Jan
31
2011
Tiger’s Dubai Project Submerges in the Sand
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Aerial view of Tiger's Dubai project

Tiger Woods’ Al Ruwaya design project, a grandiose golf course surrounded by mansions, palaces and the works, has been shelved, according to the AP. Asked about the progress on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger replied, “It’s been put on hold for right now. A lot of projects are out there. It’s still there. We’ve got six completed holes and a few that were about to be grassed before construction was halted. Everything is on hold.”

In a statement on Monday the developer cited “market conditions” as the reason behind the decision to suspend construction. More via the AP:

The golf course developer, part of Dubai Properties Group, left open the possibly that work could someday resume.

“These conditions will continue to be monitored,” said a statement to the AP after questions about the status of the long-delayed golf complex. “A decision will be made in the future when to restart the project.”

Only a few holes have been completed on the $1 billion course, planned as the centerpiece for a complex of 100 villas, 75 mansions, 22 palaces, a boutique hotel, a golf academy and 30,000 full-grown imported trees.

The news doesn’t come as a surprise with the post-crash Dubai economy and recent reports. In November The Guardian’s Lawrence Donegan paid the construction site a visit and found little other than tumbleweeds and sand.

So, is the project kaput? Sounds like it is until further notice.

Tiger will play in the Dubai Desert Classic next week.

(Photo via GolfDigest.com)