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Club Life May 2018 Issue 78

Editor: Jacqui Barry

It’s hard to believe that we are already approaching the summer months and the end of another very busy golfing and social calendar. Time certainly flies when you’re enjoying yourself! April was incredibly busy and it has been particularly hectic for everyone involved in golf operations - Rhys, Cian, Sean, Patrick (and often Bryan Smyth) who have all been ‘on duty’ for many weeks for all the high profile events. Not only do they prepare for the events and help with check-in, but they can regularly be seen out and about on the golf course, giving words of encouragement and checking that everything is running smoothly. Thanks very much to all of you and also to Nishanthi, Candy and Haris in the Golf Office.

C E L E B R AT E THE SPIRIT OF RAMADAN AT T H E D A L L A H L O U N G E Experience an Extraordinary Ramadan at Emirates Golf Club Enjoy a delicious daily iftar buffet, along with a la carte suhour in our luxurious double tiered purpose built venue. Individual and group bookings for up to 300 guests are available along with an exclusive VIP area. AED 140 inclusive of iftar buffet with selected soft beverages Book for 10 guests, two dine for free Timing Iftar buffet, sunset to 9pm A la carte suhour, from 9pm to 3am

Last month I was fortunate to have dined in Carine restaurant few times; with this fine restaurant on our doorsteps, it has definitely become a firm favourite. Chef Izu built up his reputation with the success of La Serre and La Petite Maison in Dubai and there is no doubt that Carine will be a huge success too. The food is fantastic…fresh, mouth-watering Mediterranean inspired dishes using the best quality ingredients The olive oil is from Chef Izu’s own olive trees in Greece and the home-made bread is incredibly light and (too) tempting! Everything I have tried on the menu has been stunning - the fish, chicken, meat, salads etc. The venue itself is bright, trendy, relaxing and bistro-style with a relaxing atmosphere and a stunning setting on the terrace; inside the restaurant there is always a great buzz and a lively atmosphere. No matter what the occasion…gatherings with friends, dinner for two, celebratory dinners…it works so well. If you have not yet tried it, do so… you will not be disappointed! Sean Gunn who was interning at the Club for the last six months has left and has returned to Castle Stuart Golf Links. Thank you Sean for all your hard work and we wish you all the best. It’s great to see so much activity at the Club with the many events but it’s also great to see all the outlets being used - Jones the Grocer, Spike Bar and Terrace, Members’ Lounge and Terrace and Carine restaurant. There’s always a great buzz at the Club and it’s wonderful to have all the many dining options available. In addition, we still have some exciting prospects to look forward, the next one being the construction of TopGolf which will be a great addition to the Club - wasl Asset Management along with Dubai Golf Senior Management certainly do not sit still and their input is much appreciated. Topgolf operates 42 venues in the United States and the United Kingdom, employs 15,000 Associates and serves 13 million guests annually. The Topgolf games can be played by all ages and skill levels, and the micro chipped golf balls score themselves, providing players with instant feedback on each shot’s accuracy and distance. Players aim for 11 giant dartboard-like targets on a 215-yard outfield. The farther the shot goes and the closer to the pin, the more points the player receives. For more information on Topgolf check out the website:


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Dear Members.

During Ramadan the Dallah Lounge will be open daily from sunset until 3am, the dedicated Ramadan venue offers a delicious Iftar buffet served daily along with Suhour menus for both individuals and groups. The luxurious tent accommodates up to 400 people, with relaxing views from the two-tiered arena. A daily Iftar buffet will be served from sunset to 9pm and the a la carte Suhour menu is available from 9pm to 3am, shisha is also available from 9pm. During the holy month of Ramadan we are also excited to announce that we will be hosting the Professional Squash Association Dubai World Series Finals from 5th – 9th June. This prestigious event will bring together the top eight male and female squash players in the world. The event has previously been staged under the Burj Khalifa and last year in the Dubai Opera House, the event will be hosted in a purpose built arena adjacent to our Dallah Lounge. Following Ramadan we look forward to showcasing the FIFA World Cup from Russia from 14th June to 15th July. The tent provided by Wicked will be transformed into a superb venue to watch all of the live coverage of every match from the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I would like to congratulate Najla, Sulafa and the ladies’ section for winning the Interclub Competition, well done to all who represented the Club so admirably during the round robin matches and the final last month at Arabian Ranches. Many congratulations also to our Scratch Team led by Mike Mezei, the team triumphed in a tricky semi-final encounter against Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. We wish you all the best in the final against Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club later this month.


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Despite the golfing season drawing to a close there is plenty to look forward to as we approach the summer months. You will notice the large arena taking shape on the events lawn and I am delighted to announce that this summer we have collaborated with Wicked to provide our members and guests with a fabulous Ramadan and FIFA World Cup experience.

I would also like to welcome five new members to the Members Consultative Committee. The current committee of Ivan Fornazaric, Najla Bartette, Paul Byrne, Sulafa Hamdan and Ashley Anderson will be joined by Lionel Smith, Tej Chhabra, Leonardo Sismondi, Iain Everingham and Michael Mezei. Kindly note that from 1st September, Ishu Rupani and Yana Jamieson will replace our outgoing captains in the MCC (Ivan and Najla). Thankyou to everyone who offered their time to allow us to maintain the feedback and strong link between the membership and the management team.

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UpandRunning will be hosting a free of charge members’ event at Fit Lab on Thursday 31st May from 6.30pm. With refreshments provided by Roseleaf Café the talk will focus on common sporting injuries affecting performance with a focus on golf and racquet sports. During the interactive session the team will discuss how to prevent these injuries and improve your overall sporting performance. UpandRunning will also help attendees to understand when to seek treatment, and why taking a Panadol or simply putting up with pain should be avoided. Places are limited so to register please call 04 518 5400 or visit the UpandRunning reception desk at Fit Lab. As you are aware Craig Haldane has left Emirates Golf Club to take up a new position at Gleneagles. On behalf of everyone at the Club I would like to thank Craig for the fantastic job that he has done over the past 12 years. I am delighted to welcome back Matthew Perry who returns to Emirates Golf Club as our new Golf Course Superintendent. Matthew was originally with Emirates Golf Club from 2009 to 2011 as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, before moving to Dubai Creek where he has been Golf Course Superintendent since 2011. We are all delighted to welcome Matthew back to the Club! Enjoy the last few weeks of the season and we look forward to welcoming you to the Dallah Lounge and Football Central over the coming weeks! Barney Coleman Club Manager

Dear Member, I hope that you are well and are enjoying your golf as we draw to the end of the golfing season with the final members tournament (the Captain’s Matchplay Challenge) scheduled for Saturday 26th May. Our Golf Course Maintenance team are continuing to work hard to ensure that the playing surfaces are presented in the best possible condition for you through the summer months. The warmer temperatures have now arrived and as is the case every year, the golf course is now going through transition. To help us explain exactly what transition is, it first helps for you to have a good understanding of the term overseeding. OVERSEEDING - the Majlis course is built with Bermuda grass which is a warm weather grass that does not grow in the cooler winter months. As most of you will be aware, every winter we carry out a process called overseeding on the teeing

grounds, fairways and rough areas of the golf course. This involves cutting the grass very short and scattering a Rye grass seed which grows easily during the cooler weather. The process allows us to present the golf course in the best possible condition with lush green rough areas, strong teeing grounds, and wonderful definition. If the course is not overseeded then there would be no rough and no definition during the cooler peak season months. The course would look very pale and the tee boxes would be extremely worn due to lack of new grass growing through. TRANSITION - as a result of the overseeding, every year the golf course goes through transition before the hot summer months. This is when the Rye grass in the rough areas, fairways (including green surrounds) and the teeing grounds dies due to the rising temperatures, and the Bermuda grass, which has been dormant, begins to grow again. Various techniques are used to help the Bermuda grass to come back; these

include slicing the ground to allow water, nutrients, and oxygen to find their way more easily to the roots, and also applying sand which keeps the areas moist and gives the Bermuda something to grow into. This is what has now started happening on the golf course. During the transition the greens will still be in excellent condition while parts of the fairways, greens surrounds and the rough will be sandy in places as the Bermuda grass recovers. We aim to have the golf course fully transitioned by around midJune for you to enjoy a full Bermuda golf course throughout the summer until 9th & 10th of December when we will overseed only the rough and greens approaches to ensure the course continues to be in the best possible playing condition in the peak winter months. Thank you for your understanding and happy golfing. Barney Coleman Club Manager


ell, I thought that the month of March was extremely busy, and that we would ease into April but the activities continued both on and off the golf

course. Firstly, we had the traditional Hankook Greensomes competition and it was so nice to see a full field of players for this wonderful tournament which also produced some great winning scores. We can see that sometimes a man can play better with another man than with his wife or lady partner. It is a challenging format, usually ending with some arguments in the family which, by now, are hopefully long forgotten! Congratulations to the winners Siddharth Dutta and Subhojit Biswas - fabulous score. The next day was my new Major Championship Trophy, played on the day of final play of the US Masters; 36 professionals played against 36 members n two rounds. In the afternoon we played fourball matchplay which our members managed well against the Pros. However, for the evening matches I made a big mistake agreeing to play foursomes. We lost…we really lost. BUT…it was a nice evening. Later on we stayed at the Club to watch the US Masters which was won by Patrick Reed. I look forward to next year but, for sure, I will have to negotiate a new format.

The Chairman’s Cup was won by Iqbal Ismail and the Legacy Prime Members’ Pro-Am final was won by Surjit Namli, Nishith Patel, Anil Shavana and Gaurav Verma The Porsche Senior Open was won by Paul Byrne our Vice-Captain who is a very fresh senior. Congratulations to Paul who is in great form. He is my favourite to win the Black Tee Challenge to be played at the beginning of May. The Ladies’ Senior Open was won by Martha Wong. At the end of April we had a new format of the Monthly Medal which was played on a Saturday. We were able to choose a partner to play in our flight and the ladies were included also. Personally, I am not sure this is the right way to go but it’s worth trying it out. The goal is to get more players playing in Monthly Medals and also to stay behind for prizepresentations. I would like to hear from you to get your opinions. The condition of the Majlis course is deteriorating slightly which is expected at this time of the year during the transition period. The weather is still good though so enjoy your golf; see you at the Club. Ivan Fornazaric Club Captain 2017-2018

13TH APRIL 2018 Congratulations to Mohamed Iqbal Ismail on winning the Chairman’s Cup 2018, having scored a very impressive 42 points in the individual stableford format. The low scoring over the Majlis course did not stop as Patrick Mulligan, who led for a long period of time, finished in the runnerup spot. Patrick’s 40 points and better back nine score was good enough to beat Anand Lakhiani who finished in third position with 40 points also. In A Division (handicaps 0-12), the winner was Christian Klynge scoring a total of 39 points. Finishing very closely behind in

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second place, only due to an inferior final three hole score, was Nelly Amarnani who also carded 39 points. In B Division (handicaps 13-24), Young Kook Kim claimed top spot with 39 points. Finishing in the runner-up position, also with a score of 39 points but losing out on a better inward half, was Tauseef Khan.

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Saturday 28th April saw the return of the OMA Emirates Medal Championship, in association with i-Insured, which was played over the Majlis course. With a day of very close scoring, our overall winner was Imran Qayyum, who shot a fantastic 65 net. Imran’s score was also good enough to take the top prize in A Division (handicaps 0-10), beating Andrew Robinson and Scott Macpherson, who both shot 71, with Andrew winning the scorecard playoff on the back 9. Best gross on the day went to Arjun Manghnani with a 5 over par 77 total. In B Division (handicaps 11-20), finishing on top of the pack was Arif Usmani with an excellent net score of 69. Abhinava Chandra finished second, scoring a very solid net 70. Abhinava’s score was good enough to hold off the challenge of Guarav Verma by one stroke, Guarav carding a net 71 with the better back 9 score on the day.

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In C Division (handicaps 21-28), our winner was Philip D’Abo, scoring a net 73. Sameer Joshi claimed the stableford prize in the Medalford format, having carded a great round of 37 points!

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in’s Lady Capta Column Having celebrated our Captains’ Days, time now seems to be slipping away. We are already at the end of the season with only a month left before we start packing our suitcases for cooler temperatures. This has been another quite busy month! We started by playing our last Medal that counted for the alluring Curtisy Cup points. This was followed by our popular Easter Scramble. There was quite a display of Easter bonnets and it was a tough decision for our judges to pick the prettiest! Many criteria are crucial in choosing the best bonnets - originality, colour, creativity, wearing the bonnet on and off the course, etc. Congratulations

With much pleasure and pride I announce that we played and won our InterClub final on 11th April at the Arabian Ranches Golf Club. This was a close win with Abu Dhabi Golf Club trailing behind coming into the final with only a two-point difference. We can all be very proud of our Emirates Golf Club team who not only came first among the finalists but also had the best score among all the local clubs participating on the day! A huge thank you to all the ladies who played in our matches as each one of them contributed to the final win! We then dusted off our flags to play our Nations Cup! This saw an array of ladies dressed in their country colours, driving their carts with their respective flags flapping in the back which was a most beautiful sight. Congratulations to team UK who came first! After our presentation and on the same day, we sadly bid farewell to Craig Haldane our Director of Golf Course Maintenance who is leaving us after 11 years at our Club to go to Gleneagles! We wish him all the best in his new adventure. The following Monday, to prepare for our Curtisy Cup, we practised on the Faldo course by playing nine holes of greensomes and then nine holes betterball competition. Despite the tricky format we had some great scoring by the winning teams! Finally, our long awaited Curtisy Cup was held on Wednesday 25th April with 18 ladies participating from each team, Europe v. Rest of the World (ROW). In the morning we played greensomes when Europe excelled themselves with a three-point lead but, defying all odds, Team ROW came back in the betterball

matches and won in the afternoon by scoring 6.5 to make a total of 9.5 against 8.5 from Team Europe. It was a long day that ended with a very exciting and a very tight result, down to the last match that finished in the dark with Team ROW winning by one point only. This is the second year in a row that Rest of the World has won and this is the first time ever that this happened since the Curtisy Cup was introduced in 1992. Well done to both teams who played great golf and fought hard for the cup. Congratulations to both team Captains who insured that good sportsmanship prevailed throughout! This showed when we all, regardless of our t-shirt colour, gathered around the 18th green for a drink to celebrate with each other a most enjoyable and great day! As customary, the party continued on the Members’ Terrace until late with both teams celebrating side by side!

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In the Bronze Division, June McDonald finished on top with a fine net 70 and in the ladies’ junior section, also with a net score of 70, was Hannah Alan. SILVER A DIVISION: handicaps 0 – 14 Winner : Maria Victoria Arias Runner-up: Maura Duggan Best Gross: Veronique Rossett

In Silver B Division, it was new member Anne Gely Bouigue who


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Best Easter Bonnetts: Maya Srivastava Helen Srivastava Ninu Smith Sonal Gandhi Nearest the Pin Hole # 8: Handicaps 0-14): Christiane Sprunck Hole # 12: Handicaps 15-36: Rajni Sud Longest Drive Hole # 10: Handicaps 15-36: Sandra Chia Hole #16: Handicaps 0-14: Glory Xavier

Congratulations to Jackie Eiffe, winner of the Sunday Stableford on April 1th picked up her first Medal prize since joining, with a solid score of net 70. Finishing in the runner-up spot was Selma Kehoe who also scored a net 70 with Anne just pipping her to the top prize by virtue of a count-back.

Congratulations to overall and Silver A Division winner Marivi Arias who scored a fantastic net score of 69 to win by a clear margin. Her score was good enough to beat Maura Duggan, who scored a steady net 71, claiming the runner-up spot by virtue of a better back nine. Scoring the best overall gross was Veronique Rosset with a fantastic 81 gross.

With special events also up for grabs for both A Division (handicaps 0-14) and B Division (hand-icaps 15-36) there was something extra still to play for. Claiming the prizes for the most accu-racy on the par 3s were Christiane Sprunck (hole 8) and Rajni Sud (hole 12). The longest drives were won by Sandra Chia (hole 10) and Glory Xavier (hole 16) who mixed both power and accu-racy to win the prizes.


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The ladies’ Monthly Medal was held on the Majlis course on Monday 2nd April.

Overall, the scoring over the Faldo course was very good, with less than one shot separating the top three teams. Finishing in top spot was the team of Maura Duggan, Jacqui Barry, Mags Breen and Jenny Isles with a fantastic net score of 62.6.

Very closely behind in second place, with a net score of 62.9, was the team of Sandra Chia, Maureen Platt, Glory Xavier and Kiyono Taniuchi. Rounding off the team prizes, in third place was the team of Fiona Berry, Sue Hopwood, Viv Caley and Thea Hendrickx, shooting a net 63.2.

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Finally, to finish the month in style we played 1,2,3 Waltz on the Faldo - one score to count at the first hole, two scores to count at the second, three at the third, then repeated again. This was a fun competition, which ended with great scores by the winning teams who apparently waltzed well together! At the presentation we sadly bid farewell to Sean, our young intern, who is going back home to Inverness! We wish him well and we will miss him as he was very involved at the Club and with the ladies’ section! Despite the heat and humidity, I hope you all continue to enjoy your golf. Keep cool and remember to drink plenty of water!



here was very much an Easter feel to this event during the morning checkin with many ladies having gone to great efforts creating their Easter bonnets for the sought after the most sought after Best Easter Bonnet prize! which was won by Helen and Maya Srivastava, Ninu Smith and Sonal Ghandi - well done ladies!


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ummer is fast approaching and we can already feel it in the rising temperature, humidity and the course condition as we transit from winter to summer!

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SILVER B DIVISION: handicaps15 –23) Winner: Anne Gely Bouigue 70 net Runne-up: Selma Kehoe 70net BRONZE DIVISION: handicaps 24 –36) Winner: June McDonald 70 net JUNIOR DIVISION Winner: Hannah Alan Raffle Winner: Jenny Ayres

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Monday 23rd April saw the ladies take to the Faldo course for the Ladies Two Player Team Challenge. Two different formats were in play over each 9, with the front 9 being greensomes, and the back 9 being a betterball format.


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The clear winners on the day was the team of Ingrid Lind and Annette Carstanjen, with a fantastic score of 65.75 net. The fight for the second and third place was extremely well contested, with only 0.25 of a shot separating the two teams. Securing the runner-up spot by this fine margin was Janine Dols and Mieke Slotboom with a net score of 69.25. This score was very closely followed by Shiba Khan and Swati Singh who finished with a total of 69.5 net. Winners: Runners-up: Third:

Ingrid Lind Annette Carstanjen 65.75 net Janine Dols Mieke Slotboom 69.25 net Shiba Khan Swati Singh 69.5 net


Monday 16th April saw the ladies take to the Majlis Course for this year’s Ladies Nations Cup when there were a number of countries being represented and the stakes were high! Playing a stableford format, with the best score from each pair counting, it was the formidable UK partnership of Moira Gowens and reigning Club Champion Viv Caley that finished in first place. The ladies scored a fantastic 48 points, good enough to win on a countback with the better back nine score.

