Dubai Desert Classic venue adopts PowerPlay Golf

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Emirates GC and Dubai Yacht and GC have will be adopting PowerPlay Golf, the sports' answer to Twenty20 cricket, in 2010.

Dubai Golf, which owns both clubs, will install the two-flag format on its three 18-hole championship courses and two floodlit nine-hole par 3 courses and run events for members, visitors and corporate guests.

Plans are afoot to turn the Faldo-designed Par 3 course at the Emirates Golf Club, potentially, into a permanent PowerPlay Golf ‘Super Venue’, where the two flags will fly on the greens all year round.

"We were attracted by reports of PowerPlay Golf in play at other golf courses in the Middle East," said Julian Danby, Commercial Manager at Dubai Golf. "And we were also interested in how PowerPlay Golf offers a wide range of online and digital options for both golfers and clubs."

"We look forward to staging PowerPlay Golf events at our prestige venues next year."

PowerPlay Golf co-founder David Piggins commented: "To deliver a global programme of televised PowerPlay Golf events, as is our plan, you need prestigious golf clubs to showcase the format and to provide exciting venues where Tour pros can compete in events such as the future PowerPlay Golf World Series.

"The championship golf courses at the Emirates and Dubai Creek regularly feature in World Top 100 lists, and we are delighted that these world-class venues will be playing PowerPlay Golf® in 2010 and beyond."