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Education City Golf Club keen to promote the sport in Qatar: GM

Education City Golf Club keen to promote the sport in Qatar: GM

Ailyn Agonia
DOHA
WITH its state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies, Education City Golf Club is hoping to encourage more Qatari nationals and other residents to try their hands on golf and develop a passion for the sport, Education City Golf Club General Manager Michael Braidwood has said.
The landmark project featuring three golf courses, including a six-hole course ideal for new aspiring golfers and those who would want to play a beautifully manicured championship course in less than 90 minutes, had its soft opening early this year. The golf club is in the final stage of preparations for its official opening likely to be held soon.
“With all that is happening with the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022, the more amenities for Qatar, the better. We feel we’ll do a great job, together with the Doha Gulf Club, in attracting tourists to come here to play golf,” said Braidwood, during a Media Day hosted by the Golf Club on Sunday.
“One of our big missions is to grow the game of golf and get more people to play the sport. Being in Education City, we want to engage the universities to get students to play. Golf is also a great sport for children since it is outdoors and nature is healthy. It is a sport you can play your whole life. There are not so many Qataris who play golf, and so we want to see more of them play. We have been doing a lot of activities to engage the whole community to take up the game of golf,” he added.
Braidwood and his team toured the local media around the Golf Club covering 125 hectares of land and featuring 12 lakes. They presented the unique experience it offers to both golfers and non-golfers visiting the place.
The experience of visitors to the sprawling facility starts at the clubhouse which features meeting rooms and dining options. The facility offers a great view of the club’s landscape catering to non-golfers who just wish to dine and enjoy the greeneries. The clubhouse is also surrounded by large gardens that will feature a number of lawn sports.
The Golf Club is highlighted with three golf courses including an 18-hole championship golf course, a floodlit 6-hole championship course and a floodlit 9-hole par-3 course all designed by two-time major winner Jose Maria Olazabal. All three golf courses measure 10,700 yards. Uniquely the 6-hole championship course has 7 teeing ground options per hole for quick and multi-generational golf supporting the development of golf.
While at the heart of the Golf Club is the Centre of Excellence, a state of the art learning facility for golf development in Qatar. Braidwood described it as an impressive investment in the game of golf to get as many people learning the sport as well as improve the performance of golfers. The Centre of Excellence is education-driven, combining ultramodern technology with expert, PGA golf training.
Other attractions at the Education City Golf Club include a gymnasium, dedicated ladies only golf practice green, golf simulator, The Range featuring TrackMan Technology, golf simulator as well as five event lawns.

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