Kota Permai muscles up for higher single-user traffic with 20 new Club Car buggies

With high demand for tee times since golf resumed last month, Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has invested in 20 brand new Club Car Tempo buggies to cater for the increase in traffic.

The move was necessary to accommodate the social distancing ‘new  normal’ of single buggy usage, noted Gamuda Land’s director of club, township & property management Tang Meng Loon. Kota Permai’s buggy fleet count now stands at 102.

Tang Meng Loon

“We can accommodate up to 25 flights per session now, compared to just 20 before we purchased the new buggies,” said Tang, noting that they have leased the new buggies from regional Club Car distributors Jebsen & Jessen.

“With the high demand for tee times especially on weekends, the move was necessary so that more golfers – members, guests and visitors alike – can enjoy our award-winning golf course,” he added.

Tang noted that traffic has been exceptionally high at the highly-rated Ross Watson-designed course following the Hari Raya celebration.

“A lot of our Muslim members started playing regularly again after Hari Raya, bringing their golfing friends in as guests. The course has been full almost everyday as we also have a lot of walk-in players who make use of our weekday package,” he said.

Tang added that the buggy count is still not sufficient to achieve the maximum of 32 flights per session. “We’re waiting to see if the current back-to-golf fervour lasts and also whether single buggy usage will become the preferred option in Malaysia, like it is in Thailand and Indonesia.”

As for club tournaments, Tang noted that they will start their monthly medals once the government gives the green light for sporting events to resume.

“Many of our members have been asking about the monthly medals, so we’ll get them started as soon as possible once it’s permissible to do so. As for our club championships which are usually held in July, we have moved the dates to December,” he revealed.

“Depending on the Covid-19 situation and restrictions moving forward, we will look at having virtual prizegivings and digital score submissions.”

Established in 1998, Kota Permai is widely regarded as one of the top golf clubs in the region with numerous awards and accolades over the years. The club has been the venue for many high-profile professional events, including the Malaysian Open in 2008 and in March this year.

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