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Editor: Jacqui Barry




Season’s Greetings




he DP World Championship finished last weekend and what a remarkable final day it was. Anyone watching that, either at Jumeirah Golf Estates or on TV would have been reminded of why Rory McIlroy is golf’s World No 1. He not only won the Championship, but also finished with five birdies over the last five holes to secure the win over Justin Rose who was already in the Clubhouse with an amazing course record of 62.

Emirates Golf Club Senior Management

Christopher May

Andrew Whitelaw

General Manager

Barney Coleman

Club Manager

Andy Meech

Golf Services Manager

Head of Sport and Leisure

Julian Danby

Adele Cowgill

Senior Manager - Commercial Marketing & Communications & Business Development Manager

“It’s an unbelievable feeling – I said I wanted to win both trophies this week and that is exactly what I’ve managed to do even though I didn’t get off to the best of starts with a bogey on the first,” said McIlroy at the prize-presentation. “I saw that Justin was making a charge and knew I needed to do something special over the closing few holes - I really couldn’t have wished for a better ending.”

Kate Philips

Membership Manager

Ganesh Mangathil

In House Publishing Manager

Chef Max Grenard

Culinary Director

Craig Haldane

Director - Golf Course Maintenance

Keith Wilkes

Retail Manager

I don’t think anyone watching could have wished for a better ending either! December sees another tour event, this time, the ladies as the club once again hosts Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters. Welcome to Emirates Golf Club to all the players and caddies; I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing the ladies in action around the Majlis course so good luck to you all. With just over 20 days to Christmas, the festive activities are about to get started at EGC so don’t forget to check out the dates for the Christmas competitions and functions. Tickets are now being sold for the Christmas raffle which will be drawn at the Mixed Christmas Scramble with all proceeds going to the Junior Staff Fund so don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the many fantastic prizes on offer. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


Steen Simon

Food and Beverage Manager

Chef Benoit Cart

Stephen Deane

Executive Sous Chef Head Academy Professional

Saeed Ahamed Financial Controller

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Access International Pairs tournament at our Club, the best of luck in the National Finals at Yas Links course. We hope you win there and then go on to win the World Finals in Scotland.

Inan Budhiraja lost in on a countback at the Junior Open in Ras Al Khaimah; he is a young boy, who has distinguished himself with all his hard work. I am certain, that he will continue to have many successes. I wish Alan Salem and his wife Sam, the winners of the Tech

Here’s wishing you and your families, all the joys in the Festive Season, a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.



e had a great November, with some fun, especially at the Diwali Scramble. I was particularly touched by the efforts made by Naima, Najla and past Lady Captain Martha, who looked glorious in Indian saris. They went out a few days earlier and had themselves fitted. It is gestures such as these which are truly heart warming. I have always maintained that it is not golf courses, but its members that make golf clubs. A big thank you to Jayshree and Anvita for all their efforts to provide the special touches to the occasion, and to all the members and spouses who joined us on the day at golf and at the after-party.

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We now move into Delightful December! We have the lady golf Pros already practising for the European Tour event, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. We wish them all the success and glory on the Majlis course and all the warm hospitality that we can offer. It is good to have you here. We also have the Christmas Scramble in a few weeks and I am certain that will be a fun day, and we all are looking forward to that.

Moshe Kohli Captain

MEN’S COMPETITION RESULTS Diwali Scramble Friday, 9th November, 2012

Surender Kandhari (AlDobowi), Amarjeet Radia, Rohit Gupta, Glynis Hendry and Moshe Kohli AL DOBOWI MIXED AMATEUR OPEN Friday, 2nd & Saturday, 3rd November 2012


Moshe Kohli Viswanathan Shankar Abdulfattah Sharaf


Kevin Roy Mahyra Roy Patrick Mulligan Surjit Namli



Ghanshyam Manghnani Ashok Agarwal Nina Larm Stephen Jones



Vipen Sethi Gokul Mani

Sponsored by


Rohit Gupta (EGC) Amarjeet Radia (EGC)


Carolyn Thompson (EGC) Nigel Thompson (EGC)

73 + 68 =141


David Adams (TEC) Louise Adams (TEC)

72 + 69 =141


Shane Samtani (EGF) Caroline Lamb (EGF)

67 + 75 =142


Dalip Tripathi (EGC) Jayshree Gupta (EGC)

79 + 76 =155


Sandie Broedelet (EGC) Rob Broedelet (EGC)



Maria Petre (EGC) Lloyd Stewart (EGC)



Ashley Anderson(EGC) Tony Azoulay (EGC)



Nina Larm (EGC) Johnny Aldridge (EGC)


70 + 68 =138

Gurjit Kochar (Mehtab Group) with Moshe Kohli (Captain and winner)


petition Men’s Com Results

CLUBHOUSE TROPHY Friday 23rd November WINNER Tony Hutchinson RUNNER UP Dhiren Harchandani THIRD Prem Amarnani A DIVISION (HCP. 0-14) WINNER Arun Khehar RUNNER UP Lionel Smith B DIVISION (HCP. 15-24) WINNER Edward Hesson RUNNER UP Mike Pearce

