Challenging everything expected of, or known, about golf events – and golfers- the Long Drive World Series Dubai will see eight of the world’s very best Long Drivers battle it out in what will be the first round of the four– city series.
It is the first time ever that all eight international champions will compete in the same event anywhere in the world.
Those competing will be Lucas Dornan, UK Long Drive Champion and Long Drive World Series competitor , two-time World Champion Joe Miller and many more stars of the format.
The Long Drive World Series event is designed to have crowds on the edge of their seats and deliver some real upsets for the so-called experts.
There will be sudden death knockouts and head-to-head battles, as well as the unknown challenge of two wildcard places.
Trump International Golf Club Dubai was officially opened yesterday with Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr, sons of US President Donald Trump, present at the function as guests of honour.
The Gil Hanse-designed lay-out, which forms the heart of the 42-million square foot DAMAC Hills master development, becomes the 12th golf course in Dubai. The championship-size 18-hole course measures 7,205 yards from the back tees and plays to par-71.
Hussain Sajwani, chairman of DAMAC Properties, said: “It is an honour to stand here today with Eric and Donald Trump Jr., as well as dignitaries and prominent members of the business community, to celebrate yet another outstanding milestone for our city Dubai.
“The Trump International Golf Club Dubai is an international golf course that just joined the league of the most premium golf courses in the world. It certainly transforms the golfing scene in Dubai and across the region, reaffirming the emirate’s position as a global destination for world-class developments.”
Trump International Dubai is the latest addition to the company’s impressive portfolio, which includes Turnberry and Aberdeen in Scotland, Doonbeg in Ireland and 12 other courses across the United States.
It is the Trump Organisation’s first foray into the Middle East market and at the gala launch, punctuated by a spectacular fireworks display, executive vice president Eric Trump outlined his expectation that Dubai’s newest course will be the jewel in the region’s golfing crown.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this momentous occasion in Dubai and to witness the opening of this latest offering in our portfolio of Trump golf courses – the first in the Middle East,” he said at the inauguration, attended by the region’s golfing glitterati.
“We are very proud of our collaboration with DAMAC Properties and look forward to bringing a new level of challenge and luxury to Dubai at this truly spectacular property.
“Everyone’s put in so much blood, sweat and tears into making this happen and we’ve achieved something that is tremendous. We’ve truly built one of the great golf courses anywhere in the world and truly, probably the best golf course anywhere in the Middle East and beyond.
“You walk through the clubhouse, you see the marble, you see the quality, you see the attention to detail. You look at the grass, you see the condition of the grass, of the greens and the tees and the bunkers – it is truly second to none anywhere. This course is going to be a proud symbol of Dubai and of this country for many years to come.”
Trump paid tribute to those behind the scenes and insisted that Trump International Dubai is merely the company’s first step, with the Tiger Woods-designed Trump World Golf Club set to be the next venture in the city.
“Our team have done an incredible job, a quick thanks to Gil Hanse too, who did a phenomenal job. We are so proud to be here tonight. On behalf of the entire family, on behalf of the entire Trump organisation, on behalf of the entire team at Trump International Dubai it’s a tremendous honour to stand before you. Thanks for your love, your friendship. We’re going to have a lot of fun years together and this is just the beginning.”
Donald Trump Jr echoed his brother’s sentiments, adding: “It’s been a privilege to do this, to be a part of this project and to work on it. What you have in front of you is a truly world class facility. Not just for Dubai but anywhere.
“It is a unique, incredibly well-designed golf course that will give many of years of enjoyment to its members, visitors, guests passing through the country and I think it’s a great example of what can be built here and what will continue to be built for years to come.”
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, visited the Akoya by Damac, Trump International Golf Club in Dubai, three years ago when he hit the first ever drive at the club.
Trump hit his drive straight down the fairway much to the amazement of the crowd in attendance.
It was also when Trump was asked about who he would like to see as the winner of the first international professional tour event at the Akoya, and he replied with Tiger Woods.
That was back in 2014 when Trump was better known as the man fronting the US Apprentice.
A lot has changed since then with Trump now the US President and, on Wednesday, the course opened bookings for February tee-times and its Golf Academy ahead of this weekend's grand opening.