Meru Valley Resort had been nominated for best-maintained golf course 2017 at the Malaysian Golf Awards presented by Club Car and Tourism Malaysia. It was held on Friday, May 11 at the Acapella Suites Hotel Shah Alam, Selangor.

Organised by ParGolf Malaysia, the leading golf magazine in South East Asia in collaboration with Malaysian Golf Association, the ceremony is the nation’s only industry-wide awards recognizing deserving individuals, golf clubs and companies for their achievements and contributions in the previous year.

Meru Valley Resort was nominated as the best-maintained golf course 2017 with other deserving nominees such as Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club, Palm Garden Golf Club, Royal Perak Golf Club, Sungai Long Golf & Country Club, Templer Park Country Club, The Els Club Teluk Datai, The Mines Resort & Golf Club, The Royal Selangor Golf Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur and Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.

“We are pleased that Meru Valley Resort has been nominated as the best maintained golf course. We hope to strive harder to bag the award next year,” said Florence Foo, the general manager of the resort.

Colin Coles, golf course consultant of the resort explained to Ipoh Echo, “Over the past two years, all facets of maintenance pertaining to the upkeep of the golf course have been reviewed and improved. These include upgrade of irrigation system, mowing practices and schedules, the installation of sub-soil drainage in soggy areas, a balanced fertilizer regime based on soil test results, review of all watering frequencies, increased aeration and cultural practices such as topdressing.”

According to Colin, both weekly and monthly work schedules are formulated in advance to ensure that all relevant tasks are completed each day in accordance with the demands of play, tournament preparations, etc. Chemical applications are applied either at or below the manufacturer’s recommended rates and only on an as needed basis to help reduce costs and protect the environment.

“The two main criteria of quality maintenance are aesthetics and playability. Main playing areas such as Greens, Tees, Fairways and Bunkers must always be in good condition, with full turf coverage and presented in such a way as to be pleasing to the eye. Green speeds at Meru Valley Resort range from a minimum of 9ft up to 10.5ft pending weather and golf bookings,” he highlighted.

Meru Valley Resort is a virtual oasis situated just outside of town that features the surrounding mountain range, lush jungle and picturesque valleys which the different nines wind through. There are very little to no outside noise distractions, apart from the wildlife that abounds.

“We have recently opened a (6) Hole mini Putt-Putt practice facility using actual Tifdwarf grass as the putting surface that is very unique to the Asean region,” Colin added.

Interested readers can call the golf reception at 05 529 3300 or swing by the Facebook page: Meru Valley Resort.

Mei Kuan