I trust you and your family are keeping well as we approach another busy summer at the club. Please find below some updates for your information.
Catch all the action from the Euros at the Emirates Golf Club Euro Zone.
Following an extremely successful partnership with Wicked and Flow Solutions during the FIFA World Cup of 2018, the club have once more teamed up with Wicked and Flow to welcome you to the Euros Tent on the event lawn. The UEFA EUROS Football Championship runs from 11th June - 11th July with games taking place at 5pm, 8pm and 11pm. Join us and soak up the electric atmosphere at Football Central by Wicked – our dedicated viewing stadium for you and your friends to enjoy the Euros safely. For more info, visit here.
The Spike Sports Bar and Terrace along with Topgolf will show coverage of all games during the month long championship. Please also note this summer the Spike Terrace will be extended to increase the capacity of indoor seating. With a busy summer of sport ahead plus restricted capacities due to covid and less members traveling we felt this was a good move for Spike Sports Bar and Terrace.
Majlis Course Progress
The re-build of the Majlis greens is well under way. As of 1st June, all greens have been cored out, drainage inserted and the 10cm gravel level applied. The root zone mix is the next stage followed by the shaping process. The new grass, from Georgia in the USA, will arrive in two batches, firstly on the 13th June followed by the second delivery on 20th June. The team then plant the sprigs and grow-in will commence.
Hole 1 – 68% increase in surface area
Hole 11 – 50% increase in surface area. Top-tier restored
Drainage on sub-base
Drainage on greens 9 and 18
10-cm gravel on top of the drainage
During the 5-month closure of the Majlis course, the team are also carrying out additional improvements including the extension of some tee boxes and leveling of multiple tees.
Hole 7 below, one of many tee boxes to be leveled over the closure
Hole 10 – Tee extension for the Black, Blue and White tee boxes.
The Omega Dubai Desert Classic Championship Tees on holes 13 and 14 have also found a new home. These new positions have shallowed the angle of the dogleg and added length to the holes for the world’s best to try out at the next tournament.
As mentioned in my detailed response to the members’ survey we are planning to segregate an area of the main car park and reserve for members only. In the near future, we will send instructions on how to register your number plate through the member zone or the Viya App.
Thank you to those members who played in the Member/Colleague Scramble on Wednesday 26th May. Twice a year we host this scramble tournament seeing 4-ball teams comprised of two members and two EGC colleagues. This past month saw a record turnout of 120 players, resulting in a fabulous day enjoyed by all. Due to continued Covid challenges many colleagues haven’t seen families in person for over 2 years, so days like this are very important as helps boost team moral so thank you to the 60 members who participated.
I would also like to congratulate the Golf Operations team headed by Cian Hurley who recently won Golf Operations Team of the Year in the 59-club awards. This is a mystery shopper program across golf clubs within the region.
Further to my note on 11th May, it appears that EGC members are finding good availability across the four Dubai Golf courses. Since closing on 2nd May, we have had 12 weekend or public holidays and the average rounds recorded by EGC members across DCGYC and JGE is 146 per day. Appreciate you may not always be able to find your preferred tee time but please make use of the waitlists at each club.
Swimming Pool Closure
Please be informed the Swimming Pool will close from 10th – 26th July for annual maintenance and extended works to tiles and flooring. During the closure EGC members can benefit from your reciprocal access to JGE and Dubai Creek.
New Captains announced for 2022/2023 season
As the official 2020 – 2021 golfing season (September 2020 to May 2021) concludes I would like to thank Boyd Edmondson and Naema Maya for their considerable efforts throughout the season. On behalf of the club, it has been a pleasure working with them and I know they have enjoyed their time in office!
Congratulations to Campbell Steedman and Maria Victoria Arias (Marivi) who will commence their tenure as Vice Captains for Abdulfattah Sharaf and Amarjeet Radia from 1st September 2021.
Captain 2022/2023 Season
Maria Victoria Arais
Lady Captain 2022/2023 Season