Scott Ferrell, President of Gary Player Design, will attend the Gary Player Invitational UAE at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on February 8, along with a host of professional golfers and celebrities celebrating the Union of Golf and Giving.

Ferrell joined the Gary Player Group in 2001 and works closely with Player to ensure that his design philosophies and vision are perfectly executed within each project the division accepts.

Under Ferrell’s leadership, the prominent golf course design company has secured projects in emerging markets around the world including the Middle East, North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, China, and India. Gary Player Design has continued its focus on the Black Knight’s philosophy of creating visually appealing golf courses, while making environmental stewardship a priority.

“I vividly remember my first trip to Abu Dhabi nearly 10 years ago when I learned about the ambitious plans TDIC had for Saadiyat Island,” says Ferrell. “Being part of those plans, not to mention being the first course on the Arabian Gulf in the UAE, frankly, made this project one of the most important in the history of Gary Player Design. I really look forward to returning to Saadiyat for the Gary Player Invitational.”

Eighteen professionals from 12 countries, including Major champions, will join tournament host, sporting legend, and Grand Slam Champion, Gary Player, to help raise funds for underprivileged children. During the last 30 years, The Player Foundation has raised more than $60 million for charity.

The Saadiyat Beach Club is sure to impress all who attend the event. Since opening in 2010, the course has gone from strength to strength, and 2015 marked another year in which awards and accolades have been bestowed upon the golf club. The course took home honors as the United Arab Emirates Best Golf Course at the 2015 World Golf Awards, firmly securing its position as one of the jewels in Abu Dhabi’s golfing crown.

In addition, the Gary Player signature golf course has been awarded certification from Audubon International, recognizing its efforts to preserve and encourage wildlife on the course and in surrounding areas.

“Environmental sensitivity is incredibly important to Mr. Player,” Ferrell said. “I know how gratifying it is to him and our entire team to see Saadiyat’s continued commitment in this area.”

In order to be awarded certification, US-based Audubon International required evidence of the Saadiyat Island club successfully implementing and carrying out activities that significantly protect and encourage natural wildlife and habitation. Audubon International commended the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s documentation of wildlife and habitat value, nurturing of natural habitat areas, and restoration of degraded habitats. 

For more information on Gary Player Design, visit https://garyplayer.com

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