The golf course will form an integral part of the Emaar South residential community that is being built close to the new Al Maktoum International Airport and will provide both recreational and social benefits for residents, members, and visitors.
Gary Johnston said "The site was an untouched desert with an endless expanse of rolling sand dunes. Our intention is to try and retain the feel of the existing landscape character within the finished golf course. There will be large expanses of desert waste bunkers and an emphasis on the use of native desert style plants that will have low requirements for irrigation.
Interestingly the waste bunkers have been designed to serve a dual purpose as they will also act as holding areas for stormwater on the occasions that it does rain in the desert."
The golf course is being built in two phases to coincide with the development of the residential components, with the first phase being scheduled for completion in 2019. UAE based golf course contractors Orient Irrigation Services are undertaking the construction work which will also involve a number of EIGCA Partners. Irrigation will be a fully-integrated IC system from Rain Bird, an EIGCA Gold Partner.
Emaar South will be the fifth European Golf Design project built in the region, following their work at Dubai Hills, the recent construction of Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia, Royal Golf Club at Riffa Views in Bahrain and a major renovation at Dubai Creek.
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