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Southwest Greens to Build Premier Golf Academy in Hong Kong

3.37am 23rd February 2015 - Courses

The HKGTA under construction.
The HKGTA under construction.

Southwest Greens International, along with parent company Shaw Industries, announces a groundbreaking project for Southwest Greens Construction, Nicklaus Design, Nicklaus Academies and the Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy.  Set amid an amazingly beautiful backdrop in the Sai Kung area of Hong Kong, this driving range and compact golf course will be built entirely with synthetic turf.

“It’s not often that a truly amazing project comes along,” notes Kevin Holinaty, president of Southwest Greens Construction. “I am proud of the opportunity to be at the helm of the construction of this unique driving range and compact course project.”

Holinaty and his team are well versed in golf course construction, having built several golf courses around the world with key components featuring synthetic turf systems. “We are able to address every conceivable aspect of golf course construction, from golf greens, fairways and bunkers to cart paths. We can even resolve erosion control for lake embankments,” Holinaty explains. Synthetic turf continues to grow worldwide because of its durability, sustainability and reliable playing surface.

Southwest Greens Construction is a unique extension for the Southwest Greens organization, and the strategic alliance with Nicklaus Design was a natural decision given its status at the forefront of creating world class designs.

Jim Wagner, senior design associate for Nicklaus Design, says “Our client has provided us with an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the relationships that Mr. Nicklaus has forged over the years between Nicklaus Design, Nicklaus Academies and Southwest Greens.  From early on in the project, we had a vision to create a pioneering product in golf development.  The partnerships and relationships that exist within the Nicklaus Companies, as well as our client’s trust in our recommendations, have allowed us to create the project in an innovative and exciting fashion, incorporating a high level of teaching and operations with state of the art synthetic surfaces that eliminate fertilizers and pesticides and preserve an ideal ball reaction.”

Set to open in 2015, the client was looking to develop a facility that brought the ideal golf experience to players.

“Our aim is to establish a world-class training ground with state-of-the-art programs and facilities for learners and sport lovers to pursue excellence and wellness,” says Jay Liu, of Hong Kong Golf and Tennis Academy.  The facility will boast overnight accommodation, a fitness centre, and dining, as well as other leisure pursuits such as tennis and paddle. “

“Nicklaus Academies, in partnership with Nicklaus Design and Southwest Greens, will deliver one of the world’s finest learning and training facilities at the new Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy,” according to Ted Simons, chief operating officer for Nicklaus Academies. “Nicklaus Design has done a masterful job of combining the vision of the developer, New World Development, with the goal of Nicklaus Academies providing the ideal golf experience for the patrons of the Academy.”

Kevin Holinaty sees the industry evolving with new and innovative concepts. “We see the industry taking notice of what is possible with high quality synthetic turf systems. This project is a testament of what can be achieved when you combine innovative design with the artistry and skilled precision of our construction team in installing our SWG Pro System,” says Holinaty. “Stunning on paper, this project will be even better in real life.”

Echoing Holinaty’s remarks, Liu adds, “It is going to be a truly great place for sports lovers to gather, be trained and excel…an innovative and exquisite place to be among The Greats.”

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