Congratulations to the winners Maura Duggan, Janine Dols and Fiona Munro who scored a fantastic combined stableford score of 83 points. Their score narrowly beat the runners-up who scored a solid 80 points on the day, the team of Elvie Smith, Marie Benson and Anvita Kapoor. Winners:

Maura Duggan Janine Dols Fiona Munro 83 points Runners-up: Elvira Smith Marie Benson Anvita Kapoor 80 points

Representing Germany, also finishing with a points total of 48, were Sabine Choudry and Haide Wright, who so narrowly lost out to Viv and Moira.The very close scoring continued as the Philippines team of Josie Tracey and Elvie Smith finished in third place with a score of 47 points, also winning by virtue of a better back nine score.

Congratulations to the United Kingdom on claiming this year’s title.

NATUZZI EASTER SCRAMBLE 2018 Easter festivities were in full flow on the Majlis course as members came together to play in this season’s Easter Scramble, supported by Natuzzi. With a well represented field of 30 teams, scoring proved to be very good and the tournament was tightly contested on the day. Finishing in top spot was the team of Kush Sama, Pankaj Varma, Vikram Tah and


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With the end of a month came the Ladies Waltz Stableford Competition, which was held on the Faldo course on Monday 30th April. In an exciting format which saw all teams of three ladies record, 1, 2 then 3 scores over consecutive holes, rotating through the scorecard, there was a lot to play for on the day. It would be the teams that best held their nerves over the holes where all three scores would count, that would record the best totals.

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Sandeep Saihgal shooting a fantastic gross score of 12 under par 60, leaving them with a net score of 56.7 - great scoring! Runnersup and third place were settled by a better inward half. Squeezing their way into second was the team of Raj Janardhan, Chandru Manghnani, Arman Singh and Bradley Mogire with a net score of 57.4. With the same score, finishing in third was David and Jenny Richardson, with Fadi Mehio and Kamal Kosta. In addition to the top three teams, there were also special event prizes for the men and the ladies. Paul Byrne dominated by winning nearest the pin on hole 4 and longest drive on Hole 12. Tauseef Khan also picked up a nearest the pin on Hole 15. For the ladies, winning the nearest the pins was Jayshree Gupta on Hole 11, and also Josie Tracey on Hole 7. Finally collecting the prize for the longest for the la-dies on Hole 16 was Chanchal Nanda.


Kush Sama Pankaj Varma Vikram Tah Sandeep Saihgal 56.7


Raj Janardhan Chandru Manghnani Arman Singh Bradley Mogire 57.4


David Richardson Jenny Richardson Fadi Mehio Kamal Kosta 57.4

Nearest the Pin # 4 - Men: Paul Byrne Nearest the Pin # 7 - Ladies: Jayshree Gupta Nearest the Pin # 15 - Men: Tauseef Khan Nearest the Pin # 11 - Ladies: Josie Tracey Longest Drive # 16 - Ladies: Chanchal Nanda Longest Drive # 16 - Men: Paul Byrne



ongratulations to the overall winners of the 2018 Hankook Greensomes Tournament, Siddharth Dutta and Subhojit Biswas! Siddharth and Subhojit carded two fantastic rounds of net 64 on the Faldo Course on Day 1, followed by a net 66 on the Majlis on Day 2. The pair claiming victory by an impressive 7 strokes over what turned out to be a very warm weekend. This however didn’t deter the many golfers who competed for the prize, with over 150 taking part in this year’s edition of the tournament! The runners-up for the tournament were Darren and Fran Cole, both members of Emirates Golf Club, with a fantastic combined score of 69 + 68, totalling 137. Darren and Fran just pipped Craig Dunn and Pascal De Garrigues, also members of Emirates Golf Club, who finished in third place with a total score of 138, which comprised of a solid opening round 72 on the Faldo and a fantastic second round 66 net on the Majlis course. The local knowledge proving the difference over both courses.


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NEAREST THE PIN (AMATEURS ONLY) Hole # 4: Kenneth Babcock Hole # 7: Mike Butler Hole # 11: Naima Maya NEAREST THE PIN IN TWO (AMATEURS ONLY) Hole # 2: Anil Shivanna

In the Gross Division, it was the pair of Natalii Gupta and Kellie Gachaga who came out victorious, carding rounds of 73 and 75 over the Faldo and Majlis courses respectively, totalling 148 for the tournament. The runners-up in the division were Shane Wilson and Sanjay Dhandsa, 3 shots adrift, recording scores of 76 and 75, equalling 151 total strokes.

NEAREST THE PIN (PROFESSIONALS ONLY) LADIES Hole # 3: Sandra Chia Hole # 8: Yana Jamieson NEAREST THE PIN (PROFESSIONALS ONLY) MENS Hole # 6: Paul Byrne Hole # 16: Christian Klynge

For the Net Day Prizes, the winners on Day 1 on the Faldo Course were Michael Kaye and Victoria Johnson with an incredible score of 64 net. Day 2 on the Majlis winners were the pair of Jenny Ayres and Ian Scott, with a brilliant score of 66 net. For the on-course special events on Day 1, Kellie Gachaga won Nearest the Pin on Hole 2, whilst Adil Khan claimed Nearest the Pin on Hole 12. And it was Mimi Hosking who won the Longest Drive on Hole 16, a successful return to the club from Mimi! Day 2 saw Sanjay Dhandsa claim Nearest the Pin on Hole 4 and Christiane Sprunck winning the same prize on Hole 15. Hyeonji Kang took the Longest Drive title on Hole 12 on the Majlis, with a big hit down the fairway! Congratulations to all who took part and especially to all the prize winners over the weekend. Our thanks must go to Emirates Golf Club Member and Ex-Captain, Surender Kandhari, and to Hankook for such a wonderful event. Yet another successful Hankook Greensomes tournament, bringing together golfers from all over, playing the game in the right spirit amongst friends and family. Champions: Siddharth Dutta Subhojit Biswas Runners-up: Darren Cole Fran Cole Third: Craig Dunn Pascal De Garrigues Overall Best Gross Winners: Natalli Gupta Kellie Gachaga Overall Best Gross Runners-up: Sanjay Dhandsa Shane Wilson Best Net Day 1: Michael Kaye Victoria Johnson Best Net Day 2: Ian Scott Jenny Ayres DAY 1 Nearest the Pin # 2: Gachaga Nearest the Pin # 12: Adil Khan Longest Drive # 16: Mimi Hosking DAY 2 Nearest the Pin # 4: Sanjay Dhandsa Nearest the Pin # 15: Christiane Sprunck Longest Drive # 12: Hyeonji Kang

64 & 66: 130 69 & 68: 137 72 & 66 138

73 & 75 148

76 & 75 151 64 66

EMIRATES SENIOR OPEN 2018 Both the men and the ladies took to the Faldo and Majlis courses for this year’s Emirates Senior Open, supported by Porsche. Played over two days, players from all over the UAE region competed for the top prize in a stableford format. By the end of the tournament, the prizes were dominated by Emirates Golf Club. In the men’s section, overall winner and Vice-Captain, Paul Byrne, showed great consistency by posting 39 points on each day for a total of 78 points which was good enough to win by four points from Arnel Valencia (EGF) who posted 74 points, which included an incredible 43 points on Day 2 on the Majlis. Rounding off the men’s overall prizes was Rajinder Razdan with a total points tally of 69 which was consistent scoring for both days. In the ladies’ section, it was Martha Wong (Emirates Golf Club) who was on top of her game during the two days to post a winning total of 75 points to win by a massive margin

of nine points. Finishing in the runner-up spot was also an Emirates Golf Club member, Sandra Chia, finishing with a points total of 66. On each day there were nearest the pins and longest drive prizes for ladies and men and also a prize for the best score on each day. Day 1 saw Sekhar Reddy claim the best score prize with 37 points over the Faldo course. Claiming the special events for the men were Iqbal Ismail (nearest the pin hole #17) and Laxman Perera (longest drive hole #5). For the ladies it was Josie Tracey (nearest the pin hole #12) and Naima Maya (longest drive hole #16) winning the prizes. Day 2 saw Predrag Lucic (EGF) claiming the best score prize with 37 points over the Majlis course. Winning the on-course special events for the men was Anand Lakhiani (nearest the pin hole #4) and Rajinder Razdan (longest drive hole #12). For the ladies it was Josie Tracey again (nearest the pin Hole #11) and Sandra Chia (longest drive hole #3).

