The Jumeirah Golf Estates is looking like it might be completed and ready to host the Dubai World Championships in November. It’s part of the 2009 PGA European Tour, which starts with the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China and will culminate in the winner receiving a $20 million prize. This development will secure Dubai’s spot on the worldwide sporting map.
Out of all of Dubai’s new developments , Jumeirah Golf Estates seems to be on track and whether the vast number of residential properties are not finished by November the golf course and club house need to be in time for the tournament. There are four golfcourses being built and the Dubai Championships will be played on the Fire course.
The main developer is Leisurecorp, who also own the championship golf course at Turnberry in Scotland. Celebrities who will act as the club’s ambassadors include chef Jamie Oliver and legendary golfers Greg Norman, Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia, who are responsible for the design of the courses.
The tournament will also be used for the leading 60 players on The Race to Dubai, which used to be the prestigious European Order of Merit, where players can win an additional $10 million.
This development will draw in a lot of interest, in particular with major golf fans-and that’s just on the property front. The clubhouse will have a Jamie Oliver restaurant, a gym, a spa and an organic market. Yet again it is another example of Dubai setting its sights high and giving tourists another reason to get over there fast. Of course the main motivation behind this project is the golf.
Good call from Sheikh Mohammed. Dubai will become The European Tour’s International Headquarters, operating from within Jumeirah Golf Estates. They just keep on plugging for all the big players. Literally.