Pontus Fredriksso with Moshe Kohli

39 Pts 37 Pts 37 Pts 37 pts 36 pts 37 pts 35 pts

BMW/RIVOLI MEDAL Friday, 16th November 2012 A DIVISION (HCP. 0-10) BEST GROSS Pontus Fredriksson WINNER Charles Hermon RUNNER - UP Jignesh Sangani THIRD Eric Koeman

74 71 71 71

B DIVISION (HCP. 11-20) WINNER Hiromasa Tsuji RUNNER - UP Matthew Baxter THIRD Robert Curtis

72 74 74

C DIVISION (HCP. 21-34) WINNER Mewa Singh Sangwan


Tony Hutchinson and Kate Phillips


Salems Snatch International Pairs UAE Victory at Emirates Golf Club


lan and Soumaya Salem finally realised their Tech Access International Pairs UAE, presented by Cadillac dream,as they won a Qualifier at their fifth attempt. The highly fancied pairing, who are members at The Address Montgomerie Dubai and Emirates Golf Club, had played in Qualifiers at both clubs in the first two Tech Access International Pairs UAE series but it proved to be fifth time lucky as they sealed their spot in the 2013 National Final at Yas Links when they won the Emirates Golf Club event on Saturday. With 46 pairs on the Majlis Course and in perfect playing conditions, competition was always going to be fierce and tension mounted in the runup to the prizegiving as news filtered down that three pairs had finished the day with 41 stableford points and a countback would be required to determine the winners. Paul Byrne and Maura Duggan, were the first casualties of the countback as their back-9 couldn’t match the Salems’ and then their last-6 holes were bettered by Mike Tracey and Stephen Jones who claimed the runners-up prize. Nearest-the-pin prizes went to Gokul Mani and Rory McDonald on holes 4

Alan and Soumaya Salem with Moshe Kohli and 15 respectively. There was also a prize draw for all players with Bill Ayres winning a stay at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. International Pairs UAE also chose the largest event of the series to unveil a new partnership with Crocs Golf by Hank Haney. Peter Jamieson, Soumaya Salem and Noemy Bertuol were lucky

recipients of a pair of the latest shoes to hit the market which were presented by David Gray, Managing Partner of DG Golf. The Tech Access International Pairs UAE Presented by Cadillac is also supported by Rivoli Group, Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, City and Welcare Hospitals, Nike Golf, Crocs Golf, Sport 360, Worldwide Golf and UAE Golf Online.

appearing again at the top of the leader board along with Najla Bartette and Vice-Captain, Barbara Head. It was a beautiful, cool Monday morning for our second round on the Majlis, conditions becoming a little trickier, with the rough gaining strength for the Ladies Masters! However, this was not a problem for our ladies, grasping the added benefit of the superb greens, Sandie Broedelet continued her winning streak, with a truly outstanding 79 points! Congratulations to everyone who took part, and particularly those who managed both rounds. We are now selling raffle tickets for our Christmas Scramble, with all proceeds going to our Junior Staff, who certainly work hard all year, our way of thanking them and making their Festive season a little more enjoyable, so please, make sure you all purchase many tickets and contribute. We are of course asking for donations and raffle prizes from all members. The draw will take place at the Mixed Christmas Scramble dinner, on 21st December. Look forward to seeing you all there. Our Ladies’ Christmas Scramble will take place on December 10th, with lots of fun out on the course, fancy dress optional, but preferred. Even if you don’t regularly play on a Monday, I would love to invite all lady golfing members to join in with the festive spirit, it really is a fun day! This is followed on Wednesday 12th, with our Christmas lunch; sign up sheets are in the locker room. Come along, meet some new people and get yourselves in the festive mood! As a follow up to our Pink Charity Golf day, the total amount raised for Breast Cancer Arabia, was a phenomenal 62,000 ! Such a huge effort by everyone involved, thank you! Don’t forget the Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters, 2nd-8th December. I hope to see you all out there following the action, in what will be a fantastic event as always. A very Merry and Happy Festive Season to all,

5 in’s Lady Capta Message


an you believe it’s December? The Al Dobowi Mixed Amateur Open was a huge success as always and produced some fantastic scores on both the Faldo and the Majlis. It was great to see our own Amarjeet Radia and Rohit Gupta win the trophy with many other Emirates members collecting prizes too. Congratulations to everyone! Our Ladies’ section has as usual been extremely busy. The November Medal was battled out on the Majlis, with the conditions beginning to take shape for the Ladies’ Masters. This didn’t seem to deter our ladies with Janet Curtis winning with a staggering net 61! Viv Caley clinched the best gross and best net with her round of 82, well done Viv. Both Janet and Viv earned maximum golfer of the year points in the net and gross categories, a very productive medal day for them both! November also brought a new date to our diary with the Diwali scramble, a mixed event very expertly organised and introduced by Club Captain, Moshe Kohli. There was an immense amount of fun had by all on the course, helped along by Moshe’s extreme generosity, as usual. Some had more ‘fun than others, but Moshe’s team was able to stay focused and lift the trophy high at the end of the day!! The evening meal and entertainment were enjoyed by all, and I’m sure everyone would like to join me in thanking Moshe for a great event! Monday the 12th saw a Pairs Betterball contest on the Faldo for the Ladies which is such a forgiving format, allowing both players, at times, the opportunity to really go for those risky shots, very much a risk and reward situation. This worked better for some more than others and it was fantastic to see one of my beginners from last year, Elaine Belcher, triumphing with her extremely able partner Sandie Broedelet. Congratulations! The Heritage Trophy followed, with two rounds on consecutive Mondays. The first round on the Faldo produced some amazing stableford scores with both Sandie and Elaine’s names

Glynis Hendry Lady Captain P.S. Don’t forget to have a look at the Emirates Golf Club Festive brochure - with so much going on at the club, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy!


