Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [September 8]: The Els Club Malaysia will feature prominently on the closing day of the inaugural Golf Course Superintendents Association of Malaysia [GCSAM] and Asian Golf Industry Federation [AGIF] Turfgrass Management Seminar.
The two-day gathering at the award-winning Kota Permai Golf and Country is supported by the Malaysian Golf Association and sees educational topics presented by notable industry professionals.
Adding further kudos is the fact that the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is offering education points for this event.
Officially unveiled at the start of the 2015, The Els Club Teluk Datai is playing an integral role in realising the vision of resort owners Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) in developing golf and bespoke tourism experiences in Malaysia.
Charged with developing strategic tourism, DRH selected The Els Club brand for three Malaysian golf developments, two of which are currently under construction in the southernmost state of Johor – Els Club Desaru Coast and Els Club Desaru Valley.
Marcus Hartup, Group Director of Agronomy at The Els Club Malaysia, will provide delegates with on overview of the Datai and Desaru projects and explain how these facilities will transform the nation’s golf offering over the coming years.
The Els Club Datai is managed and operated by Troon Golf, an Executive Member of the AGIF, who oversee operations at some of world’s pre-eminent golf resorts.
It’s appropriate, therefore, that David Lunardelli, Troon Golf’s Director of Agronomy, Asia Pacific, will be the morning’s second speaker, focusing specifically on Best Practices on Greens Maintenance in Shaded Areas.
Wrapping up the morning session will be Denis Nuevo. The Senior Manager – Administration, Facilities/Golf Course Maintenance and Sports at The Orchard Golf & Country Club in the Philippines, will provide a Case Study on Water Conservation.
Following lunch, delegates will take to the award-winning course at Kota Permai, a Golf Facility Member of the AGIF.
Tang Meng Loon, Group General Manager – Gamuda Land Clubs, said: “It is through top-level gatherings such as this that course superintendents from around the country can enhance their knowledge and become better at what they do.
“I express my appreciation to the AGIF for the commendable initiative in staging its first turfgrass educational seminar in Malaysia, in collaboration with the Golf Course Superintendents of Malaysia and Malaysian Golf Association.
“With the backing of the AGIF, the GCSAM and MGA I am convinced that the education seminar will grow bigger in the years ahead.”
Gold sponsors for the Malaysian event were Jacobsen and Toro, both Executive Members of the AGIF.
Prior to visiting Malaysia, the AGIF has this year staged educational events for superintendents in the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Before the end of 2015, further AGIF educational events will take place in Indonesia [September 29-30], China [October 25-30] and Taiwan [November 9-10].
Hainan Island, China: Yalong Bay Golf Club, one of China’s best-known and most prolific tournament venues, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation.