A recent press release from Dubai developers, Tatweer suggest that the first phase of the first Tiger Woods’ designed golf course is only months away from it’s completion due date in Q4 2009.
The revolutionary course would feature 5 million square feet of locally grown grass and over 30,000 fully grown imported trees according to the release.
The developers’ of the ‘The Tiger Woods Dubai’ project are Tatweer, a division of Dubai Holding, a UAE government owned company. Their plan is to make it part of Dubailand, a massive theme-park complex on the outskirts of Dubai.
The course and surrounding golf residential community together would cost US$1.09 billion (AED4 billion).
Phase one of the project would consist of an 18-hole par 72 course together with a driving range and a Tiger Woods golf academy. And then phase two would conclude the completion of luxury hotel and the gated exclusive 197 unit golf residential community in Q3 2010.
Despite its humid, desert climate and temperature, Dubai is rapidly becoming a major golfing destination. Each year it host the Dubai Desert Classic and Dubai Ladies Masters. Dubai also has Golf courses designed by pro-golf players like Colin Montgomerie (in 2006) and Ernie Els (2008). Next year would see the launch of more pro-golf designed courses by Greg Norman, Sergio Garcia, Pete Dye and Vijay Singh.
The developers’ and Mr.Woods are closely guarding Mr.Wood’s pay check for design and endorsement.