Dubai Creek Golf Club celebrates landmark in style
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club – one of Dubai’s most iconic establishments – turns 20 today and the city’s social heartthrob is all set to celebrate the occasion in style by rolling out the festivities for the next 20 weeks.
The club was the second green golf course in the region after Emirates Golf Club and was launched in 1993 as part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s grand vision for the emirates.
The golf course was originally designed by Germany’s Karl Litten, but was redesigned in 2004 by European Tour star Thomas Bjorn and European Golf Design to accommodate the hotel (Park Hyatt) and a residential development.
Today, the club incorporates an 18-hole championship golf course, a nine-hole Par 3 course, golf academy, six restaurants, the newly refurbished Fit Lab that offers recreation facilities including a gym and resort-style swimming pool, plus the five-star 225-bedroom Park Hyatt Dubai, 92 residential executive villas and a 121-berth marina.
The dhow sail-shaped clubhouse, designed by British architect Brian Johnson, remains one of the most distinct buildings in the region and has a special place in the history of the UAE, with it being printed on every Dhs20 note issued by the UAE Central Bank.
A favourite destination for connoisseurs of golf and gastronomy, the club kicks off special offers across its various facilities today. It all starts with a gala tonight, where more than 600 members and invited guests are in for an unforgettable experience of fun, food, frolic and fireworks.
In the beginning: A 1992 file picture of the Dubai Creek clubhouse being built.
Working around the theme of ‘20’, the attendees can vie for 20 exciting prizes, including one that gives them Dh20,000 credit for the club. And while general manager Mustafa Al Hashimi is excited about the 20th anniversary celebration, he said it is just the beginning of another journey that should hopefully last for many more years.
Hashimi said: “We constantly strive to grow and evolve the offerings at the club to provide the very best facilities, service and dining, which is why we are now celebrating two decades of success.
“The gala event and 20 weeks of promotions is our way of saying thank you to all our members and guests who’ve played our club over the past two decades, as well as enjoyed our exceptional dining and recreation facilities.
“We look forward to welcoming new and old visitors alike to another 20 years at this UAE landmark.
"We are in the process of completely rebuilding the Academy building this year, and will have refurbishment of the Yacht Club and the clubhouse. All this should be ready for use in the fourth quarter of the year,” he continued.
“We had the first academy of the region, and we believe that is a very important aspect of us being a golf club. The new academy area will give more people in the region the opportunity to learn this beautiful game that we all enjoy so much.”
For more detailed information on the promotions, visit www.dubaigolf. com.
WHAT: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club 20th anniversary celebrations
WHEN: Starting today, January 28, and on for the next 20 weeks.
WHERE: At all facilities of the club