x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai teed up for golf tour's big finish

Final preparations are being made for the Dubai World Championships, the climax to the European Golf Tour that will be played at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Dubai // With the Race to Dubai in full swing, final preparations are being made for the Dubai World Championships, the climax to the European Golf Tour that will be played at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The top 60 golfers on the tour, including stars such as Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy, winner of the Dubai Desert Classic, will earn spots in the event, taking place on November 19-22.

The tournament will be the first competition played on the "Earth" course designed by Greg Norman. Bob Knott, senior course manager, said the layout was complete and he was putting finishing touches to the greens and landscaping following consultation with Norman and European tour officials. "We had a meeting ... to finalise the fairway lines and details of the course," he said. "We have recently laid sand in the bunkers and are planting the last 80 of the 3,500 trees that line the course."

The latest addition to the course is a colony of 19 flamingoes that live on a lake adjoining the 17th hole. It was announced yesterday that DP World, the global marine terminal operator, will be the main sponsor for the event. Other partnerships include Atlantis as the official hotel, Rolex as the premier sponsor and Polo Ralph Lauren as the official outfitter. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai World and DP World, said the event would provide a boost to tourism.

"With close to 40,000 golf enthusiasts ... already registered for tickets and a worldwide television audience of millions, this is a golden opportunity to attract tourists, generate revenue, and showcase Dubai to the world," he said. tbrooks@thenational.ae