Tiger Woods Design to create golf course for AKOYA Oxygen
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Golfing superstar Tiger Woods will design the new 18-hole championship golf course in Dubai to be built by luxury real estate developers, DAMAC Properties and operated by The Trump Organization.
Set within the 55 million square-foot master community of AKOYA Oxygen, the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai will include a state-of-the-art 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.
“Tiger Woods is one of the most famous and iconic sportsmen in the world who will bring his design expertise and worldwide playing experience to this amazing development,” said Ziad El Chaar, Managing Director, DAMAC Properties. “Add to that the golfing prowess and skills of The Trump Organization, our leadership position in luxury real estate development, with the global appeal of Dubai, we believe the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, designed by Tiger Woods, will be a market leader, judged against the best golf courses in the world.
“Bringing Tiger Woods to Dubai is a testament to the luxury and quality that can be anticipated at AKOYA Oxygen — where fashion meets the outdoors, and green really is the new black.”
Woods has already gained a strong reputation for golf course design, with projects underway in Mexico and the United States. His first course to open for play will be El Cardonal in Mexico, which is scheduled to open before the end of the year.
In reference to the style of course that he is creating, Woods said, “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 of 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.”
Woods has won 14 Majors in golf, second only to Jack Nicklaus, and is one of the most iconic sportsmen ever to grace the game. The two-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic (2006, 2008), who had previously looked at the opportunity to design a course in Dubai, is now returning to realize that dream.
He has won a total of 105 tournaments, 79 of those on the PGA TOUR, including four Masters Tournaments, four PGA Championships, three U.S. Open championships and three British Open championships. With his second Masters victory in 2001, Woods became the first player ever to hold all four professional major championships at the same time.
“I can’t wait to see this stunning project come to life,” Woods said. “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.”
“We plan to create a distinct and memorable golf course that players of all abilities find enjoyable,” he added. “I’m looking forward to adding to the great courses of Dubai.”
Site preparation work on the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai is already underway, with the course due to open by the end of 2017.
This will be The Trump Organization’s 18th golf property in the world and marks the second world-class course in Dubai with DAMAC Properties.
“Tiger Woods is the biggest name in professional golf,” said Mr. Donald J. Trump, Chairman & President of The Trump Organization. “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.”
The Trump World Golf Club, Dubai will anchor the AKOYA Oxygen master community that is located just off the Umm Suqeim road extension and less than 15 minutes from AKOYA by DAMAC.
AKOYA Oxygen will showcase the greenest living spaces in Dubai with parklands, green open spaces and private gardens. The development will include luxury living experiences in a lush, peaceful environment.
Established in 2002, DAMAC has delivered almost 12,000 units to date and currently has a development portfolio of over 39,000 units at various stages of progress and planning, as of June 30, 2014, which includes over 10,000 hotel rooms and serviced hotel apartments.