Tuesday, 23 October 2012

BJCC renamed Penang Golf Club: welcome to the newly upgraded Penang Golf course

THE renovation project at the 18-hole Bukit Jambul Coun-try Club (BJCC) golf course in Penang has been completed well ahead of its scheduled time.

The upgraded section is slated to open to golfers starting this Saturday.

Island Golf Properties Bhd chairman Datuk Eiro Sakamoto said the RM11mil golf course, which would be known as the Penang Golf Club, had been completed 14 months ahead of schedule.

“The course has been leng-thened slightly, and is now a par-72 golf course instead of its previous par-71 course.

“Among the upgrading works done were the resurfacing of the tee boxes, fairways and greens as well as the careful tendering of the golf lanes,” he said.

“The bunkers have also been redone. In addition, the subsoil drainage throughout the golf course has also been carried out to allow the smooth flow of rainwater,” he told a press conference at the club premises on Saturday.

All systems go: Sakamoto (left) having a discussion with Penang Golf Club chief operations officer Johnny Khoo at the newly renovated 18-hole golf course
 
Sakamoto said the cow grass at the fairways had also been replaced with Bermuda grass.

“The putting greens, the area surrounding the pin flags, have also been covered with an imported grass known as TifEagle, a hybrid type of cultivated grass that enhances the smoothness and fineness of golf greens,” he said.

Sakamoto also said approximately RM2.5mil had been spent on 100 new all-weather golf buggies for the new golf course.

“In the coming months, we’ll also upgrade the clubhouse building at a cost of RM4.5mil. We already have a new restau-rant known as the Sakurajima Restaurant which serves both Japanese and Chinese cuisines.

“We are now looking at a terrace coffee house and new changing rooms,” he added.

He also said the new golf course with all 18 holes would be open on Saturday during the 2nd Penang Chief Minister’s Golf Tournament.

“Chief Minister (Lim Guan Eng) will launch the game at noon,” he said.

By CAVINA LIM The Star/Asia News Network

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