Autumn debut for Azerbaijan course
11 July 2012
The first golf course in the republic of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus region will unveil its first holes this autumn.
The Quba Golf Club, developed by Azeri firm ZQAN Construction, is located near Baku, the country's capital city, and will also be the home of the newly-created Azerbaijan Golf Federation. UK-based golf architecture firm International Design Group is in charge of the project, with construction being handled by Total Golf Construction. Leading management firm Troon has just been appointed to operate the property.
Several holes are set to be unveiled in September with the full eighteen hole course completed by October, along with practice facilities and accommodation.
Golf Federation president Anar Mammedov said: “This will be the first golfing development in Azerbaijan. Ultimately we are striving for excellence and believe that the quality experiences provided by Troon will ensure the satisfaction of our guests and promote the growth of golf in the country.”
Troon boss Bruce Glasco added: “The facility’s central location and the involvement of the national governing body will ensure that quality resonates throughout the resort. What is being created is an intriguing and groundbreaking development for the people of Azerbaijan and its international guests.”
Tourism is already an important part of the Azeri economy, and the government has set the development of the country as an elite tourist destination as a key target. A number of other golf projects are being mooted in the region.