Grey sky keeps golfers away from the greens

The haze has led to a significant drop in revenue for many of the golf clubs in the Klang Valley. 

With many golfers staying away from the unhealthy air, golf clubs recorded less than half the number of flights they usually get on weekdays. 

Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) general manager Azmi Abdul Rahman said when the API readings reached the 280 level, the management closed the golf course.  

“That was at 5pm on Wednesday. We did not open the course today (Thursday) because we feel it is just too unhealthy to play golf,” he said. 

The haze blankets KLGCC at about 11.30am on Wednesday as a lone golfer lines up ashot. The club later closed the course.

Over at the neighbouring Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA), club manager Kapt (R) Sharuddin Sharif said the course would remain open. 

“But, we have cancelled all the corporate tournaments that were scheduled to be played today. In any case there are only three flights on the course today,” he added. 

He said the attendants managing the golf registration counter had been advising golfers not to use the course for the day. 

A spokesperson for another popular club, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (KGSAAS) in Shah Alam, said that it only recorded one flight for the entire afternoon. The club usually has an average of 20 flights on weekday afternoons. 

Avid golfer C.K. Low said he had cancelled plans for golf over the weekend. “I usually play a round with my buddies every weekend, but we decided not to risk exposure to the haze this time around. 

"I think if you are really addicted to golf, you should go down south to Johor or up north to Penang where the weather is clearer," he added. 

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Parents report profiteering by mask sellers 

Tourists brave a haze-shrouded KL 

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