Johor Golf Tourism Association (JGTA) organized SAM Media Corporate Charity Golf 2019 for the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM), an event created to raise funds for SAM at the most celebrated and highly-acclaimed Forest City Golf Resort – the Classic Course.
The tournament was organized by Johor Golf Tourism Association. The objective of JGTA is to promote Johor as a golf tourism destination for the domestic and international markets while providing a forum for its members to discuss ways to advance the golf travel industry.
The SAM Media Corporate Charity Golf Tournament 2019 brought together nearly 80 members from the media and industry captains as well as the golf fraternities from Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Sarawak, Johor, Singapore, South Korea, and Belgium who had teed up raising funds on the fairways.
Unlike the first 18-hole course named Legacy which is dubbed as a “desert-golf-look-alike” golf course, the second world-class 18-hole Classic Course features a three-dimensional garden landscape integrated with a golf terrain design concept, offering a top-class golfing experience supported by a five-star hotel, facilities, and services.
According to Col. Mohd Jamal Salleh, Johor Golf Tourism Association’s President, “The Classic Course has narrow fairways and water hazards with many flower beds that make for more difficult ball spotting. However, overall the Classic Course at Forest City is definitely one worth playing, the greens and terrains are especially tricky and undulating, but it offers an excitingly challenging golf experience to both professional and amateur golfers. Every ardent golfer must come and try this premium golfing experience at the Classic Course.”
According to En Jasni Shafie, President of SAM, “Our noble intention is to raise funds for the needy including our members and some charity bodies in Malaysia. We feel that this tournament will be a great platform for the convergence of key industry leaders, golf fraternities, and the Media to help raise charity alongside building good networking and relationship for future collaborative initiatives.”
Jasni added further, “This is SAM’s first collaboration with JGTA and Forest City Golf Resort as we wish to stage the tournament at the newest golf course in the country whilst attracting some Singaporeans and Koreans to come and play in the tournament. We have a very good response from Singapore and as far as Sarawak to partake in the tournament. Aside from staging this tournament as part of SAM’s 50th Anniversary the event is also seen as rolling out the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 and Visit Johor 2020 Campaigns and are very pleased that many local and international golfers are taking part in our humble yet meaningful event to participate for the joy of playing golf and at the same time doing their fair share of charity as well.”
The Classic Course is crafted by golf course architect Liang Guo Kun who has experience with designs in China and this new course is to give golfers another option to the desert-themed Legacy Course designed by the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus Jr which was opened in September 2018.
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