Reopen St George’s, Horizons golf courses, Swan
The golf courses at St George’s and Horizons should be re-opened and restored to help promote the Island as a golfing destination, according to Kim Swan.
Mr Swan, who was elected as a UBP MP, said Bermuda has invested a great deal upgrading its golf product and promoting itself as golf destination, but two short golf courses Horizons and St George's Golf Course have been closed and gone off-line.
It was expected that the St George’s course would be remodelled by six-times Major winner Nick Faldo as part of the redevelopment of the old ClubMed site and a recent attempt by the local chamber of commerce to reopen the course failed to work.
Mr Swan said: “We should restore St George's Golf Club to a respectable playing standard and reopen Horizons Golf Course to establish golf academies establish these locations as year round training facilities that focus on introducing people to the game of golf.
“Local hotels and guest houses can be encouraged to promote 'Golf Tuition' as an amenity and these facilities can be maintained in the spirit of a 'Loss Leader' tourism product to help grow hotel bound air visitors.
“Golf Professionals from around the world can be encouraged to bring their clients to Bermuda and utilise our training facilities and work together with local professionals.
“The world of golf has numerous golf courses competing against our top courses and we must offer more in the game than just great golf courses to play. Bermuda can and should be a Mecca for visitors and aspiring golfers to be lured to learn the game and training facilities to learn the game would be an added product to market Bermuda.
“Bermuda can be promoted as the premier destination to learn the game of golf. “