From a modest start as MC at the University of Cape Town’s charity golf day while still a student, Dan has become South Africa’s most prolific host of golf events.
Foremost amongst his golf involvement, Dan travels annually to St. Andrews to host the gala dinner at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – an event that has included Samuel L Jackson, Michael Douglas, Bill Murray, Hugh Grant, Michael Phelps, Liz Hurley, Shane Warne, Andy Garcia, Johan Cruyff, Huey Lewis, Dan Quayle and Kelly Slater amongst the celebrity guests in the audience.
Dan has also hosted the Emirates Airlines Invitational in Abu Dhabi, the Freedom Day Golf Challenge in Dubai, the Investec JAG Invitational at Wentworth’s famed West Course in London, and the Air Mauritius Open.
Locally, Dan’s resume is extensive: eight years hosting Vodacom’s Origins of Golf Series on the Sunshine Tour, seven years hosting the pro-am dinner at the European Tour’s Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, and multiple pro-am dinners at other European Tour events in South Africa, including the South African Open, the Joburg Open, and the Tshwane Open.
Dan has also hosted Sunshine Tour dinners at the BMG Classic, the Suncoast Classic, the Telkom PGA Championship, and the Vodacom Championship, and is a four-time host of the Sunshine Tour’s annual awards dinner. For seven consecutive years Dan has also presented the national final of Sanlam’s Cancer Challenge, South Africa’s largest sports event by participation, with over 40 000 golfers joining the fight against cancer.
Dan has served as MC at numerous prize-giving dinners at golf events across South Africa, including Tsogo Sun’s Duke Of Edinburgh Cup, BMW’s Golf Cup International, Absa’s Premier’s Invitational, Autopage Cellular’s Corporate Golf Cup, FNB’s Invitational at Fancourt, and the Orlando Pirates 75th Anniversary Golf Day. Other individual golf day clients have included Pioneer Foods, Metropolitan, Standard Bank, the Institute Of Directors, Pick ‘n Pay, Hugo Boss and TaylorMade.
Cementing his position in the South African golf industry, Dan has hosted three groups of competition winners on golf tours of Scotland with Bell’s, and has taken a touring group to Augusta to watch the Masters. Dan is also a brand ambassador for TaylorMade, and has hosted TaylorMade Invitational events with Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen and Justin Rose.
“No-one is safe when Dan Nicholl is holding the microphone, least of all me! When it comes to Pro-Am and golf day prizegivings, he’s the best in the business and, whether it’s representing a major sponsor or raising funds for a deserving cause, Dan is always at the top of his game.”
– Selwyn Nathan, Executive Director, Sunshine Tour
“Thank you so much for being absolutely incredible yesterday at the Nedbank Golf Challenge player announcement. You were a true professional yesterday, and wish you only bigger success in the future.”
– Sue Klerk, Sun International
“Thank you for giving up your extremely precious time to take control of things at the Sunshine Tour Awards evening last night. We really appreciate your support of the Tour and, as always, you brought a lighthearted, yet professional tone to the evening. I know that everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and that was in no small way thanks to you.”
– Duncan Cruickshank, Sunshine Tour
“Dan has been acting as MC for a number of years at the dinner and prize-giving following the IoDSA golf day. The ease with which Dan navigates the proceedings and his ability to entertain never fails to contribute hugely to the success of the event.”
– Ansie Ramalho – Chief Executive, The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa