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Big Plans For Fiji Golf Club

Big Plans For Fiji Golf Club
April 19
11:10 2016


The newly appointed Fiji Golf Club president Ratu Isoa Gavidi spoke of his plans for the sport.

Ratu Inoke succeeded Tom Ricketts who had held onto the position for the past four years.


SUN: What is your vision for the Fiji Golf Club?

RATU ISOA: I want to try and improve the standard of the club; especially the financial side of it which I think is the weakest part and try to make it an inclusive sport.

We want to try to set up programmes that look after youths and also caddie; with caddies they are also good players and if we have a perfect example of that with Vijay Singh if anyone has read his story.

Financially the club should be self sustaining, maintain a golf club and its course costs a lot of money.

We have a proposal in place to include a Japanese restaurant upstairs and also be a place where kids can come and learn how to play sport because you can get money out of this sport it is not just rugby sevens.

We want to make it a premier club where its members can be proud to be a part of it and sponsors can look into investing in it as well.


SUN: What are some of the immediate plans you are hoping to put in place?

RATU ISOA: Well because we want to improve the club and grow it we are looking to make a few changes to it, like I said the Japanese restaurant upstairs and we are also looking at building apartments and also a shopping complex near the Mahatma Ghandi School to generate income.

I’d love for the club to be a place where everyone from kids to adults to even senior members come to enjoy themselves and also the sport.


SUN: With golf being a minor sport in the country, what can be offered to those interested in taking up golf?

RATU ISOA: Taking up golf is not an easy sport because it is very expensive, the clubs alone cost a lot of money.

We are hoping to have school programme where second-hand clubs can be brought in and kids can learn to play the game and enjoy it.

We want to set up programs that will encourage more people to take up the sport.


SUN: Your thoughts on the breakthrough of women now having equal rights as men?

RATU ISOA: I think it is a great thing and a good example of gender equality. Now, women have the same rights as men do what that basically means is that women now have a say in the running of the club.

There are two clubs, one for the men and one for the women, the women’s club have their own rules and own captain but they cannot have a say in any decision making of the club; that was before.

But now they have a say to determine the future of the club and the response from the women has been great.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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