Gary Player’s firm to develop new course in the Republic of Congo

Gary Player’s firm to develop new course in the Republic of Congo
By Sean Dudley

Gary Player’s design firm has been selected to create a new course in the Republic of Congo.

Golf du Kintélé will be located near the Congolese capital Brazzaville and will be built next to a new 60,000 seat stadium, which is one of the host venues for the 2015 All-Africa Games.

“Golf continues to grow by leaps and bounds within Africa and it is an honour to bring this first championship standard course to the Republic of the Congo,” Player said. “With this project, we hope to lay the footprint for golf’s continued emergence in Central Africa.”

The course lies close to the River Congo, and the firm’s senior designer Jeff Lawrence recently visited the site to gain an initial impression.

“We are excited that our client is dedicated to developing a world-class golf experience, and we aim to implement design elements that will lead to the promotion and expansion of the game in this emerging market while captivating and enhancing the natural features of the site,” said Lawrence.

Once completed, the site will also be home to a luxury clubhouse and hotel, as well as a number of small residential villas.

The course will be developed with an environmentally sensitive approach, and practices will be carried out to ensure the natural features of the site are protected.

“Environmental sensitivity continues to be of the utmost importance to Gary Player,” said Scott Ferrell, president of Gary Player Design. “Not only do we look forward to creating a fantastic course that will raise playing standards in the Congo and continue to promote the game throughout Africa, but also set a sustainable example for golf in the country.”

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