Golf as sports tourism SGC

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The Sibu Golf Club (SGC) is turning to the Internet to promote the golf course here, reaching out to the international golfing community and putting the town on the world map.

Club secretary Robert Tan said golf could be effectively promoted as part of sports tourism.

He said the time had never been better to promote golf as sports tourism with the airport renovation scheduled for completion this September.

“SGC is coming up with a website to promote Sibu golf course to golfers in the country and other parts of the world.

We have picturesque scenery and good golfing facilities to offer to domestic and overseas golfers.

“I think the time is ripe to promote it and visitors can tee off with tour packages such as a city tour or perhaps or a Rajang River cruise to start with. We are promoting golf in all aspects,” Tan told The Borneo Post yesterday.

He added: “Unlike tennis where the court is standardised, golf course differs for each locality and each possesses its own uniqueness.

“Golfers love to sample or play at different locations to get a feel of it and share their experience with friends back home.”

He said the target segment ranged from medium to high end classes of golfers.

When asked why, he said this segment of people would not hesitate to spend when visiting a place.

And with golf courses available in Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu, he suggested a single package be created for Sarawak, giving golfers opportunity to sample or play at different locality.

Speaking from experience, he noted Koreans are always keen to play golf in Sarawak as the fee here is more competitive.

“Beside the affordable rate, they enjoy the weather here as it is just nice for golfing activities,” said Tan, who is managing director of Equitorial Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd.

While the men played golf, their families could go on a city tour, he enthused.

“The green in Sibu golf course is most unique, offering panoramic view to golfers while they enjoy their game.”

Sibu Tourism Board (STB) executive Rudy Anoi too opined that golf can be promoted as sports tourism.

“This is because golf is an international sport played all over the world. So when they played here, their families can actually go for a sight-seeing of the town,” Rudy noted.