5 November, GELANG PATAH – Gelang Patah, a sleepy hollow which has evolved into a vibrant urban hub with the influx of development projects in Iskandar Malaysia, is set to have another major tourist draw with the soft launch of a golf hotel and show units of its residential units in the Golf Resort development here today.
The Forest City Golf Hotel is part of a world-class golf resort that has three golf courses and a mixture of residential units comprising apartments and villas built at a total cost of RM1.8 billion. This includes the road infrastructure and land, and is under the second phase of the Forest City development.
When fully completed, the first phase low-density residential enclave is expected to have only a total population of about 1,300 residents. There landed properties are expected to be completed by October 2019 and comprise of double-storey and three-storey cluster homes as well as semi-detached units with a size range of 2,034 sq ft to 6,975 sq ft. The properties, pegged from RM1.38 million onwards, are built near a natural water feature which cuts across the golf course.
Under the first phase, CGPV will unveil 202 units of villas with modern style roofs and a combination of design elements from across Europe.
Meanwhile, the 5-star hotel comprises 305 rooms ranging in size from 45 sq m to 323 sq m are priced from RM300++ to RM6,000++. There will be two towers of hotel rooms, each 11 floors high, with a ballroom that can cater to 400 pax, a free form swimming pool and kids pool. The hotel, which is targeting guests from Malaysia, China, Singapore and Korea, among others, features a restaurant that serves international and local cuisines. The residential enclave caters to golf aficionados from here and across the Causeway, as well as international house buyers.
The hotel is expected to be completed by the first half of 2018 while the first golf course will be completed by the second half of 2018. A connecting road to the hotel from Forest City will be ready by 2019.
CGPV is also building a 9.6km connecting road from Forest City to ensure easy accessibility to the hotel and golf resort.
Datuk Md Othman Yusof, Executive Director of Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd, said in a media statement that, besides attracting tourists and golfers to the new tourist icon, the development will also provide job opportunities to the locals.
“The establishment of these new development will spell good news for the locals as there will be a total of 460 job opportunities with 250 vacancies in hotel and 210 for the golf courses. As of to date, we have a total number of 85 staff at the hotel and the first golf course, of which 100 per cent are locals. More will be employed when the hotel is completed.
The industrial building system (IBS) factory invested RM2.6 billion , which started operations in August this year. The IBS factory, once fully completed, will be the largest of its kind in the world.