▲ Up
 
13:22 21-01-2017
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Retired American professional golfer designing, building golf course in Turkmenistan
14:15, 20 December 2016, 1997
Twitterfacebookprint

AKIPRESS.COM - Retired American professional golfer Nicklaus has been designing and building golf courses around the world for the last four decades, and most of his work has been overseas during the last 10 years. But his latest project in Turkmenistan is as intriguing as any of them, reports Golf News.

Few people in Turkmenistan even play golf. At least not yet.

The president of the Central Asian nation, Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov, announced in October that he wants a golf course built ahead of the Asian Games next year. Nicklaus said the Ashgabat Golf Club should be finished in April (but not playable until July), and more courses are planned for a holiday area along the Caspian Sea.

Turkmenistan is north of Iran and framed by the Caspian Sea to the west and Afghanistan to the east.

“I don’t really know why the president wanted golf,” Nicklaus said over the weekend. “He has about 2,500 ex-pats who live in Ashgabat who wanted golf, and he knows that golf is an Olympic sport and he’s got the Asian Games next year. He wanted the golf course done before that.”

Golf is not the first sport that interested Berdymukhamedov. He also had three ice hockey facilities built in the country that is largely covered by the Karakum Desert and reaches highs of 120 degrees in the summer.

“Every time he brought something in, it’s not just the capital. He said, ‘I want all my provinces to benefit.’ He brought horses in, he brought hockey in. And he’s doing the same thing with golf,” Nicklaus said. “He takes it to all his people.”

He said the president wants a championship golf course and a “learning golf course.” Nicklaus already has made five trips to Turkmenistan, and he said the project will include golf courses in Awaza, a tourist zone along the Caspian Sea.

Nicklaus said Avaza has 33 five-star hotels occupied only by the Turkmen from June to September, even though the weather is pleasant enough to go from April until early November. He said Turkmenistan issued fewer than 1,000 tourist visas last year, but the plan was to make Avaza more of a tourist destination.

“And now we’re going to put golf in – seaside links,” Nicklaus said.

Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed The Golden Bear, is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years.


Twitterfacebookprint
LATEST NEWS
13:18 Pioneering clinical trial for drug-resistant tuberculosis starts in Uzbekistan12:49 Ten pulled alive from avalanche hotel in Italy after snow created 'igloo'12:43 Police injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protests in DC12:36 President Atambayev tasks Emergency Ministry to focus on support to be provided to families of plane crash victims12:27 Proposed railway from China to Uzbekistan to link Kyrgyzstan's north and south12:17 Preliminary analysis of unsealed flight data recorder finds air accident information12:00 Visit of IMF 'rescue' team to Mongolia delayed11:59 President Atambayev offers condolences to Iran over deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise building11:31 Mongolia to increase its gold reserves11:24 EBRD designates Bishkek as hub for Central Asia – Regional Director11:04 Trump pursues 'new vision' on first day as president17:50 Oyu Tolgoi exceeds copper and gold production guidance in 201617:40 Uzbekistan's FM, EU Special Representative for Central Asia discuss cooperation17:31 IS destroys part of Palmyra amphitheatre17:26 Turkmenistan, China celebrate 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations17:25 Kyrgyz Ambassador to attend Trump's inauguration17:18 Six people found alive under avalanche that hit Italian hotel: rescuers17:09 17yo schoolboy probed for stabbing another pupil to death17:09 Donald Trump’s inauguration becomes a time to protest17:08 Kazakhstan and Canada discuss socio-economic, agricultural, cultural ties
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2017. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75