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Emirates GC Becomes First Golf Club in MENA to be GEO Certified®

11.55am 26th January 2015 - Courses

8th hole on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club (from left): Christopher May (Chief Executive Officer - Dubai Golf), Mustafa Al Hashimi, (Chief Executive Officer Hospitality & Leisure – wasl Asset management), Craig Haldane (Director of Golf Course Maintenance – Dubai Golf), Andrew Whitelaw (General Manager – Emirates Golf Club)
8th hole on the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club (from left): Christopher May (Chief Executive Officer – Dubai Golf), Mustafa Al Hashimi, (Chief Executive Officer Hospitality & Leisure – wasl Asset management), Craig Haldane (Director of Golf Course Maintenance – Dubai Golf), Andrew Whitelaw (General Manager – Emirates Golf Club)

Emirates Golf Club, the annual host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic has become the first golf club in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region to become GEO Certified®.

The Golf Environment Organisation was founded in 2006 to support golf, helping the sport deliver the greatest possible ‘positive impact’ in the communities and environments it touches, now and in the future.  GEO Certified® is golf’s internationally accredited ecolabel which is awarded based on the club demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement in six main areas of sustainability; water, nature, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community.

In becoming GEO Certified®, Emirates joins some of the most famous golf courses in the world that have previously hosted Ryder Cups, Open Championships and European Tour events, including St Andrews, Turnberry, Gleneagles and Le Golf National, host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Based in Dubai, Emirates Golf Club remains an iconic golfing venue in the United Arab Emirates. The Club was the first all grass course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988 and today boasts world-class golfing facilities on the championship Majlis and Faldo courses, combined with casual and fine-dining restaurants, swimming, fitness and tennis facilities making it a renowned all-encompassing leisure hub.

Christopher May, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf said, “We are delighted to become the first golf club in the Middle East to become GEO Certified®.  The drive to become GEO Certified® has been a key milestone in our long term environmental strategy focussed on protecting our natural resources.  We look forward to building on this achievement to make even more improvements to our sustainability approach in the future.”

Craig Haldane, Director of Golf Course Maintenance for Dubai Golf said, “Becoming a GEO Certified® club is an extremely important achievement in a region where efficient resource use, especially of the water supply, is essential.  Through a team of dedicated colleagues we have remained focussed on continuous efficiency improvements and this award is a result of the hard work that we put into making our Club more sustainable every single day.  It is fantastic for us to be recognised as part of a leading group profiling sustainable golf for clubs all around the world.”

Highlights from the OnCourse report of Emirates Golf Club have included the following:

Jonathan Smith, GEO Chief Executive said, “Emirates Golf Club has shown superb initiative in efficient resource use and naturalisation of out-of-play areas, among many other key environmental activities. We are thrilled to see the club become GEO Certified® and look forward to the evolution and expansion of their new sustainability ideas”.

Emirates Golf Club has been an official European Tour venue since 1989. Mike Stewart, European Tour Tournament Director said; “The European Tour are founding supporters of GEO and have a long-standing commitment to sustainability.  The European Tour’s Green Drive long-term goal is to encourage all venues hosting European Tour events to become GEO Certified®, and that all tournaments and facilities are run in a sustainable way. Emirates Golf Club’s longstanding commitment to sustainability has been evident for some time, so we are delighted that they have been recognised with this certification and that they are active in The European Tour Green Drive.”

The certification follows the presentation of the Efficient Use of Resources Award at the prestigious International Association of Golf Tour Operator (IAGTO) Awards held in Lake Como, Italy.  The award was presented for a highly focused and sustained approach to irrigation water technology in a region where pressure on the vital resource is enormous.

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