ISKANDAR PUTERI: Today’s opening of the Forest City Golf Hotel and the Legacy Golf Course will help elevate Johor’s profile as a choice leisure destination in the region.
Country Garden Pacificview (CGPV) vice managing director Syarul Izam Sarifudin said it will also help draw more major investments, create greater job opportunities and facilitate skills transfer for the benefit of Johoreans.
“The Legacy Golf Course, which was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus and his son Jack Nicklaus II, has a desert-style concept. It is surrounded by mangroves and natural water features, which makes this a one-of-a-kind golf course set to please novice and professional players alike,” said Syarul Izam.
He said that as an added and exciting feature of the course, players will also have to contend with strong winds due to its location.
The Legacy Golf Course – the 28th golf course in the state – is the first of three golf courses that will make up the Forest City Golf Resort.
Part of the massive Forest City development, the Forest City Golf Resort adds a special tourism component to the current residential, leisure, retail and business offerings of the project.
“It also provides the perfect setting in Johor for businessmen to enjoy a warm-up session prior to having a business discussion.
“(Today’s) opening of the hotel and golf course (is also in line with) the government’s efforts to promote sports tourism in the state,” said Syarul Izam.
He added that the Forest City Golf Hotel and the Legacy Golf Course will also prioritise the hiring of locals.
“The Forest City Golf Hotel currently has over 150 staff – and all of them are locals,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd