Designer hired for Damac-Trump Dubai golf project

Gil Hanse, the designer recently commissioned for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, is appointed

An artist's impression of the Akoya project.

An artist's impression of the Akoya project.

Golf course architect Gil Hanse, the designer who was recently commissioned for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil has been confirmed as the designer for the Dubai golf course by Trump International set in Damac’s latest Akoya development.

The 7205-yard, par 71, 18-hole Championship course, developed by Trump International, which is headed by famed US real estate mogul Donald J Trump, is the focal point of ‘Akoya by Damac’, a 28 million sq ft development in the emirate.

Construction is already underway at the project, which will include a 30,000 sq ft club house – claimed to be the largest of its kind in Dubai – as well as a Trump Spa & Wellness centre and a selection of dining venues, all of which will be managed by Trump.

Trump International, Dubai is the 15th course Trump will manage, and its first in the Middle East.

Commenting on the announcement chairman and president of The Trump Organisation, Donald Trump said: “Gil is easily one of the most sought after golf course designers in the world.

“We are confident that Gil will bring his unique perspective and expertise to what will soon become the greatest golf course in the region.”

Hanse added: “We have always aspired to design courses around the globe and Dubai is one of the most sought after golfing destinations in the world.

“It is an honour to team up with Mr Trump again and we are looking forward to bringing forth our expertise to develop a strategic, fun and interesting course, which will fit into its surroundings, while being accessible for all.”

Hanse has been charged with delivering the finest course in the Middle East, with the goal of hosting a professional tour event.

The course will be completed by the end of 2013, with the surrounding luxury villas and mansions, which overlook the course following over the next couple of years.

Damac Properties has completed 8890 units to date spanning 9,070,264 sq ft, it also has a further 19,136 units at various stages of progress across the Middle East region covering 23,816,070 sq ft out of which 5193 units will be completed in 2013.

In October 2011, Damac Properties launched its hospitality division, Damac Maison, which aims to provide bespoke services to residents in 7957 serviced hotel apartments, across 8,280,507 sq ft by the end of 2016, with 2810 serviced hotel apartments to be completed this year.

According to Damac, this will position the company as one of the largest hotel apartment operators and developers in the world.

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Posted by: Alan

I can't see this course being completed until sometime 2014. Not sure if this architect has experience of any courses in the region previously but not an easy task. A case of seeing is believing!

Posted by: andy jones

This is a sort of ridiculous article and only reminds us all of the DAMAC ability to present marketing fluff as hard facts. Can someone clarify how an 18 hole international golf course will 'be competed by the end of 2013' when the designer has just been engaged? We are entering the summer period now and no one is going to be fooled that DAMAC and Mr Trump can build a course in 6 months! Anyone who knows anything knows it takes a minimum of 2 years to build a golf course and to get it seeded / turfed and the period of time for maturing and growing in. Also, a 30,000 sq ft clubhouse is not anywhere close to being the 'largest' in Dubai. Jumeirah Golf Estates and The Els clubhouse far exceed those sizes.

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