Malaysia’s Saujana Golf & Country Club has been announced as the 15th member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network, becoming an official European Tour Destination.
Saujana is only the third venue outside of Europe to gain European Tour Destination status and the 11th in total. The club hosted the 1999 Malaysian Open which entered the record books as the first event to be co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours, and a further five times between 2001 and 2009 with Vijay Singh and Thongchai Jaidee among the winners.
The European Tour Properties’ portfolio of world-class venues includes PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain, London Golf Club in England and Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort on the French Riviera. In late 2013, Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai became the first Middle East Destination to join the network, and the expansion continued into Southeast Asia earlier this year with the addition of Black Mountain Golf Club & Resort in Thailand.
The Peremba Group, owners of Saujana, have been the promoters of the Malaysian Open through their subsidiary GlobalOne since 2006. They also promoted the Indonesian Open from 2006 to 2009 and the Singapore Masters in 2006 and 2007, both tournaments featuring on the European Tour International Schedule.
“We are delighted that the relationship with the European Tour is progressing to a new dimension with the Saujana Golf & Country Club and The Saujana Hotels and Resorts being associated with The European Tour Properties network,” said Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman, the chairman of Peremba Group. “We are confident that this new partnership will add value to the organisations and to the sport. Our relationship with the European Tour has been long and fruitful, and we look forward to many more years of this.”
“Our relationship with our partners Peremba and GlobalOne has been a long and fruitful one and has delivered many outstanding tournaments and winners. I would like to pay particular tribute to Tan Sri Mohd Razali Abdul Rahman who has been a true friend, partner and supporter of The European Tour over many years and can claim an important role in our international expansion,” said O’Grady.
Opened in 1984, Saujana was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who initiated the creation of a government task force to set up a golf club in Kuala Lumpur that would attract investors and industrialists. The club’s two courses – Palm and Bunga Raya – were built on undulating former palm and rubber plantations and were originally designed by Ronald Fream. In 2009, the Bunga Raya was redesigned by Ted Parslow while the Palm is currently undergoing a major redesign and upgrade headed by Fream.
The golf club is directly linked to two world-class hotels, The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and The Club Saujana Resort which is a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. There is also a spa and a selection of internationally themed restaurants.