Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge promises to thrill at Al Hamra Golf Club

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There will be no shortage of entertainment options when the Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge tees off at Al Hamra Golf Club on Wednesday.

Running until Saturday, the free admission tournament will play host to a number of future stars of the game.

Off the field there’s plenty to look forward to as well, with the Fan Village including a lively Oktoberfest Garden.

It will also feature bouncy castles, arts and crafts, face painting and sand art, as well as food trucks and live music entertainment.

The Oktoberfest Garden features chefs from Al Hamra’s Bay Sports Bar, who will be grilling German sausages and other mouth-watering dishes in the BBQ, plus three separate beverage stands.

On Friday, once the last putt is holed, the action switches to Jebel Jais where there will be an open-air classical music concert, dubbed the UAE’s best musical performance. Vivaldianno, City of Mirrors – a 3D spectacular light and music show featuring a live Czech orchestra, is also on the schedule.

Tickets for the one off performance start at Dh300 and are available through Virgin Tickets and Platinum List.

There will also be the opportunity for spectators and visitors to spend time in the other restaurants at Al Hamra Village — Ladies Night is on Thursday in the Bay Sports Bar, while there is a fish and chips night in Marina Muse, followed by a Boardwalk Brunch in Marina Muse on Friday.

Benoy Kurien, general manager at Al Hamra Real Estate, believes there’s plenty of reasons to visit, even if you’re not a fan of golf.

He said: “We want to introduce golf into a multicultural environment, bringing it to the wider community and making the event one for all ages to enjoy, with an array of activities for the kids and plenty to keep the adults entertained too.

“This is all part of promoting golf and our fantastic golf course to members of the local community, but we would also like to welcome everybody into the Al Hamra Village where they can experience all of our facilities, such as our Sailing Club and other entertainment venues and restaurants.”

Andrew Matthews, head of golf at Al Hamra Golf Club, added: “We have a lot of things happening in the last three days of the championship. Hopefully it will be a good turnout and people in the local area will come out and support the event.”

The Fan Village will be open from 16:00 to 22:00 on Thursday; 13:30 to 22:00 on Friday and 16:00 to 22:00 on Saturday.​

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Join Duplays' Social Monday Golf League and feel serene on the greens

Denzil Pinto 16/10/2017
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The league is a great platform to meet new people and make new friends.

Get into the swing of things as Duplays’ Social Monday Golf League returns for its fifth edition with registration still open until Friday. Running from October 23 to December 11 at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, the league is open to players of all levels, whether you have aspirations of becoming the next Dustin Johnson or just want to try out the sport.

Players will tee off with others of similar ability and club residents will ensure fair handicaps are in place to make sure it’s competitive until the final week. They will also offer advice and tips each week so that you can improve your game every week. On the first week of the event, you will be given a Duplays Golf Par 3 handicap, which will be adjusted each round to create a level playing field for everyone.

The five best scores from the eight weeks will count towards the final standings, meaning even if you miss a couple of weeks, your league position will not be affected. As the UAE’s biggest sport and social club with more than 5,000 members, Duplays certainly know a thing or two about organizing leagues and tournaments.

Their portfolio includes basketball, netball, football and badminton and it’s no surprise that golf is hugely popular. “Duplays’ Golf Leagues have been running almost from the day Duplays began and we’re celebrating 10 years this year,” said Stefan Topalovic, marketing manager at Duplays.

The league is open to players of all levels.

The league is open to players of all levels.

“It has been a great platform for networking between like minded and active members of Dubai’s sports community. On a given night, we would get between 50 to 60 golfers at Emirates Golf Club competing and socialising.

“We strongly believe Duplays’ Golf Leagues provides a unique golf experience. We connect golf enthusiasts in Dubai to find other golfers to play with and provide a platform and competition element for the players looking for that type of golf experience. Being part of the largest sport community in Dubai is an important element too.”

The league will be played every Monday between 20:15 and 22:00, and Topalovic insists it will be worthwhile signing up for the social tournament at the home of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. “It will be a great golf competition and it’s a great platform to meet new players and an opportunity to make new friends,” he said.

WHAT: Duplays Social Monday Golf League
WHERE:
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai
WHEN:
Mondays from October 23 to December 11
CONTACT:
For more information or to register, visit https://duplaysdubai.playpass.com. Registration closes on Friday.

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Instagram star Paige Spiranac lands role as official starter for Omega Dubai Desert Classic tournament

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Paige Spiranac will be entertaining crowds at Emirates Golf Club.

Golf’s biggest social media celebrity Paige Spiranac (@_paige.renee) will return to Dubai next year in a new role –  behind the microphone.

The 24-year-old American has been appointed the new Official Starter of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic – the longest-running European Tour event, aptly tag-lined ‘Made for Greatness’, in recognition of her growing global influence in the game of golf.

A college golf standout at San Diego State, Spiranac is no stranger to Dubai, having competed in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in 2015 and 2016, but it will be the first time she will assume the podium on the first tee, hoping to leave behind a collection of happy memories to savour.

“I am absolutely delighted and feel privileged to have been offered this interesting role by the promoters. Meeting and interacting with many of the greats of the game on the first tee will be just awesome. I just can’t wait to get started,” Spiranac said.

“It will be my first time in a role like this and I’m excited about this opportunity. As the field attracts players from so many different countries, getting the pronunciation of their names right will also be challenging and fun.

“Playing in Dubai in the last two years was a great learning curve for me both inside and outside the ropes. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and I am looking forward to being a part of the Dubai family again,” said Spiranac, who became a social media phenomenon when her golf team at San Diego State created a trick-shot video that got millions of views.

The golf influencer, who has more social media followers than any LPGA Tour professional, helped to guide her San Diego University to victory in the 2015 Mountain West Conference Golf Championship and won the Colorado State Match Play Tournament.

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Spiranac made the cut at the 2016 Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links and went on to capture her first professional victory on the Cactus Tour later in the year.

David Spencer, the tournament director and advisor of Golf in Dubai, the promoters and organisers of the event, said: “Paige belongs to a new breed of golfers who are fun-loving and pro-active on social media, bringing a vibrant atmosphere to the course.

“I think it’s great for the game to open up to social media savvy platforms in whatever capacity it can to attract new talent and a wider audience. Paige is an interesting character, one who lends her celebrity status to a number of charity events. She’s got a heart of gold.

“We look forward to welcoming her at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January and hope her presence will draw a huge gallery to the first tee, pretty much setting in stone her relationship with the city. I think we have some exciting times ahead of us.”

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic, now in its 29th year, will get under way at Emirates Golf Club from January 25 to 28, 2018.

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