Published on : Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The annual International Association of Drilling Contractors SAPC Golf Tournament held annually at Emirates Golf Club, has officially been recognised as the ‘Best Corporate Tournament of the Year’ at the recent Sport 360 Middle East Golf Awards 2015, held at the prestigious One & Only Royal Mirage in Dubai. The Sport 360 Middle East Golf Awards (MEGA) recognizes the achievements of the region’s golf bodies and reflects the ultimate ambitions of everyone involved in golf in the Middle East. The 2015 edition of the MEGAs was supported by Singha Corporation, Dubai Sports City, Troon Golf, IP Global, and Hydroturf.
Emirates Golf Club, managed by Dubai Golf under wasl Asset Management, remains an iconic golfing venue in the United Arab Emirates. The Club was the first all grass course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988 and today boasts world-class golfing facilities on the championship Majlis and Faldo courses, combined with casual and fine-dining restaurants, swimming, fitness and recreation facilities making it a renowned all-encompassing leisure hub.
The International Association of Drilling Contractors SAPC Golf Tournament was first held in 2006 at Emirates Golf Club with the most recent and 19th tournament taking place in March 2015. The IADC Golf Tournament is the largest corporate event staged at Emirates Golf Club each year, attracting golfers from oil and gas companies across the MEGA region. The tournament takes place over two days on the iconic Faldo and Majlis courses at Emirates Golf Club, as 128 teams played a total of 36 holes this year.
Emirates Golf Club, Gulf Arena and the International Association of Drilling Contractors SAPC Committee work together each year to host this prestigious event. The three entities work together to produce a fantastic experience for all competitors. This year, 512 rounds were played each day and a total of 1,024 rounds were played through the two day tournament. The gala dinner on the final evening attracted 1,360 guests in 2015. The entertainment and fireworks are managed by Gulf Arena. Many guests travel from all over the world including the USA to attend the prestigious event, which contributes to increasing tourism in Dubai.
“It is an honour to win this prestigious awards especially in the same year that we celebrated our 20th anniversary. This award has only been possible with generous contributions from our sponsors over the years that have allowed the event to grow to what it is today, along with the support and flawless organisational skills of both Emirates Golf Club and the Gulf Arena our Event Management Team, who both continually deliver year in, year out . We thank all involved, past and present and look forward to another fantastic event in March 2016″, commented Neil Howie, Business Development Manager of the IADC SAPC.
Having recently been presented with a prestigious Emirates Energy Award and the award for the Best Course in the Middle East at the 2015 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, as well as becoming the first club in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region to become GEO Certified, this accolade further confirms Emirates Golf Clubs position at the forefront of golf in the Middle East region.
Andrew Whitelaw, Club Manager of the Emirates Golf Club explained; “Emirates Golf Club is honoured to have the International Association of Drilling Contractors SAPC Golf Tournament recognised as the Best Corporate Tournament of the Year. The club is a premium leisure destination for tourists and residents of the UAE and flies the flag for the country as the annual host of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. We are therefore delighted that our efforts have been officially recognised with the prestigious Sport 360 Middle East Golf Awards.”