Supported by


CHAMPION: Paul Byrne (EGC) 39 & 39 = 78 RUNNER UP: Arnel Valencia (EGF) 31 & 43 = 74 THIRD: Rajinder Razdan(EGC) 33 & 36 = 69


CHAMPION: Martha Wong (EGC) 35 & 40 = 75 RUNNER-UP: Sandra Chia (EGC) 36 & 30 = 66


Best Stableford Score: Sekhar Reddy 37pts Nearest the Pin hole # 12 - Ladies: Josie Tracey Nearest the Pin hole # 17 - Men: Iqbal Ismail Longest Drive hole # 16 - Ladies: Naima Maya Longest Drive hole # 5 - Men: Laxman Perera


Best Stableford Score: Predrag Lucic 37pts Nearest the Pin hole # 11 - Ladies: Josie Tracey Nearest the Pin hole # 4 - Men: Anand Lakhiani Longest Drive hole # 3 - Ladies: Sandra Chia Longest Drive hole # 12 - Men: Rajinder Razdan

Pro’s Tip of the Month



Another Win for the Amateurs

by PGA Professional James Williams


Pro’s Tip


Simple tips - effective results Pose in your follow through !

Being able to finish your swing in perfect balance is critical to achieving consistent ball striking with both your woods and irons. Next time you play or practice always try and hold your finish for three or four seconds and strive to finish in perfect balance. Rarely will you see any of the world’s great lady or men players out of balance. A perfectly balanced held finish will improve your rhythm , timing and clubhead control throughout your swing and provide you with more powerful and straighter shots - more than a few reasons why being a poser will really help your game ! You’ll also look more stylish too! Good luck James Williams Peter Cowen Academy Dubai Emirates Golf Club Complimentary and exclusive to Emirates Golf Club Members!

Saturday 12th May 2018:


Enjoy what is set to be a fun and engaging morning of golf tuition with our series of complimentary Members’ Clinics, hosted by new Golf Professional, James Williams. Dates: Saturday Mornings Timing: 9.30am - 10.30am Location: Majlis Range Meet at the Tournament Desk, lower Clubhouse at 9.20am Date Saturday 12th May – Saturday 19th May –

Clinic Eliminate your fear of bunkers Find more distance from the tee

To register your interest for the weekly complimentary members’ clinics, hosted by James Williams at E T 058 5335 937

Thanks to all those who have attended the members’ complimentary clinics on Saturdays; we hope everyone has enjoyed them and that you took away something that will improve your game. Join James Williams again next week to take part in the another clinic: email or call 058 5335 987 to register


ay 1 of the 19th Dubai Golf Trophy was played over the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club, 16 of the region’s best amateurs going head to head against the top 16 club professionals in a Ryder Cup style format. The Amateur Team started strong and quickly found themselves ahead leading in the first 3 matches. They were dominant throughout the morning, however, the Professional team captained by Ryan Smith showed great spirit to claw back 3 points. The morning foursomes finishing 5 points to 3 in favor of the Amateurs, led by captain Max Burrow. In the afternoon, each player playing their own ball in the better ball format, the Professional team were led out by David Laing and Martin Robinson had started well to gain an early advantage. However, the Amateurs fought back on the back nine to repeat the score of the first round winning 5 points to 3. In the all Dubai Creek match, professionals Mike Major and Joe Way claimed the bragging rights as they edged out Max Burrow and Miki Mirza. Young talents Arjun Gupta and Josh Hill took their match all the way to eventually share a point against Luke Plumb and Mike Bolt. Max Burrow and his team enjoy an overnight advantage of 10-6 going into the final round played at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Sunday 22th May 2018:


aving started the second day at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club four points, the Professionals were on course for a fine fight back

during the initial period of the singles on Sunday with the first three games all going in their favour. Dubai Creek Professionals Joe Way and Michael Major came out strong against Craig Vance and Nathan Fisher beating them both 2&1 respectively. This meant the Creek duo went unbeaten over the two days. The winning theme continued as Stefan Wears-Taylor beat young Toby Bishop 3&2. The next two games however went the Amateurs way, with Bradley Mogire beating Jordan Gallacher 6&5 and Amateur Captain Max Burrow beating David Gray 5&4 making the score line after the first 5 games 12-9 to the Amateurs. The next three games followed a bitter theme for the Professional side as Luke Plumb, Tom Buchanan and Shane Peacock all losing on the 18th hole to Steven Kelbrick, Miki Mirza and Josh Hill respectively to halve their matches. This gave the Amateur side 1.5 points desperately needed by the Professionals. Despite Mikael Gartner winning 4&3 over Andrew Smolak the tie was going to the way of the Amateurs as the next three games sealed the victory for the Amateur’s. Rayhan Thomas beat Jack Woods 5&4, Mike Mezei beat Ryan Smith 7&6 and Bayhaan Lakdalawa beat Malcom Young 8&7 to take the score to 16.5-11.5. Although the tie had been concluded, the next found games were played out with all of the teams watching and supporting the remaining matches. Martin Robinson beat Robert Glenesk 2&1 and a fine birdie up 18 from Mike Boult meant he halved his match against Ahmad Skaik. After Lawry Cook beat Jonathon Craddock 2&1 and young Arjun Gupta beat David Laing 5&4 the 2018 Dubai Golf Trophy was finished

with the score line being 19-13 favouring the Amateurs. After play concluded, the Captain of the Amateur side Max Burrow stated, “A very close finished to a fantastic two days of high quality golf playing in great spirit and camaraderie. Commiserations to Ryan Smiths’ Professional Team, our amateur team had great strength in depth this year with a burning desire to complete 3-in-arow for what is surely now a dynasty for the Amateurs in this competition. I would like to sincerely thank my team for their commitment and passion this season and to all the team at Dubai Creek for hosting another stellar golfing event and bringing the best players in the UAE together once again.” Ryan Smith the Captain of the Professional’s said, “It’s been a great honour to captain the professional team for this year’s Dubai Golf Trophy. It has been a great event and a wonderful two days, congratulations to Max and the Amateur team for a great performance. They were the better team over the two days and deserved winners. The Amateur game is in great shape with a lot of young talent coming out and its testament to the professionals in the work they do to guide the amateurs. I look forward to next year and the 20th staging of the Dubai Golf Trophy. An inspiring performance from the Amateurs, where all 16 players in the team contributed at least one point, ensured a 19-13 victory. The Professionals will be practicing hard for next year’s event, as the Dubai Golf Trophy continues to conclude the seasons of the UAE’s best Amateurs and Professionals in the most enthralling way.

18TH APRIL 2018 - an annual gathering of past, present and incoming Captains


Laguna National Singapore


17 Captains’

Reciprocal Clubs


A total of twenty Captains, with partners, attended the 19th annual Captains’ dinner in Carine last month together with Dubai Golf CEO, Chris May and Club Manager, Barney Coleman. Everyone had a wonderful evening, thanks to the superb food and beverages produced by Carine restaurant. Incoming Captains, and ViceCaptains were presented with their green jackets and Club Captain, Ivan Fornazeric delivered an excellent speech on the evening.

Laguna National is one of Singapore’s top golf and country clubs, featuring 36-holes of championship golf including the new World Classic Course and the Masters Course. Designed by Andy Dye and opened in 2011, the World Classic is a tremendously challenging course inspired by the great layouts of the world. The Masters Course is most often associated with its long run of hosting the European Tour’s Singapore Masters for many years; it has featured champions such as Vijay Singh, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Lianwei Zhang. A beautiful parkland layout, it is a stern test of golf with magnificent trees and beautiful greenery that is a hallmark of the island state. An ultra-modern city known for its beautiful gardens, Singapore makes a great stopover or springboard into the region

with a medley of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences and a tropical climate, tasty food, great shopping, world-class casinos, and a vibrant nightlife scene. Following a multimillion-dollar facelift, Laguna National has developed a state-ofthe-art union of a world-class golf club and a 206-room and golfer chalet Dusit Thanibranded hotel with full facilities including a spa, a learning and practice facility, a fitness centre, as well as Member-exclusive areas with private locker rooms, Members’ lounges and country club facilities. Strategically located in proximity to the airport, beach, malls and with a multimillion-dollar private clubhouse and hotel, golfers will find the world at their fingertips at Laguna National Golf & Country Club. Laguna National Golf and Country Club have won various prestigious accolades and hosted events

including the Singapore Masters, Korean LPGA ADT Caps Tour Championship, Prudential Causeway Trophy and The Championship at Laguna National. • A European Tour-Asian Tour cosanctioned event – The Championship at Laguna National • Second edition of the Prudential Causeway Trophy at Laguna National • Inaugural Prudential Junior Causeway Trophy at Laguna National


Curtisy Cu

Curtisy Cup 2018

by Jacqui Barry


In May 1991, as we were approaching the summer months and people were preparing to travel, I suggested that, for the final Wednesday of our four-ball mornings, since there were a number of different nationalities playing, we should split into two teams - Europe and the Rest of the World to have a match. Everyone was enthusiastic about the idea so I


So 1992 was the first official Curtisy Cup! The first few years, Club management chose the Captains for each team and the entire teams for Europe and for Rest of the World were selected by the respective Captains. At that time we were only twelve in a team but this was increased to16 after a couple of years since the event was so popular. A few years later it was decided (again by Club management) that the players would qualify for their team through their Golfer of the Year points. However, only ten ladies qualified and the Captain was allowed two picks In 1994 the team was increased to 16 and in 1996 all players had to qualify through Golfer of the Year points with no Captain’s picks. Two years ago numbers were increased to 18 per team.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN… mirates Golf Club opened in March 1988 and our first Lady Captain was Margaret Bain who was Lady Captain for two years. At the time of opening, there was only a small group of experienced golfers with a much larger group of complete beginners, (myself included) so it was no easy task for Margaret! Wind on two years and all those complete beginners were now playing regularly and all of them had established handicaps, some even reaching single figures in that short time. Monday mornings were the highlight of the week and competitions were fun and well-subscribed. The Wednesday mornings then became a golf morning too that we organised ourselves; we played in four-balls and we regularly had sixteen players each week.

