Bangkok, Thailand: Qualitas Project Control (QPC), a global expert in all aspects of golf and resort development, has been inducted into the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).
QPC President Sam Sakocius serves as close advisor to owners in all phases of their projects, from concept and feasibility all the way through construction and opening. The scope is broad with Qualitas currently advising on the technical aspects of infrastructure, environmental and governmental issues, logistics, including design for projects ranging from golf and leisure resorts to retirement communities, theme parks, water parks and more.
In addition to an extensive background in golf-related real estate development, business law and civil engineered heavy construction, Sakocius is an author, panellist, speaker and entrepreneur. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Golf Course Builders Association of America for multiple terms.
From Sakocius’ early days founding and leading award-winning USA-based SAJO Construction, to his time helming the Hong Kong-chartered Project Control International and the multi-national QPC, the one unifying mission has been to combine his multi-faceted talents and experience to offer customised programmes, personally designed, exactly and efficiently fitted to each client’s unique needs.
“We see our mission synergistically aligned with that of the AGIF. We have joined the federation in anticipation of co-operative collaboration, working together with our industry colleagues to innovatively grow golf in the region,” said Sakocius.
While Qualitas is best known in professional international golf circles for the more than 130 golf and related projects Sakocius has built over the past 30 years, recent years have evolved into more unique and entrepreneurial endeavours.
Currently, Qualitas is teaming with a Macau-based gaming group to develop a one-of-a-kind ‘Entertainment Zone’ (EZ) as part of a casino expansion in Laos. The EZ will feature a sports book, state-of-the-art ball tracking technology to support ‘on the tee’ gaming, custom gaming software development, sports bar entertainment elements, whisky cigar bar, and local and international menus, to complement a VIP expansion.
QPC has been heavily committed in the luxury eco-resort arena where the drive to provide ever more sustainable golf is at its peak. Qualitas is engaged in the planning of several cutting-edge projects with some of the world’s most lauded eco resort operators as they delve into co-opting golf into their eco luxury concepts.
At Sri Lanka’s Victoria Golf and Country Resort, QPC has been enlisted to design and oversee an extensive renovation to bring the acclaimed layout up to international standards and a jewel of sub-continent golf.
QPC is proud to have brought Troon International (an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation) into that project as it is being recognised even before project completion. It has recently been named by Destination Golf Magazine as ‘one of the most memorable’ courses in Asia and praised by Tom Doak in his latest hardback edition of The Confidential Guide to Golf Courses of Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Rounding out recent activity is QPC’s collaboration with Faldo Design (an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation). QPC has been engaged to manage design implementation of new projects worldwide and to provide technical and logistical support to the design firm throughout Asia.
Also on the agenda, QPC is teaming with its subsidiary, Dragon Rock LLC, on initiatives to develop and drive golf tourism in Asia. Initiatives include development of the Asia-focused edition of Dublin-based Destination Golf Magazine, providing and implementing market entry strategies and partnering with a broad spectrum of public and private sector tourism groups to advise on development strategies.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Qualitas Project Control has extensive experience of working across the region and is a welcome addition to the Federation as an Associate Business Member.”