Laguna National ready for #WorldClassic C'ship

Fri 06 Nov 2015

Laguna National ready for #WorldClassic C'ship

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Singapore, November 6: Laguna National Golf and Country Club is ready to roll out the red carpet for the region’s finest players when the inaugural World Classic Championship gets underway next week.
The US$750,000 event is the Asian Tour’s only stop in Singapore this season and will welcome top players from over 23 countries as they tackle the challenging and renowned World Classic course at Laguna National from November 12 to 15.
WC 10th Green Panorama editNo fewer than 35 Asian Tour winners will feature at the World Classic Championship including local favourite Mardan Mamat, who is a five-time winner on the region’s premier Tour.
Reigning Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States, Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant as well as S.S.P Chawrasia of India and Canadian Richard T. Lee, placed fourth and seventh respectively on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, have all entered for the tournament, which will feature a 144-man field.
Known as Asia’s Toughest Test due to its demanding and challenging layout, the par-71 World Classic course, set up at just under 7,000 yards, is set to provide a stiff test to the region’s golfers when they step up to the tee for the inaugural showpiece in Singapore.
“This is the first time we will host a full-field professional event at the World Classic. It will be really interesting to see how it plays out as many of the players will be competing on this course for the first time,” said Patrick Bowers, CEO & Managing Director of Laguna National Golf and Country Club.
Since the announcement of the tournament, Laguna National has embarked on intensive tournament preparation on the World Classic course and although the course will not be played at its full length of 7,350 yards, the rough is now tougher and greens, firmer and faster.
“The golf course is in a great condition right now and we are all ready for the tournament next week. We are confident the players and spectators will see the World Classic course at its best next week,” Bowers explained.
The Laguna National Golf and Country Club, which is currently undergoing a transformation to build a new clubhouse and 208-room branded hotel, aims to boost golf tourism in the region when it becomes the first resort style hotel in Singapore located directly on the site of a championship golf club in 2017.
“The World Classic Championship, together with the hosting of other championships held at Laguna National in recent years, is part of our mission to draw major golf tournaments to Singapore as well as promote golf in the region.
“Laguna National is very pleased to host the World Classic Championship together with Asian Tour and IMG as this is a great opportunity to showcase the World Classic course and Asia’s top golfers to the international golf enthusiasts,” said Bowers.
About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs, boasting two eighteen-hole championship courses that have won prestigious accolades and hosted international championships including the European Tour’s Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA-ADT Caps Tour Championship and European and Asian Tour co-sanctioned event, The Championship at Laguna National.
A multi-million dollar facelift is underway to develop a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club and a 208-room and villa branded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities.
Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion private clubhouse and hotel underway, golfers will find the world at their fingertips, here at Laguna National Golf & Country Club.
About The World Classic Course
Designed and built by Dye Designs, World Classic—touted as Asia’s Toughest Test, draws inspiration from many of the world's best known holes and course designs. Golfers will inevitably find themselves facing similar shots to those played on the famous links courses of the British Isles, or the championship layouts found along coastal North America. The course is rated 165 on the Slope Rating System and 76.9 from the championship tees at a yardage of 7,350.
This course offers different challenges every time out requiring golfers to exhibit carefully planned club selection and determine if the risk/ reward is right for their game that day. Thoughtfully placed tee shots set up highly challenging approach angles to generous greens, which often feature three or more tiers. Where you hit your ball on the World Classic greens is just as important as how far you hit your tee shot.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.