Curtisy Cu



Without a doubt the Curtisy Cup has grown into an event in which everyone wants to play and qualification is still through points earned in Medal competitions. The morning rounds are always greensomes and the afternoon rounds are betterball matches- a format which has not changed since the very beginning.

decided to give it a name and supply a trophy (a squash trophy of mine - I replaced the plaque on the front and that is still the same trophy we have today, 27 years later!) I thought about tying it in with the Curtis Cup and Tom Barry came up with Curtisy Cup. The Curtis Cup is the best known team trophy for women amateur golfers, awarded in the biennial Curtis Cup Match. It is co-organised by the United States Golf Association and the Ladies Golf Union and is contested by teams representing the United States and Great Britain & Ireland. That first Curtisy Cup was great fun and we had a brilliant time celebrating that evening at the back of the Spike Bar with drinks and sandwiches, still all in our navy blue shirts (Europe) and red shirts (RoW). I captained Europe and Doris Aycock captained Rest of the World team. Our Club management recognised this as being a really good event and decided to make it an official Club event starting in 1992 and Doris and I were to be Captains that year too.

Whether you are a player, a Vice-Captain or Captain, it is always such a pleasure to be able to participate in this exciting and closely contested event; without a doubt Emirates Golf Club colleagues always do their utmost to make it a great day…flags on carts, scoring, tee-time allocations, F&B etc…and the rest is entirely up to us. What is it that makes it such an eagerly awaited event…the build up to the event with team meetings and team socials, the unique atmosphere on the day and the support from friends and team-mates. Win or lose, I don’t think there has ever been an occasion when players have not joined in with the fun and celebrations afterwards. The camaraderie is second to none, the celebrations, the singing, the laughter and the fun!

Team Europe Captain, Mags Breen







Jacqui Barry

Doris Aycock



Gabby Daghestani

Carolyn Maingot



Lynne Hood

Frankie Ross-Smith



Anne Hall

Debbie Barney



Heather Totten

Pauline Raynor



Fiona Neden

Mieko Coombs



Jackie Thompson

Teena Schnier



Joan Legnar

Rhonda Seley



Fay d’Abo

Ivy Bailey


More importantly than anything else was the fact that we were playing against our good friends - competitively - but never forgetting that we would all be back playing together the following week.


Rekha Badopadhyay

Annette Stewart



Maria Petre

Irene Jaeger



Jacqui Barry

Elise Hanson


The atmosphere was fantastic, the day and night was fun, our ‘rookies’ were unbelieva-ble on the day and our colleagues at the Club were simply the best - all in all a Curtisy Cup that will be remembered for quite some time.


Ellen de Bruin

Martha Wong



Victoria Nektheden

Yang Suk McNamara



Nancy Wingate

Pauline Micuilis



Angela Connor

Mitsuko Emmerson



Jenny Ayres

Val Pullan



Miriam Rooney

Josie Tracey



Glynis Henry

Najla Bartette


Team Rest of the World Captain, Naima Maya


Rosemary Turlik

Ashley Anderson


As Captain of this year’s Curtisy Cup, I am so proud of the effort and the wonderful team-work shown by every player in the Rest of the World team. Clinching the victory at the last hole showed our determination as winners through and through. I am so proud of the self-belief we all had. We knew we could do it and we never lost focus of that throughout the tournament. I am especially proud of having been selected as Captain this years there so many equally strong contenders. It was a privilege and one of the most memorable moments in golf for me. I cannot wait for us to defend our title next year’s and Team Rest of the World is ready for a good match.


Maura Duggan

Janine Craig



Carolyn Thomson

Hiromi Ohashi



Viv Caley

Jayshree Gupta



Cathrine Clarke

Mimi Hosking



Lynne Dickinson

Sulafa Hamdan



Annette Carstanjen

Veronica Elias



Mags Breen

Naima Maya


The great thing about the Curtisy Cup is that it is always at the back of your mind. Medals, Club Championship leave us all asking ourselves the same question afterwards, “Did I get any Curtisy Cup points?” so the momentum begins many months before we ever get to actually play. Believe me, I was just as anxious to make the team as anyone else. As the incoming Captain, I was so aware of the expectations and the passion of the European players to make the team and also to do well for the team. Unlike other competitions, the players get on the team based upon their play during the year, so the only challenge I had was to get the pairings right and to deal with the match-ups. For that reason, I was blessed to have Vice-Captain Ingrid Lind, who was so very involved and supportive as the weeks and the days counted down. I was so very proud to be a part of Team Europe on the day. Competition was intense and we went right to the last match in the afternoon.

Brilliant performance Team Europe and I was so very proud to have been your Captain. Congratulations to Naima and Team Rest of the World – and here’s to another epic event in 2019.


Craig Haldane

Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Emirates Golf Club


Craig Hald

An Interview with

21 Craig Hald



Where are you from?

I was born in George, South Africa and did my schooling there as well. I did my National Service in Pretoria at Valhalla Airforce Base and attended University in Port Elizabeth from 1994-1996

integrate everyone so that we can maximise our resources and work over the three courses as a single unit. My expectations from the job? It is going to be challenging for sure, rewarding without doubt. I love the fact that it is a leadership role and that I am being entrusted to implement a new structure which I feel is best placed to take the courses forward. I expect to be cold!

Tell me a bit about your family

I am married to Aneisha and we have two amazing kids in Zahra (7) and Haydn (5). Aneisha and I met in Bahrain whilst playing touch rugby as team mates. We became great friends. I moved to Du-bai prior to us being ‘an item’ and we missed each other a lot as friends. To cut a long story short… she found a job in Dubai, we got married and 10 years later here we are. My folks still live in George and have been regular visitors to the Club over the years. My sister lives in Wales, my in-laws are in the Isle of Man and my brother-in-law and his family in Nottingham.

How does the family feel about the move - excited, apprehensive?

When did you first come to Dubai?

I came to Dubai in 2006 after completing five years in Bahrain

What brought you here?

An opportunity! I was approached by Dubai Golf whilst in Dubai to come and work for them at Nad Al Sheba where they were growing Paspalum and they needed someone with experience working with this variety of turf. It came at the perfect time and the transition was an easy one to make.

Dubai has changed a lot even during the time you have been here. Do you still enjoy the ‘new’ Du-bai? What is your professional background? How did you get into agronomy? Where did it all start and how did you get interested in it?

I studied Sports Administration and Marketing (Major: Golf); My plan was to go into tournaments and work on the golf operations side of the business. That all changed when I had to do a six-month work placement as part of my studies and I was put out to work on the golf course maintenance team at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in my home town. That was an experience that made me realise that this was what I wanted to do. I retrained whilst working and studied Turfgrass Management. At Fancourt I truly learnt my trade and worked my way up through the ranks. It was a 27-hole facility when I started and a 78-hole facility when I left. I was exposed to construction, grow-in and high-end maintenance. Simply put, I fell in love with greenkeeping and I have never looked back.

Very much so, but in a different way. As our family has grown so have our priorities. I think Dubai caters for all age groups with various things to do. For the kids it’s been a wonderful place to grow up. Dubai is safe, the schools are phenomenal and what we love most is the multicultural environment that we are all exposed to.

Other than golf, what sports have you been participated in?

Cricket, Tennis, Squash, Rugby, Athletics, Karate and Hockey were my main sports growing up. I then when into a lull of some 20 years doing very little, until I discovered Triathlon. It’s a sport that just grabbed my interest from day one and something I really love doing.

What other interests do you have?

I love musical theatre, music in general really. I play the piano - I have done since I was very young and was exposed to it all by my parents from a young age. I do love movies and can get addicted to box sets especially related to crime.

What is your favourite travel destination and your favourite golf destination?

As a family we have loved travelling to Australia, America, South Africa and UK The kids have loved them all. They love going back to the Isle of Man as well. A favourite? It’s hard to say but Aneisha and I loved our times in Australia for sure. In terms of golf as a destination, believe it or not when I travel on holiday the clubs stay in Dubai! I just prefer getting completely away from golf when on holiday.

What’s on your ‘bucket list’?

To play the Old Course with my Dad

How long have you been playing golf? Lowest handicap?

I started messing around with a 5 and 7 iron whilst caddying for my Dad in my early teens but I only really took it on when I was 16/17. So let’s call that some 25 years shall we… I played off a 1 handi-cap for a short period of time but managed around the 2 to 6 mark over the years.

Which is your favourite golf tournament to watch The Open

Which would be your dream fourball for a round of golf? Louis, Dad, Jack, Seve

What have been the highlights of the time you have spent at EGC?

Getting married in 2008 and having our reception up on the terrace of Le Classique will certainly be a memory that stays with Aneisha and me for a lifetime. For this reason alone Emirates Golf Club will always be a part of our lives. From a work perspective I have so many great memories. I have been part of 22 tournaments and have met some wonderful work colleagues along the way. My course maintenance team is a team I am extremely proud of. Within our team we always refer to ourselves being like a family, and this is very sincere and true. We spend more time together than we do with our individual families and just being part of their journey over years is a highlight in itself.

What do you love about Emirates Golf Club?

I love the camaraderie that exists at all levels. You genuinely feel part of the Club when working here as long as I have and whether you have been here a month or twelve years that rings true throughout.

