Billionaire Trump wants Ryder Cup in Dubai
US tycoon is working with Damac on the Trump International Golf Club
US billionaire tycoon Donald Trump wants to bring the Ryder Cup to Dubai and believes his Trump International Golf Course will provide the perfect venue.
Golf’s Ryder Cup is held every two years between Europe and the USA, with the two taking it in turn to host the prestigious event. This year it is being held in Gleneagles, in Scotland.
But Trump saw no reason why the competition could not be brought to a neutral venue – namely Dubai, on his course.
He said: "I would like to see them go after it really strongly and I’ll help them, because as you know, Sandy Jones (CEO of the PGA GB & Ireland) is a tremendous guy and he has been so nice with what we did in Scotland. He said it’s one of the greatest courses ever built, the one in Aberdeen (Trump International Golf Links).
“I have a lot of respect for Sandy Jones and Sandy Jones has a lot of say where the Ryder Cup is. This is an incredible venue for the Ryder Cup to be brought to.
“I’m not saying we’re going to get the Ryder Cup, but I think we would have a great chance.
“Certainly the course is designed to the highest standards of golf. It’s as good as it gets in terms of shot making, in terms of everything, shot value in particular.
“I think we will have a good chance to get the Ryder Cup because they will be bringing it to this region at some point, in my opinion, in the not-too-distant future, and we will have the best course by far."
Trump and his daughter Ivanka were in Dubai on Monday morning to check on the progress of the 42mn ft2 golf community, Akoya by Damac and unveil images of the new clubhouse.
The New York-based Trump Organisation is collaborating with Damac Properties on the golf course and 104 exclusive Trump Estates villas and mansions in the master development.
Trump, who jetted in to the Emirate following a tour of his recently purchased Turnberry resort in Scotland, added: “If it can’t be the best then I’m not interested.
"I’ve just left Turnberry which is very old and has tremendous history and has held many great championships and I was very lucky to get it. This is very new, but I think in the end it’s going to be equally as great. We’ll make sure it is."
The course, which will run through the centre of the project, is set to be fully grassed by Q1 2015. World-renowned architect Gil Hanse is leading the development of the course and already has the front nine holes shaped, with holes 10 and 11 grassed in addition to the double-ended driving range.
Overlooking the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 8th holes will be the exclusive, private and gated community of The Trump Estates – just over 100 villas and mansions.
“It’s so exciting to be in Dubai and see the progress made on the project,” said Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions at The Trump Organisation.
“The Trump Estates, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai and Akoya by Damac are quickly becoming known as the most desirable places to live, work, and play in this exciting and progressive city.”
More than 250 contractors are currently on-site at the project, which will be completed in regular phases from next year through to 2017.
Major works are already under way on more than 650 villas and nine apartment blocks throughout the development.
Hussain Sajwani, executive chairman and chief executive office, Damac, said: “Akoya by Damac is one of the most iconic developments we have ever undertaken and the response has been overwhelming.
“The Trump Organisation holds a global brand reputation for delivering white glove service and five-star standards which will complement the iconic development perfectly.”