Singh Unveils Course Upgrade Plans

The upgrade on the multi-million Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is to start next Monday, says Fijian international golfer Vijay Singh. “The architects are coming with me to do the
05 Oct 2016 11:10
Singh Unveils Course Upgrade Plans
Vijay Singh with students from Andrews Primary School, Nadi at Natadola Bay Championship Golf course yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The upgrade on the multi-million Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is to start next Monday, says Fijian international golfer Vijay Singh.

“The architects are coming with me to do the first stage which is probably six or seven greens,” he said.

This is a major facelift and the first done on the course since it opened in June 2009.

Information gathered stated that the upgrades and project design will continue to embrace the heritage of Natadola Bay and will re-open to exciting new features that not only modernise the course, but increase strategy and quality of the game for all skill levels.

The course is expected to close immediately after the 2016 Fiji International and to re-open by May 2017.

“The course will be closed as soon as the 3rd Fiji International is completed on Sunday,” Singh said.

Singh’s idea is to see that the course blends to world class golf architecture with dramatic landscapes from rolling pastures through to absolute beachfront, with the sparkling backdrop of coral reefs and the Pacific Ocean on 15 out of the 18 holes.

“I have looked around the course and the upgrade will take place on some of the greens and some of the bunkers as well,” he said.

The course measures 6566 metres from the championship tees, the par 72 championship standard golf courses boast up to five tee positions on each hole. Natadola Bay has staged the Fijian Open in 2009 which was won by then rookie professional Matt Griffin.

The course has also hosted the 2010 Fiji Open, the 2011 Nomura Cup and the 2012 Natadola Bay Fiji Classic.


Seven PGA Tour Winners

This week’s Fiji International for the first time will be hosting seven PGA Tour winners including Singh – Three time Major winner; Brandt Snedeker – World Number 23; Steven Bowditch – two time winner on the PGA Tour, Boo Weekley – three times winner on the PGA Tour; Heath Slocum– four times winner on the PGA Tour.


New Date

“I’m happy to see the European tour being part of this,” Singh said.

“Disappointment that not too many from the tour are here.

“There is also an event in Europe which probably took some players away.”

Singh has suggested that the tournament be shifted to a new date which does not overlap with international competitions.

“I think if we can change the dates where there is nothing opposite it we will see a lot more Europeans and hopefully Asians that will come here.

“I would like to see this grow into a major event for this area. The only way to do that is get more players.”


On Form

Dubbed, as the Big Fijian, Singh has said that he has been playing well for some time.

“The game is good but the scoring is not so good.

“I’m really happy with my game. I’m striking the ball the way I want to, I just need to get some results. Hopefully I start over here.

“The winds are lot calmer than it was last year.

“The last day last year was very good.

“It was a lot calmer than the first two, three days.

“I’m learning the golf course a lot more. It will be nice to win here.

“I’m looking forward to it. I will do my best to see if I can pull it off and putting a lot more attention to it.”

Singh tees-off at 6.35am in the first round on Thursday alongside Australians Jason Scrivener and Michael Sim.

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