The federal capital will soon be home to the largest international-standard golf course and academy in the country after 150 acres were allotted for the purpose at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian.
To make the deal official, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) in this regard on Monday.
A senior CDA officer said that a similar MoU was also signed by the Cabinet Division during the tenure of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, but the project never caught steam.
Now, a plan has been prepared to construct a golf course and academy, with construction work scheduled to start in the current year. Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad Chairman Faisal Sakhi Butt said that the new golf course and academy will be a good addition in the sports zone.
“Construction of the purpose-built course will start this year after getting a green signal from the government…the course will increase the beauty of the capital city,” he added.
PGF Secretary Taimur Hassan said that the golf course and academy in Islamabad was a dream which is going to be fulfilled in the near future. It would be the largest golf course in Pakistan and international companies will be asked to help design it, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2012.