MALAYSIA HAS A NEW NUMBER ONE GOLF COURSE!
Kuala Lumpur, 28 January 2020 – Kicking off to a fantastic start in 2020 is TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East and West Courses taking the number one and two spots respectively for the Best Courses in Malaysia by globally acclaimed Golf Digest International.
Adding more feathers in its cap, TPC Kuala Lumpur ascended the Top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Clubs of the World from 88th to 82nd place. This 5-Star Platinum Club status is the pinnacle recognition for private clubs around the world.
“Securing a position in the Golf Digest International’s Best Courses in Malaysia and Top 100 Platinum Golf and Country Club are incredible achievements for the club. Being a top club means consistently providing the best in facilities and services to our members and guests,” said Steven Thielke, Chief Executive Officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur.
“The recent enhancements within TPC Kuala Lumpur have been the West Course renovation, practice area expansion, upgrade of buggies and resurfacing of the driving range. More up-coming developments are being planned in phases, so stay tuned,” he added.
Graced by LPGA players and home to the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament from 2010 to 2017, the East Course had witnessed proud moments of top international players such as Jessica Korda, Lexi Thompson, Christie Kerr, Shanshan Feng and Inbee Park over the years.
The East Couse; also fondly known as the “Grand Old Lady” features impeccable fairways and greens with beautiful vibrant coloured landscaping. This Par 71 course that measures 5713 metres is undoubtedly a golfer’s paradise and the perfect sanctuary to provide a habitat to the numerous forms of flora and fauna within the area. The East Course originally opened in 1991 but underwent a renovation in 2008 before reopening its doors in 2010.
Meanwhile, the more challenging Par 72 West Course that measures 6405 metres had undergone two renovations in 2007 and again in 2017; and reopened in August 2018. The West Course has a long track record of having hosted international tournaments between 2006 and 2018 in the form of the Maybank Malaysian Open and the CIMB Classic. Throughout the years, the West Course has won multiple international awards and is still very much a formidable name in the golfing world.
Proudly owned by Sime Darby Property, TPC Kuala Lumpur has set an impressive track record with its multi-award-winning milestones. Since becoming part of the highly acclaimed TPC Network, TPC Kuala Lumpur is voted Malaysia’s Best Golf Course by World Golf Award 2019 for its West Course and is a much sought-after club by golfers. The club is also Malaysia’s first and only Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary for Golf in 2019 upon meeting stringent environmental management standards, an award winning educational and international certification programme endorsed by the United States Golf Association that helps golf courses to protect and preserve the environment.
Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur is a 36-hole tournament-standard course strategically located in them lush landscape of Bukit Kiara, just eight kilometres from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its proprietor Sime Darby Property; designed the club as an elegant and relaxing golf haven surrounded by natural beauty.
TPC Kuala Lumpur defines new standards in golf and country clubs with its superior service, excellent facilities and warm hospitality. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby Property and incorporates state-of-the art technology with impressive attention to detail.
TPC Kuala Lumpur captured the world’s attention from staging the PGA TOUR, European Tour and the LPGA all within a year for three consecutive years between 2013 and 2015. In October 2016, TPC Kuala Lumpur made history again by successfully staging the PGA TOUR-sanctioned CIMB Classic and Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia consecutively, both feats unknown before in the history of golf.
The new grasses are identical to those at TPC Sawgrass, home to The Players Championship which is the PGA TOUR’s annual flagship tournament in the United States. Whilst TifEagle Bermuda grass has been planted on the greens to provide a consistently fast and true putting surface, Celebration Bermuda grass has been planted on all the tee boxes and fairways, as well as bunker and green surrounds. “The new fairways will now have more run, and the new green surrounds can be mown short to provide run-off areas so as to allow for a variety of recovery shots to be played on a firmer playing surface,” Thielke explained. In addition, modifications were made to holes 4, 7, 12, 14, 16 and 17 as well as a new 80-yard short game practice area which has also been built as part of the upgrading project along with the addition of a new practice putting green.
This upgrading project has been headed by TPC Kuala Lumpur Head of Agronomy, Mohd Nizam Othman, Vice President of Design Services of PGA TOUR, Stephen Wenzloff, course architect from Parslow and Winter Golf Design; Jason Winter and Chief Executive Officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur; Steven Thielke. “This project is a combination of feedback from various constituents from club members, PGA TOUR players and Rules Officials, the course architect from Parslow and Winter Golf Design, and the TPCKL Agronomy team. All the feedback was taken into consideration to ensure the new West Course is more competitive and beneficial to all parties,” Wenzloff commented, adding that the West Course, the home of the PGA TOUR’s CIMB Classic, is in prime condition for the up-coming tournament.
After getting a sneak preview of the new West Course, David Frost; renowned course rater from the World’s Top 100 Golf Courses stated that the hard work by the team at TPC Kuala Lumpur is nothing less than the best of the best. “There are hardly any weak holes on the course and how privileged are the Members of TPC Kuala Lumpur to be able to play regularly on a course like this,” was Frost’s most outstanding comment. “Nizam and his team have also put in a tremendous effort to enhance the overall aesthetics that include landscaping, open water features and lake edges. This is one of our unique ways to deliver world class services and experiences to our Members at every touch point,” said Thielke.
Bookings for the West Course start on 26 August 2018 by calling 03 – 2011 9111 / 269 or register directly at TPC Kuala Lumpur’s Golf Registration counter.
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