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SPORT & LEISURE - GOLF

Eco-friendly golf

Posted on 01/05/2005

Golfers in the UAE can look forward to an enjoyable experience and some new and unique challenges at the new Tower Links Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah. Set against a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, this golfing venue is the first golf course in the UAE to be built in and around a natural mangrove reserve. Mangroves border almost every hole on the 18-hole Par 72 course, but the treacherous bunkers and the extensive mangroves around the signature holes 5 and 13 make them particularly ...  >>MORE

Ernie Els claims record third Desert Classic

Posted on 07/03/2005

South Africa's Ernie Els is elated after receiving the trophy from Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Al Maktoum at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday. Els advanced his claims for securing the world No 1 ranking this season when he won a record third Dubai Desert Classic title in breathtaking fashion. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Els stays on Jimenez's ponytail

Posted on 06/03/2005

Ernie Els demonstrated his readiness to stay in the hunt with a resolute performance in yesterday's third round of the Dubai Desert Classic that left him one stroke behind the leader Miguel Angel Jimenez, and with every chance of securing a record third victory in the 16-year-old tournament. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Golf Resort joins hands with Spa Resources International

Posted on 15/01/2005

The flagship property of Jebel Ali International Hotels, the five-star Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, has set up a joint venture with Spa Resources International, the specialised spa consultancy in the Middle East. The joint venture will carry out the development and launch of "THE SPA" an exclusive two-storey purpose-built wellness facility at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Apart from 10 treatment rooms, spacious changing facilities, majlis ...  >>MORE

Record prize money on offer for Desert Classic

Posted on 28/12/2004

The 16th Dubai Desert Classic, to be held over the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course from March 3-6, will be the richest event in the tournament's history with prize-money topping the US$2.2 million (around Dh8.09 million) mark for the first time. News that the four-day tournament will have a record prize-fund came as main sponsors Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) underlined their support for the PGA European Tour event for the 15th consecutive year. Over the years, the Dubai Desert Classic has ...  >>MORE

Chartering a new course

Posted on 19/10/2004

The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club closed its golf operation for approximately one year from December 2003 and the new course re-opens in December this year. The new course will feature a par-71 challenge over a course measuring around 6,800 yards. The ninth hole was a par-5 but has been reduced to a par-4 with a different location. The course is being redeveloped by European Golf Design in association with the Dubai-based Ryder Cup star and former Dubai Desert Classic champion Thomas Bjorn. ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets six new golf courses

Posted on 12/10/2004

For the avid golfer, there can't be better news than this: Dubai will have an additional six golf courses. The initiative was announced at a press conference by Wahid Attalla, the Executive Director Commercial and Operations at Nakheel, in the presence of star golfer Greg Norman, yesterday. And to make this ambitious project a reality, the promoters of some of Dubai's most prominent real estate projects, launched Nakheel Golf - a dedicated division focussing on the development of the game ...  >>MORE

Emirates to support BMW Open in Munich

Posted on 18/08/2004

Emirates airline will once again be supporting the 2004 BMW International Open in Munich as official airline of the tournament, for the second year in-a-row. Emirates also announced in Munich yesterday that it will continue to support the top-rated golf event in the Bavarian capital - a key station on the PGA European Tour and one of the continent's most important tournaments - for the next three years. The BMW International Open will take place from August 26-29, at the Munich Nord-Eichenried ...  >>MORE

Al Badia Golf Resort clubhouse takes shape

Posted on 16/08/2004

Groundbreaking and foundation works have begun on the strikingly designed clubhouse at the Al Badia Golf Resort, part of the Dubai Festival City 'city-within-a-city' development on the banks of Dubai Creek. Prominently located overlooking the 9th and 18th greens of the Robert Trent Jones II designed, 18-hole championship golf course, the clubhouse promises to add to Dubai's growing international reputation for outstanding and iconic architecture. Designed by international design consultants ...  >>MORE

Norman to design three golf courses for Nakheel

Posted on 17/07/2004

A new golf experience is coming to Dubai, thanks to an agreement between Nakheel and Greg Norman. The World Golf Hall of Fame member will design three golf courses that will provide a unique experience for vacationers and residents of Nakheel's residential developments. Norman met with Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Nakheel, on the eve of the Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland to sign the contract that will see Dh1 billion (US$270 million) invested in the project. ...  >>MORE

