Visionary plans for a new premium golfing destination in the heart of Doha - Qatar International Golf Club - have been unveiled. The facility will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

Qatar, Jose Maria Olazabal

Visionary plans for a new world-class golfing destination in the heart of Doha, have been unveiled in Shanghai at the Golf Business Forum.

The unrivalled combination of a premium golfing, leisure and sports education facility in one location, Qatar International Golf Club, a member of Qatar Foundation, is truly unique to the region and the world.

Offering a revolutionary and holistic approach to golf. The cutting edge facility has been designed to guide every member of society regardless of age or ability - from complete beginners to the world’s leading professionals - on an exciting golfing journey that maximises enjoyment and supports progress with every single step. It will provide golfing enthusiasts and those new to the sport alike with an entirely new way to learn, enjoy and share the game in beautiful surroundings. Qatar International Golf Club will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

The project comprises an 18-hole championship golf course, an innovative 6-hole championship course, a 9-hole par-3 course all designed by two-time major winner Jose Maria Olazabal as well as high-tech driving range and practice facilities, a centre of excellence and a public park featuring a host of indoor and outdoor activities for all the family. Created with respect for the local culture and traditions, Qatar International Golf Club also features female-centric practice facilities in an effort to open up the game to more Muslim women.

Developed to offer a welcoming and friendly atmosphere the facility ensures the whole family can enjoy a day at Qatar International Golf Club. As well as the world-leading golfing facilities, a stunning clubhouse with hotel rooms, spa, extensive banqueting facilities and dining experiences make for the perfect setting for family and friends to relax and enjoy quality time together, as well as an attractive destination for international travellers.

The project proudly embodies the Qatar 2030 vision for human, social, environmental and economic development by providing a framework to grow the game of golf in Qatar with a focus on making the sport fun and accessible for all. With demand for additional golf facilities in Doha soaring, the destination is also expected to make a valuable economic contribution to Qatar’s luxury leisure and hospitality industry as a major draw for residents as well as inbound golf travel, and will offer an exciting addition to Qatar’s blossoming tourist attractions.

The operation of the project is being overseen by AMLAK and will become one of the most technologically advanced, innovative and sustainable golf courses in the world. Speaking about the project, Ed Edwards, Qatar International Golf Club General Manager said:

“Qatar International Golf Club is a landmark project for Qatar and the world of golf. The facility has the opportunity to revolutionise the way golf is taught and enjoyed, we hope to encourage greater participation in the sport amongst the local community and our hope is that this system will provide a blue-print for growing levels of golf participation globally.''

As well as developing new fun and shorter formats and integrating technology in every aspect, Qatar International Golf Club is committed to becoming one of the most sustainable golf courses in the world from both an environmental and social perspective. Since inception the facility has been working with guidance from the Golf Environment Organization, GEO, the international non-profit organisation dedicated entirely to providing a credible and accessible system of sustainability standards for the golf industry. The process for becoming GEO certified begins at the design and construction phase right through to the golf club’s ongoing operation, and stringent criteria consider everything from how water and landscapes are managed, to the social and economic benefits of the facility.

Speaking on his first golf course project in the Middle East region, Jose Maria Olazabal said:

“I believe long term growth in golf can only happen if we make the game easily accessible and fun for the kids and that lies at the heart of Qatar International Golf Club.''

In the months ahead further exciting details and project updates will be releases regarding Qatar International Golf Club across all of aspects of construction, guest facilities, memberships, partnerships, as well as advances in golf education, sustainability, innovation, research and development.