Having the opportunity to attend CMAA World Conference and MDP courses has been very enriching from an educational and developmental standpoint. In addition, the opportunity to meet and learn from other managers has been something I would recommend highly to anyone wishing to further their career in the golf and leisure industry
With over twenty five years experience in the golf industry, currently Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf which owns and manages Dubai’s leading golf clubs, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Dubai Golf has been at the forefront of developing golf in the Gulf region, in particular promoting Dubai as a golfing destination and annually hosting prestigious European Tour events with the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Dubai Golf also manages Almouj Golf, Muscat, Oman. The Greg Norman designed course is Dubai Golf’s first managed course outside of the United Arab Emirates, and is recognised as one of the top three courses in the gulf region.
Previous career experience in the UK include managerial roles at the Jack Nicklaus designed London Golf Club, Woodbury Park Golf and Country Club for former Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell and Marriott Tudor Park Golf and Country Club.
Chris graduated from Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University where he successfully achieved an MSC in Recreation Management and a BSC in Sport Science.
Chris has run both the London and New York marathons, as well as many half marathons and 10km races, and continues to play squash, ski, run and bike in an attempt to keep fit! Chris is married to Clare and has two young daughters Gracie and Jodie.
In 2010 Chris became the first person in the Gulf region to successfully pass the CCM examination through CMAE and has since achieved re-certification in 2015. Dubai Golf hosted the first MDP1 course in the region last year and will host both MDP1 and MDP2 courses in May 2017, providing aspiring managers with invaluable educational opportunities.