The Tiger Woods Dubai broke ground this week on its private residential golf community and resort that will include Al Ruwaya, the world’s first golf course designed by Tiger Woods at a fee reputed to be $30m.
The Tiger Woods Dubai, a member of Tatweer, will be located on 55 million sq ft in Dubailand, the region’s largest tourism, leisure, entertainment and lifestyle destination. Expected to feature one of the best golf courses in the world, The Tiger Woods Dubai is slated to open in September 2009.
Al Ruwaya, will be a 7,800 yard, par 72, 18 hole championship course with dramatic elevation changes, lush landscaping, stunning water features and an overall design that will challenge and entertain golfers of all playing abilities. Luxurious residential and hospitality components will include 197 residences, a boutique hotel, a well-being spa, a fine dining restaurant, a professionally staffed golf academy, and the Al Ruwaya clubhouse.
“I‘m excited we‘ve reached this milestone and can‘t wait until The Tiger Woods Dubai welcomes its first residents and guests,” Tiger Woods said. “I‘ve worked very hard on the design of Al Ruwaya and am looking forward to seeing it take shape during the next few years of construction.”
Saeed Al Muntafiq, executive chairman of Tatweer, said, “The Tiger Woods Dubai is an exceptional project. Thus it is imperative we provide an unparalleled community and high-end services that would not only match, but exceed, Tiger Woods‘ expectations.”
The Tiger Woods Dubai is collaborating with Tiger Woods Design and government authorities to finalize all aspects of the detailed master plan, which is expected to be released in late summer.
Bulk earthworks to enhance the natural topography of the site are expected to take six to eight months to complete and will result in elevation changes of up to 30 metres across the entire site. The globally respected construction firm Dutco Balfour Beatty have commenced works on site.
Key to the construction of The Tiger Woods Dubai is the care taken to conserve and protect the environment, including the use of recycled water to support the lush landscaping and 280,000 square meters of lakes throughout the development.
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