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Pearl Valley - a world-class golf estate

By unknown | Nov 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Leisurecorp, Dubai's world development and investment company, at the weekend unveiled its major plans for Pearl Valley Golf Estates and celebrated the official opening of the clubhouse.

The owners of the Jumeirah Golf Estate in Dubai said plans were in the pipeline to invest heavily to develop the golf estate into a major international resort and residential golf community.

The plans follow the recent announcement of long-term investment by Leisurecorp, which will see this golf estate hosting the South African Airways Open for the next three years.

David Spencer, chief executive of Leisurecorp, said: "It's fantastic to formally open the clubhouse. It now offers a great range of facilities for members, and they will continue to see more improvements as we invest further in it.

"We want to create a facility that is not just the best golf development in South Africa but one of the best in the world.

"South Africa has the opportunity to become one of the new generation of golfing superpowers. It has the climate, the tourism infrastructure and the most amazingly beautiful landscape.

"All it needs now is the investment to create truly world-class facilities. At Pearl Valley, that is where we come in.

"Our initial plans include an additional 18-hole championship course, further homes and residences and luxury hotel facilities."

Leisurecorp purchased Pearl Valley in May 2007 and announced at the time it would look to expand and upgrade the facilities at the development.

Since May, it has invested in a range of improvements including 1600 new trees and plants, the lengthening of 13 of the holes, a new irrigation system, new maintenance equipment and a fleet of club car carts.

On top of this, it has secured Troon Golf, the world leader in luxury golf management, to manage the club. It has also extended the opening times of the course and of facilities in the club house.

The company emphasised that any further development would be managed sensitively, in keeping with the beauty of the surroundings.

And it would be carried out in consultation with the current residents and all the relevant local authorities.

It is hoped that the expanded resort will be ready for the upcoming Soccer World Cup in 2010.

Pearl Valley has already had several approaches from leading international football federations looking to accommodate their players there.


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