Work on the Trump International Golf Course in Dubai, being developed by Damac Properties, is proceeding “on track”, the company announced.
The 7,205-yard, par 71, 18-hole championship-standard golf course is part of the bigger 42 million square foot ‘Akoya by Damac’ master development.
It is being designed by international golf course architect, Gil Hanse, who recently re-designed the ‘Blue Monster’ at Trump National Doral, Miami, and has also been commissioned to design the course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
“Since the announcement in May last year, we have been able to get straight on to the site and already the driving range and holes 10 & 11 are grassed, one lake is filled and shaping work is well underway on holes 2 through to 6,” said Hanse.
“From a distance I have been delighted with the way the course is coming along, and I am very excited to get back on the course with the guys and help to personally shape this special course – I believe it will prove to be a fair challenge for players of all levels.”
The Trump International Golf Club, Dubai is a collaboration between Damac Properties and the Trump Organisation, and is the 15th course and the first in the Middle East that the US company will manage.
Akoya, which was launched by Damac in April last year, includes mansions, villas, luxury apartments and a retail centre all surrounding the golf course.
“The Akoya by Damac golf community has proven to be one of the most in-demand projects we have ever launched,” said Niall McLoughlin, senior vice president, Damac Properties.
Damac has been one of the most active developers in Dubai in the last 12 months, launching several new projects.
Dubai’s wider property market has also been booming, with real estate consultant Jones Lang LaSalle predicting that house prices in the emirate will return to pre-crisis highs by 2015.