UAE to play for national pride

Posted on 19/05/2004

UAE skipper Ismail Sharif has called for teamwork as the team play for national pride in the HSBC-sponsored 11th GCC Golf Championship which begins today at the Arabian Ranches Desert Course. Sharif, a former UAE national champion who has represented the UAE since 1997, knows more than most about wearing the flag with pride. And the stylish left-hander is extolling his teammates to fire themselves up for what will be a tough battle over the demanding par-72 Desert Course. Mohammed Alabbar, ...  >>MORE

World-class champion Colin Montgomerie endorses

Posted on 24/03/2004

The Montgomerie Dubai, the region's finest golf course developed by EMAAR, will offer greater value to its members and the citizens of Emirates Hills following a review of the course by Colin Montgomerie. The former Dubai Desert Classic champion toured the course during his visit to Dubai to participate in the 2004 edition of the Classic, which was claimed by American Mark O' Meara at the Emirates Golf Club. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of EMAAR Properties and Chairman of the UAE Golf ...  >>MORE

O'Meara is a Classic winner

Posted on 08/03/2004

Before yesterday, Mark O'Meara had not won a tournament in six years, but he had never stopped dreaming about it. And yesterday, reality proved every bit as good as imagination suggested for the 47-year-old American as he sealed a sensational triumph in the US$2 million Dubai Desert Classic, sponsored by Dubal. In a drama-laden final day's play here at the Emirates Golf Club, that saw world No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 3 Ernie Els make threatening moves up the leaderboard, O'Meara stamped his ...  >>MORE

Els, Clarke delight in Challenge

Posted on 03/03/2004

Ernie Els and Darren Clarke may have laid down a marker for the 15th Dubai Desert Classic starting tomorrow with eye-catching displays of individual brilliance en route to winning the nine-hole Challenge Match at the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa yesterday. Events like these can usually be relied on to throw up top class performances and the likes of Els and Clarke, Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara and Padraig Harrington and Thomas Bjorn, thoroughly entertained a 2,000 strong crowd of golf fans. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Desert Classic fever builds up as star-studded field is announced

Posted on 28/01/2004

The countdown to next month's richest-ever Dubai Desert Classic stepped up a gear with the organisers confirming an impressive entry-list for the 15th edition of the European PGA Tour event. "We are absolutely delighted that two of the modern game's best players, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, will be participating in our tournament," Mohammed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of the Dubai Desert Classic Executive Committee, said at a press conference at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday. "Tiger Wood's ...  >>MORE

First ever World Sand Golf Championship in March

Posted on 12/01/2004

The Al Ghazal Golf Club will host the first ever World Sand Golf Championship in March 2004, under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation and patron of the club. The one-day event will attract some of the top international players and is expected to become a firm fixture on the international golfing calendar. Sheikh Hamdan said that the tournament will help promote Abu Dhabi internationally as 32 players have already announced ...  >>MORE

Desert Classic golf purse tops US$2m

Posted on 22/12/2003

The winner of next year's Dubai Desert Classic, the PGA European Tour event scheduled for March 4-7, 2004 at the Emirates Golf Club, will have extra reason to celebrate following an announcement that the prize-money will top US$2 million for the first time in the tournament's 15-year history. "The tournament's come a long way since we staged the first Dubai Desert Classic back in 1989," said Mohammed Buamim, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Desert Classic, organisers and promoters of the ...  >>MORE

Putting Ras Al Khaimah up as a golfing destination

Posted on 25/10/2003

Eco-tourism is fast gaining acceptance across the globe, with conservationists and industry leaders declaring it the only way forward. Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but joy - take delight in nature's gift without decimating it. Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE with its creeks, lagoons, mangrove systems, pristine beaches and mountains is an eco-tourist's delight. Having realised their potential, the Ruling Family of the emirate is working hard to present this jewel on the UAE's coastline ...  >>MORE

