Superb facilities but golfers complain of unbearable heat


  • Other Sport
  • Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010

PETALING JAYA: The facilities were superb and the course lived up to its new-earned reputation as the toughest in the country. But if there were any grouses as regards to the just concluded Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC), it was the hot weather.

The current hot spell raised the temperatures of everyone out there on the greens and a few players like Jyoti Randhawa of India and Rafa Echenique of Spain had to retire from dehydration and heatstroke.

Even the caddies were not spared as some were taken off after coming down with dehydration.

“One minute you are soaking and then the sun comes out and you feel like you are hanging on a drier,” said Dane Soren Hansen referring to himself as a piece of laundry.

Spaniard Alejandro Canizares said: “Stopping and starting again in this humidity, you feel like you are constantly in a shower.”

There were just some of the comments from the Europeans in playing in the Malaysian Open and Malaysian Golf Asssociation (MGA) president Datuk Robin Loh said it is something they want to address as next year’s edition will be very significant.

It will be a landmark 50th edition of the Malaysian Open next year and Robin said they will try to get an early date.

“The heat has been unbearable and we will try to get a slot at the end of January. The weather will not be so punishing and a lot of golfers will be looking forward to attend as it is at the start of the new season,” said Robin.

On the West Course playing host to another Malaysian Open, Robin said they are open to the idea.

“This event showcased the beauty of the country as it is watched on television by millions of viewers around the world and MGA feels that the standards have to be maintained.

“We will try not to move the Malaysian Open out of Kuala Lumpur as well because of the logistics involved with the sponsors and players.”

This year’s Malaysian Open also marked the end of the five-year sponsorship deal with Maybank but the partnership looks set to continue.

“Both parties have expressed interest in continuing but we will make the proper announcement once things are finalised.”

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