Colombo, Sri Lanka: The storied Royal Colombo Golf Club has acquired the services of Jansen Golf Design & Construction (JGD&C) to improve its golf course, starting with the construction of two new holes and the rebuilding of all tee complexes.
Paul Jansen, Founder of JGD&C, said: “We are excited by the opportunity to work with such an historic golf club. I am a big fan of the uniqueness of the golf course and I hope our work over time highlights and even enhances the character of the property.
“As with most of our projects I will be using this opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time on site each month servicing the project in both a design and project management capacity.”
At the same time, just across the Bay of Bengal, near the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar, a new 18-hole championship golf course is being built under the guidance of Jansen.
When complete, the Cox’s Bazar Golf Club will be open to the general public. “It’s hoped this will play a small part in growing the game in that part of the world,” said Jansen, whose company is an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
Key role players on the project include the Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) and The R&A, as well as local stakeholders. The golf course is getting built on land belonging to the army, who are supplying engineering, manpower and equipment support.
Brigadier General Salim Akhtar, Head of Development at the BGF, said: “Paul Jansen has been associated with the BGF as golf course architect for the last two years in designing and helping the Federation to build a new 18-hole golf course at Cox’s Bazar.
“The BGF engaged Paul as a result of discussions with The R&A and he has helped and guided the BGF to plan for making Cox’s Bazaar Golf Club an environmentally sustainable golf course, which is the recommended path by The R&A for future golf courses.”
Singapore: This year’s SMBC Singapore Open has been cancelled due to on-going concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic in the region.