Saudi Arabia to Host Professional Women’s Golf Events

Saudi Arabia to Host Professional Women’s Golf Events Photo: TT
Saudi Arabia to Host Professional Women’s Golf Events

It is a country where, until recently, women were not allowed to vote, drive, travel aboard without the permission of their patents or husband, and where they were required to dress modestly at all times.

However, in a break with the past, the country is to host for the first time, professional golf for women, with two events on the European Ladies Tour to be staged in November.

Both events will be played at the Royal Greens Golf Club, which is situated in the King Abdullah Economic City, a US $67 billion specially built development located 100 km north of the countrys second city Jeddah.

The Saudi Ladies International will be played between 12th and 15th November, with the Saudi Ladies Tour International starting two days later.

Both events will be held within a bio-secure bubble and there will be no spectators allowed at either event.

Despite surrounded by desert, the course is a lush green, and is constructed using Paspalum Density, which is a special heat and salt-resistant type of grass. It is irrigated using a specially designed system designed by a UK company, which aims to be as water efficient as possible.

The two events were originally scheduled to be held in March but had to be initially postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cynics may argue that this is the latest attempt by Saudi to sports wash the countrys poor human right record.

Certainly, there has been an increase in the number of sporting events held there. Last year there was the heavyweight rematch bout between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz was staged there, whilst the Italians also chose to hold their Super Cup match in the country.

There have also been suggestions that there could be a Saudi Formula One Grand Prix in the not too distant future.

It is not clear, as yet, what accommodation, of any, the female golfers will need to make to their attire in November.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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