One of the world’s most respected sporting icons, Gary Player, will make history as he has been selected as the designer
the Republic of Congo’s first championship golf course in the capital city of Brazzaville.
Among the most active international golf course design firms with almost 400 projects in their global portfolio, Gary Player Design continues to look forward to setting a new standard for golf as they embark on this project in the heart of the Congo.
“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,” said golf icon Gary Player. “With this project, we hope to lay the footprint for golf’s continued emergence in Central Africa.”
For the first championship caliber course in the country, the Gary Player Design team is committed to implementing a strategic and playable course for all levels, while creating a world-class layout to support the high hopes of the overall sporting aspirations of Brazzaville.
The Republic of Congo is set to host the 2015 All-Africa Games in Brazzaville. In preparation for the Games, the development currently under construction will feature a 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium, a 10,000 seat indoor stadium, a 2,000 seat aquatics center, and various other outdoor venues.
The addition of a Gary Player-designed golf course to the area will certainly enhance and complement the multi-sports complex under construction. Set along the hillside overlooking the remarkable All-African Games stadium and the Congo River, the course will take advantage of the dramatic topography of the site, while producing a layout to supplement and build upon the growing sporting features of the Brazzaville complex and area.
Senior Designer Jeff Lawrence recently completed an initial visit to get an impression of the site.
“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.
Complementing the Gary Player course will be a luxury clubhouse and hotel, as well as a small number of residential villas.
Gary Player Design continues to be an industry leader in environmental sensitivity and sustainability. The Golf du Kintélé project will built upon this approach, as the site will contains a number of ecological and maintenance-friendly practices to promote the natural features and indigenous flora along the Congo River.
“Environmental sensitivity continues to be of the utmost importance to Gary Player,” said Scott Ferrell, Gary Player Design President. “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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