Barcelona spokesperson Toni Freixa revealed that the club's BOD "will hold a meeting with senior club members on Sept. 22" to ask permission to hold a referendum regarding the future of the Camp Nou stadium, according to the EFE. If permission is granted to hold the referendum, Barcelona will "invite all club members to vote on the matter." A number of different options regarding Barça's home stadium are on the table. They range from "doing nothing at all to the Camp Nou, to reconstructing parts of the stadium, rebuilding the entire stadium on the same site or constructing a new stadium on a different site." Freixa also stressed that "no fixed date" for the referendum would be set at the Sept. 22 meeting (EFE, 9/4).
Gary Player Design continued its expansion in India with the signing of the Glade One Golf Course in Ahmedabad, India. Indian real estate development company bSafal selected the Player Design brand for the project. The company will be developing the project on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the fifth largest city in the country that sits on the banks of the Sabarmati River. By choosing Gary Player Design, bSafal "aims to establish a new standard of resort living in India and is positioning Glade One to set a benchmark in the luxury segment of the real estate industry there." In addition to golf, Glade One will offer a boutique 5-star resort, world class spa facilities and 350 luxury residential villas. Recently named the fastest-growing city in India by Forbes, Ahmedabad boasts a "prospering economy that has seen an influx of interest in the game of golf." The increased interest has made Gary Player "a strong believer that India and Asia are the future of game" (GOLFBUSINESSCOMMUNITY.com, 9/4).
AFRICAN GROUND: GOLF INC. reported that a group of Kenyan investors recently broke ground on a golf course project in Mount Kenya National Park. Leading the Mt. Kenya Holiday Homes project is Ark Consultants Dir Reginald Okumu, while Nairobi-based Total Golf Solutionz Ltd. Dir Paresh Jai designed the 9-hole golf course. Along with the course, the 123-acre complex will include a helipad, clubhouse and 95 holiday homes (GOLF INC., 9/4).
Senpar, one of Brazil’s leading golf and lifestyle residential developers, celebrated the opening of South America’s first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf at its Terras de São José II development in the town of Itu on the outskirts of São Paulo. The academy features two indoor-outdoor Jack Nicklaus Coaching Studios, a putting lab and a PING custom fitting center. The Coaching Studio is powered by the proprietary Nicklaus Academy fully-integrated analysis software program that includes multiple high-speed video cameras, a pressure/balance mat, an automated lighting system, a FlightScope ball flight monitor, and multiple video monitors featuring live video feed for the students to view. Some of the future enhancements will include a complete short game training area and a special VIP tee. Senpar and the CBG signed a deal during the celebration to support the identification and development of the top players in Brazil in anticipation of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the re-introduction of golf as an Olympic sport. The Nicklaus Academy at Terras de São José II is open to members and residents of both Terras I and Terras II, residents of Senpar's newest development, SerrAzul, as well as the public (Nicklaus Academies).