How is Damac's Trump golf course in Dubai managed?
Andrew Whitelaw, general manager of Trump International Golf Club Dubai at Damac Hills, tells ConstructionWeekOnline how the golf course's landscape is managed
The region’s private sector companies are increasingly gaining awareness about the benefits of landscaping management and its benefits to a property's overall performance.
Among the Middle East’s busiest landscaping teams is Damac Properties’, which oversees the recently inaugurated Trump International Golf Club Dubai at Damac Hills.
A second golf course is also being developed at Akoya Oxygen, slated to open in 2018.
Andrew Whitelaw, general manager of Trump International Golf Club Dubai, outlines the team’s maintenance programme for the facility: "The main components of our golf course maintenance plan are soil tests, water quality, and the golf calendar.
"The key is to ensure these are in balance within the soil profile to create a good growing environment for turf grass.
"We have annual, monthly, and weekly plans that are all interlinked to provide the level of conditions expected," Whitelaw tells ConstructionWeekOnline.
Damac manages the facility’s golf course and landscape, while lake management is outsourced to a company that was selected based on its experience of managing "a large percentage of golf courses and other water bodies in the GCC", Whitelaw says.
He adds: "The golf pump station will also be outsourced once it is out of the warranty period.
"Water quality is the single biggest challenge of managing a golf course in the region, and balancing the chemistry within the soil to create a good growing environment is crucial to providing the very best playing surfaces."