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Troon to open in Middle East

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Troon Golf, which develops, manages and markets luxury golf properties, announced today that it has expanded its global operations to include new offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s rapid emergence as an international golf destination necessitated Troon Golf’s more permanent base of operation in the region, the company said.

“Troon Golf is immensely proud to stand as a forerunner in the development of this region as a world-class golf destination,” said Troon Golf chairman and CEO Dana Garmany.

Located in Dubai Media City, the Troon Golf Dubai office will coordinate the activity of more than 600 Troon Golf associates. The company is currently overseeing the construction of the Ernie Els Signature Course and Butch Harmon Golf Academy at Dubai Sports City, and will continue to manage golf operations for this exclusive residential community when it opens in 2006.

Troon Golf also recently contracted with Kuwait International Golf Co. to develop and manage the first grass 18-hole golf course in that country. Peter Harradine, a fourth-generation golf course architect, is designing the layout to fit within the exclusive Hunting & Equestrian Club. The first nine holes will open in December, with the full complement complete by Spring 2005. In Qatar, Troon Golf is partnering with Doha Golf Club, home to the Qatar Masters tournament. Troon Golf manages operations at more than 140 courses located in 26 states and 12 countries. Troon properties include The Westin Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland; Talking Stick Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Maderas Golf Club, San Diego, Calif.; Lake of Isles Golf Club, North Stonington, Conn.; Vista Ridge Golf Club, Erie, Colo.; Kooindah Golf & Country Club, New South Wales, Australia; and Bearwood Lakes Golf Club, Berkshire, England.

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