965 U.S. Open he became, at the time, only the third winner of the career grand slam. The last of Player’s nine wins in majors came at the 1978 Masters.
Player won the South African Open 13 times; the Australian Open seven times; and the World Match Play Championship five times. He continued winning after joining the Champions Tour in 1985, including six senior majors.
As well as being one the world’s most renowned golf course designers, he is a breeder of racehorses and has his own wine and apparel labels. Player was also a lifelong fitness buff and promoter of health and fitness initiatives, both inside and outside of golf.
Player served three times as International team captain in the Presidents Cup and was inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame as part of its first class in 1974.
Gary Player Design:
Since the early 1980s, Gary Player Design has been a global leader in golf course design. Through the years, Gary Player and Gary Player Design have executed a portfolio of nearly 400 projects in 38 countries on five continents.
“The design of a golf course is a far more sophisticated process than many people would ever imagine, as it requires not only an understanding of the game, but a great deal of vision and clever planning. To a large extent the topography of the land one works with will determine how the golf course is to be laid out, and in this regard it is always my objective to work as much as possible with the natural topography, environment and features of the site”