Glowing tributes paid to UAE golfers

Posted on 25/10/2003

Glowing tributes were paid to the UAE national golf squad for the gold medal winning performance at the 24th Arab Golf Championships in Morocco recently. Mohammed Alabbar, head of the Dubai Economic Department and Chairman of the UAE Golf Association, led the plaudits yesterday while admitting that 'the team should now strive for higher success.' "We are proud of you," said Alabbar, himself a keen and accomplished golfer. "The victory in the net division is a landmark for UAE golf and we ...  >>MORE

UAE win first ever gold at Arab Championships

Posted on 20/10/2003

Successfully blending youth with experience, the UAE National golf team produced one of their finest performances to win a first ever gold medal in the 24th Arab Golf Championships at the Royal Dar Es Salam Golf Club in Morocco. The tournament is the major golf event of the year on the Arab golfing calendar as it attracts 14 Arab golfing countries to compete in a four-day, 72 hole stroke play Championship around the gruelling and challenging Dar Es Salam course. The UAE team, comprising ...  >>MORE

CNN to co-sponsor Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 15/10/2003

CNN International has confirmed its role as a co-sponsor for the 2004 Dubai Desert Classic in a unique move that is ground breaking both for the event and for CNN. The PGA European Tour event, which will be held at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course from March 4-7, will be the first sporting event to enjoy major sponsorship from CNN International. And the organising Dubai Desert Classic Executive Committee believes the agreement will take the 15th staging of the tournament to even greater ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah-based Tower Links Golf Club implements environment management system

Posted on 12/07/2003

The Ras Al Khaimah-based Tower Links Golf Club, the first grassed golf club to be constructed in the emirate, received ISO 14001 certification recently making it the first golf club in the UAE as well as the region to get this certification. "We are very proud to be the first golf course in the UAE to receive ISO 14001 certification. This is in recognition of our hard work in ensuring the course retains its environmental value" said Sheikh Faisal Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, chairman of General ...  >>MORE

UAE juniors clinch three bronze medals in Syria

Posted on 07/07/2003

The UAE golf team did well to claim three bronze medals in the Arab Junior Golf Championship held at the Cham Golf and Country Club in Syria. The medals were secured by the under 18 pair of Faris Al Mazrui (ADGCS) and Abdulla Al Mosharrekh (DCGYC) and the under 15 team of Khalid Yousuf and Ahmed Al Mosharrekh (both DCGYC). Four handicaper Faris Al Mazrui also added the under 18 individual third place after losing the silver medal on a second round countback to Rami Belaid. Mazrui returned ...  >>MORE

Strong display from UAE junior golfers in Syria

Posted on 06/07/2003

Days of hard work and consistence finally began to show after the two UAE teams of junior golfers came up with notable performances in the first round of the 4th Arab Junior Golf Championship played in Damascus, Syria yesterday. One of UAE's most promising golfers, Faris Al Mazrui carded a commendable two under par 70 on the 6,195-yard Cham Golf and Country Club to lead by two shots in the Under-18 category. Fourteen-year-old Yousuf also showed maturity to stay in third position in the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain tourism authority signs deal for golf course

Posted on 15/05/2003

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Promotion Authority yesterday signed a contract with George Sproule, Vice president of International Management Group, Inc (IMG) for the Study/Planning and Concept Design of Jebel Hafeet Golf Course and Club House. Sheikh Sultan said: "This project has been initiated in line with the directives of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

Dutchman wins £1.2 million Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 10/03/2003

Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen won the £1.2 million Dubai Desert Classic gold tournament when he defeated world number 2 Ernie Els of South Africa by one-shot in a drama filled final day's play at the Emirates Golf Club yesterday. Derksen fired a 17 under 271 aggregate for the four days as El, the defending champion could only manage a 272. The Dutchman picked up a winners cheque for £200,000 for the victory which was his first ever in five years on the Profession Golf Association's European ...  >>MORE

Els in four-way tie for lead

Posted on 08/03/2003

World No 2 Ernie Els served further notice yesterday that the Dubai Desert Classic title could be his for the third time as he fired a four-under-par 68 to be joint leader at the half-way stage of this £1.2 million European PGA Tour event. After playing near flawless golf over two days of competition at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course, Els erred for the first time with his approach shot to the 18th and saw himself surrender the outright lead. Instead, the 'Big Easy' ended the day ...  >>MORE