Viv Caley with Glynis Hendry

Heritage Trophy winners

MONTHLY MEDAL Monday, 5th November 2012 SILVER “A” DIVISION (HCP. 0 – 14) Winner Viv Caley Runner Up Naema Maya Overall Best Gross Viv Caley SILVER “B” DIVISION (HCP. 15 –23) Winner Maura Duggan Runner Up Angela Connor BRONZE DIVISION (HCP. 24 –42) Winner Janet Curtis

HERITAGE TROPHY Monday, 19th & Monday 26th November 2012 Net 72 Net 72 82 Net 71 Net 72


Sandra Broedelet 39 + 40 = 79 Pts.

Runner Up

Sanchia Overholster

36+ 42 = 78 Pts.


Elaine Belcher

38 Pts.


Lisa Cadiz

40 Pts.

MOST IMPROVED: Vera Woolnough


12 Pts.

Net 61


Caroline Jones and Jenny Ayres 45 pts Sandie Broedelet and Elaine Belcher 45 pts Carolyn Thompsonand Maura Duggan 43 pts

Caronline and Jenny with Barbara Head

Junior Link



Black level winner James Weng

Blue level winner Tanishq Lalvani

Last season’s player of the year Takumi Miyawaki

Purple level winner Mark Baxter

Yellow level winner Muhummad Shahdad

Junior Series October 2012


ith the weather cooling and the Junior programme in full swing it was time for the first Emirates Academy Junior event of the new season. The tournament took place on Thursday October 25th on the par 3 with a great turn out of over 70 competitors. The double shotgun event had kids from age 6-16 showing their skills and, as always, the standard was good with many pars and some impressive scoring. The 3pm shotgun was contested over 3 holes with the White and Yellow Level

players within the Academy lesson programme. Mahummad Shahdad, took first place with a great score of 13 closely followed by Karam Chharba in second.

in Black Level, James Weng pipped Gary Lui with consistent scoring of 2 and 4 over par for both players.

Levels Blue, Purple and Black set off at 4:30 for 6 holes from the red tees. Tanishq Lalvani secured first with a score of 26 and in second was Ben Clarke with 27 in Blue Level. In Purple Level the standard was fantastic and with a great score of 24 Hugo Garcia could still only grab second place as young Englishman Mark Baxter had an amazing 3 over par 21 for the 6 holes. Fighting it out for the top level prize

A special prize was given to Takumi Miyawaki for best overall performer throughout the season last year so congratulations on this award and keep up the good practice and play. Thanks again to all the kids and parents for your continued support of The Academy at Emirates Golf Club.

Dubai-Based Prodigy Kavita Invited to Play in Omega Dubai Ladies Masters


avita Sehmi will need to calm her adrenaline rushes down when she makes her first appearance in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters to be held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Emirates Golf Club from December 5 to 8. For the 17-year-old Emirates Golf Club prodigy, who will be competing in the season-ending Ladies European Tour event on a sponsor’s invitation, it may sound like a quixotic challenge, but she is confident of being competitive when she joins the likes of defending champion Lexi Thompson, seasoned Laura Davies and charismatic Michelle Wie in a starstudded field.

“I am grateful to golf in DUBAi for inviting me to play at this highest-level of golf. I know opportunities like this one don’t come knocking your door too often. I will try and give my best shot and see what happens,” said Kavita, who started playing golf when she was just six years old.

would come in handy,” said Kavita, who averages about 260 yards off the tee. “I don’t think making the cut is a distant dream, but it will all depend on how I fare with my putter,” said Kavita whose best round at her home course being a threeunder 69.

“I am not thinking far ahead, but my immediate goal is to try and make the cut and that in itself will constitute an achievement,” said Kavita, a two-time winner of the Junior Club Championship at Emirates Golf Club.

“Whatever the outcome, it will be fun to play and meet players like Lexi, one of my good friends with whom I interact frequently on Facebook. I can’t wait to get started,” said Kavita, who finished second on the 2011-2012 Ladies Amateur Order of Merit in the UAE.

“I have not been playing competitive golf these because of my school exams, but have been taking lessons from Stephen Deane (head pro at EGC) to fine tune my skills ahead of the tournament,” said Kavita, a grade 11th student at JESS in Arabian Ranches.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi, believes such invitations to local talent will spur them to take the sport seriously and work harder on their game. “We try and rotate invitations each year so that everyone who has achieved a certain level of standard gets first-hand experience of what it takes to compete at this level of golf.

“I have played this (Majlis) course many times and know what it takes to shoot low. Hopefully, my long game

“I wish Kavita the very best and hope her presence in the elite field will motivate other emerging players to aim for greater things in life.”

trophy seekers. As we had never been expats either, the question of EGC membership was agreed during my job interviews and we are very pleased that it was. The game is a great hobby if not taken too seriously and it can be played together or separately (wonderful for that time when the kids are off your hands). We have played on holidays and business in all six continents.

