Damac inks Trump deal for Dubai golf course

Dubai developer says construction has started and championship course will open in 2014

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The planned golf course at the heart of Damac Properties’ new master plan development, Akoya by Damac, will be named after US businessman Donald Trump.

The 18-hole PGA Championship golf course, to be named Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, will be spread across 6588 metres and have a par of 71.

Damac Properties, one of the largest developers in the Middle East, said construction already had started and the course would be ready for play next year.

It has not been announced whether the company will seek international championships to be played there.

The course is the feature of Akoya by Damac, which was announced on April 30 and will be its largest ever project. Damac claims it will be the most luxurious golf community in Asia.

The 29 million sq ft master development will be build off Umm Sequim Road in Dubai, with the golf course to be surrounded by mansions, villas, townhouses and luxurious apartments.

It will also include a spa, boutique hotels and international schools from kindergarten to secondary, as well as globally-recognised retail brands, leisure and entertainment offerings and a sports complex.

Trump International Golf Club will include a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art club house and luxurious Trump Spa & Wellness Centre, which will be managed by The Trump Organization.

The upmarket club house, which will be the largest of its kind in Dubai, will sits over the 9th and 18th greens, with luxurious changing rooms and services.

The double-ended driving range, chipping facility and putting greens will emulate the undulations of the course to accurately reflect the challenge of the full 18 holes. The development also includes a high-tech golf training academy and four international-standard tennis courts.

The complex also will include three high-end restaurants.

“By collaborating with Donald Trump, we are bringing the most elite name in golf and international luxury real estate to Dubai,” Damac Properties chairman Hussein Sajwani said.

“This course will provide a unique challenge for golfers, while delivering the upmost luxury and refinement for which both Damac Properties and The Trump Organization have become renowned for.”

The golf course is Trump’s second planned venture in Dubai, after the first failed.

The eccentric celebrity was to partner with Dubai developer Nakheel to build Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm Jumeirah in 2008. The project has been silently cancelled amid Nakheel’s debt issues.

The Trump Organisation already has 14 award winning courses under its ownership and management across the world, but this will be its first venture into Asia.

The company’s latest course, Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has already been tagged as one of the world’s greatest golf courses by the golfing community.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our portfolio of award-winning courses into Dubai with Damac Properties. Dubai is an incredible city that truly understands the meaning of luxury,” Trump, who is chairman and president of The Trump Organization, said.

“Trump International Golf Club, Dubai will be built to world-class levels, exceeding all expectations - there will be nothing like it in the region and beyond.”

Dubai was recently named one of the 10 most popular destinations for golf tourism, by accounting firm KPMG. Dubai and Abu Dhabi sit in 6th place on the table, ahead of more established destinations including the USA, England and South Africa.

The report also said global golf holiday sales grew by an average 9.3 percent compared to the previous year, now raking in more than EUR1.5bn (AED7.22bn).

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Posted by: mohan

Do you know who will design the course?

Posted by: Red Snappa

Another golf course eh, golf courses need big pay-out top tournaments, guess D. Trump will be able to woo the Americans.

However, caution in the property market appears to have been cast to the wind again, any lessons learnt as a result of the last implosion appear to now reside under the carpet as something unpleasant that the industry no longer wishes to acknowledge.

As the flipping rate gets ugly once again, the pricing heat is on 179 properties listed for sale at Jumeirah Golf Estates for example, many between 900 and 1,400 AED a square foot. Therefore would be interested to see DAMAC's off-plan pricing model for Akoya.

Posted by: Paul Lambert

Good luck.

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