|Shangri-La to open Maldives' first full size golf course.|
Monday, 19th March 2012
Source : HVS International
Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa in Addu Atoll is due to open the first full-sized golf course in the Maldives on 27 March.
The nine-hole course sits on 7.5 hectares of previously undeveloped land at the southern end of Villingili Island. Designed for recreational golfers, most of the holes are par three and average 123 yards.
Most holes are set among the island's natural vegetation including palms, pandanus and other tropical plants. Other facilities include a clubhouse, refreshment bar and pro shop, while shoe and equipment rental services are also available.
The first golf course in the Maldives is from Kuredu Island Resort, which features a small six-hole par three course. In addition, plans were unveiled last year for a US$500 million floating golf course in the country, which will see holes connected by underwater tunnels. The course is expected to launch in 2013.