THOMAS RUBI NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF THE DUNES, DUBAI SPORTS CITY

Posted on October 30, 2007
Geneva, Switz. - Troon Golf,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is pleased to announce that Thomas Rubi has been named general manager of The Dunes Golf Course, Dubai Sports City. As the world's first integrated sports city, golfers will be treated to an unrivalled experience when the Ernie Els course opens in early 2008. Chief amongst these measures has been the appointment of Troon Golf, and now its new general manager, Thomas Rubi.

With close to 20 years experience in luxury hospitality and the golf resort industry, Rubi arrives following his most recent project; opening the prestigious Jack Nicklaus signature course at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club resort in Portugal. During his career he has held a number of senior positions with luxury 5-star resorts around the world. The appointment of such an experienced professional is testament to Dubai Sport City's commitment to position The Dunes as a world-class golfing community with exceptional amenities.

"The Dunes project impresses me with its vision and commitment to building and maintaining a superior golf experience," said Rubi. "New clubs like The Dunes do not come along often, and we are excited and privileged to have the opportunity to build the club's brand and fulfill its mission from the earliest days of its operation."

As general manager, Rubi will be tasked with overseeing all aspects of the club's management, from pre-opening marketing and brand positioning to membership services and full managerial oversight of the club's operations. Dubai Sports City is the cornerstone project of Dubailand and will be the first integrated purpose built sports city. The development will be centred around four magnificent stadiums and will feature a series of major sports academy facilities including: a Butch Harmon School of Golf, the first such facility outside the United States.

Troon Golf's appointment at The Dunes in late 2004 further was a significant landmark in Troon Golf's growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We selected Troon Golf to manage The Dunes because we know that they have the global management experience to position the club in the market properly from the very first day of its operation," said U.Balasubramaniam, CEO, Dubai Sports City.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMA is committed to developing Troon Golf's presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 32.5 courses in 11 countries including Dubai, Portugal, Spain and England with further expansion planned across all regions.

With global headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Troon Golf is the world's largest golf management company, overseeing operations at more than 190 courses located in 32 states and 29 countries. Additionally, 35 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf properties include Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy; The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Classic Club, Palm Desert, Calif; Brookwater Golf Club, Queensland, Australia; Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Algarve, Portugal; Palmilla Golf Club, Los Cabos, Mexico; and The Grove, London, England.

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