Astana, Kazakhstan: Troon has been selected to manage an all-new facility in Kazakhstan. With the country’s hosting of Expo in 2017, the creation of The Burabay Golf Resort is part of the country’s touristic development to coincide with this prestigious event.
The resort becomes the 41st venue within the ever-growing Troon international division and the 29th country globally with an active Troon presence.
Located in the Burabay region, 200 kilometres northeast of the nation’s capital, Astana, the resort will see the market-leader provide expert knowledge and quality in the pre-opening and construction period of the development.
Bruce Glasco, Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, Troon International Division, told Golf Business News: “We are extremely pleased to welcome the Burabay Golf Resort to the International Troon portfolio. This will be an exciting addition to golf in the country and the first golf resort to be built here. With exciting developments of this nature there are real opportunities to grow and heighten Kazakhstan’s position on the golfing map.
“We are well versed in the creation of golf venues within all-new destinations. Our proven track record in delivering sustainable developments gives confidence to ownership groups in the creation of their golf facilities.”
Due to be completed in late 2015, the facility will be a central hub to the town located on the northern shoreline of Lake Shuchie, part of the stunning Lake District, which is due to receive substantial regeneration in-line with the Government’s concentrated casino plans.
The 150-room hotel and clubhouse are being designed by the French firm, Archetype, while the 18-hole golf course is being constructed by the acclaimed Korean firm In-Sung.
The course will have several holes that wind along the lakeshore with stunning views of the mountains in the backdrop and will elevate the standard of golf available within the emerging golf destination.
In commenting on the selection, the owners said: “Troon comes with an unmatched vision and knowledge-set within the golf industry and, therefore, makes the perfect choice to open Burabay to the world. Their guidance in the foundation of our golf offering, connecting golf course development with pristine standards, will set the new resort apart.
“We are excited at the advancement and working side by side with the team, creating a fresh option for golfers looking at emergent destinations.”
With dense pine woods, distinctive rock formations and lakes, Burabay provides a new golfing frontier, to be accompanied by a luxurious 150-room hotel along with two marinas, 15 chalets and two artificial lagoons.
The surrounding area also creates a unique leisure offering with several attractions including a rustic nature museum, native zoo and the Burabay National Park.
With its relatively short summer season, the region is also a prime location for hiking, rock climbing or cross-country skiing in winter.
Barabay Golf Resort is Troon’s second development in the region, joining The National Azerbaijan Golf Club. Located across the Caspian Sea, the venue which in its first full year of operation has hosted the European Challenge Tour’s elite, bringing much needed profile to any new development of this kind.
Troon is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.