By Andy Sambidge
Company selected to manage Bahrain's Royal Golf Club; adds to Abu Dhabi, Dubai courses
Troon, the global golf course management and development firm, has been selected to manage the Royal Golf Club, Bahrain's first and only golf destination.
Although originally opened in 1999, the course was redesigned by golf legend Colin Montgomerie, in association with European Golf Design.
The par-72 championship course and its clubhouse facilities were re-opened in 2009 and the venue was selected as host course of the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions tournament the following year.
Troon said its aim was to "solidify the Royal Golf Club's position as the kingdom's leading leisure facility".
Bruce Glasco, managing director, Troon International Operations, said: "The owners have made a substantial commitment to furthering its reputation and increasing its service standards, thus further elevating the club experience for its many members and visitors.
"Given Troon's vast experience in the region and proven track record of success we're delighted that they've sought the services of Troon to help reach those objectives."
The Royal Golf Club joins a number of renowned championship courses under the management of Troon in the Middle East.
These include Abu Dhabi Golf Club - host venue for the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, The Els Club, Dubai, and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, of the Royal Golf Club, said: "We've had a fantastic beginning to our history and in order to facilitate the next part of our development, we will be looking to maximise the opportunity to grow golf amongst the people of Bahrain, as well as widen our appeal with an international audience.
"The calibre of courses in Troon's existing portfolio is evidence of their proven track-record in these respects; their expertise will become invaluable moving forward."For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.