Jinji Lake Golf Course Officially Opens
The 27-hole championship-standard "Jinji Lake International Golf Club", invested by SIP Golf Co., Ltd. and designed under the name of the legendary Gray Player and managed by IMG, announced official opening on June 3.
The newly opened golf course is located between Jinji Lake and Dushu Lake in SIP, and composed of three 9-hole courses of different terrains, namely, links, wetland, and illuminated forest. All the 27 holes are equipped with GPS system to provide modern technical facility. The club owns an area of 10,000 square meters in three elevations, shaped like a lighthouse. The design imparts a modern air, and the facilities include Western restaurant, Chinese food restaurant, a cloakroom, a golf outfit stores, and a red wine and cigar bar featuring the brilliant golf career of Gary Player.
Present at the grand opening Gary Player, leaders of the designing firm, and senior managers from IMG Singapore and Asian headquarters. Lu Guoliang, representative of the owner, paid high respect in his speech to Gary Player and his team for their devotion in the whole course of designing.
Mr. Patrick Bowers, Vice-president of IMG Golf Course Management, spoke at the ceremony on behalf of the management company. He gave an account of the operation strategy, business procedure and training program, and pledged that the management team from Singapore and IMG staff would strive to run the course into the best world-class club.
The 70-year-old "black cavalier" Gary Player praised Jinji Lake Golf Course as "an incredible miracle", which turned tracts of fish ponds into a first-class golf course by filling in 8 million cubic meters of earth and planting thousands of trees. He said emphatically, "Jinji Lake Golf Course is not only the best Links 9-hole course in China, but the best in the world."
Then, Gary Player gave a demonstration of golf skills to the several hundred guests at present, and gave them tips on golf technique. The international master's sense of humor and patient answers to questions impressed all present.
By 1:00 PM, the red wine and cigar bar, named after Gary Player, was officially inaugurated, and the members of the club visited the exhibits illustrating the outstanding achievements of Gary Player. As an integral part of SIP overall planning and landmark project in SIP, Jinji Lake International Golf Course will play a positive role in promoting the international and modern atmospheres and garden-like ecology of SIP.
June 12, 2006