Do you have any stand-out moments during your time here?

Let’s just say I could write a book on some examples both good and indifferent but am happy to say that 99% of the stories are all good! I have witnessed holes-in-one whilst out playing, have rolled over laughing, have stood in the middle of a fairway crying! All emotional stuff which is why the Club will remain close to my heart for years to come.

Gleneagles - fantastic opportunity - give us an insight into what you expect from the job?

I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity; to come through the interview stages and to be offered the role was humbling indeed. Gleneagles has gone through some significant changes, not only in ownership, but also in how they will be managing the facility moving forward. I will be in charge of the golf course maintenance department and am being employed as Golf Courses Manager overseeing the Kings, Queens and PGA Centenary Golf Courses plus the wee course and golf academy. Creating a “one team” approach is a key part of the job and is one of the core values implemented at Gleneagles. Leading big teams is an area of strength and I know that this will be an area for me to focus on. The team is strong and they have been working on individual courses thus far. The key now is to

A bit of both for sure. We recently visited Gleneagles with the kids and have had a good look around the general area. We also had the opportunity to visit some schools. The kids were really well looked after by the hotel and all the colleagues. We were all made to feel very welcome and this has certainly helped ease any nerves. Zahra is more aware of what is going on than Haydn and off course they are worried about leaving their existing school and friends behind as they are just so very happy there, but as we all know, kids adjust very quickly and will probably settle in sooner than Aneisha and I will.

It’s going to be a lot colder than your normal working environment has been and, presumably that brings different issues with golf course management?

Yes the environment is polar opposite to what I have been doing in my career thus far. Irrigation is less of an issue! That said, drainage becomes much more of a concern! Grass species are of course completely different being in a cool season environment as well, but I have managed cool season grasses for all of my career in some way shape or form so I am comfortable with it all. Of course the existing team has years of experience and it would be remiss of me not to learn from those years and extract as much information as possible.

Any last words?

New eyes on any property is a good thing as will be the case for here as well. Change. whilst some-times difficult, is good. The 12 years with Dubai Golf and 11 years at Emirates Golf Club have been some of the most memorable years to date. I have worked in the industry for 22 years, 17 of those in the Middle East, 11 of those at Emirates Golf Club. 50% of my entire career has been spent here and I am grateful always, I will miss the Club dearly.

What did S2B do in April 2018? Highlights:


• ran the highly successful and acclaimed CEO Masters on behalf of the Dubai Sports Council at Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth course on 23rd April with 104 senior business leaders • S2B Team 2 secured qualification for Conares Society Matchplay Semi-Finals at Sharjah Golf club • held our weekend trip to Al Ain • had the second battle of the year with the Mazimba golfers at the Montgomerie Golf Club • ran a 46-player World Corporate Challenge Event on 2nd April • challenged the Emirates Golf Club team on 16th April What a month!

April Monday Night Winners

S2B v Emirates Golf Club Senior Management: Round 2

Here are the April Monday night winners: April 2nd:

Michael Nielsen & Edoardo Galeppini

Byron Kramer 14

v Rhys James 0


33 points

OB Sealey 8

v Craig Haldane 5


James Yeomans +4 v Will Tickell 0


David Pinder 6

v Cian Hurley 0


John Berry 17

v Jakub Grove 15


Jon Vail 7

v Sean Gunn 5


April 9th:

Jon Vail, Jerome Natali & Alex Rodriguez

17 points

April 16th:

David Pinder

20 points

April 23rd:

CEO Masters

April 30th:

Mike Kaye

21 points

Sport2Business Events for your Diary

Dubai Sports Council CEO Masters Golf Day

Conares Matchplay Semi-Finals, Saturday 14th April S2B Team 2 vs Rising Etihad: Jörg Muller and David Pinder halved and unfortunately, Peter Donaldson and Neal White lost meaning that we missed out on our third finals appearance! 3rd &4th Play offs, Saturday 28th April S2B Team 2 v White Rose: Jörg Muller and David Pinder again won 4 & 3 whilst OB Sealey and Peter Donaldson narrowly lost their game.

The Dubai Sports Council CEO Masters on Monday 23rd May 2018 at Jumeirah Golf Estates run by S2B was a great success! We had 104 business leaders playing golf, 170 attending dinner, great media exposure and the presentation was filmed by Dubai Sports TV! The feedback has been amazing but special thanks to S2B sponsors Fairmont, Kings College Hospital, Barclays, Noble Empire and Aaro, plus Gorica (thanks to our Emirates Golf Club Captain Ivan Fornavaric). Their support was invaluable for this event. S2B members were prominent winners on the day. Please check out the results on our website: Do not miss out on this event next year: Monday 25th March 2019

Frank Hutchinson Chairman & CEO

2nd place: Dean Hall & Patson Makave 3rd place: Andrew & Wendy Robinson

net 62.55

gross 63

2nd: Russell Yeomans:

net 63.50

gross 64

3rd: David Minchin:

net 63.60

gross 63

IFTA Fairmont The Palm

• June 29th

YAS Inter Society Tournament

• July 20th-21st

Ajman, Al Zorah, Fairmont Hotel

• August 10th

The Trump

• September 14th

Fujairah, Fairmont Hotel playing at

Al Hamra Friday morning

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1st place: Michael Nielsen & Edoardo Galeppini

1st: Simon Earl:

Dubai Creek Inter Society Group

• June 21st


We had 46 players compete in the qualifier for Al Hamra WCGC event run by S2B on 2nd April. The tournament was a pairs combined Stableford over 9 holes on the front 9 of the Faldo. Here are the results:

The top three were:

• May 25th

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World Corporate Golf Challenge

Eclectic 21 came to an end on Monday 16th April. Simon Earl took the trophy with an overall net score of 62.55 (63 gross) pipping long time leader Russell Yeomans and the omnipresent Dave Minchin who came second and third respectively.

YAS Links

Thanks to our sponsors

AOP” Sponsors Player of the Month

S2B v Mazimba Golfers

Eclectic 21

• May 11th

Overall it was a good season for S2B in the Conares with consistent winning performances from top dogs Jörg Muller and David Pinder, most ably supported by Dave Minchin and Neal White. In the five years of the tournament S2B have achieved 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th – we can be proud of that consistency!

After beating the Mazimbas at Al Hamra they got their own back at the Montgomerie where their top 10 players averaged an impressive 34 points over 18 holes. Well done to Nick Lowes who was our top performer on the day coming tied second with 37 points. Our next cosanctioned event will be held at YAS Links on the 11th May.

The match finished 41/2 - 11/2 in S2B’s favour. Now making it 1-1 in the series! The decider will be held when it gets a bit cooler!!




Michael Nielsen and Andrew Robinson, Dean Hall and Patson Makava all took part in the Final at Al Hamra Golf Club on 12th April, the winners of that event enjoying an all expenses trip to Portugal to play in the World Final. Sadly it wasn’t to be for the S2B crew but all in all, it was a great experience and event! Thanks to Rodney Bogg and Gareth Mordey from the World Corporate Challenge for letting us host the event.

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Call to Action for Emirates Golf Club Members Members, come and check out S2B – we are sure you will enjoy the atmosphere, the people and everything will add to your membership experience. As we say, it’s the most fun you can have on a Monday! Please contact James for more information! Email: Phone No.: 0504816277 We look forward to welcoming more EmiratesGolf Club members to our society.

24 Rules


Did You Know…

1. When playing a provisional ball, if you don’t clearly announce your intentions to your playing partner/s then once struck, that ball becomes the ball in play under a penalty of one stroke and distance. Please remember to announce “I will play a provisional ball” or “This is a provisional ball” to clear any doubt. 2. If stated as a local rule, you are entitled to move stones in bunkers. I am yet to see a golf course that doesn’t include this as a local rule as a matter of safety to the player.

3. You may take a rake into the bunker before playing your shot, you may even rake an area of the bunker before playing your shot. Providing you are not raking around the area of your ball and improving the lie or actively testing the surface. 4. Sand and loose soil are only loose impediments (and therefore can be brushed away) on the putting green. Any loose soil or bunker sand on the fringe of the green cannot be touched. 5. If your ball lies in an area of Ground Under Repair you still have the option to play the ball as it lies or take full relief. UNLESS the club inform you that ‘play is prohibited’ then you have the two options a. Play the ball as it lies

b. Free relief – nearest point and drop within one club length

If you have any rules queries that you would like to discuss over the coming weeks then please do not hesitate to ask on your next visit to the club or simply mail your query to


t’s that time of year to get ready for the summer holidays… that’s right it means only one thing… FIT LAB time! Get yourself involved with the fantastic Fit Lab team where we have many activities and challenges running throughout every month. Look out for our notice board in the gym where one of the Fit Lab Fitness Professionals runs a challenge for all. This is a great way to build up your motivation. If you’re looking for that beach bod, the team are here, Vincent, Alan, Michael and Eliane will help to motivate and inspire you along the way For you YOGA people please do not forget the classes have now been moved to the 16th Chalet. What a great success story Artistic Yoga classes are. We tried for years to find the right instructor and, no disrespect any of the previous instructors, but Artistic have done a remarkable job, resulting in having to move to the 16th Chalet as the classes have grown year on year. If you have not tried it book in for your first class for free! The next activity I am looking to get right is Pilates. I would like to welcome Jeanique Lascar, who worked here previously, back to the Club. She is an expert in Pilates and she has transformed the room next to the studio into her own reformer room.

