Regional golf round-up: Dubai Creek award, Yas ECCO challenge, win a Mercedes

We catch up with Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club after their new GEO Certified status, review January’s Members ECCO Challenge and it's your chance to win a Mercedes with a hole in one.

Joy Chakravarty
by Joy Chakravarty
27th January 2016

article:27th January 2016

Dubai Creek has chalked up an environmental award.
Dubai Creek has chalked up an environmental award.

Environmental award for Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club has joined Emirates Golf Club in becoming only the second in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region to become GEO Certified.


Both clubs are managed by Dubai Golf, and are leading the way in environmental practices in the region. GEO (The Golf Environment Organisation) was founded in 2006 to help the sport deliver the greatest possible ‘positive impact’ in the communities and environments it touches.

GEO Certified is golf’s international eco-label and is awarded based on the club demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement in sustainable golf, nature protection, resource efficiency and community value.

Dubai Creek joins some of the most famous golf courses in the world in achieving the honour. Some of the other courses in that list are St Andrews, Turnberry, Gleneagles and Le Golf National, host venue of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Christopher May, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf, said: “We are delighted that Dubai Creek has joined Emirates Golf Club in becoming GEO Certified.

“It is a significant achievement for the club and a major milestone in our long-term environmental strategy. We will continue to innovate and introduce new sustainable practices to reinforce our environmental focus on protecting our natural resources.”

Yas ECCO challenge
Brian McClure and Damien Ward won the Pairs Betterball in January’s Members ECCO Challenge, held on a slightly foggy day at Yas Links.

McClure and Ward finished their round with an incredible 41 points and walked away with a pair of ECCO Biom Shoes alongcwith a shoe care kit.

Second place was not far behind, with Aart Lehmkuhl and Alastair Crombie falling short by just one point.

Brian McClure and Damien Ward scooped the prizes.

Brian McClure and Damien Ward scooped the prizes.

Husband and wife duo of Alan and Teresa Sheepwash finished in third place with a better last nine holes and 37 points.

The next ECCO Challenge, to be played on Individual Stableford format, will be held at Yas Links on February 19.

Get an ace, win a Merc…
A brand-new Mercedes-Benz SUV will be up for grabs as a hole in one prize during the Omega Dubai Desert Classic that gets under way at Emirates Golf Club from February 4 to 7.

As the Official Automobile Partner of the tournament, Gargash Enterprises, the authorized distributor in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, will present the keys of a gleaming GLE 400 to the first golfer who aces the par-3 15th hole at the Majlis course.

In addition, Gargash Enterprises will also roll out a fleet of luxury SUVs through SIXT rent a car to chauffeur marquee players to and from the tournaments.


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