Tiger Woods to design Trump golf course for Damac
Golf superstar to design 18-hole course in Akoya Oxygen development in Dubai
Damac Properties has pulled off a major coup and signed golfing legend Tiger Woods to design a golf course at one of its upcoming Dubai projects.
Woods will design an 18-hole championship golf course for Trump World Golf Club, Dubai, which will be set within the 55 million square foot Akoya Oxygen development by Damac.
Set to open by the end of 2017, it will be operated by The Trump Organization, which is headed up by billionaire tycoon Donald Trump.
"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 Damac Properties managing director Ziad El Chaar.
“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 also has golf course design projects underway in the United States and Mexico, where his first course, El Cardonal, is scheduled to open before the end of the year.
The American has won 14 Majors in golf, second only to Jack Nicklaus, and is also a two-time winner of the Dubai Desert Classic (2006 & 2008).
“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,” he said.
“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.”
“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.
“We plan to create a distinct and memorable golf course that players of all abilities find enjoyable,” he added. “I am very much looking forward to adding to the great courses of Dubai.”
In 2011, it emerged that Woods had been paid a design fee of US $10 million, plus real estate royalties, for a golf course with Dubai Properties.
However, that project was suspended because of the slump in property prices during the global financial crisis.
“Tiger Woods is the biggest name in professional golf,” said The Trump Organization chairman and president Donald Trump.
“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.”