Multan, Pakistan: Sir Nick Faldo and his Faldo Design firm has signed an agreement with the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Multan to deliver a signature golf course on the property of a high-end residential community.
Described as a significant milestone in Pakistan’s sporting history, the Sir Nick Faldo Signature Golf Course will represent the first signature design in Pakistan, marking the 25th country to host a project by Faldo Design, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“There is a real energy and inspiration when you design a course in a new golf market as the layers of opportunity are plenty,” said six-time Major champion Faldo, Britain’s most successful golfer. “This course will not only represent a new recreation and lifestyle property in Pakistan but also a true opportunity for our sport.
“I have personally come to know the promise of young Pakistani golfers, through their participation in the Faldo Series. Our vision in this project with DHA in Multan incorporates the local texture while providing strategy and facilities equal to memorable championship courses around the world.”
Brigadier Nadeem Aslam, DHA Multan’s Project Director, visited the Faldo Design Office, in Windsor, England for a signing ceremony.
He said: “Golf is a game of passion and a fast-growing sport in Pakistan. We have talent but it needs to be nurtured to compete at international level and my objective is to see Pakistani golfers participating on the Asian and European Tours.
“Being Pakistan’s first signature course, complemented by a ‘performance academy’ and managed and operated by an internationally reputed company, this golf course will become Golf’s Centre of Excellence.
“Focused on Pakistan’s future with golf, the course aims to host Faldo Series Championships and other international events. This championship 18-hole golf course will be part of a prestigious golf community project which includes high-end/luxury villas and apartments besides other hospitality and commercial precincts.”
Faldo and his design team have begun successful and productive working sessions with the DHA project team to finalise vision and concepts.
The Faldo Design team made its first official visit to the site in late June. Course construction is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018 with completion and opening scheduled for the end of 2019.
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