Asian successes for JMP


Asian successes for JMP
Sean Dudley

Padivalley Golf and Country Club on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi will open its first nine holes in December, with the course’s full opening planned for April 2011.

Designed by Bob Moore of California-based firm JMP Golf Design, Padivalley is a residential and resort development spreading across mountainous foothills and gentle valleys near the city of Makassar.

“The project includes residential enclaves, country club, resort hotel, and day villas as well as the golf course,” said Moore. “Although the course will primarily cater to membership and resort play, the layout is easily capable of hosting both Asian and ASEAN Tour events. A combination of elevated ridges, panoramic views, rocky stream channels, expansive lakes and strongly defined valleys create a beautiful setting for great golf and an idyllic resort.”

JMP is also celebrating the news that its recently-opened Black Stone Executive Golf Club in Icheon, South Korea, has been selected to host the 2011 Ballantine’s Championship from 28 April to 1 May. The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Korean PGA.

Black Stone official opened in September, though 18 holes of the 27-hole complex had been in soft opening since last autumn. 

“Our goal for Icheon was to create a golf course that would set a new, high standard for world-class golf in the Seoul market and beyond. It is my personal belief that we have been successful in that endeavour and that we have created a highly memorable and unique golf experience for this sophisticated and discerning market,” said JMP partner Brian Costello, the course’s designer.