ESTABLISHES GOLF IN CUBA
Cuba is destined
to become the world’s new golf hotspot following a series of initiatives
inspired by The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA).
PGA Golf Management,
the design, development and management arm of the PGA has signed
contracts with RUMBOS SA (the Cuban Government) worth in excess
of £350,000 for the design of new courses in Cayo Coco and St. Miguel
de Banos near the famous resort Varadero.
These will complement
an existing 18 hole championship course in Varadero, which is increasing
its profile in golfing circles having hosted a PGA Challenge Tour
also include the training of Cuban personnel in golf course construction.
Mr Brian Wilson
MP, Minister of State from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
said: "We welcome the opportunity for Britain to forge closer links
with Cuba through sport and in particular the PGA as it represents
a major boost to the UK’s golf industry. The Government of Cuba
has recognised the value of golf as a major component of its tourism
strategy and this latest series of initiatives highlights the significance
of the PGA and its role in global golf terms."
A National Golf
Development strategy is also being formalised by the PGA with RUMBOS
SA over the next few months for all golf development, management
and training in Cuba. This brings the total of PGA golf projects
under development in Cuba to four, with many more planned.
During the design
and construction of the courses, two Cuban golfers will be trained
by the PGA at its National Training Academy at The Belfry and on
their return to Cuba will provide golf management, tuition and training
services to locals and tourists.
Jones, chief executive of the PGA said: "We believe that Cuba is
one of the most exciting new markets for the expansion of golf.
This new venture therefore gives us the chance to be at the forefront
of taking the game to a new and undeveloped area and establishing
professional golf in Cuba."
Cuba is already
experiencing an economic boom and is being tipped as a future golfing
destination that will be second to none to complement its thriving
tourist business. Visitor levels are currently growing at a phenomenal
rate aided by four and five-star resorts, miles of pure white sandy
beaches, crystal blue diving waters and will soon be matched by
championship golf of the highest quality.