Dubai: Troon-managed venues across the Middle East enjoyed a bright start to 2019 with the staging of a handful of high-profile tournaments.
In mid-January, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, one of Troon’s headline courses, hosted the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s greenkeepers worked alongside colleagues from other Troon International venues, including The Grove (UK), The Grange Golf Club (Australia) and Brookwater (Australia), in ensuring the course was in peak condition. Almost 100 members of staff were involved in course maintenance during the week.
Returning to the event for the first time since 2014, American Brooks Koepka led the praise for the course conditioning.
A few weeks later at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, Major champions Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson headlined the field at the Saudi International powered by SBIA, the first European Tour event to be held in Saudi Arabia.
Opened for play in April 2018, the Royal Greens course, situated on the shores of the Red Sea, was well received. Johnson said: “It’s a beautiful course. I really like it.”
Meanwhile, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club welcomed the stars of the Ladies European Tour in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open and also played host to the Gary Player Invitational.
During the first quarter of the year, Troon-managed courses have been venues for the MENA Tour while Troon Series events have been held at Al Zorah, Dubai Hills and The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain.
“Our agronomy team are the leaders in their respective fields and their collective expertise was evident for all to see at each of the high-profile tournaments hosted at Troon International venues already this year,” said Mark Chapleski, President of Troon International, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“These globally-significant events allow us to demonstrate the conditioning and maintenance Troon International venues enjoy and prove that even the very best players in the world appreciate our high standards,” he added.