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Just got off the phone with the chief executive of the King Abdulaziz International Charity and Development Foundation, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, who has officially lent his support to golf in Saudi Arabia.
“The tournament will take place during the first week of October in a golf course that is being developed by KADENA Holdings,” Prince Bandar said. “We will, at the same time, follow its progress with the President of the United States and other high-level officials in the Kingdom.
This will be a unique opportunity for all involved to highlight the benefits that golf brings to the Kingdom and the people of Saudi Arabia.
“I am very much looking forward to supporting golf in Saudi Arabia,” he added.
He said that one of the biggest obstacles in the long-term development of golf in the Kingdom is the cost, and said that the total costs of this tournament, event, and development of the course must be covered by Saudi Arabia and the USGA.
“We are keen to place golf on the level of other international sports,” he said. “I am confident that this tournament will be a success and that it will provide us all with a memorable and memorable end to the first USGA golf event in Saudi Arabia.”
According to Reuters, the tournament will be played from October 3-6, which means that play will start on Friday, October 4 and finish Sunday, October 6.
“Saudi Arabia will become the 13th member of the LET, next to the United States, the Baltic countries, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, Wales and Northern Ireland,” play has been canceled at the KICA, but should ultimately reopen.
If you’re wondering how women can participate in golf in Saudi Arabia, the game will be officially allowed at golf courses run by the USGA and the European Tour, as soon as the National Commission on the Status of Women (NSCW) is satisfied that golf in Saudi Arabia will not be considered discriminatory, such as it is in many other nations.
Saudi Arabia will play host to the 2019 Presidents Cup at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, which is undergoing renovations ahead of hosting the 2019 biennial event.
Once private game is introduced in Saudi Arabia, hopefully there will be no further issues.
Enjoy the day!