Laos Golf course close to completion for SEA Games 2009

Posted by samakomlao Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Lao Golf Federation says the new golf course in Phokham village (km18) in Xaythany district where the SEA Games' golf tournament will take place is now 80 percent complete. A new golf course for use in the SEA Games is being built in Phokham village (km18) in Xaythany district.

Construction began in January 2008 and the three nine-hole courses will be finished by May. Only two will be used for the SEA Games.

The Booyoung Company of Korea invested about 50 billion kip (US$5 million) for construction of the 27-hole international standard golf course, which is being built on about 150 hectares of land.

Federation President Songkham Silaphet still hopes the company and the Lao government will seal the 2,250 metre road around the course and install lighting.

The federation is having difficulty clearing land around the course because some people have not yet left their homes to make way for construction.

Mr Songkham said the course would be completed in May as long as the plans did not change.

The federation says it will be able to maintain the grass on the golf course ahead of the games, despite the hot, dry weather.

Golfing events at the games comprise men's and women's singles and men's and women's teams.

The Youth Garden Golf Course at Km 14 in Hadxaifong district is not at the standard needed for international tournament play, but is where the Lao team is training in preparation for December.

Although the medal winning chances for Laos are meagre as the team lacks international experience, the federation is still hopeful of a good performance.

The federation is looking for a professional coach to train the team.

The Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, based in Australia , will provide financial assistance for the Lao golf team to participate at the games.

Booyoung signed a contract with the Asean Civil Road and Bridge Construction Company of Laos to design and create the golf course. The company will also build amenities such as a restaurant and hotel, to attract tourists.

After the close of the games, the Booyoung Company will extend the course by an additional 60 hectares, to make a total of 210 hectares and 45 holes.

By Sangkhomsay Bubphanouvong

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