This year, Sean Gunn has temporarily left his operations job at Castle Stuart Golf Links to take up an internship at the renowned Emirates Golf Club in Dubai as part of his career development.
In his fourth blog on his new role, he describes a busy March which included the club’s 30th anniversary celebrations
A BIRTHDAY PARTY, A FLASH MOB AND A WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT. IT MUST BE MANIC MARCH
March at the Emirates Golf Club was probably the busiest month I have experienced working in the golf industry.
When I first started my manager told me that if I could cope with the demands of the operation here, I could work in any other golf club worldwide. I now know what he meant.
In that short period we’ve had more than 17 club events, 24 large corporate events and numerous large visitor groups, as well as every day play for members.
Manic March kicked off with our Gents Club Championships, which was played over two days on both courses. A busy few days, but really the calm before the storm.
Less than a week later, it was the club’s 30th anniversary, which turned out to be quite a day of celebration. I started early to help organise the morning shotgun start, before the main events got under way at midday.
It was a massive day for the club, so we wanted to do something special. Therefore, we put together a team of 30 golfers and tried to set a world record for the quickest round played. I helped on holes 2, 8 and 14, where I had the daunting responsibility of hitting the approach shots to the greens – no pressure !. Luckily, I managed to hit two of the three first time.
Just over 21 minutes after we teed off, we sank the final putt on the 18th. A good effort with only 30 players, but no world record, although we did set a new record for the United Arab Emirates, which is still something to be proud of.
The celebrations continued into the night, with a massive club party attended by around 800 people. The Majlis putting green was turned into a stage and dance floor for the evening. I left the celebrations at 3am and returned at 9am to find all evidence of the night’s event had disappeared, ready for the next day’s play. Amazing.
Next up was the Captain’s day, another double shotgun start event for gents and ladies, followed by another function at night. A few days later was the Lady Captain’s day, which included a ‘flash mob’ as a surprise for the Lady Captain Najla Bartette.
One of the most important of our corporate events was the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) golf day. With more than 350 golfers playing daily, and two shotgun starts each day, this was probably the biggest and busiest occasions we’ve arranged since hosting the Dubai Desert Classic.
Eighteen teams were on each course during the morning and 27 teams in the afternoon. It sounds like a logistical nightmare, but the organisation of the Emirates team meant it was achieved without any mishaps.
I’m now in my final month here. I’m told it will be less busy than March, so hopefully I’ll get out a little more, maybe play some of the amazing courses that are here in Dubai, and also spend some much needed time at the beach. May as well enjoy the sun before I head home.