Work to repair the damage caused to Mount Kinabalu Golf Club by the June 5 earthquake will only begin once the tremors have stopped completely.
“We can only start doing repairs when the tremors have stopped for good. We still get short tremors and in fact there was one today which lasted about three seconds,” said club manager Major (R) Seto Mun Yee.
Seto said that the front nine is still open for play as most of the damage was caused by landslides on the back nine.
“The roads leading up here are pretty much in good condition,” he said, adding that the damage was restricted to three holes.
“Part of the buggy track at the first hole collapsed but it is still playable,” he said. “At Hole 14, the suspension bridge leading from the teebox to the green collapsed, while at Hole 17 there was a landslide in the middle of the fairway.”
Seto was at the clubhouse when the earthquake struck at 7.15am.
“I had just showered and was about to wear my sarong when suddenly I felt the clubhouse shaking. The mirrors were swinging,” remembered Seto, who stays in a room at the clubhouse. “I quickly ran to see if my wife was all right and we rushed out to an open area opposite the clubhouse.
“There were rocks falling from Mount Kinabalu and we could hear a rumbling sound – it was frightening! Luckily none of the staff were hurt but many of them are traumatized by the incident.”
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck nearby Ranau and lasted for 30 seconds, causing rockfalls that killed 18 people on Mount Kinabalu.