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Tiger Woods' Golf Course Project In Dubai Now A "Dust-Bowl"

Tiger Woods' Dubai golf course project launched in ’08 has become “a dust-bowl, an empty car park, an ‘Arabian palace’ as real as a Hollywood film set,” according to Lawrence Donegan of the GUARDIAN. Like “so much else in post-boom Dubai, the palace is a facade, propped up by wooden beams.” Behind it “lies a collection of portable cabins that in the glory days of the economic boom served as a sales office.” But the “salesmen have gone, to be replaced by a handful of cleaners and maintenance staff trying to keep alive what is left” of the $1.1B project. The site holds “a scale model of the proposed development in one of the rooms, some dusty furniture and a telephone long disconnected.” When asked what happened to Tiger Woods Dubai, a Dubai-based IMG spokesperson said, “No comment. I don't know.'' Six holes have been completed and “the outline of 12 more are in place, all behind a fenced-off compound hidden away from public view.” A staff member said, "It could be great if it ever gets finished, but we don't know if it will ever get finished. They better make a decision soon because we are struggling to keep the desert at bay." A decision “is expected before February, when Woods will arrive” to play in the Dubai Desert Classic. Donegan noted “a figure as high as $25m was bandied around" as the amount Woods would be compensated for attaching his name to the project. But “as time passed and Dubai's property-based economy collapsed, so the numbers have been rounded downwards.” A sports agent said, "Realistically, I have heard the fee was $10m, and not all of that was up front. But the real big money was in the 'back end' of the deal; the royalties he would have received from the sales. That could have run into tens of millions" (GUARDIAN, 11/28).
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