Emirates Golf Club Opens 1988

Dubai's Emirates Golf Club changed the desert sand into lush green grass when it opened in 1988. EGC was then "out of town" and surrounded by desert. Late President Muhammed Zia Ul Haq of Pakistan was invited to open this remarkable Golf Course. An "East West" Competition between two pairs of International Golfers - Sam Torrance (Scotland) and Howard Clark (England representing the West with Graham Marsh (Australia) and ????? (Australia) representing the East. This was the first tournament to be played on EGC's Majlis Course. A Ceronial Golf Club and Golf Tee made form gold were parachuted in for (then) President of Pakistan to play the first ball off No 1 Tee Box Majlis Course to formally open Emirates Golf Club.

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    Late President Zia Ul Haq's Motorcade arrives at Emirates Golf Club
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    Parachutists from Dubai Defence Force start Opening Ceremony
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    Parachutists in Formation
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    Ceremonial Golf Club and Golf Tee made from Gold is delivered by Lead Parachutist
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    Late President and entourage move to No 1 Tee Box on Majlis Course for Opening Ceremony
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    Late President preparing to officially open Emirates Golf Club
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    Late President plays the first golf ball off No 1 Tee Box using the Ceremonial Golf Club and Golf Tee made from Gold.
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    Late President successfully Tees Off from No 1 Tee Box to officially open Emirates Golf Club
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    Late President and his entourage set off on a tour of EGC's Majlis Golf Course.
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    East West Players prepare to start the first international tournament at EGC
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    Late President waits for the East West Tournament to start.
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    Left: East Team of Graham Marsh, ????? Right: West Team of Sam Torrance, Howard Clark
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    ??? Tees Off from No 1 Tee Box
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    Winners of the East West Tournament: L to R Howard Clark, Sheikh Butti (EGC's Chairman), Sam Torrance