Home to a national library, a public art gallery, an equestrian centre, a hotel, and, most recently, a golf course – as well as eye-catching and thought-provoking architecture – Education City has become a true destination.
And an international audience will experience for themselves all these when the Education City Golf Club (ECGC) – a member of Qatar Foundation – hosts the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the first time from 5 – 8 March, welcoming golfers from all over the world.
Hosting the Qatar Masters is an important milestone, explains Mohammed Al Naimi, Deputy General Manager at ECGC.
It is a very prestigious event, and not only is it a chance to showcase the golf course to the world, but it is also an opportunity to share our knowledge with others and encourage players to try the course out themselves.
And ultimately, it will help attract more players – local and international – as well as more spectators.
Only the second golf club in the country, the course was specially designed by Spanish golfing legend José María Olazábal, who has been involved in golf course design for more than 20 years.
Comprising 33 holes – across 18-hole, nine-hole, and six-hole courses – a Center of Excellence, a TrackMan driving range, and a putting green, ECGC aims to cater to all visitors, regardless of age, gender and ability.
Machaille Al Naimi, President of Community Development at Qatar Foundation, said that the Education City Golf Club reflects Qatar Foundation’s goal of creating an open, diverse, inclusive, accessible, and welcoming environment for all members of the local and international community.
Al Naimi also said that facilities, research and academic resources, and community activities within Education City are designed to be universally appealing. From football pitches, squash courts, and fitness sessions to creative spaces, community education classes, and cultural events and platforms, their aim is to make a lasting, positive impression on people.
Education City is an experience and a destination that offers something for everyone to enjoy, learn and be inspired by.
And the ripple effects of Education City’s role as a tourist destination can be seen at a nationwide level. Tourism is very heavily linked to Qatar National Vision 2030, says Michael Braidwood, the ECGC General Manager, when he spoke about how the golf course aims to help grow the nation’s tourism industry, identified as a key element in helping transform the nation into a sustainable and diversified economy.
A huge number of hotels are being built in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and with this, Qatar needs more amenities. Visitors need something to do, and golf is a very popular sport amongst tourists.
Braidwood added that this part of the world is very popular, especially among northern Europeans for winter golf. Plus it is a sport that is beginning to grow in countries like India and China. And with Qatar Airways’ fantastic network – they fly to over 200 international destinations – Qatar is very accessible.
To learn more about the Education City Golf Club, visit ecgolf.com.