Gary Player on air travel

2012-11-06 14:48

Local golfing legend, Gary Player recently contributed to New York Times' Frequent Flier column, sharing a few memories from his many years of air travel. 

He opened his column saying "I would like to meet the person who has flown more than me. I have been traveling for about 60 years, 90 percent of which has been on commercial airlines. I've logged more than 15 million miles."

Player admitted to the fact that since his youngest years he had wanted to travel and be the world champion, not "just an American or British champion" and that his career had granted him this incredible opportunity. 

As for the development of the travel industry over the past 60 years, Player had the following to say:

"Flying today is just so different compared with when I started out. Just imagine. I had to go through six different layovers to get from Johannesburg to the United States to play a tournament. I often traveled with my family, which, aside from my wife, also included, at some points, six children. There was no such thing as a disposable diaper or a changing table. I had to get to America and win the tournament so I could make enough money to break even and get a return flight."

He added that because of the many years of family travel, he will always have a soft spot for mothers travelling with children. "I don't care if a child is crying on a plane. I just feel sorry for the parents, and mostly for the child. So I will try to do what I can. I like showing young children magic tricks," he said. 

At 77-years-old, Player still travels a lot and recently visited "Shanghai, Thailand, London, Palm Beach, Brazil, Morocco and Mexico, to name a few." Of all the travel lessons he's learned over time, he highlighted eating properly and sleeping well as the most valuable.

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