Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

January Talk: Education City Golf Club, our sustainability mission

Message from QNHG Chairwoman "We hope you will join us for our first talk of 2018. We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we offer tea and biscuits and time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open shortly after 6:30."

Talk is on Wednesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Doha English Speaking School click on the link for direction

Title of Presentation: Education City Golf Club, our sustainability mission

Golf and natural history? Absolutely! Most people would not expect a golf course to have a goal of being sustainable, (which at QNHG makes us happy), but this one is and it is on track to win an award for its efforts. Come and join us for this talk as we have the special opportunity to have the General Manager and the Superintendent of the new Education City Golf Club share with us how they turned urban desert into a green and nature friendly space. This new green and multi-lake course has attracted a multitude of animals and birds of which we will have the chance to see at our first ramble of 2018.

Speakers: Michael Braidwood and Darren Smith

  • Darren Smith – Golf Course Superintendent, Education City Golf Club
  • Michael Braidwood – General Manager, Education City Golf Club

Synopsis of talk

Darren and Michael will provide a detailed presentation on the practices that have taken place during the construction of the Education City Golf Club that are ensuring that the club is on track for the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Sustainability award, along with what practices they will continue to apply to ensure they stay at the forefront of sustainable golf courses in the region. They will also touch upon initiatives surrounding the clubs other core values: Research and Development, Community and Education.

Short biography

Michael BraidwoodMichael Braidwood is Education City Golf Club’s General Manager. Michael has spent his entire career in the golf / club business starting as a Golf professional (he still maintains his PGA membership) and then moved into club management in 1998. He has worked at a number of prestigious venues such as The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Royal Golf Club in Bahrain and Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russia. Prior to joining Education City Golf Club Michael was the Director of Education for the Club Managers Association of Europe and was responsible for the roll out of their Management development programme and the administering of their two qualifications, the Club Management Diploma and the Certified Club Manager designation.
Michael is one of just 45 Club Managers in Europe and the Middle East with the Certified Club Manager designation and he is also an Advanced Fellow of the PGA.

DarenDarren Smith an Australian Citizen originally from New Zealand moved to Australia in the late 1980’s where he gained his Golf Course Management Qualifications and from there has honed his skills on both pre and post opening of golf courses in Australia. Having moved to the Middle East in 2001 his experience now spans nearly 15 years in the region. Darren spent 11 years with EMAAR PROPERTIES PJSC, Arabian Ranches Golf & Polo Club Dubai, where he was working as the Emaar Area Golf Course Manager overseeing the construction component for their international and local properties throughout the UAE, KSA and Egypt. He was also tasked with the responsibility of the Landscaping Division for Emaar Address Hotels during his time with Emaar. Darren joined Education City Golf Club in 2013 during the early stages of the project and during the construction period will be responsible for overseeing the golf course construction and ensuring the protection of the owners’ asset, before taking over the maintenance, operation and management of the golf course once operational.]  

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