Golf club plays key role in promoting Qatar tourism
The Doha Golf Club is playing a pivotal role in promoting tourism to Qatar, cooperating with national carrier Qatar Airways and top local hotels to offer attractive golf packages.The golf packages with Ritz-Carlton, Doha Inter-Continental, Sheraton, Marriott and Ramada hotels are sold to international golf markets through golf tour operators in Germany, Austria, UK, Switzerland and Holland. The club sells its GCC packages on a direct basis which are mailed to more than 50 golf clubs in the region. The club has an 18-hole, 7,204-yard, par 72 championship course. The first nine holes are said to be unique in design among the world's courses and although a little shorter than the second nine, still require accuracy and technical ability. The club also has a nine-hole floodlit academy course which welcomes players without an official handicap - said to be the only such course in the Gulf, Middle East and Africa to do so. The state-of-the-art Golf Academy offers a variety of tuition packages and has chipping and pitching greens and a bunker play area in addition to 10,000 square feet of putting green. A computerised golf management system networks the booking of lessons, buggies, tea-times, the Pro shop and the food and beverage outlets and golfers can now book tee-times via e-mail.