SensAsia Urban Spa at Emirates Golf Club is demonstrating its commitment to prevention rather than cure, with the launch of organic, innovative skincare brand, ESSE. And Emirates Golf Club members get 10% off for a limited time only!

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SensAsia is the first in the region to offer a range of ESSE facials and products, designed to achieve age-delaying and actual composition-changing results with the use of organic, ethical, prebiotic and probiotic nutrition for the skin. ESSE treatments at SensAsia have a refreshingly affordable price point, allowing these exciting and extensively researched skincare benefits to become an accessible lifestyle choice – not a luxury. ESSE is a South African-born brand, which really began shifting perceptions in conventional skincare in 2009, in unison with the initial findings published by the United States National Institute of Health Human Microbiome Project – a study into the microorganisms and microbial species that can be found across the human body. Essentially, ESSE works with the science that our skin is alive. Just as research has proven probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut, we now know that optimal skin condition also depends heavily on the probiotic microbes living both on and inside it. Microbes permeate deep into the skin’s structure, and work with each unique make-up of cells to perform the complex chemistry, that equates to that unrivalled outer radiance we all strive for. Without microbes, skin cannot perform even its basic functions, and the rate of noticeable skin ageing increases sharply. ESSE products create an environment on the skin to promote the growth of these hugely beneficial probiotic microbes. They then form a ‘barrier’ on the surface of the skin (think of it as a completely natural coat of body armour!), which not only protects, nourishes and feeds the skin, but also actively delays the visible signs of ageing. Here’s a peek at the new menu.

ESSE LIVE PROBIOTIC PLUS FACIAL 90 minutes: AED 578* The works. Let SensAsia unveil the benefits of highly active probiotic and botanical extracts, to leave your skin radiant, youthful and well nourished.

ESSE HYDRATING FACIAL 60 minutes: AED 336* Replenish dry, parched skin and plump fine lines with this moisture infused facial, using the power of pure ingredients and probiotics.


60 minutes: AED 347* Calming and gentle, using probiotics and botanicals to strengthen the skin’s defences. An ultra-calming facial, perfect for those who have rosacea, sensitive and/or reactive skin. *Emirates Golf Club members will receive a 10% discount on ESSE treatments at SensAsia for a limited time only. Call SensAsia Urban Spa, Emirates Golf Club on 04 417 9820 or visit

Adjust the pulley handle to chest height. Step out and away from the weight. Feet are shoulder-width. Stand with a tight core and flat back. Push the handle out in front of you. Keep elbows slightly bent. Twist from the hips. Move arms across the body, achieving a full extension. Return to starting position. Once complete, do the same amount of sets/reps on the other side. Vincent Maynard Personal Trainer


Jeanique Kalodjera Certified Pilates Trainer Jeanique Kalodjera is a former professional dancer, who moved all the way from Mauritius to Dubai nine years ago to perform with her dance troop at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Club. Over the next five years, her career flourished through a wide spectrum of sport jobs as she worked as a personal trainer, assistant gym manager and dance/Body Jam/ Body Balance instructor. She also kept her passion for dance, performing in various dance shows throughout Middle East. After an injury, Jeanique discovered the Pilates Method and decided to take on the intensive 12-month programme, ‘The Pilates Method’, to obtain a teacher training diploma, from Boulder, Colorado. After successfully graduating, Jeanique has been enjoying teaching people on how to be in control of their own body, and have a positive mind set in day to

day life. To stay close to her artistic roots, Jeanique takes ballet classes and incorporates Pilates techniques to perfect her moves.

Fit Lab


Dear Members,

For further information please contact one of my Fit Lab Team. I am delighted to announce that the PSA World Series which is the biggest Squash Tournament on the planet, will be hosted at Emirates Golf Club from June 5th – 9th. I have been lucky enough to be involved in the previous two tournaments at the Burj Khalifa and at the Opera House. The top eight men and women players in the world will be playing at the Club. The likes of James Wilstrop who won gold recently at the Commonwealth Games will be showcasing his skills at the Club. Ticket details will be announced soon.


For appointments with UPANDRUNNING please call 04 518 5400, book online at or simply walk in and meet the team. We are located within Fit Lab at Emirates Golf Club. Meet the Sports Massage Therapy Team at UPANDUNNING

May Special Offer


Come and visit us in store to see what we have on offer. Titleist 917 Driver was AED2,465 now only AED 1,645.00 (Members’ Discount does not apply)


The UPANDRUNNING rehabilitation center is located within Emirates Golf Club, Along with Sports Massage, the team provides Physiotherapy and Osteopathy Services. The center is managed by Physiotherapist & Golf specialist Michael Mefo. ( What is a trigger point?

A trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue or fascia that is an extremely sore point and can be felt as painful hardened lumps in the muscle.

Trigger points can be active or latent

When active, pain is caused and referred either locally or to another location within the body that runs along the nerve pathway. The referral pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. A latent trigger point does not cause pain unless pressure or strain is applied to the area of the trigger point.

What causes a trigger point? • • • • • •

Muscle overload Poor posture Activation by other trigger points Disease such as inflammation Psychological distress such as stress Trauma

These factors can lead to and cause the muscle fibres to become distorted, forming contraction knots within the muscle tissue. Trigger points affect the muscle function and strength causing it to become unreliable, stiff, tight and weak.

Using Sports Massage to release trigger points and prevent injury

qualifying as a Soft Tissue Massage Therapist, Louisa worked in London’s private health sector, supplying deep tissue and sports massage to help clients achieve full recovery and fitness. Louisa has worked with top professional athletes to provide pre and post-match recovery treatment, including the Australian Rugby team, Olympic lightweight boxers and World Champion Jiu-jitsu fighters. She also enjoys working at charity events such as the London Marathon and charity rugby tournaments.

JUSTIN WALSH - Born and raised in Dubai, Justin and has always been actively involved in both competitive and recreational sports. As an athlete participating in a range of sports, and with a few injuries as proof, Justin realized his passion for helping others get back to their previous level of activity, and feel good about it! While completing his degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Exeter in the UK he worked alongside the Exeter Chiefs RFC as a Strength and conditioning coach as well as a sport scientist, implementing exercise intensity domains for their field based training. Justin holds further qualifications in various soft tissue techniques (Massage, Trigger-point therapy, IASTM), which he uses in cohesion with his strength and conditioning work. He is experienced in working with a clientele of all ages, including postsurgical, chronic/overuse injury patients to professional athletes in both a performance and clinical setting.


UPANDRUNNING SPORTS MEDICAL CENTER : 675, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah - UPANDRUNNING REHABILITATION CENTER : Emirates Golf Club TEL +971 4 518 5400 Email ake part in the Gorilla Golf League in association with Worldwide Golf every Thursday from 7pm to 10pm and put your long driving abilities to the ultimate test!

Trigger point massage therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain by applying isolated pressure and release on the area. This, alongside deep breathing from the client, helps to ease the trigger point area of any intense discomfort that may be felt during the process. The benefits of trigger point massage are to release the restricted areas in the muscles and fascia and therefore alleviate pain. “Receiving trigger point therapy within a massage session on a regular basis will help to manage pain and stress caused by chronic injuries and help to ease overall muscle tightness and tension.”

Other benefits of trigger point therapy: • • • •

Reduction in muscle stiffness Increase range of movement Pain relief Increase flexibility

For more information please call 04 417 9845 or email

Enjoy a burger and pint at Spike Sports Bar & Terrace for AED 75 following the longest drive competition.

­­­Titleist 917 Fairway Wood was AED 1,345 now only AED 971.00 (Members’ Discount does not apply)

BUSHNELL TOUR V4 SHIFT Retail Price AED 2,250.00 (excluding members’ discount) The perfect combination of size, speed, accuracy, JOLT and Slope. Slope-Switch Technology lets the golfer easily toggle in and out of Bushnell’s patented Slope function. PinSeeker with JOLT Technology provides the golfer with short vibrating bursts to reinforce the laser has locked onto the flag. The Tour V4 Shift is legal for tournament play when Slope Mode is disabled. KEY FEATURES Slope-Switch Technology Legal for Tournament Play PinSeeker with JOLT Technology Accurate to one yard Ranges 5-1,000 Yds; 400+ Yds to a Flag 5X Magnification Fast Focus System Stable-Grip Technology



A radical departure from traditional driver-face design, Twist Face is engineered to take you farther and straighter… right down the centre of the fairway. Twist Face presents a revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off-centre hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots. By providing more loft in the high-toe and less loft in the lowheel, this groundbreaking technology produces more consistent side spin in the areas where golfers commonly mis-hit.


TaylorMade’s new Hammerhead slot creates a massive sweet spot that pushes the limit of ballspeed to produce distance and forgiveness face. The reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, while the center portion of the slot increases ballspeed on low-face strikes and drops spin for more distance. The result is a powerful and forgiving driver that delivers exceptional sound and feel.


The M3 driver features a new Y-Track, which offers two seamlessly movable weights, allowing golfers to adjust their settings for optimal trajectory, maximum forgiveness, or raw speed. Simple and intuitive, the Y-Track delivers a completely connected track system for the first time, giving golfers unrestricted movement of 22g of mass (two 11g weights).