Roger: now retired with time to be an investor. Brenda: still running the home. Career Path Roger: I originally trained and qualified as a chartered accountant and after a period working as an accountant in the tobacco industry (Carreras Rothmans) I joined Overseas Containers Limited (later P&O Containers in 1967 at the start of what became known as the “Container Revolution” The transport industry was to be part of life for the rest of my career. Whist initially in P&O Containers my roles were financial, in 1978 I was promoted to be the Director responsible for the Far East Trade and the Pacific Basin. As the cargo moved between Europe and the Far East with many offices in various countries, a great deal of travel was involved. In 1985 I was made a Managing Director and the United States and Canada were added to my responsibilities. For nearly four years I spent one week per month in New York in addition to other travel. By 1991 we had built a worldwide business from the sailing of the first ship in 1969. I left in 1991 after 23 years of change and growth a lot of hard work and fun in my life. Brenda: After a brief secretarial career I chose to marry Roger and faced a life of hard work raising the family (two sons…and Roger!) so my time was spent running the home, managing on my own a lot while Roger was travelling but we managed and, as you see we are still seen at the club together so we survived! Our two sons live in England. Mark lived and worked in the USA for eighteen years, and now lives with his partner Shelley in Birmingham. He works for the container shipping company Maersk Line. Howard is married to Shama and they have two very young daughters. They live in North London not far from our home in Hertfordshire, and Howard works for Coutts Bank. What brought you to Dubai? Roger: In 1991 the Dubai Government had two ports run as separate businesses which were managed by foreign companies. They took the decision to merge the two and run them as a single business thus Dubai Ports Authority was born. I was invited to join the new business in a financial role



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Roger and Brenda Cornwell


What are the highglights of your time at EGC? Brenda: I was honoured to have been invited to become Lady Captain 1997-1998 season. Your views of EGC as a Club?

and to assist with implementation of the development and growth of the business. This was a major change in lifestyle with virtually no travel and more home life with time for golf and other activities which I thoroughly enjoyed until retirement in 2003. What are your handicaps? Roger: 19.5 Brenda: 21.8 What was your first introduction to EGC? Brenda and I came relatively late to golf and have not been great golfers or

Roger: The Club has changed a lot over the years and in the early days it was spectacular with the blue water lakes, the carp rising to the surface with the flamingos at the lake on the 14th along with a large variety of beautiful bird life. Maybe it was not practical to maintain this but the changes are not for the better. The Majlis is a very good course and still rates well compared with the many which have been added in the UAE over the years. Golfers of different standards will have different views on the same course but for us we do not enjoy playing the Faldo. We have met a lot of people and made many friends at the Club over the years; some have moved on and some remain. Your dream four-ball? Rogee: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Brenda: Laura Davies, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood. What other sports/ interests have you been involved in? Roger: Cricket, Tennis, Football and Bridge Brenda: Tennis, Netball, Bridge, Ballet and Book group

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Book Launch at Emirates Golf Club


launch event for the book, ‘Connect The Dots’ by international business-tobusiness and marketing guru John Lincoln, was held at Emirates Golf Club last month which attracted a number of influential businesses from around the region. John Lincoln opened the launch event with a presentation focusing on key chapters from his book followed by interviews with the press, meet and greet with friends and attending guests from the SME sectors and an official book signing session. ‘Connect The Dots’ is a playbook for the entrepreneur, an everyday pocket guide to surviving and flourishing in business. John Lincoln: “Most people start up their business and projects based on opportunistic decisions as opposed to a strategic decision, they don’t think about sustainability and growth, and because of that we see many business’s fail. This analysis got me thinking and led me to decide that I want to share my expertise and knowledge.” ‘Connect the Dots’ by John Lincoln is now available at all major bookstores in Dubai.

OMEGA DUBAI LADIES MASTERS Andrew Whitelaw Club Manager The tournament will be held on the Majlis Course for the seventh time between 2nd - 8th December and the defending champion, Alexis Thompson, will be back after her remarkable performance last year. This year the tournament once again finishes on Saturday to ensure larger crowds and a great atmosphere for the final day. Official dates Monday 3rd December, 6pm: Challenge Match, Par 3 course, Tuesday 4th December: Pro-Am, Majlis course, Wednesday 5th – Saturday 8th December: Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Majlis course, Access and tickets Entrance to the event will be free of charge to the public; however Emirates Golf Club members have exclusive privileges to enter the Clubhouse. In addition, each membership will be given two guest tickets that will also allow Clubhouse access. These tickets are available at Membership Services from the week prior to the tournament, between 9.00am – 6.00 pm. Course / Range Closure • Majlis Course will be closed from 30th November – 13th December (opens at 1pm on 13th December) • Majlis Range will be closed from 8am on 29th November – 12th December inclusive

• Par 3 course will be closed from 1st – 8th December inclusive • Faldo Course will be closed from 3rd -8th December inclusive • Faldo Range will be closed from 3rd -8th December inclusive Bag Storage We would request that members with bags in the Bag Storage remove them by Saturday 1st December, as space will be required for the tour players’ bags. Bags remaining in the bag storage on that date will be removed and stored by the Club. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any damage or losses, which may occur in relocating your bag. Lockers The lady professionals will be using the Ladies locker room for this year’s event. We will be asking members to clear their lockers for the week and hope that this does not cause too much of an inconvenience, Membership Services will be calling members to arrange this. Lockers will need

to be cleared again for Tour Players use by Saturday, 1st December. Items remaining in the lockers on this date will be removed and stored by the club. Access to the locker room during the tournament will not be available so please ensure any items that you may require for the week of the event are removed in advance. Please note that we cannot accept responsibility for any damage or losses, which may occur when clearing your locker. Recreation The gym will remain open as normal throughout the event however the tennis and padeltennis courts are only open from 6pm onwards. The swimming pool area will be closed for the duration of the event. Volunteers Our Night Golf Executive Andy Matthews has taken on the responsibility of Chief Marshal for the event and is in charge of Marshal recruitment. If you are interested in volunteering as a Marshal during the tournament, please visit http://dubailadiesmasters. com and if you have any questions, please speak with Andy directly.

