Preparations are already well underway for the climax to the European Challenge Tour season, the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club, which is set to take place from Wednesday 5 to Saturday 8 November.
The man charged with ensuring the Al Badia golf course is in tip top condition is Golf Course Superintendent Patrick Ryan, he and his team are relishing the prospect of hosting the top 45 players on the Challenge Tour in this season-ending showcase for the second year running.
Some exciting new developments have been put in place at Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental this year but, as Ryan explains, the aim is to create and maintain a course that is championship quality all year round so that members and guests can enjoy the same standards as the cream of the Challenge Tour, who will compete to decide not only who wins the tournament, but who will secure the top 15 places on the season-ending rankings and a dream ticket to play on The European Tour in 2014/2015.
“The goal of the maintenance team is to produce tournament conditions every week; we speak about this continually at our team briefings, if we can prepare the course for tournament week; we can do it every week,” says Ryan. “Hosting the tournament is extremely important to the maintenance crew, we love the challenge and it really motivates the team.
“Al Badia is on a programme to enhance the golf course playability and conditioning. Two new tees on holes 11 and 17 adding a further 44 yards to the golf course and a new short game area have been constructed this year. Several bunkers have been adjusted and the mow patterns have been re-shaped and tightened in many areas.
“This work will help with the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final preparations but it is more about trying to produce a high quality and enjoyable golf experience 365 days of the year. The better the course is conditioned on a daily basis; the easier the Tournament preparations are.”
The Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club kick-starts a dream month for golf fans in the UAE, with The European Tour’s grand finale, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, also taking place in the region at Jumeirah Golf Estates from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 November.
Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour www.dfcchallengetour.com
Al Badia Golf Club www.albadiagolfclub.ae