The 5 Lagoons
The Royal Indian Ocean Club

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The world’s first floating 18-hole golf course is truly sensational with demanding water obstacles and a 360-degree panoramic view of the sea. The course was planned in cooperation with Golf Troon, leading specialists for golf course management in the luxury sector. Built on floating platforms, the golf course is perfectly embedded into the natural ecosystem. With a host of tees and a 9-hole-par-3 academy, the course is designed to provide the ultimate golfing experience. You can admire and observe tropical underwater life in the outstanding underwater glass tunnel, which also accommodates the underwater club house with a Pro Golf store, a restaurant and a bar. The premium course offers a training centre, putting greens and state-of-the-art computer and video training facilities. The grounds also include a small village with romantic town houses and villas built in Venetian or palatial styles. Additional boutiques, restaurants and bars will round off the experience.

Plans for international expansion

Further projects by Dutch Dockland – such as the Greenstar Hotel in the Maldives, shaped like a giant green star, or the 5 Star Hotel in Norway – are currently being planned. The US is set to become another focus for international expansion – here, Dutch Dockland intends to develop a showcase project on a private lake already acquired by the company, designed to demonstrate to governments and local authorities how to effectively combat the consequences of rising sea levels. Fighting the elements has become a highly relevant issue in the US in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and its catastrophic effects, especially considering that, according to a National Geographic study, Miami and New York City are among the conurbations most at risk from flooding.

Prospects for floating developments

Market research by the DGV Group (Dutch sustainable real estate developers and architects) from 2012 showed that the majority of Dutch people still believe that living ashore is safer than living on the water. However, international experts believe that “floating developments” offer an unprecedented degree of safety – new constructions can withstand floods and earthquakes as they adapt to environmental conditions in a dynamic way. When the water rises, houses will also rise. During earthquakes, they will move with the shockwaves.

Rising costs and limited availability of inland plots and construction sites, better safeguards against the disastrous consequences of environmental catastrophes, sustainable and environmentally-friendly building concepts plus new ideas for revitalising urban development – all these are good reasons to predict that the demand and need for floating developments is set to increase substantially in the future.