Kerikeri course architect to focus on $9b Saudi Arabian tourism development
A $9 billion Saudi Arabian tourism development will reap the benefits of some Northland flair if Kerikeri’s Kristine Kerr has anything to state about any of it.
The fourth-generation Northlander was hand-picked to function as associate director of golf for the ‘Red Sea’ project, overseeing the golfing landscape planning and development.
Kerr will fly out of New Zealand on January 7 to begin with her work.
“I cannot wait to obtain there really, it’s all very exciting,” she said.
The Red Sea project will start over 200km of spectacular coastline and 50 reef-fringed islands with the development of hotels and luxury residences in a designated tourist zone.
The first phase of the project is defined to be completed by 2022, per year by 2035 with proposed visitors numbering about 1 million.
Kerr comes with an impressive resume in terms of course design and management.
Since she was 23 she’s done projects worth tens of huge amount of money in Asia and Europe, like the Kuala Lumpur golfing club and Zhongshan International DRIVER in Nanjing, China.
“That is probably one of the primary projects ever undertaken on earth with potentially multiple golf courses,” she said.
“They need more than only a ordinary or perhaps a high-ranking course, it really is wanted by them to be unique.”
Kerr grew up on her behalf grandparent’s dairy-turned-beef cattle farm in Glenbervie, which she credited on her behalf success and just why she was loved by her job, growing up in the brand new Zealand outdoors.
“I was raised in big spaces, playing around granddad’s farm, that was beautiful.
“There have been contours with long, wide views so focusing on a 50-300ha site, it’s no issue to visualise how to proceed with everything.”
As the sustainability associate for global golfing environment awareness group, Golf Environment Organisation, Kerr said the project’s ecology will be vital that you consider so natural resources such as for example water weren’t over-burdened.
“You can’t apply a blanket approach and in New Zealand, we’re pretty lucky to possess plenty of water so it is about creating natural-looking environments that use what’s available.
“There’s lots of energy-saving measures nowadays and much more technologically-advanced irrigation systems that shut down as soon as you don’t require water.”
Saudi Arabia sent shockwaves around the world last month when Saudi leaders were thought to be mixed up in murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul.
“I have already been introduced to those people who are working over there plus they have assured me that it is actually quite lovely and even though you do must be culturally aware, the social folks are very kind, warm and generous.”
Kerr said dealing with the land to generate something beautiful for folks to take pleasure from was the true benefit on her behalf.
“It’s fun to focus on a variety of projects, not big budget ones necessarily, but to manage to develop a great result that works together with the surroundings.”
Kerr wasn’t concerned her role didn’t specific end date, and was seeking to living somewhere new for the a long time forward.
“I’m just excited, I’ve spent considerable time living here so when much when i love New Zealand, we’re a significant way from everywhere and I really like being more central to a lot of places.