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Posted on May 01, 2020 by Lee Lija

Looking Back on the Nedbank Golf Challenge 2019: A Spectator’s View

For the weekend of November 14th2019, Sun City was home to another successful Nedbank Golf Challenge, hosted by Gary Player. As one of the biggest sporting events in South Africa, fans are always in for a treat; the Nedbank Golf Challenge has more to offer annually. 

Something for the Fans

A major focus this year was fan engagement and activities. Spectators had so much to choose from; from virtual reality experiences, dinners prepared by culinary geniuses,real-time sports betting, to the premium hospitality that has come to be expected from, Nedbank Golf Challenge sponsor, Sun International. 

Eager punters could visit the Sunbet marquee, where they gave away hundreds of promotional free cash bets and double-ups vouchers to go with the player activations. Other competitions were rife throughout the weekend events and celebrations, and some lucky supporters got the chance to win epic prizes.  

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