Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) real estate company Al Hamra Group, is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Al Hamra’s golf course. Designed by golf course architect, Peter Harradine, it now welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year and is home to over 120 members.
The 18-hole course is centered around a series of four interconnected open water lagoons that form a striking landscaped par 72 championship course, with five varying tee options on each hole.
The course hosted the inaugural European Challenge Tour event in 2016 and is set to replicate the success when the event returns to Al Hamra in October this year.
PGA fellow professional, Andrew Matthews, is the man at the helm of Al Hamra Golf Club and his remit includes increasing membership and building on the existing visitor numbers to the course.
“Matthews’ career path includes several years running his own golf coaching business and this, combined with his international experience, has allowed him to develop a commercial acumen as well as in-depth exposure to all aspects of the operation, and this will be invaluable as we continue to grow our member base and services,” said Benoy Kurien, general manager, Al Hamra Real Estate.
The club has resident Europeans comprising most of its current membership, while also regularly hosting UAE weekend golfers and currently hosts the largest number of international tourist round anywhere in the UAE.
The short to medium term focus for Al Hamra Golf Club is expansion to new consumer markets in Asia and Europe along with the introduction of online and mobile applications to book and efficiently manage playtimes.
The golf course is the focal point for visitors and residents of Al Hamra Village, a host of onsite facilities include, the golf academy, a gymnasium, and a range of dining options including the Bay Sports Bar, Pesto Restaurant, the Belgian Beer Café and Maison Mathis.
For those who want to try something a little different, the club has recently launched Foot-Golf. Played on the par-3 academy course, the aim is to kick the football into oversized holes around the course.