Managed by Troon Golf and designed by Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead, The Montgomerie, Dubai’s golf course and academy opened in October 2002. About 40,000 rounds of golf are played on the 81-hectare course every year.
“It would deteriorate to a point that the summer heat would actually kill it. The grass that was chosen in this region for golf course construction back in the early 2000s just wasn’t tested or proven for this type of climate.” said Ray Metz, general manager.
At The Montgomerie, that translates into a Dh5 million (US$1.3m) makeover programme that will see all 18 fading putting greens dug up over the next two years and replaced with a new species of turf grass that makers claim will not wilt in the UAE’s intense heat.
A species of turf grass known as TifEagle Ultradwarf Bermuda will be used on the putting greens, which is widely used by new courses in the UAE and, according to its makers, retains its colour under the harsh glare of the Arabian sun. The greens will then be compacted and reshaped to their original contours.
By Robert Ditcham - The National.ae
01 June 2008 Respond to this article