Saudi Arabia is to host its first National Golf Week next year, with seven days of golf-driven events to take place throughout the Kingdom for all generations and playing abilities, as part of Golf Saudi’s Mass Participation programme.
The feature week – January 30 to February 6 – will also include the 2022 Saudi International, the Asian Tour’s new flagship event, helping to raise further awareness of the sport.
Organised by Golf Saudi, National Golf Week will provide all golf courses and facilities with the equipment needed to engage with new and existing audiences enabling them to experience exciting activities across a range of locations.
During the week itself, free golf lessons will be provided to all those who express an interest, while a schools’ championship is also part of the programme..
As part of Golf Saudi’s focus on education and employment opportunities, events will be organised to help connect Saudi-based professionals working in the golf industry to share learnings and best practise. Golf Saudi is also working with the European Disabled Golf Association to develop a programme, which will be launched at the Saudi International, that promotes golf to Saudi’s with disabilities.
Majed Al Sorour, Deputy Chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and CEO of Golf Saudi, said: “We are already very excited about this great initiative and I hope it lasts for years to come. At Golf Saudi, we endorse encouraging as many Saudis as possible to get involved in not just golf but other sports too. As both a physical and mental activity, golf is a great way to build confidence and playing with others can play an important role in helping to build an active and fun social life.”
Al Sorour continued: “Our inaugural ‘National Golf Week’ will support our Vision 2030 goals in terms of encouraging as many Saudis as possible to get active, regardless of their age, gender or how good they are at golf, we at Golf Saudi want to celebrate the golfing achievements of all those who take part next February.”
Bouchaib El Jadiani, Head of Mass Participation & National Teams at Golf Saudi, said: “Heading up Golf Saudi’s Mass Participation programme, I know first-hand the positive impact that golf can play in the lives of young Saudis. No place is this clearer than in my additional role with the Saudi National Teams, where each weekend I am lucky enough to see these young Saudi men and women not only compete in international tournaments but also enjoy themselves as golf gives them the opportunity to develop, learn and compete. That is why schemes such as ‘National Golf Week’ are so important in terms of bringing this great game to the people of Saudi Arabia.”