13 May, 2011
Aggies Hotel Group to purchase Le Penina Golf Course
by Tupuola Terry Tavita
Le Penina Championship Golf Course and Aggie Grey’s Hotel Group have agreed on a purchase deal.
To be completed soon, the transaction – at an undisclosed price tag – will see Aggies take over the sprawling course.
And the deal makes a lot of sense as the hotel company owns the Aggie Grey’s Resort and Spa next door to the golf course at Mulifanua.
Said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also chairman of golf’s governing body – Samoa Golf Incorporated; “Word has been received that the international championship golf course will be taken over by the world famous Aggies Hotel. “This will prove to be a very convenient facility for tourists who enjoy a game of golf while on holiday. For Aggies especially now that the course is part of their Mulifanua property.
“The Le Penina Golf Course, the Prime Minister said, has been the venue for international tournaments hosted by SGI.
“The course is one of the most challenging in the world where not a single professional golf player has scored below-bar in the tournaments that have been held there.”
It is understood original owner American Bob Katzin of Le Penina Golf has agreed to restore the golf course to top condition before it is handed over to Aggies. It is also understood that Aggies Hotel will build a clubhouse for the course this year.
Of the wider Mulifanua area, the Prime Minister said; “I see the expansive Mulifanua area as our tourism centre – if not one of – in the coming years. There will certainly be more hotels that will be built there in the near future. The area is known for its coconut plantations and greenery. It is also home to Samoan Artesian Water production, which, is beginning to catch on in the United States, European and Australasian markets. “It recently gained tariff exemption for export to the vast Chinese market."
Source: Savali News