Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has added yet another accolade to its growing list after being named Malaysia’s Best Golf Course in the inaugural 2020 Global Golf Awards.
The awards presentation was initially scheduled to take place last October in conjunction with the World Golf Expo at Mission Hills in Haikou, China. Due to the unprecedented circumstances arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the expo has been rescheduled by event owner Asia Pacific Golf Group until such time as the situation is under control and borders re-open.
Replacing the Asian Golf Awards which had a successful 20-year run, the Global Golf Awards are based on online balloting over a three-month period from March to May 2020. Kota Permai topped the poll for Malaysia ahead of The Els Club Desaru Coast and Saujana Golf & Country Club.
Owned and operated by Gamuda Land, Kota Permai was established in 1998 and offers a stunning 18-hole course crafted by Ross Watson, along with one of the best clubhouses in the country. The club has garnered an impressive array of awards and hosted numerous high-profile events over the years, including the Malaysian Open in 2020 and 2008.
“We are very delighted and honoured to have been named as Malaysia’s Best Golf Course at the inaugural 2020 Global Golf Awards,” said Tang Meng Loon, Gamuda Land’s director of club, township & property management.
“The award comes at a very challenging time when the industry is heavily impacted by the many forms of lockdowns and restrictions suffered since March of last year. It not only serves as a firm reminder that perseverance is key to overcoming any challenges, but also a huge motivational factor to continually keep our standards at such a recognisable level,” he added.
“I’d like to acknowledge the priceless effort put in by my team, the invaluable support we have received from our club members, business partners, families and friends, and the amazing effort by the Asia Pacific Golf Group in growing golf’s many wonderful aspects in the region,” Tang concluded.
Mike Sebastian, CEO of the Asia Pacific Golf Group, lauded the efforts put in by Tang and his team at Kota Permai. “Kota Permai’s win is the direct result of total resolve and commitment by the entire team to deliver a total golfing experience which involves a lot of hard work. The club’s win is well deserved and with Meng Loon’s leadership Kota Permai will continue to be the best in Malaysia,” he noted.
The other Southeast Asian country winners were Sentosa Golf Club (Singapore), Banyan Golf Club (Thailand), The Empire Hotel & Country Club (Brunei), Parahyangan Golf (Indonesia), Sta Elena Golf & Country Estate (Philippines), BRG Kings Island Golf Resort (Vietnam), Pun Hlaing Golf Club (Myanmar), Angkor Golf Resort (Cambodia) and Long Vien Golf Club (Laos).