US Masters champion Sergio Garcia and India’s Anirban Lahiri took part in an exhibition at Skydive Dubai to help promote a new website to enhance awareness of the emirate’s golf courses.
Garcia, who beat England’s Justin Rose in a sudden death play-off at Augusta National to win his first major at the 71st attempt last month, and Lahiri, a two-time winner on the European Tour, were helping to raise awareness for www.golfindubai.com, a one-stop shop for visitors and tour operators looking for information on the city’s golf courses.
Garcia, 37, and Lahiri, 29, took part in a competition to see who could hit their ball closest to the hole 800 metres away on SkyDubai’s runway. Lahiri won with a drive of 642 metres.
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Visitors to the site can also win a VIP trip that includes a playing spot in the 2018 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am.
Commenting on the new website, Peter Dawson, chairman of Falcon Golf, said: “Driving greater golf tourism is one of the key goals we set ourselves on our establishment, and I’m delighted that just a few months into our operations we have launched a website which for the first time provides one place where Dubai’s fantastic golf offering is showcased in full.
“Not many places in the world can so readily offer the access to walk in the footsteps of champions like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Shanshan Feng while playing a round of golf during your holiday or business trip. Dubai can, and thanks to the new website, finding out how has become a lot easier.”
Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing said that with the “world-class choices” already available to players with more courses in the pipeline, that target was to attract 20 million visitors to Dubai by 2020.
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