Johor's Forest City adding land in second phase of development

Mr Jack Nicklaus II (centre) surveying the area at Forest City.
Mr Jack Nicklaus II (centre) surveying the area at Forest City.PHOTO: COUNTRY GARDEN PACIFICVIEW

Project to include 3 golf courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus

Mega Johor project Forest City will get three new golf courses - one of which will be designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus - as part of the second stage of development.

Chinese developer Country Garden Pacificview said it will add 8 sq km to the complex in its next stage, which is estimated to cost about US$280 million (S$390 million).

This additional 8 sq km of land was acquired, and is part of the projected overall development size of Forest City, which is 30 sq km.

Roughly 20 sq km will be made up of reclaimed land, and about 2.24 sq km has been reclaimed as of last month.

The second phase of development includes three 18-hole golf courses located 7km from Forest City, which will be completed next year, as well as a five-star hotel with more than 300 rooms.

One of the three courses will be designed by Mr Nicklaus, widely regarded as the best golfer of all time, and son Jack Nicklaus II.

There will also be a centre, operated by Taiwanese healthcare management provider MJ Group, offering services such as metabolic and inflammation assessment, as well as individually tailored meal plans.

It will receive its first patients in August, said Country Garden yesterday.

Construction for American boarding school Shattuck-St Mary, the first international school in the development, is slated to begin next month.

The school is expected to enrol an initial group of 150 students and will begin the academic year in August next year.

The Chinese developer, ranked among the largest in China, is also ramping up efforts to bring in more commercial developments.

Dr Yu Runze, Country Garden Pacificview chief strategy officer, said the company was in the final stages of discussions with business partners and corporations such as ride-hailing firm Grab.

"We have received keen interest from more than 20 potential partners and corporations, such as Grab and several major players in the region to set up data centres in Forest City."

Forest City has dominated headlines for its ambitious development efforts.

On top of its land reclamation plans, it sold 16,000 units last year amid a perceived property slump, almost double the total number of private residential units sold in Singapore last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 21, 2017, with the headline 'Johor's Forest City adding land in second phase of development'. Print Edition | Subscribe