Emirates Golf Club News

Emirates Golf Club Executive Earns Globally-Recognized Qualification

Andrew Whitelaw, Club Manager of Emirates Golf Club, becomes only the second person in the Middle East to receive important club management qualification.

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(Dubai  - May 22, 2013) - Dubai Golf, operator of the iconic Emirates Golf Club, has announced that its Club Manager, Andrew Whitelaw, has become only the second executive in the Middle East to receive the prestigious Certified Club Manager (CCM) status from the Club Managers' Association of Europe.

Following in the footsteps of Dubai Golf's Chief Executive, Christopher May - the first executive in the region to gain CCM status in 2010, Andrew becomes one of only 28 club managers across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region to gain the qualification.

Recognised as the global industry benchmark for golf club managers, the CCM requires a comprehensive knowledge of 10 core club management competencies, including club governance, food and beverage management, accounting and financial management, and membership and marketing.

Andrew Whitelaw said: "Any club manager wanting to advance their career and business network should have attaining the CMAE's Certified Club Manager designation at the top of their list of personal development goals."

Christopher May, Chief Executive of Dubai Golf, added: "Continuing to offer guests and members the finest levels of service is at the heart of all golf clubs we operate and I believe the depth of knowledge achieved from attaining CCM status not only enhances managers' professional skills, but also allows customers and members to benefit from the resulting superior levels of service."

The Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) is a non-profit making professional association with members involved in the management of sports clubs (golf, tennis, sailing, rowing, rugby, football, cricket), health and fitness clubs, leisure, city and dining clubs located throughout Europe.

CMAE Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Kilby, added: "Achieving CCM status is an important benchmark in any club manager's career and I congratulate Andrew on his achievement. The UAE region is at the heart of growing golf in the Middle East and its future development, through properly managed clubs led by well-trained business professionals, is key to its continued prosperity."

For further information about Dubai Golf, Emirates Golf Club or Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, visit www.dubaigolf.com