European Golf Design, the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, have been appointed by Shaheen Business and Investment Group (SBIG) to design a new 18 hole golf course in Egypt.
The site, located south of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast is an hour’s flight from Cairo and will form part of a luxury new residential resort and hotel development. Set within 650 acres, the design of the golf course will match the iconic architecture for the buildings, designed by leading architect Sir Norman Foster’s practice, Foster and Partners.
Along with the golf course, a 200 room seven star hotel, 736 residential properties including apartments, villas, palaces, helipads, spa, restaurants and retail and sporting facilities will be built with the focal point being the Marina Hub, complete with a wave shaped floating roof.
The golf course is set in a desert landscape, areas of lush oasis mixing with the more arid zones, with water conservation measures at the forefront of the design process.
With views of the Red Sea, the resort style course with a par of 72 (7,100 yards) will have two loops of nine holes returning to the clubhouse. Extensive academy facilities will be built alongside the golf course.
Detailed design work is underway with construction due to commence summer 2007, with the course opening in summer 2009. The remainder of the $1.5bn resort is due for completion during 2009.
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