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Zurich Ambassadors’ Day


n Monday, 19 November 2012, Zurich Ambassadors, Luke Donald and Justin Rose hosted the Zurich Invitational at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

As an organisation, Zurich is deeply involved in golf around the world: in Asia, Zurich supports the golf Asian Amateur Championship as well as the National Augusta and the Asian Pacific Golf Confederation. In the United States, Zurich is involved as title sponsor of two PGA Tour events, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Farmers Insurance Open. In Switzerland, Zurich is a sponsor of the OMEGA European Masters in CransMontana, the Deutsche Bank Ladies’ Swiss Open in Losone, the ZURICHOPEN in Schönenberg and the PGA European Seniors Open in Bad Ragaz. The Ryder Cup stars are two of seven Zurich Golf Ambassadors worldwide for the insurance group, which in addition to Luke Donald and Justin Rose, includes Keegan Bradley, Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Camilo Villegas. In the UAE, Zurich recently signed a sponsorship agreement with Emirates Golf Club, which forms part of Zurich’s wider brand campaign. The strategic alignment of Zurich and Emirates Golf Club is based on number of postive synergies between the two, and reinforces Zurich’s association with golf on a local level.

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The Zurich Invitational was a hugely successful event which involved a demonstration clinic by the Zurich Ambassadors, followed by 18-holes on the prestigious Majlis course where Zurich’s guests were given the opportunity to play with Luke and Justin. This was rounded up by a three hole charity shootout, with Luke and Justin going head-to-head to raise money for their individuals charities in America. The Zurich Invitational was won by James Cross, David Austin, Matthew Alabaster and Simon Brind. Maroun Mourad, CEO of Zurich’s General Insurance business in the Middle East, commented: “Zurich’s established association with golf worldwide is strengthened by our strategic sponsorship of Emirates Golf Club here in the UAE. We are extremely fortunate to have our Zurich Ambassadors, two of the world’s best players, here in Dubai to host our first Zurich Invitational. The event provides us with a unique opportunity to interact our key clients and distribution partners throughout the region.” Luke Donald, Zurich Ambassador and current World No.2, said: “As a Zurich Ambassador I’m delighted to have been a part of the first Zurich Invitational in the Middle East. I’m looking forward to taking part in the Race to Dubai this week and finishing the season on a high note.”

December 2012 5th-8th December

9th-13th December

Monday 10th December

Friday14th December

Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters

Majlis course closed for overseeding

Ladies’ Christmas Scramble 8.30am, Faldo

Men’s Monthly Medal 8am and 1pm, Faldo

Monday 17th December

Tuesday18th December

Thursday 20th December

Friday 21st December

Ladies’ Monthly Medal 8.30am, Faldo

Staff/Member Scramble 1pm, Faldo

Junior Club Championship 9 - 10am, Majlis

Mixed Christmas Scramble 1pm, Faldo

Where Are They Now?


Lyn and Paul Turner


ell we arrived back in Australia in March having decided to settle in Sydney and not Queensland as we originally thought as the rest of our families are here. Whilst waiting for the container to arrive we stayed in the centre of the city and enjoyed the tail end of summer with true blue skies and clean air to breath…and RAIN!! We were blessed with the company of Mr Micky Briggs with his lovely lady when they were in Sydney to visit his daughter and we were very tempted to return to Dubai with him. We don’t miss Dubai itself, but we do terribly miss the friends we made there, the golfers, non-golfers, the staff at the club, the Majlis and yes, believe it or not, the Faldo. Cameron Bellman keeps threatening us with a visit and we have already had visitors from Dubai so we’ve been able to catch up on some of the gossip. A friend from Zurich stayed with us a few days ago and was asking when we are returning, this makes it very hard to settle down as we were in Dubai for nearly eleven years and miss the proximity to Europe. We are grounded at the moment due to Paul’s operation and I am about to have my eyesight fixed so we will not be able to travel until at least end of January. We are going to Jersey in June to see our son and his family but will head over to Europe before then to look at some property maybe. Paul needed to have a total left knee replacement once we got back which was done in late May and he is still in the process of recovering with daily gym, cycling & swimming. We have only played eight games of golf since arriving back and have just decided to join Roseville Golf Club, which is a difficult and very hilly course located approximately 20 minutes north from where we live. We have walked the course twice and Paul’s knee is better than ever.

