Posted on March 27, 2016

Qatar International Golf Club (QIGC), Doha’s new world class golfing destination, has shown its commitment to becoming one of the most socially and environmentally sustainable projects in the world by hosting local schoolchildren to take part in a live science lesson at the development.

25 students from the local Qatar Academy Sidra, which is also taking part in the golf club’s Pearl Coaching Programme, were invited to the project to learn more about the importance of sustainability. After planting a tree on the 14th hole of the new course and hearing from Darren Smith, Golf Course Superintendent, on how plants and trees are used to help water conservation, students went back to the classroom to take part in educational experiments where they had the opportunity to build a fairway profile and learn more about how golf courses are built. The activity was conducted in support of World Soil Day which helped students understand more about using turf, soil and plants to help reduce water consumption and respecting the natural environment.

The activity comes as part of QIGCs aim to become one of the most sustainable projects in the world. It is currently working through the Golf Environment Organisation’s (GEO) OnCourse® Developments programme to achieve GEO Certified® Development status with the aim of maximising the role of the project in enhancing nature, conserving resources and supporting local communities. QIGC is an early adopter of the programme and has been working with GEO, a not-for-profit that is dedicated to supporting the global golf community in sustainable development, since 2012.

Mohammed Al Naimi, Deputy General Manager at Qatar International Golf Club commented: “One of the most unique things about our project globally is its commitment to becoming one of the most sustainable projects in the world, not just from an environmental perspective but also socially. As well as making sure we are enhancing the natural habitat and conserving resources throughout every stage of our build and operation, it is also important that a project of this nature supports the local community. The recent schools activity we hosted was a perfect way to bring these objectives together. Local students had an opportunity to learn from the project and the techniques we are using to make sure we are advancing golf course sustainability.”

The Qatar Academy Sidra is one of three schools already taking part in a dedicated schools outreach initiative, the Pearl Coaching Programme, put in place by the golf club to give the youngest members of the community a chance to learn and enjoy golf with expert coaching and tuition. The programme is another important part of QIGCs commitment to providing benefit to the local community and aims to get golf clubs into the hands of 2,000 local school children to encourage them to keep an active and healthy lifestyle through sport.

Qatar International Golf Club is a landmark project for Qatar and the world of golf, offering a revolutionary and holistic approach to growing the game of golf. The cutting edge facility has been designed to support every member of society regardless of age or ability - from complete beginners to the world’s leading professionals – and focusses on accessibility and enjoyment. It comprises a range of short game formats, a state-of-the-art learning and practice facility and an18-hole championship golf course, 6-hole championship course and 9-hole par-3 course all designed by two-time major winner Jose Maria Olazabal. The unrivalled combination of a premium golfing, leisure and sports education facility in one location, Qatar International Golf Club is truly unique to the region and the world.

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