Reinventing sports tourism in Damai


Complete makeover for Damai Golf and Country Club as it continues to attract local and foreign golfers

KUCHING: All 18 greens are set to be upgraded at Damai Golf and Country Club (DGCC), considered one of the top golf courses in the state.

MASSIVE BOOST FOR TOURISM: Top on the upgrading list at Damai Golf and Country Club is the replacement of the grass on the greens, which set to make the course superior to others.

Top most on the list, is the replacement of the grass on the greens which is set to make the course superior to others.

“We have done quite a number of improvements at DGCC and we are seeing more golfers coming to play here. At DGCC, it is more of a lifestyle experience as we offer not only top golfing experience for golfers, but also a resort experience,” enthused DGCC general manager Zulkifli Othman.

The tennis courts and swimming pool areas have already undergone facelifts, which forms part of the sprawling golf course at the tip of the Damai peninsular and adjacent to Kuching’s premier beach resort, the Damai Beach Resort.

Established in April 1996, DGCC boasts the true elegance of an international standard 18-hole golf course. It is the first in Malaysia designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, offering a majestic atmosphere with a breathtaking ocean view and lush mountain landscape.

This Par 72 course caters to a full range of players with at least three tees on each hole of the 6318 metres layout. Palmer described DGCC as the finest test of golf with the most dramatic setting in Malaysia.

“This is a ‘must play’ course for those who love golf,” Palmer once said.

“The grass on the greens will be changed and we will also upgrade the bunkers. The Mountain Nines will be upgraded first commencing April 2011, and this will be followed by the Ocean Nines,” informed Zulkifli.

The change of grass translates to faster greens. Older grass are often softer which changes the golf ball’s direction.

Fast greens are loved by golfers and this is sure to make DGCC as a course that’s sought after.

In a golf course, the greens are of optimum importance to a golfer’s game because quite often the majority of play takes place on the greens.

The replacement and restoration works were done not only out of necessity as DGCC wanted to make them better.

With the refurbishment completed, DGCC will continue to attract the best golfers and golf events.

“We’ve been working aggressively to attract many top notch golfing tournaments,” said Director of Business Development of DGCC, Caroline Yeo.

DGCC has hosted a number of professional and amateur golf competitions and continues to draw golfers to participate its monthly medal tournaments.

The renowned golf club currently has 450 life members and another 120 term members in its registry. They have a fleet of 60 buggies which can go all the way to 36 holes.

“DGCC now has a new management team and this is supported by a dedicated and experienced maintenance, sales and business development teams which are also new faces in the golf club. We are ready for the big time come 2012,” said a confident Zulkifli.