Meet The Central Reservations Team Anuradha, Elena, Christian, Gerlie, Rizza

We live in a suburb called Pyrmont which is about a 15 minute walk to the city with the apartment overlooking Sydney harbour and the bridge and it’s just a 5 minute walk to the Casino. New Year’s Eve will be spectacular as we have the best fireworks display in the world. This is a great opportunity to thank again all those who gave us a very moving farewell and we hope to see you all when we pass through Dubai next year. The gift we received sits proudly on show in the living room, thank you again Jacqui for organising this on behalf of the Saturday crowd. To all those to whom we did not physically say goodbye it was just too emotional in the end, but we still think of you and miss you all, even the Saturday afternoon rogues. Love and Best wishes to all Paul and Lyn Turner PS Looking forward to some more of you coming to Sydney.

STEINAR BRATLAND Hole 7 Majlis 23rd November 2012 during Clubhouse Trophy

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25th Anniversary Photos

A young Ross Bain being presented with a t-shirt prior to moving to the USA for University and golf

An aerial view of the golf course before opening

Andrew Millar with Pros Adrian Flaherty and Elliott Gray

Colm McLoughlin. Christy O’Connor Jnr, Tom Barry and Sandy McPherson at the Desert Classic Pro-Am 1990

Spike Bar staff with Fred Couples in 1995

Brian Becker in a spot of bother

Mike Tracey

Greenkeeper Brent Holmes and Paul Thornberry with Fred Couples after his Desert Classic win 1995

Bill Gandy with Ernie Els after his first Desert Classic win in 1994

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19th HOLE Snippets



Drummond Welsh posing with the Ryder Cup trophy at the DP World Championship.


Ross Bain celebrating his birthday in Le Classique.


EGC Member Mohsin al Tajir, currently residing in Scotland was recently featured in The Herald Magazine with an article about his herd of Japanese Wagyu. Mohsin and his wife, Martine moved to Scotland last year to pursue a life as cattle breeders. Their top quality Wagyu beef, labeled Highland Wagyu has already caught the attention of some Michelin starred chefs in London restaurants.

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Congratulations to two of our very popular EGC staff, Membership Services Manager Kate Phillips and Golf Pro Dave Adams who got engaged recently with a very romantic proposal ‘At The Top’ at Burj Khalifa.



Congratulations to the team of Nick Evangelopoulus, Harris Michaelides and Randeep Singh who won the DP World Championship Pro-Am at Jumeirah Golf Estates last month

The wedding is all organized and they will officially become Mr and Mrs Adams later this month.

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8 Congratulations to past member, Rohit, son of Bindu and Joyshil Mitter who got married to Pia in New York in September.

Congratulations to EGC Executive Chef Benoit Cart and his wife Sophie who are now the very proud parents of their baby boy, Axel, born in Dubai on 6th November.

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Dick Purchase and caddy Drummond Welsh.

Tom Barry and with Rory McIlroy at a private reception at the Madinat Jum eirah after Rory’s superb DP World Championship win.

Naima Maya, overall ladies’ winner at the Dubai Duty Free two day world cup event, pictured with Pro Des Smyth, and Colm McLoughlin, George Horan and Sinead El Sibai from Dubai Duty Free.

16 Recreation

Dear Member,


’m sure you will have seen Fit Lab booming over the past months and it’s great to see lots of you taking advantage of the fantastic activities on offer there. The TRX and Zumba classes seem to be the popular choice amongst the members and if you haven’t tried these please do so as you will find they really do help get results. I wouldn’t probably recommend Zumba for the gents (ha ha) but the TRX is a brilliant full body workout to help improve the following – posture, flexibility, strength and cardio fitness. Due to demand, from December 1st we are putting more TRX classes on and please check the website or the time table of classes below!

Meet Our Physiotherapist

Wendy Smithson With a Physiotherapist BSc Hons degree, Wendy graduated in 2003 from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Having 9 years’ experience in Physiotherapy, Wendy is a Certified Member of the Titleist Performance Institute, specialising in Clinical Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Post-operative Rehabilitation and Respiratory Physiotherapy.

To book an appointment with Wendy, please contact +971 55 372 4670 or email

PadelTennis has now reached 1000 participants and the leagues are going really well. If you haven’t tried Padel Teninis yet it is a must and a great social andfamily game. For members it’s free of charge on Thursdays: to make a booking please contact Ana Lopez on 0561751193 or 043805424. If you’re in need of a physiotherapist, osteopath, acupuncturist or nutritionist please contact the Bespoke Wellness Team based at Fit Lab. They have a fantastic team and certainly add value to the club. As it is getting closer the festive period and if you’re in need of shifting a few extra kilos please do not hesitate to contact one of the Fit Lab personal trainers to help give you that extra motivation. We have a great team of trainers in Alan Walters, Peter Sullivan, Andrea Toth and myself! Have a great time over the festive period and we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year. Healthy Regards Andy Meech

