A boost for golf tourism in Malaysia

Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai in Kota Kinabalu is one of the four golf resorts hosting the WAGC 2019 finals. Photo: Nexus Karambunai

Four golf courses in Sabah will be in the spotlight during this year’s World Amateur Golfers Championship (WAGC) finals in the state later this year.

Taking place from Oct 19 to 26, the competition will see the Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club, Sabah Golf & Country Club, Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club and Nexus Golf Resort Karambunai hosting the finals.

The WAGC is said to be one of the most prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the world. All golfers participating in the event will represent their countries after winning the national tournaments in their respective countries.

The WAGC is organised by Delta Trend Golf & Leisure Holidays, the official partner and licensee for Malaysia. They are organising the qualifying rounds and national tournaments in Malaysia for the eighth consecutive year, and the WAGC finals in Malaysia for three consecutive years since 2017.

Dalit Bay Golf Club and Spa.

The Malaysian teams were crowned world champions in 2012 and 2015, and twice as second runner-up in 2016 and 2018. Vietnam was the Team Champion in 2017 and 2018, and you can bet they are hoping for a hat-trick this year.

The event is supported by Tourism Malaysia and other government agencies, and is sponsored by Perodua.

“Tourism Malaysia is pleased to support the World Amateur Golfers Championship and to promote Malaysia as a value-for-money destination and golf paradise with world-class facilities,” said Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Ahmad Shah Hussein Tambakau in a statement.

“We welcome the competing teams to Malaysia and look forward to winning them over with our Malaysian hospitality, charm, and beautiful golf destinations,” he added.

Sutera Harbour Marina Golf & Country Club. - Sutera Harbour Resort

The WAGC offers a great opportunity for amateur golfers, golf courses, suppliers and corporations to rally together to promote the game and foster goodwill among national and international golf communities.

In addition, the World Amateur Golfers Invitational (WAGI), another tournament for invited VIPs, business leaders and corporate sponsors, will also be played alongside the WAGC.

Next year, Mexico will host the championships and Delta Trend will be sending a national team to represent Malaysia.

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