Trump eyes PGA tour for Dubai golf course

US tycoon's company hopes to attract the best golfers to new course in Damac's Akoya project
Donald Trump
By Courtney Trenwith
Sat 19 Oct 2013 10:23 AM

US businessman Donald Trump’s company hopes the golf course it is building in Dubai will attract a PGA tour event.

The course will be the centre piece of a master development by Dubai developer Damac Properties, Akoya by Damac, off Umm Sequim Road.

The nearly 1000 residences will include 100 mansions within the Trump Estate, as well as villas designed by Fendi.

Trump International executive vice president of strategic development Lawrence Glick told Arabian Business the course was being designed with a future PGA tour in mind.

“That’s always in our line of sight,” Glick said.

“We’d love to. We’ve had initial conversations with [PGA]. One thing you get with the Trump brand is they know the standards are going to be at the highest level and the luxury is going to be at the highest level.

“They’re utilising a lot of our courses now, so it’s a natural fit that they would come out here and take a look at this golf course being built.

“When we take a look at building that golf course, [architect] Gil Hanson has in the back of his mind ... that we might get a PGA tour event down the road, so the canvas is set there.”

However, the course still will cater to non-professionals with a 3-par, 12-hole back course able to cater to beginners, Glick said.

“We’re not about making the golf course so hard, we really want the community to enjoy it,” he said.

It is the first Trump golf course in the Middle East but Glick said the company, which has 15 courses either completed or being built worldwide, would look to build another if everything went well in Dubai.

“Absolutely. We haven’t looked that far but if this works out the way we think it’s going to, sure we would work with Damac to look for another golf course somewhere,” he said.

“We’d been looking in Dubai for many years. The Middle East was a key factor for us, for the affluence, and we figured [Dubai] was kind of a Beverly Hills meets Las Vegas; there’s a lot of sophistication here so we wanted to put our anchor in Dubai, somewhere, somehow.”

Building a golf course in the desert will require a unique irrigation system and grass different to golf courses around the world but Glick said it was not much more difficult or more expensive.

“It’s not hard at all. In a desert it’s just a different growing process and different irrigation process,” he said.

“We’ve gone to all the different golf courses and communities and we think we can do a lot better than those communities, in terms of growing grass and the water that’s out there, and come up with something that’s very different.”

The course is due to open early 2015.

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