Dubai Creek to host inaugural DP World Tour Dubai Invitational in 2024
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, located in the iconic Dubai Creek Resort, is set to open the DP World’s International Swing in 2024 with the announcement of an all-new event – the Dubai Invitational.
Taking place in mid-January, the Dubai Invitational forms part of a new-look DP World Tour schedule for 2023/24, which further emphasises the strength of golf on offer in the UAE. Dubai Golf and Viya Golf venues will now host a total of four events throughout the season, with the Dubai Invitational and Hero Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club also taking place in January. The Abu Dhabi Championship at Yas Links has been elevated from its previous early-season position, to now form the first of a two-part playoff series in November that culminates with the DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Speaking on the new DP World Tour schedule, CEO of Dubai Golf and former General Manager of Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Chris May, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming the DP World Tour back to Dubai Creek in January. It’s a venue that has great heritage with professional golf, having previously been the host venue for the Dubai Desert Classic, and will be an incredible asset to the new tour schedule with a finishing stretch of holes that rivals almost any in the world.
“This addition also highlights the amazing quality of golf on offer here in the UAE and, in particular, within the Dubai Golf group. We now have four courses, hosting four fantastic events in what is set to be an incredibly strong season for the DP World Tour. The Abu Dhabi Championship at Yas Links was already one of the most popular stops on tour, but that event has gone from strength to strength and will now hold even greater significance as part of the new end of season playoff series.”
WHO HAS LIFTED THE TROPHY AT DUBAI CREEK
Prior to the introduction of the Dubai Invitational, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club was the two-time host of the Dubai Desert Classic – one of the DP World Tour’s most revered and long-standing events. In 1999, Englishman, David Howell, lifted the trophy, while in 2000, Jose Coceres came out on top, beating former Ryder Cup player and captain, Paul McGinley, by two strokes.
The Dubai Invitational at Dubai Creek will kick off the new International Swing on the DP World Tour, on January 11th. The following week, on January 18th, the Hero Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club gets under way – the first Rolex Series event of the season. As the season continues towards its conclusion, the leading 70 players will earn a spot in the Abu Dhabi Championship at Yas Links, the first part of the new playoff series, which will conclude with the top-50 battling it out at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DP World Tour Championship.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, with its iconic sail-shaped clubhouse, sits within the Dubai Creek Resort alongside the luxurious Park Hyatt Dubai. The Riviera-style resort is located in the north of the city, close to Dubai International Airport, along the bank of a tranquil creek that creates cityscape views. The club features an 18-hole championship course, in addition to a 9-hole par-3 course, a golf academy, six restaurants and bars, a gymnasium, tropical swimming pool, and a 121-berth marina.
HISTORY OF DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club has a prestigious history, as Dubai’s second oldest golf course. This year, the club is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having first opened back in 1993 and it was also host to the first ever golf academy in the Middle East.
Dubai Golf owns and operates Emirates Golf Club, Jumeirah Golf Estates, and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club in Dubai, and under the business of Viya Golf, Yas Links, Yas Acres, and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi. Dubai Golf also owns and operates Topgolf Dubai.
Visitor tee times are available to book at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, and all other Dubai Golf venues through the Viya app. Viya allows customers, both in the UAE and around the world, to book world-class golf, dining, experiences, spas, and more at venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Viya is free to download, and you can do so by heading to any mobile app store. To explore Viya, head to: www.viya.ae/