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23 September 2019

Forest City Launches A Chinese Classic

Classic Course Surprises And Challenges Media Turnout

Since Forest City Golf Resort’s opening, the flagship Legacy Course has been attracting golfers from around the region to flock to its fairways.

Twelve months on, Forest City’s second 18-holes, designed by Country Garden Holdings Executive Director and Vice President Liang Guo Kun, who’s backed by his 33 years in golf course design management and landscape design management, officially opens for play.

Forest City organised a two-day Media Cup golf tournament for the media, the second time it’s done so since the inaugural event ran in conjunction with the launch of the Legacy Course last September.

Johor Menteri Besar Dato' Dr Sahruddin Jamal and other guests witnessed the launch of the Classic Golf Course.

Forest City Brand Management General Manager Zhou Jun, who updated the media on developments said, “Forest City was launched three years ago. To-date, we have invested RM 17 billion in Malaysia, created more than 9000 job opportunities. And we are the only foreign invested company that has received PM Dr Mahathir’s award in Feb this year to recognize our CSR efforts to the local community. ”

“It is expected that more than 20,000 property units will be delivered this year, already more than 4,000 units have been handed over since March. With the opening of the duty-free shops, the industrial base that is put into operation, the opening of the American International School and golf resort, the topping out of the landmark building and sky villa, Forest City is delivering on its promise progressively.”

“The construction of the third golf course has been put into agenda, with the groundbreaking and development plan to be announced soon.” she said.

The Legacy Golf Course, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus and son, has been drawing a sizable number of golfers from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia.

The launch of the Classic Course, which features a three-dimensional garden landscape integrated with a golf terrain design concept, is set to be another icon that will boost Johor golf tourism.

Benny Teo, last year’s Vice Captain who returns as Captain of this year’s International Golf Team said, “I’m looking forward to playing on the Classic Golf Course as I think it’s going to be even more challenging than playing on the Legacy, judging by the narrow fairway and the water hazards, but I’m always up for a good challenge.

Forest City Classic Golf Course launch was followed with a tee off from the golf course designer Liang Guokun and Iskandar Puteri mayor Dato' Hj Adib Azhari Daud.

“The best part of playing in the Media Cup tournament is getting to know all the other players. On the golf course, everyone’s a friend.”

Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Dato’ Dr Sahruddin Jamal, who launched the Classic Golf Course, said that he was impressed that the golf course was completed in less than 12 months.

“The speed and commitment shown by getting the plan and development of the project to materialise is admirable.”

“The Classic golf course will certainly contribute to the state’s economic growth, particularly the golf tourism industry,” Sahruddin said.

Also present at the grand opening were Country Garden Holdings Executive Director and Vice President Liang Guo Kun, the man who designed the new Classic course, and Forest City Executive Director Dato Daing A. Malek Daing A. Rahaman.