Forsyth and Els set scorching pace

Posted on 07/03/2003

A towering performance from Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, that included seven birdies and no bogeys, saw him upstage world No 2 Ernie Els and secure the opening round honours of the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic yesterday. Forsyth played one of the best rounds of his brief golfing career to card a good-looking seven-under 65, one stroke ahead of the 'Big Easy', who in turn returned a shot clear of six players from five European countries. Among them England's Greg Owen, who but for a frustrating ...  >>MORE

Els and Clarke steal Jebel Ali thunder

Posted on 05/03/2003

After months of anticipation, Dubai Desert Classic week got underway yesterday with the South African/Irish pairing of Ernie Els and Darren Clarke storming to a record victory in the Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa Challenge Match. The form of Els and Clarke, who dovetailed superbly to win by five shots, was an ominous sign of what awaits their rivals in the £1.2 million PGA European Tour event, which starts with the Pro-Am at the Emirates Golf Club today. Els will certainly be hoping it's a ...  >>MORE

Els says yes to Desert Classic

Posted on 02/03/2003

Despite conflicting media reports, world number two Ernie Els has confirmed he will defend his Dubai Desert Classic title when the £1.2 million tournament gets underway at the Emirates Golf Club on March 6. The South African superstar - the only man to win twice in Dubai - has thrown his support behind the Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL)-sponsored event and will jet into the emirate tomorrow. Els' support has been warmly praised by the Desert Classic organisers and promoters who are set to welcome ...  >>MORE

Ryder Cup stars to sign up for Desert Classic

Posted on 25/02/2003

More of golf's biggest names have rushed to sign up for the Middle East's richest-ever PGA European Tour event. The big names are the latest top stars to sign up for an event that will bring 150 of the world's leading players to the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course from March 6-9, sponsored by Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL). (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

DFC golf course to open in 2003

Posted on 17/11/2002

Dubai Festival City yesterday unveiled the details of Dubai's newest 7,250-yards, 72 par, 18-hole recreational golf course with an investment outlay of Dh551 million. It was designed by Robert Trent Jones II LLC, California's internationally acclaimed golf course architectural firm. Globally, the number of golfers ranges from 48 to 50 million. There are about 5,500 golfers, mostly expatriates, in the UAE. The golf course which will be rich in water features and lush with plants indigenous to ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods to play in Dubai Classic

Posted on 12/11/2002

Tiger Woods, world's leading golf player, has announced that he will play in the 14th edition of Dubai Desert Classic Championship scheduled during next March 6-9. The Dubai championship is expected to feature world-class golfers to vie for the tournament's trophy which will be organized under the sponsorship of Dubal company. Mike Stewart, director of the championship, said the participation of the 26-year old American golfer, Woods, would enhance the standard of the tournament and would pave ...  >>MORE

UAE team is crowned GCC champions

Posted on 28/09/2002

The UAE team were the undoubted stars of the GCC Golf Championship held at the Dirab Golf Club in Saudi Arabia this week. The four-man team of Faris Al Mazrui, Ismail Sharif, Rashid Alabbar and Abdullah Al Mosharrekh took five golds and six silver in the six available categories. Third round gross scores of 72 (Faris), 79 (Rashid) and 80 (Ismail) meant the team also won the overall net category by a comprehensive 29 shots from second placed Bahrain. The UAE's 54-hole total of 645 was an ...  >>MORE

RAK to have turf farm

Posted on 23/09/2002

Ras Al Khaimah will have UAE's first commercial turf farm with a one million bushel a year capacity. It will produce Dh3 million worth of turf every year. It will cover 200,000 square metres. Initially, the farm will provide Tower Links Golf Club, the 18-hole golf course under construction with steady supplies of high quality grass. The grass has been developed by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia in the U.S., specifically for the greens on golf ...  >>MORE