Fitness Activity Schedule SUNDAY











7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

SATURDAY STUDIO 7.30 - 08.30 Artistic Yoga

08.45 - 09.45 08.45 - 09.45 08.30 - 09.30 08.45 - 09.45 08.30 - 09.30 08.45 - 09.45 Primary Ballet Zumba Circuit Kettlebell Training Zumba Toning Kettlebell Training Zumba (Lisa) (Tracy) Beginner (Indoor) (Tracy) Beginner (Indoor) (Tracy) 08.45 - 09.45 08.45 - 09.45 09.00 - 10.00 09.45 - 10.15 08.45 - 09.45 09.00 - 10.00 Beginner Pilates Reformer Pilates Reformer Pilates Reformer Kettlebell Training Aqualates Intermediate/ Ballerinas Intermediate/ Intermediate/ Intermediate/ (Corrina) Advanced (Lisa) Advanced (Amanda) Advanced (Amanda) Advanced (Amanda) 10.00 - 11.00 10.00 - 11.00 10.00 - 11.00 10.00 - 11.00 Pilates Mat Pilates Mat TRX Team Camp Pilates Mat (Amanda) (Amanda) Outdoor (Martha) (Amanda) 10.25 - 11.15 11.00 - 12.00 11.00 - 12.00 11.00 - 12.00 Pre Primary Ballet Bollywood Dance Bollywood Dance Bollywood Dance (Lisa) 11.15 - 12.30 Grade 5 Ballet (Lisa) 13.15 - 14.00 13.30 - 14.30 Grade 1 Ballet Private Dance Lesson (Lisa) (Lisa) 14.15 - 15.15 14.30 - 15.30 15.15 - 16.00 Grade 2 TAP Grade 2 Ballet Grade 1 Tap (Lisa) (Lisa) (Lisa) 16.00 - 17.00 Grade 4 Jazz (Lisa) 17.00 - 18.00 17.00 - 18.00 17.00 - 18.00 17.00 - 18.00 Bollywood Dance Grade 3 Tap (Lisa) Bollywood Dance Bollywood Dance 18.00 - 19.00 18.00 - 19.00 18.00 - 19.00 18.00 - 19.00 18.00 - 19.00 18.00 - 19.00 Bollywood Dance Bollywood Dance Bollywood Dance Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga 19.00 - 20.00 19.00 - 20.00 19.00 - 20.00 19.00 - 20.00 19.00 - 20.00 19.00 - 20.00 Kettlebell Training Zumba (Tracy) Intermediate/ Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Bollywood Dance Artistic Yoga Advance 19.00 - 20.00 19.15 - 20.15 19.15 - 20.15 Kettlebell Training TRX Team Camp TRX Team Camp Intemediate Outdoor (Amber) Outdoor (Martha) to Advance 20.00 - 21.00 20.00 - 21.00 20.00 - 21.00 20.00 - 21.00 20.00 - 21.00 20.00 - 21.00 Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Artistic Yoga Weightloss Weightloss Weightloss Weightloss Weightloss Weightloss

For reservations, please call +971 4 417 9850 or email

From Emirates Golf Club’s Kitchen

RECIPE FROM CHEF BENOIT CART Red Tuna Steak, Niçoise salad vegetables Cut the tomatoes into quarters and remove the seeds, keeping only the fleshy part. Peel the cucumber; remove the seeds, and use a vegetable peeler to cut it into ribbons. Peel the red bell pepper and cut it into cubes. Boil the green beans in salted water. Finely slice the pink radishes. Shell the small fava beans and remove the shoots. Wash the small basil leaves and romaine lettuce. Peel the scallions and slice them finely. Rub the inside of a salad bowl with half garlic clove. Combine all the vegetables and season with olive oil, basil oil, fleur de sel, and freshly ground pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator. Red tuna steak Marinate the tuna in balsamic vinegar for 5 minutes, blot dry, and sprinkle with Espelette chilli. Sauté the tuna in a little olive oil, 30 seconds on each side, and transfer to a serving dish. Finish and presentation Arrange the vegetables attractively on the tuna slices with the anchovy fillets and the olives Use the rest of the balsamic marinade, together with the basil oil as dressing. Sprinkle with fleur de sel. Ingredients serve for 4

This year SensAsia Urban Spa has designed a selection of charming gift vouchers for Christmas, beautifully wrapped in red ribbon for the perfect gift. The gift of relaxation is the gift that every woman wants and needs! Spoil her this year with The Absolute Spa Ritual 2hrs 15mins / AED 785 – a complete journey into sensory heaven for the face and body. Bring the spa to her with this luxurious duo of Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath and Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Body Lotion. Both available at SensAsia Urban Spa. Put the aaahh in Spa-aahh with SenAsia, please call +971 4 417 9820 to make an appointment today

Niçoise salad vegetables 2 tomatoes ½ cucumber ½ red bell pepper 100g fresh green asparagus 3 pink radishes 200g small fava beans 20 black olives 12 leaves basil ½ romaine lettuce 2 scallions ½ clove garlic 2 fillets salted anchovies 8 thin slices slow-roasted tomatoes 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (20ml) basil oil Fleur de sel, freshly ground pepper, and espelette chili Red tuna steak 4 slices red Mediterranean tuna Balsamic vinegar 15 ml olive oil 60 ml basil oil 30 ml balsamic vinegar

Course Con






ollowing the Omega Dubai Ladies’ Masters, the work will not in GCM and we began to prep areas directly behind the last group ready for the overseed over the four days that follow the end of the tournament. This procedure usually happens in the first week of November, but this year we decided to try our timing differently and establish the seed in a less competitive environment. This coupled with the new irrigation system will allow us to get the seed up quickly and work towards establishing it for the Dubai Desert Classic in late January. Overseeding with Rye grass will allow us to present the course very well for the cooler months ahead giving us good definition and a healthy stand of rough for the season. We have had an incredibly busy November as you will see in the slow recovery of divots on fairways. With the seed down, we are able to recover a lot quicker from divot damage which is a great advantage. Typically, the Rye would be a good three months old prior to the tournament. This year it will barely be seven weeks so we will need to push things in terms of fertility but we also need to be vigilant in managing traffic around the course. Even though predominantly walking, we will ask those using trolleys to please help us by strictly obeying the ‘stay away’ areas clearly defined with the green and white stakes. It really helps us around greens complexes in particular, if you stay far away. Believe it or not, the wheels from the trolleys do a lot of damage in these areas.

