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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Subic golf course to shut down for repair

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Hanafil Golf and Tour Inc., operator of the Subic Golf course said it will transform the old Binictican golf course into a $48-million golfing facility.

Hanafil Golf president and chief executive Benjamin John Defensor III said in a statement that the company planned to shut down the golf course’s operations next month to pave the way for its reconstruction.

”We have scheduled the reconstruction of the Subic Golf Course during the rainy season to take advantage of the minimal number of golfers playing here,” Defensor said.”

“The nursery and the irrigation system, which were constructed in preparation for this, are almost completed. The nursery is necessary because the greens and fairways of the whole golf course will be replaced.”

The rehabilitation of the golf course was part of the agreement between Hanafil and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

Defensor said the new irrigation system, which was designed to supply water to the golf course, was eco-friendly using wastewater for the greens and fairways.

An 18-hole golf course consumes approximately 500,000 gallons of water per day.

Some 1,800 Koreans have already played in the course as part of three-day golfing packages organized by Hanafil. The flights departed from Incheon, Korea and arrived at the Subic Bay International Airport.

“We believe in Subic Bay Freeport’s capabilities. There are many recreational things to do here. We have the ocean, mountains and forests. It is accessible by an excellent new highway, and is also accessible either by boat or by plane,” Defensor said.

He said “the area currently has all the necessary infrastructures to support its growth. Subic Bay will be the next ‘big thing’ in tourist destination. Our company is committed in developing the area.”

“The operation of junket flights here would certainly boost our tourism industry. It has been awhile since we had any junket flights,” said Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority administrator Armand Arreza.

“Casinos inside the Freeport have already used junket flights to bring in more players from all over Asia to play in their casinos in Subic. And the success of these golf junket flights have proven that Subic can also cater to foreign golfers’ needs,” he said.

“We have already renovated some parts of the golf course but we do have to close the golf course so that we could fully reconstruct the whole area for the additional nine holes,” Defensor said.

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