Al Zorah City appoints Stephen Payne as new golf operations manager

31 October 2023

Al Zorah City, one of the premier golf and lifestyle destinations in the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Stephen Payne as its new golf operations manager at the popular Al Zorah Golf Club.

Payne – who began his new role in September - brings a decade of experience in golf across the UAE having worked at a number of Troon-managed facilities and at some of the Middle East’s biggest and most thriving golf venues, such as Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai.

Working closely with General Manager Philip Henderson, Payne will play a crucial role in shaping the Troon Experience for members and guests at Al Zorah Golf Club. His duties extend beyond merely managing golf operations. He will be charged with fostering a setting that offers members a sense of home while extending a warm embrace to guests.

Furthermore, Payne will guide staff training with the aim of creating unparalleled customer service throughout the venue. The overarching aim is for every person - whether a seasoned member or a newcomer - to feel the club's dedication to excellence at every touchpoint.

Payne said, "I am thrilled to be present during such a transformative period for this swiftly advancing destination.

“The attraction of Al Zorah City and the prospect of working at a Troon-managed venue captivated me. I am passionately looking forward to not only enhancing the experience for members and guests but also spearheading the anticipated transition towards the completion of our new state-of-the-art clubhouse next year."

The golf course at Al Zorah City first opened in 2015, a milestone that signalled the start of the destination’s eye-catching metamorphosis.

Situated within easy driving distance of Dubai, Al Zorah City has also proved immensely popular with tourists thanks to the luxurious Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah. As well as the golf course, guests from across the globe are drawn to experience the sprawling natural mangrove reserve, home to hundreds of fascinating animal species. Meanwhile, Marina 1 takes full advantage of Al Zorah’s picturesque coastal location with seafront entertainment and cuisine.

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Al Zorah Golf Club
Designed by Nicklaus Design and opened for play in 2015. Played through a natural setting as the layout sweeps around two huge lakes. A state-of-the-art clubhouse will complement the beauty of the golf course – set to be completed in 2024 – and is designed to provide golfers and guests with the most pleasurable experience of its amenities with a gym, swimming pools, tennis courts and rooftop bar, as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas.


Pete Simm
The Azalea Group
Tel: +44 (0)1730 711931