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Gary Player

Golf Ambassador and Philanthropist

Jupiter, FL, USA

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Gary’s Biography

Widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Gary Player is a Golf Ambassador, Philanthropist and Golf Course Designer with a passion for fitness and thoroughbred horses. Known for his positive mindset, he has lived by the mantra of "the harder I practise, the luckier I get".

The World Golf Hall of Fame Member is one of only five golfers to achieve a Career Grand Slam by winning all four majors, and is the only golfer on that list to have won a Grand Slam on the Senior Tour too. His achievements in golf resulted in the PGA Tour bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Services to Golf on him in 2012.

A member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which celebrates sport's ability to create positive change in the world, Gary’s outstanding career was acknowledged with a Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. He also captained the Rest of the World Presidents Cup Team in three consecutive tournaments against the USA between 2003 and 2007.

Having designed more than 135 golf courses on five continents, Gary recently announced that he would be working collaboratively...
Widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, Gary Player is a Golf Ambassador, Philanthropist and Golf Course Designer with a passion for fitness and thoroughbred horses. Known for his positive mindset, he has lived by the mantra of "the harder I practise, the luckier I get".

The World Golf Hall of Fame Member is one of only five golfers to achieve a Career Grand Slam by winning all four majors, and is the only golfer on that list to have won a Grand Slam on the Senior Tour too. His achievements in golf resulted in the PGA Tour bestowing a Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Services to Golf on him in 2012.

A member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, which celebrates sport's ability to create positive change in the world, Gary’s outstanding career was acknowledged with a Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. He also captained the Rest of the World Presidents Cup Team in three consecutive tournaments against the USA between 2003 and 2007.

Having designed more than 135 golf courses on five continents, Gary recently announced that he would be working collaboratively with the Jack Nicklaus design team on future projects.

Following a dedicated fitness regime all his life, including weightlifting, Gary earned himself the nickname of Mr Fitness and has always been loyal to, and passionate about, the rewards of a regular workout. From a youthful age, he loved horses and his stud farm in South Africa is famed for breeding top-performing thoroughbred racehorses and producing many winners.

Gary has continuously used his position of influence in a positive way to improve the lives of others as humanitarian and has focused strongly on education for the underprivileged. Through the Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation, millions of dollars have been raised to aid vulnerable children. The Foundation established the Blair Atholl School with facilities for providing education to over 500 underprivileged students.
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Gary’s Newsfeed

Gary Player and Tony Jacklin CBE Appear at Charity Golf Invitational

Gary Player will attend a charity golf invitational held as part of the Open Championship's 150 year celebrations.

Omaha World-Herald
Golf pro Gary Player, in visit to Omaha, takes aim at pancreatic cancer

Golfing legend Gary Player has joined forces with staff from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in a declaration of war on pancreas cancer.

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Gary’s Background

PGA Tour
Golfer
1957 - 1984
Gary clocked up an amazing 24 PGA Tour wins during his remarkable career.
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PGA Tour Champions
Golfer
1985 - 2009
Gary recorded 22 career PGA Tour Champions victories.
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Gary’s Gallery

Other Business Interests

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Gary Player Enterprises
Founder
Jupiter, FL, USA
Gary Player Enterprises was established to house Gary's intellectual property and oversee and develop his business interests.
Gary Player Design
Golf Course Architect
Jupiter, FL, USA
Gary has created more than 135 golf courses on five continents over a period of more than four decades. His approach has always been twofold: aiming to design courses that are accessible for average golfers and wanting to conserve nature and be kind to the environment at the same time.

Philanthropy

Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation
Founder
The Gary and Vivienne Player Foundation aims to support vulnerable children. They achieve this through the provision of a secure environment in which children can be nurtured to reach their potential.

Media

A Golf Podcast: The Long and the Short of It - Gary Player
Podcast
Apr 2022
Gary shares his thoughts in this podcast with Dale Hayes, Simon Hill and Dylan Rogers.
Podcast: World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player shares lifelong strategy for Success
Interview
Nov 2020
Keith Stewart from the PGA chats to Gary about the strategy that he has used to achieve success in life.
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Features

Gary Player reveals his top 10 courses in the world
Feature
Jul 2020
Gary's list of his favourite 10 courses in the world includes two of his own designs namely The Links at Fancourt, South Africa, and Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria.
Gary Player: The father of golf course design
Feature
Oct 2017
Midrand, ZA
An article highlighting ten of Gary's golf course designs worldwide including the iconic Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City course, both at Sun City.
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Memberships

Laureus World Sports Academy
Member
2000 - Present
The Laureus World Sports Academy is based on the premise that sport has the ability to transform the world. Its members vote for the Laureus Sports Awards winners every year. Academy members engage with young people through Sport for Good initiatives.

Awards & Endorsements

USGA Bob Jones Award
Bob Jones Award
1966
The Bob Jones Award for Sportsmanship is the highest honour the USGA can bestow on a golfer.
PGA Tour
PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award for Golf
Jan 2012
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Gary became the first international and only the 10th golfer honoured with this award at the start of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This award acknowledges contributions to the sport on and off the field.
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Academic Appointments

University of Dundee
Honorary Doctorate in Law
1999 - Present
Dundee, UK
Gary's Honorary Doctorate in Law was the third honorary degree bestowed on him.
Ulster University
Honorary Doctorate in Science
1997 - Present
Belfast, UK
Gary received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Ulster University in recognition of his golfing achievements.
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Commercial Partners

Berenberg Bank
Global Brand Ambassador
Having served as Tournament Ambassador of the European Tour events from 2010, Gary was named as global brand ambassador of Berenberg Bank.

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