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Tiger Woods Dubai Project Cancelled

11.41am 12th July 2013 - Course Development

Tiger Woods Design websiteReports in the Middle East suggest that work on ‘Al Ruwaya’, the Tiger Woods Dubai golf course, has been scrapped and that the development, part of ‘Dubailand’ – once the region’s largest tourism and leisure project – has been officially cancelled.

Development at the luxury development, first announced in 2006 and scheduled to open in 2009, was suspended in January 2010 ‘pending a decision when to restart the project’.

It now appears that the golf course and luxury residential units will never be completed.

“The Tiger Woods – Dubai” was planned as an exclusive golf community that would include ‘Al Ruwaya’, the first course to be designed by Tiger Woods, professionally- staffed golf academy; a 60,000-square-foot clubhouse with the latest amenities and comforts; an 80-suite boutique hotel for VIP guests; 300 luxury villas; 20 mansions and a community retail area.

‘Al Ruwaya‘ was a 7,700 yards, par 72 championship-quality course with dramatic elevation changes, lush landscaping, stunning water features and an overall design to ‘challenge and entertain’ golfers of all playing abilities.

“Why Dubai? Because I am excited about the challenge of transforming a desert terrain into a world-class golf course,” said Tiger Woods at the time. “I have a vision of creating something that is uniquely mine — from the detailed layout of each hole to the Mediterranean architecture to the top-line gym equipment in the clubhouse — unlike anything else. And through my partnership with Tatweer, I want to realize this vision in Dubai.”

Woods, who launched Tiger Woods Design in early November 2006, was reportedly paid a fee of $55 million. The total project cost is thought to have been set at £1.1 billion.

Tiger Woods Design  has been involved with four full-size course projects, as well as a practice facility at Jupiter in Florida, of which the most recent is the Diamante Cabo San Lucas Golf Resort in Mexico.

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