Lobb & Partners
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Tim Lobb visited Cairo 3rd-7th October, 2011 to review and update on our projects in the country. Egypt like a few other countries in the region has faced some political challenges this year. Despite this, our projects continue albeit at a slower pace.

The main priority for the trip to Egypt was to visit our El Ein Bay project on the Red Sea. This resort style golf course is currently finalising construction on the back nine and growing in on the front nine.

The landing area for the reachable par 5, 7th hole.

The landscape is maturing well on the front nine and will frame the golfing experience very well for the golfing public.

Tee shot for the short par 4, 10th hole. Try and drive it over the left bunker.

The 10th hole is a great short par 4. The ideal drive is up the left side of the fairway which will give a short pitch up the whole length of the green. The course at El Ein Bay is not long but it will hopefully be a fun and interesting test of golf. Does the world need another ‘Championship Golf Course’ anyway?

View from the left side just short of the bunkers on hole 10.

The first nine holes has been growing in for over a year now and it is really taking maturity. The second nine continues with construction despite the trend seen in Egypt after the revolution. Tad King is our construction manager and doing a great job of managing the local labour force to build a truly international golfing experience.

Long par 4, 14th hole. Grass recently planted and growing in.

We have been using Paspalum platinum TE for all playing surfaces. The turf quality is excellent despite the low fertilisation programme that has been applied to it.

Some of the detailed bunker work on hole 15.

It has been great to see the back nine develop over the past year. There are some great holes out there with a great depth of golf to the land plan.

Some of the fairway bunkering on hole 16.

We are hoping to have the first nine open shortly. News to follow soon. Tim and Tad played the first nine on the Thursday and really enjoyed the experience. The turf needs a little grooming and the height of cut to come down but we are not far away from the green light.

Just prior to flying back on the Friday Gerard Bent (GM at Katameya Dunes) invited us to play nine holes of the newly opened course designed by Faldo/ Schmidt-Curly. The course and facilities were fantasic and set a new standard for golf in Egypt. Congratulations to all involved.

A lovely par 3 at Katameya Dunes. Love the use of ice plant around the features.

The use of Ice Plant at Katameya Dunes looked great and it was particularly interesting around the tees to create the island effect. It’s only drawback is that is it a lost ball if hit in there. But the playing areas are generous so in our view you should not be in there.

We look forward to getting back to Egypt again soon. Egypt has a strong future as a golfing destination. With some political stability and careful tourist ministerial planning we are sure that the country can reach it’s potential.

Good golfing.

Tim

WRITTEN ON October 8th, 2011 BY Tim AND STORED IN Our projects, Tim Lobb, Travels

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