Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club has become the first golf facility outside North America to join the PGA Tour’s prestigious Tournament Players Club (TPC) network and will now be known as TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Today’s announcement was officiated by Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia Tuanku Hajah Haminah and was attended by numerous dignitaries including Jay Monahan, Deputy Commissioner of the PGA Tour. TPC Kuala Lumpur also holds the distinction of being the only club in Southeast Asia to host an official PGA Tour event, the CIMB Classic.
TPC Kuala Lumpur Chairman and Sime Darby Property Managing Director Dato’ Ir. Jauhari Hamidi said: “The agreement with the PGA Tour is a recognition of TPC Kuala Lumpur’s tournament-grade golf courses, world-class facilities and services as well as commitment to excellence. With this new relationship, we aspire to elevate TPC Kuala Lumpur’s status further as the number one golf club in Southeast Asia.
“These include the areas of operations, club management, human capital development, food and beverage as well as leisure management services. Beyond these, we also aim to position TPC Kuala Lumpur as the paradise for golfing and leisure in the region,” Jauhari added.
“We are delighted to have our newest licensed TPC located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia,” said Monahan. “TPC Kuala Lumpur is an excellent facility with world-class amenities and has distinguished itself as an outstanding host site for the CIMB Classic. We are also excited that TPC Kuala Lumpur potentially can serve as a catalyst for more TPCs to emerge in Asia with the rapidly growing number of Asian golfers.”
Chief Executive Officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur, Steven Thielke said: “Our team has done a fantastic job in developing the club over the years. We’ve had phenomenal success staging some of the best international golf tournaments. Our aim now is to embrace this global recognition through the TPC brand and continuously strive to be the best that any golf club could ever be.”
Members of TPC Kuala Lumpur enjoy additional access to 34 clubs including the renowned TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale and TPC Harding Park.
The rebranding of the club follows the recent news of Sime Darby Property’s ambitious ALYA Kuala Lumpur project, an upmarket 61-acre development surrounding the golf course.