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Call for neglected golf courses to become teaching centres

Bermuda’s golf renaissance has neglected two “excellent” courses that could be turned into world class teaching centres, according to St George’s West MP Kim Swan.

Mr Swan, who was elected as a UBP MP, is questioning the “deplorable” state of the St George’s Golf Course, and why the Horizons Golf Club remains closed, as the Island beefs up golf promotion elsewhere.

“We should restore St George’s Golf Club to a respectable playing standard, and reopen Horizons Golf Course, to establish golf academies and establish these locations as year-round training facilities that focus on introducing people to the game of golf,” Mr Swan said.

He noted that in recent years, Port Royal Golf Course, Ocean View, Belmont Hills, Mid Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point “have all undergone major improvements, and are all maintained to a high standard”.

Yet two courses “great for developing short games and experiencing a challenging round” remain underused, he charged.

As the Island looks to broaden its tourism product, Mr Swan said golf tuition could be “marketed, packaged and sold worldwide”.

“It is noteworthy that this concept of sports academies does not need to be limited to golf,” he added. “It can be immediately extended to include sailing and tennis, as Bermuda is well known throughout the world in these sports already.

“We can make a name for ourselves in sports tourism as a world class November to April sports training destination.”

Useful website: www.gotobermuda.com.

Tee time: The St George?s golf course. File picture.

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Published February 24, 2012 at 8:19 am (Updated February 24, 2012 at 8:19 am)

Call for neglected golf courses to become teaching centres

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