Grass Golf Courses in the Middle East

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     Doha Golf Club (Doha, Qatar) presents a unique challenge to more than golfers. “When construction began in 1995 at Doha,” said Chris Meyers, General Manager of Doha Golf Club, “the choices of turf grass capable of surviving these extremes in temperature were limited.”

     Therefore the course, one of the oldest grass courses in the region, requires more maintenance to become tournament-ready; “If we were to build a course now, we would use a totally different hybrid,” Meyers said, “ new turfs are more tolerant to saline water and soil, require fewer fertilizers and water, and as a result are far less expensive to maintain.”

     Bermuda grass, which is the most-present grass on the course, goes dormant in the winter, and stops growing relatively soon due to heat in the summer. “To overcome this issue we over-seed the whole course in October with ryegrass.” To learn more about the maintenance behind the course at Doha Golf Club, and learn a little about its tournament history, check out the link below.