Custom Fitting with Phil

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Can’t make a the Demo day… Get fitted with Phil. With golf club equipment and golf balls changing so often, it is very important to find the right set that suits your game. Test your clubs with our Senior Custom Fitting Specialist (Phil) to see if your clubs are set up correctly. Using the latest Trackman technology, test the newest equipment from the leading brands including Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist.   For anyone that doesn’t know Phil yet, herecently  joined us here at Emirates Golf Club. He understands the needs of golfers and the difference the right club can make. During training PGA pros are taught not only the fitting process and its benefits,but also about club building giving them a vast understanding of the different components that make the finished products, and how each one of these can affect a golfers swing and ball flight.   To book a custom fit call: +971 4417 9866 or call in to the Pro Shop today. Make sure your clubs are keeping your game up to scratch!


s we prepare for the summer months and this year’s tent is being constructed on the Lawn, we have a few great events in the clubhouse.

Jones the Grocer

- will host for the first time a Kids’ Cooking Class on the evening of Thursday 17th May. Each Junior Chef will learn how to make pretzels and walk away with their very own Jones Hat and Apron. - will bring back their Adult Cooking Masterclass on the evening of Wednesday 23rd May. In this class each guest will learn to make homemade tortellini and tagliatelle, cooked and to be enjoyed with charcuterie and cheese boards, lemonade and coffee which are included in the




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What attracted you to the food industry? My family’s involvement in the food industry had an inevitable impact on my career path . My family also had a reputation for its artistic flair and my involvement in the industry is my way to extend our fame. I also owe my interest in the industry to a food and beverage director who was such an inspiration to me. The food industry offered me the opportunity to connect with people. Indeed food offers me the possibility to

Monday 7th Ladies’ Medal 08.30 Faldo Monday 14th Ladies’ Competition 08.30 Majlis Friday 18th Men’s Medalford 08.00 & 13.00 Majlis Monday 21st Ladies’ Competition 08.30 Majlis Friday 25th Men’s Tournament of Champions 13.30 Majlis Saturday 26th Captain’s Matchplay Challenge 13.30 Majlis Monday 28th Ladies’ Tournament of Champions 08.30 Majlis


Spike Bar

- welcomed England cricketers Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at the end of last month after playing a few rounds on the Majlis and enjoying dinner in the new bar. - “Two is Better than One” Wednesdays will run weekly, and offers two for one on selected beverages from 6pm – 11pm. - During Ramadan our two tiered tent the ‘Dallah Lounge” will offer the popular Iftar Buffet from sunset to 9pm, followed by a la carte Suhour until 3am. - The tent will then turn into ‘Football Central’ showing live coverage of all the World Cup action. Football Central will open two hours prior to the day’s first kick-off with members’ discount applying

INTERVIEW WITH NICHOLAS CUOMO EXECUTIVE CHEF AT EMIRATES GOLF CLUB ome people find their niche at home, others earn a reputation abroad. After finding his path through the pots and pans of several leading eateries in Malta, Chef Nicholas Cuomo made the bold decision to move abroad. Notwithstanding a rough start, his determination helped him to successfully establish himself as one of the rising stars in the Dubai food industry. Chef Nicholas is a young and passionate chef who has an extensive background in the hotel industry in several countries. He is also respected by many for his culinary talent as well as for the creative ways he handles his team in the kitchen at the Club. Here, Chef Nicholas shares his experience in the food industry and his plans for the future.

entertain clients, to come across new tastes and to learn about other cultures. Very few jobs offer such an attractive package. At some point, you took the bold decision to move to Dubai. What encouraged you to work abroad? Whilst working for a big international chain in 2004; I came across an executive chef and food and beverage director who helped me develop further my culinary skills. We got to know each other well and their guidance was pivotal for my development. When later on, they were moved to Dubai, they encouraged me to follow them which I did. Since then, I have never looked back. The first months in UAE were tough. Why? It was mainly due to the multicultural work force and the very big culture shock that I experienced. The work force is predominantly Asian so there was a lot of understanding and getting used to new manners and habits and making sure that no one would get offended. How would you define your cooking style? I define my cooking style as mostly French to Mediterranean; however, being in the



region for 11 years I do have a very big Asian and Middle Eastern influence in all I do. How do your Maltese roots transmit themselves in your work? I would say in the character. It is where it comes out most in the form of friendliness to the client and the strong headiness in moving forward and never giving up. What does spring mean to you in gastronomic terms? Luckily for us we get two springs as we benefit for being in the centre of the northern and southern hemisphere so we really can enjoy products all year round. Surely this is the best time of the year for the abundance of produce and the peak of flavors. This time brings out the explorers in me and makes me create more. What food do you associate with this time of year? Mostly fish, seafood and other ingredients from the sea. What is next on your agenda? Dubai is hosting Expo 2020 so there is much happening. We, as a company, have so many things lined up and being part of the team is such a great pleasure. DELICIOLlS Magazine April 2018

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Pasta Masterclass

Jones the Grocer held a tagliatelle pasta rolling masterclass last month with Chef Dayan Anthony. Chef Dayan demonstrated a stepby-step guide to preparing, rolling and cutting pasta dough and making sauces from scratch. Then came the best bit as everyone sat down to enjoy delicious homemade pasta!

Our cheese for this month is Pecorino Moliterno al Tartufo. From the Italian island of Sardinia Pecorino Moliterno is a semi-stagionato or mid-aged raw sheeps’ milk cheese with black truffles. Unlike most truffled cheeses, the truffle paste is infused after Moliterno has been aged so that the cheese develops its own character before the truffles are injected. Though the truffles are only visible in the ‘ veins’, the truffle flavour permeates throughout the entire paste of this outstanding cheese. During the ageing process, oil and vinegar are applied to the cheese’s rind to prevent weight loss.

The dedicated Dallah Lounge Ramadan Tent at Emirates Golf Club offers Iftar and Suhour in the perfect setting. The daily Iftar buffet offers a selection of traditional hot and cold Arabic mezze, rustic soups, Middle Eastern and international main courses and delicious desserts with selected juices and traditional Arabic sweets and dates. Price for Iftar Buffet: AED 140 per person for water and Ramadan juices AED 70 per child (5 to 11 years) Book a table for 10 guests and two guests will dine for free. Terms and conditions apply. Timings Iftar buffet, sunset to 9pm A la carte Suhour is available from 9pm to 3am Shisha is available from 9pm

Looking for a lunch spot this weekend? The brand new carine restaurant is now open for lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 to 3pm. To book your table contact

s t e p p i n S e l 19th Ho Mike Craig Hole-in-One Majlis hole 7 7th May 2018

Past Captain Moshe Kohle with his son at the Club last week - a rare sighting of Moshe as he now spends much of his team in Germany. Welcome back!

A good friend of Craig’s, Dave Langheim visited Dubai last month (determined to play the Majlis before Craig left). He is Head Greenkeeper at Wimbledon Park Golf Club and he was accompanied by two members of that Club, Sahron Orriss and her Dad, Ken. They all thoroughly enjoyed the courses and the wonderful atmosphere at our Club (especially since the Curtisy Cup was being played on their last day). Ken had never been to Dubai before and, having played well here, he then had a hole-on-one at his Club the day after traveling back from Dubai!

Congratulations to Emirates Golf Club ladies on winning the regional InterClub series - a fantastic effort which all hinged on the final fixture. Well done everyone!

Cameron Bellman Hole-in-One Majlis hole 11th 27th April 2018

Please take care on the golf course and avoid taking your golf cart onto the sand. This happened because of someone not paying attention and crashing into some low lying branches…in the sand area!! Fortunately nobody was injured…except the cart!

Is the celebration that precedes the Holy Month of Ramadan and the occasion is marked on the eve of 15th Sha’aban. The celebration focuses on strengthening national identity and deepening local heritage, linking the younger generation, especially children, to their heritage, and creating a connection to the past. Most importantly, it serves as a testament to the strong family bonds and values in our country.

Phylis Schulte Hole-in-One Majlis hole 4 18th April 2018

Congratulations to Emirates Golf Club’s Scratch League team who defeated Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club to get into the final against either Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club. Well done and good luck in the final

Congratulations to F&B Manager, Miles Entwistle who completed the London Marathon last month for charity

Farewell to Intern Sean Gunn who is returning to Castle Stuart Golf Links. I literally can’t believe it! My time in Dubai has come to an end, just like that... it did take a while to adjust but this place is unique, fun and always keeps you guessing... “I can’t thank everyone enough for their help and support during my time here, and I really truly hope that one day I can return and see you all again but I wish you all the best and I hope to see many of you in the near future!” Sean

From Craig Haldane at a farewell presentation: “A big thank you to the Emirates Golf Club ladies’ section for inviting me to their prize-giving to present me with a wonderful card and a generous donation towards my new set of golf clubs. Sincere thanks and I will certainly miss the best bunch of fancy-dressed golfers in the region and a genuinely lovely group of girls! Thank you!”


Catch every game live from Russia on our giant screen and 12 LED screens in Emirates Golf Club’s dedicated World Cup venue, Football Central. 14th June – 15th July GROUP PACKAGES AED 475 for up to four guests, inclusive of a snack platter and eight beverage vouchers AED 1,120 for up to 10 guests, inclusive of two snack platters and 20 beverage vouchers Snack Platter Chicken wings, sliders, potato bondas, mixed satay and nachos Beverages House wine by the glass Regular beers (pint or bottle) House spirits

+971 4 417 9999

Club life May 2018  

Emirates Golf Club Dubai, monthly magazine

Club life May 2018  

Emirates Golf Club Dubai, monthly magazine