Malaysia's FIRST Certified Golf Course Superintendent, Nizam Othman

  Mohd Nizam Othman is the man behind TPC Kuala Lumpur’s championship golf courses

Kuala Lumpur, 7 March 2017 – TPC Kuala Lumpur’s green keeper Mohd Nizam Othman recently acquired the highest qualification as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS), making his mark as the first Malaysian to receive the professional certification.

The 44-year old Johorean with over 20 years of green-keeping experience saw his hard work pay off when he proudly received the recognition in February 2017 in Florida, USA. The certificate awarded by Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) came less than a year after he attained his Class-A qualification with the same association. The CGCS qualification is the most widely recognised in the golf industry and the highest level of recognition that can be achieved by a green keeper. Approximately 25% of GCSAA Class ‘A’ members are Certified Golf Course Superintendents. There are a total of 1,800 CGCS professionals, mostly based in the US.

Nizam completed an extensive course that covers theoretical and practical aspects of golf course management. After a thorough selection process, less than 50 candidates were selected for the final examinations in San Antonio, Texas.

“It is a great honour and I feel really proud as the first and only Certified Golf Course Superintendent in Malaysia. After having gone through rigorous course work, numerous assignments and travelling to and from the United States, it is definitely worthwhile for my professional career,” said Nizam.


Indeed it was no easy feat for Nizam. In addition to course conditions and rules of golf, he had to familiarise himself with Health & Safety regulations and policies on preserving the environment. Nizam also had to prove he is capable of managing golf course finances and its fleet of machinery. Another crucial requirement was to pass stringent tests conducted by GCSAA on golf course maintenance.

The GCSC is not only an exceptional achievement for Nizam but also for TPC Kuala Lumpur which maintains its East and West courses in immaculate condition in spite of erratic weather – hot and sunny during the day and thunder storms towards the evening.

TPC Kuala Lumpur’s East Course hosts the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event, while the West Course hosts the US PGA TOUR via the CIMB Classic, in addition to an average of 50,000 member rounds TPC Kuala Lumpur accommodates annually.

“With this certification, I am able to further enhance my competencies, knowledge and share them for the benefit of my team members. Special thanks to my beloved wife, Shamsinar and my CEO Steven Thielke who is also my mentor and a great inspiration,” Nizam concluded.

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About TPC Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, TPC Kuala Lumpur is a 36-hole tournament-standard course strategically located in the lush landscape of Bukit Kiara, just eight kilometres from the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Its proprietor Sime Darby Property designed the club as an elegant and relaxing golf haven surrounded by natural beauty.

TPC Kuala Lumpur defines new standards in golf and country clubs with its superior service, excellent facilities and warm hospitality. The high quality of construction is synonymous with Sime Darby Property and incorporates state-of-the art technologies with impressive attention to detail. Visit for more information. Like us on Facebook - TPC Kuala Lumpur to gain insights on our latest happenings.


About TPC Network

Licensed by the PGA TOUR, Tournament Players Club or TPC is a chain of public and private golf courses that meet the PGA TOUR tournament standards requirement and operated by the PGA TOUR itself. TPC courses are uniquely designed to accommodate large crowds that are attracted to high profile tournaments with world class facilities and services.

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About Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)

GCSAA is a leading golf organization since 1926 that has been the top professional association for both men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. It offers a professional certification program that enables golf course superintendents to be recognized for their high level of achievement in golf course management.


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