By Neil Halligan
US golfer to design new 18-hole championship course in same location as previous Tatweer project
Damac Properties has announced Tiger Woods is to design a new 18-hole championship golf course in the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai in the Akoya Oxygen development in Dubailand.
The course will be located on the same land where the previous Tiger Woods Dubai project was planned in 2008, then owned by property developer Tatweer (since submerged into Dubai Properties Group, a division of Dubai Holding). That project, which was eventually scrapped last year after the financial crisis made the project unviable, saw the US golfer being paid $55.4m for lending his name to it.
The 55 million sq ft plot of land in Dubailand was bought by Damac Properties last year, where it subsequently launched its Akoya Oxygen master community project and the ‘Trump World Golf Club, Dubai’.
Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president for corporate communications at Damac, confirmed that the course, while located on the same piece of land, would be a totally different design.
As well as the new 18-hole championship golf course, which will be operated by The Trump Organisation, the Tiger Woods project will include a clubhouse, world-class restaurant and pro shop.
The course will be situated at the heart of the development, with some of the highest premium, residential developments in Dubai overlooking the course.
Site preparation work on the Trump World Golf Club Dubai is already underway, with the course due to open by the end of 2017.
Woods’ first course to open for play will be El Cardonal in Mexico, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year. He said the design of the course in Dubai is inspired by golf courses from around the world.
“I’ve been fortunate to play great golf courses all over the globe, from the original links courses in Scotland to the famous parkland courses in America and the distinctive layouts on the sandbelt of Australia. I hope to bring elements of those great courses and others to the Trump World Golf Club Dubai with the end result being a course that golfers will want to play again and again,” he said.
Woods, who recently returned to action after a long lay-off through injury, said he’s looking forward to finally seeing one of his courses come to fruition in Dubai.
“I can’t wait to see this stunning project come to life. Dubai is fast becoming one of the most influential golfing destinations in the world, both for the professional game and for amateurs looking to enjoy the great weather, great courses and amazing lifestyle,” he said.
“We plan to create a distinct and memorable golf course that players of all abilities find enjoyable. I am very much looking forward to adding to the great courses of Dubai,” he added.
This will be the Trump Organisation’s 18th golf property in the world and marks the second world-class course in Dubai with DAMAC Properties. Donald Trump, chairman and President of The Trump Organisation, said Woods will help create a special golf course in Dubai.
“Tiger Woods is the biggest name in professional golf. His expertise comes from winning on every great course in the world, including his win at the WGC - Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, Miami. Tiger will be a tremendous asset in developing the course at the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai - and together, with Damac Properties, we will be doing something very special,” he said.
The Trump World Golf Club, Dubai will anchor the Akoya Oxygen master community, located just off the Umm Suqeim road extension.