Desert Classic Golf winner

Posted on 14/03/2002

South African Ernie Els won the Dubai Desert Golf Classic. Swede Niclas Fasth came second and Carl Pettersson third. Els last won the Desert Classic in 1994. Final scores from the Dubai Desert Classic played on the par-72 Emirates Golf Club course were: 272 - Ernie Els (RSA) 68-68-67-69, 276 - Niclas Fasth (Swe) 68-69-69-70, and 277 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 70-73-65-69. http://www.dubaidesertclassic.com ...  >>MORE

Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament begins

Posted on 07/03/2002

The £1 million (Dh5.2 million) PGA 13th Dubai Desert Classic began. It will run from 7-10 March. Players include: Sam Torrance, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Paul Lawrie, Mark O'Meara, Seve Ballesteros, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, among others. http://www.dubaidesertclassic.com ...  >>MORE

Golf course for Ras Al Khaimah

Posted on 07/03/2002

‘Ras Al Khaimah is to have an 18-hole golf course', said Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, chairman of the General Accounts Department, on 5 March. The course will be built and operated by Dubai-based Hydroturf International, and is expected to increase tourism to Ras Al Khaimah. http://www.emirates.org ...  >>MORE

Golf stars confirmed for Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 28/02/2002

The £1 million (Dh5.2 million) PGA European Tour Event, the 13th Dubai Desert Classic, will be held from 7-10 March in Dubai. Organisers confirmed on 23 February the players who will play at the Emirates Golf Club. They include: Sam Torrance, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Paul Lawrie, Mark O'Meara, Seve Ballesteros, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie, Niclas Fasth, Pierre Fulke, Phillip Price, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Adam Scott, Michael Hoey, Costantino ...  >>MORE

Move to boost Dubai as golfing destination

Posted on 12/02/2002

A group of 13 representatives from the travel industry in Malaysia including leading tour operators indicated a distinct interest in promoting Dubai as a golfing destination following a comprehensive presentation at the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing's (DTCM) Head Office. DTCM officials highlighted Dubai's golfing facilities to the delegates including the three championship standard grass golf courses. "Dubai is the pioneer of golf in the Middle East and in the past, the famous ...  >>MORE

Dubai wins global award

Posted on 20/01/2002

Dubai wins global award Dubai's reputation as the sporting capital of the Middle East received a major boost hen it won a top award at the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Annual Awards ceremony in South Africa. The emirate picked up the prestigious 'Emerging Golf Destination of the Year' Award beating off strong competition from Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, Costa Rica, several large US states, and even the home country South Africa. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

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Eco-friendly golf


Ernie Els claims record third Desert Classic


Els stays on Jimenez's ponytail


Jebel Ali Golf Resort joins hands with Spa Resources International


Record prize money on offer for Desert Classic


Chartering a new course


Dubai gets six new golf courses


Emirates to support BMW Open in Munich


Al Badia Golf Resort clubhouse takes shape


Norman to design three golf courses for Nakheel


UAE to play for national pride


World-class champion Colin Montgomerie endorses


O'Meara is a Classic winner


Els, Clarke delight in Challenge


Dubai Desert Classic fever builds up as star-studded field is announced


First ever World Sand Golf Championship in March


Desert Classic golf purse tops US$2m


Putting Ras Al Khaimah up as a golfing destination


Glowing tributes paid to UAE golfers


UAE win first ever gold at Arab Championships


CNN to co-sponsor Dubai Desert Classic


Ras Al Khaimah-based Tower Links Golf Club implements environment management system


UAE juniors clinch three bronze medals in Syria


Strong display from UAE junior golfers in Syria


Al Ain tourism authority signs deal for golf course


Dutchman wins £1.2 million Dubai Desert Classic


Els in four-way tie for lead


Forsyth and Els set scorching pace


Els and Clarke steal Jebel Ali thunder


Els says yes to Desert Classic


Ryder Cup stars to sign up for Desert Classic


DFC golf course to open in 2003


Tiger Woods to play in Dubai Classic


UAE team is crowned GCC champions


RAK to have turf farm


Desert Classic Golf winner


Dubai Desert Classic Golf tournament begins


Golf course for Ras Al Khaimah


Golf stars confirmed for Dubai Desert Classic


Move to boost Dubai as golfing destination


Dubai wins global award