Have an ice cream, or 38 889 of them

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The last picket fence has been put in its place. The final piece of shade cloth has been put up. And Sun City’s famous pork spare ribs are ready for the fans. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into preparing one of the biggest golf tournaments in the southern hemisphere.

The perfect green shade cloth you see on the golf course, which ensures that everything blends in with a beautifully manicured Gary Player Country Club course, could quite easily cover the entire golf course. A total of 12.6 kilometres of shade cloth is used for the Nedbank Golf Challenge. And it takes about 532 000 cable ties to tie it down, amongst other things.

Picket fencing is another important element of the event. A total of 1.8 kilometres of white picket fencing is used, and 1.4 kilometres of green picket fencing.

Moving such a high volume of spectators around the golf course every day requires a total of 900m2 of temporary paving beyond the permanent paving around the course.

And because South Africans love their braais, Sun International brings in 60 industrial braais for the week.

On the subject of food, the Nedbank Golf Challenge is famous for a world-class field of golfers playing on a world-class golf course. And the pork spare ribs. Over 8 tonnes of pork spare ribs are consumed during the week of the tournament. That’s double the amount of even the boerewors that is prepared.

And when the temperature soars at Sun City, that’s when the 19 tonnes of ice comes in really handy. A total of 38 889 ice creams also fly out the fridges during the week. Coming a close second to this is the 38 448 bottles of water people drink during the tournament.

So don’t worry, whether it’s shade cloth or bottled water you’re after, we’ve got you covered this week.


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