Singapore: Asian golf luminary Kyi Hla Han has officially launched his golf course architecture company.
Kyi Hla Han Golf Design is a fully integrated Golf Course Design and Development entity that offers services which reflect a plan/design/build/open model for projects ranging from private 18-hole resort courses to large multi-use real estate developments.
An Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, Kyi Hla Han Golf Design is the only Asian-based Signature design entity operating in Asia which ensures clients have close personal oversight during the entire design and build process with rapid response to any unexpected issues as they arise.
As the company principal, Han brings international design insight inspired by his 25-year career as a touring professional, playing on the Asian, European, Japanese and Australian PGA Tours. In 1999 he topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit standings.
Han also played a significant role in the formation of the Asian Tour in 2004, serving as Chairman/Commissioner during the past 13 years. He remains a Director on the Board. Adding to the prestige of his brand, Han was recently named the seventh most powerful person in Asian Sport by Reuters.
Recent Han Golf Design projects which have received acclaim include a Signature design role in The Dalat at 1200 Private Estates in Vietnam and a Signature Co-Design role in Mandalay Myotha Golf Club in Myanmar. He is currently in pre-planning with a large multi-use coastal resort in Western Myanmar.
Han’s design philosophy is that golf, whenever possible, should be a breathtaking experience. “I want the golfer to enjoy the beauty of my courses and surrounding geography,” said Han, who carefully considers not only how his golf courses will play but also how they will enhance the golfer’s sense of tranquility through vistas and alcoves of peaceful landscapes interwoven into his design fabric.
Being an administrator and businessman during his tenure at the Asian Tour, his understanding of the financial side of golf goes hand in hand with his design philosophy. His projects will not only be fascinating, they will be sustainable.
Kyi Hla Han Golf has commissioned the services of Sam Sakocius and his company Qualitas Project Control to assemble and administer his technical support team.
Sakocius is an award-winning global expert in all aspects of golf development, specialising in technical aspects of golf functionality and lives full time in Southeast Asia.
He has been a recipient of the (United States) National Golf Builder of the Year Award and has been integral in the development of more than 100 projects worldwide including Liberty National, TPC of New Orleans, Trump International Puerto Rico, and Chambers Bay.
He is responsible for design feasibility, efficiency and technical soundness of plan production and implementation.
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