Promotional offer to new members • Join on or before 1st March 2013 and we will waive the joining fee • Join after 1st March and the joining fee will be credited to members levy account • Payment plan available offering the opportunity of down payment and 2 PDC's of equal proportions dated at 1 month intervals.

Promotional offer to existing members • Join on or before midnight on 30th November 2012 and we will credit 10% of subscription fee to members levy account • Join from Dec 1st to midnight on 15th December 2012 and receive 5% of subscription fee to members levy account • Payment plan available offering the opportunity of down payment and 2 PDC's of equal proportions dated at 1 month intervals. Tel: +968 22005990 Fax: +968 22005991 PO Box 87, PC 118, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

I hear a lot of comments re the condition of the course and how at this time of year it is better than usual. Irrespective of tournaments, our practices at this time of year remain the same. This is particularly true outside of greens. The overseed allows great presentation whether there is a tournament or not. On greens of course, we push the boundaries as the tour players’ expectations are such that they demand very firm greens, so yes, we do a few

extra ‘things’ that assist us in attaining our goals. We hope you are enjoying our golf courses and the great weather currently being experienced and as always, we look forward to presenting our courses in the best possible condition on a daily basis. Good golfing! Craig Haldane

Famous Faces

Alex and Emma Turlik with Luke Donald

Alex and Emma Turlik with Justin Rose

Fiona Ward, Office Manager at DGO with cricketing legend Sir Geoffrey Boycott

Andy Matthews with Luke Donald, Justin Rose (top) and Jeev Milkha Singh (right)

Membership prices 2013 Membership category

Full week membership Joining fee Annual subscription

Midweek membership Joining fee Annual subscription


OMR 300

OMR 1750 per person

OMR 215

Individual (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)

OMR 250

OMR 1575 per person

OMR 180

OMR 900 per person

Family (individual plus spouse* and 2 children** under 17yrs)

OMR 300

OMR 2450

OMR 215

OMR 1500

Family (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)

OMR 250

OMR 2200

OMR 180

OMR 1350

Junior (17yrs and under)


OMR 400 per person


OMR 200 per person

Junior (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)


OMR 360 per person


OMR 180 per person

Student (18 – 21yrs)


OMR 600 per person


OMR 350 per person

Student (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)


OMR 540 per person


OMR 315 per person

Overseas individual

OMR 150

OMR 625 per person



Corporate individual

OMR 400

OMR 2300 per person

OMR 280

OMR 1500 per person

Corporate plus***

OMR 400

OMR 4000

OMR 280

OMR 2700

Academy individual

OMR 150

OMR 600 per person

OMR 110

OMR 430 per person

Academy (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)

OMR 125

OMR 500 per person

OMR 90

OMR 360 per person

Academy family (individual plus spouse* and 2 children** under 17yrs)

OMR 150

OMR 900

OMR 110

OMR 640

Academy family (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)

OMR 125

OMR 800

OMR 90

OMR 570

Academy junior


OMR 150 per person


OMR 125 per person

Academy junior (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)


OMR 125 per person


OMR 112 per person

Academy student


OMR 200 per person


OMR 150 per person

Academy student (homeowner / resident The Wave, Muscat)


OMR 175 per person


OMR 135 per person

OMR 1000 per person

* Additional spouse/adult - The Wave, Muscat residents: OMR 1100 / Non TWM residents: OMR 1225 ** Additional child - The Wave, Muscat residents: OMR 275 / Non TWM residents: OMR 325 *** Corporate plus membership allows for 2 named individuals Tel: +968 22005990 Fax: +968 22005991 PO Box 87, PC 118, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

If you don’t fancy doing all the cooking over the festive season, Emirates Golf Club would be delighted to assist you with your Christmas lunch or dinner at home. Takeaway service includes: - Butterball turkey - Forcemeat and chestnut stuffing - Chipolatas and bacon rolls (contain pork) - Brussels sprouts and parsley carrots - Roast parsnips and fondant potatoes - Gravy and cranberry sauce AED 95 per person - Foie Gras de Canard en terrine (traditional duck liver terrine marinated with Sauternes wine ) with fig chutney AED 160 per 200g For more information or to place an order, please contact +971 4 417 9999 or email


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travel insurance for Emirates Golf Club members Our travel insurance policy protects your golf clubs and equipment as part of your personal baggage cover as standard. If you need additional protection for your golfing holidays, you can upgrade your policy to include our golf extension, which covers golf equipment, golf equipment hire and green fees.

Call 800 ZURICH (987 424) and quote EGCT10 to claim your discount. Terms and conditions apply. Zurich Insurance Middle East S.A.L is registered under Insurance Companies Register Certificate No. 48 and authorised by the UAE Insurance Authority.

Club Life December 2012  

Emirates Golf Club's monthly club magazine