January 7, 2009
The Tiger Woods Dubai will feature a 7,700-yard, par-72 course, a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse, a golf academy, 320 exclusive villas and a boutique hotel with 80 suites.
“I look at this project not only as an opportunity, but also as a great responsibility,” Woods said.
Dubai already has eight golf courses, including the Emirates Golf Club, which hosts the Dubai Desert Classic. Woods won the tournament earlier this year in a playoff over Ernie Els. Woods lost in Dubai five years ago when he made double bogey on the final hole to finish two shots behind Thomas Bjorn.
Els, Bjorn, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Baker-Finch are among those who have built or are building golf courses in Dubai. Woods said he hopes to not only match up to those courses, “but hopefully create a memorable, everlasting legacy.”
Tiger Woods Dubai is a joint venture between Woods, who last month created Tiger Woods design; and Tatweer, a member of the government-affiliated Dubai Holding.
“I have been amazed by the progress of Dubai. From the time I first came to play here in 2000, I wanted to be a part of this amazing vision,” Woods said.
He said he chose Dubai for his first golf course because he was excited about the “challenge of transforming a desert terrain into a world-class golf course.”
The development is scheduled to be finished in late 2009 at Dubailand, the region’s largest tourism and leisure project.
Saeed al-Muntafiq, the CEO of Tatweer, said he is confident that Woods’ Dubai golf course will be a success.
“We never looked for anyone beyond Tiger for the project because we believe in only working with the very best,” al-Muntafiq said.
Tiger has also begun work on a new course design in South. Carolina called The Cliffs at High Carolina near Asheville. The Cliffs at Carolina marks Tiger Woods Design’s first project in North America. Unique in its stunning mountain setting, High Carolina will take full advantage of the 50-mile panoramic views. The Cliffs at High Carolina is scheduled to open in 2010.
Tiger’s latest project is Punta Brava in Ensenada, Mexico. With the same passion he brings to his sport, Tiger Woods is designing his first oceanfront course at Punta Brava. In this dramatic corner of the world, land, sea and sky converge to form one of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. Punta Brava, meaning “Wild Point”, is intimately and privately nestled at the terminus of a peninsula extending seven miles into the Pacific ocean.