The recently opened par-72 signature golf course at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club – designed by golfing legend Gary Player, has appointed Ray Manulat as its new General Manager in an effort to further establish itself as the region’s most unique golfing proposition.
With nearly 20 years of experience in golf management and a 10-year Troon Golf veteran, Manulat is a welcome addition to the team at Saadiyat Beach. The knowledgeable Manalut has previously held the position of General Manager at both the US$ 3 billion 18-hole Alpensia 700 Resort, and 27-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr designed course at Alpensia Golf & Country Club, Korea.
Now tasked with promoting the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront golf course as one of the foremost golfing destinations in the world, Manulat commented, “My experience on a project of this size puts me in ‘familiar territory’ having previously held similar positions for Troon Golf. I’m excited by the club’s involvement in the ambitious Saadiyat Island project being developed by the Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC),”
Relishing the opportunity to contribute to the growth of Abu Dhabi as a golfing destination, and to raise awareness of the game in the region, he adds, “It is a privilege to be involved in this emerging industry, which integrates a rich cultural heritage and embraces a commitment to delivering excellence to the local population and its tourists.”
“In a modest way, I truly believe that Saadiyat Beach Golf Club supports the vision of Abu Dhabi’s aspirations to become a top-tier leisure and cultural destination of distinction.”
No stranger to the region, Manulat had previous involvement with Troon Golf when assisting the set-up and opening of The Montgomerie, Dubai’s Championship golf course designed by Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie. Looking forward to continuing his relationship with the world’s premier luxury golf course management company, Manulat says, “Troon Golf’s partnership with TDIC ensures that visitors to the club will continue to experience high global standards, which will position the club as one of the golfing world’s most exciting new propositions.”
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the flagship sports facility on Saadiyat Beach, a future magnet for high-end visitors and residents. The island will become home to a diverse range of cultural and leisure attractions including Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, as well as a host of 5-star resorts and residential properties
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club www.sbgolfclub.ae
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