JEDDAH: A golf initiative launched by Saudi Arabia to get girls into the game noticed greater than 1,000 new golfers sign-up in simply 4 days.
Impressed by the weekend’s debut Aramco Saudi Women Worldwide – the Kingdom’s first ever skilled girls’s golf event – a whole lot of ladies throughout the nation registered to study golf for the primary time.
The newly launched “Women First Membership,” will likely be giving free golf classes, driving vary entry and full rounds of golf at programs throughout the nation.
Girls will likely be coached by means of the fundamentals of the sport at both Riyadh Golf Membership, Dirab Golf Membership or King Abdullah Financial Metropolis’s (KAEC) Royal Greens Golf & Nation Membership, host course of this week’s tournaments.
The membership may also embrace a digital “Introduction to Golf” schooling pack, which can present month-to-month seminars outlining the important thing features of golf for novices. Every course will host a Women First golf clinic as soon as a month, led by knowledgeable, which can conclude with an on-course induction for all contributors and an 18-hole spherical.
The membership opened for membership on the primary the event on Thursday, the place it noticed greater than 500 girls enroll.
There have been lower than 20 feminine members throughout the Kingdom’s golf golf equipment forward of the Aramco Saudi Women Worldwide.
It was launched as a manner of bringing extra Saudi girls into golf, as half pf Saudi Arabia Imaginative and prescient 2030 which goals to get extra Saudis usually lively.
“We now have been completely blown away by the outstanding response to the Women First Membership. One thousand new golfers is extraordinary for golf in Saudi Arabia and can change your complete panorama of the sport throughout the Kingdom,” Golf Saudi CEO Majed Al-Sorour mentioned.
“To have a thousand of our girls and ladies decide to studying golf on the weekend of our debut Aramco Saudi Women Worldwide offered by PIF is an unbelievable legacy, and goes past even our most bold expectations,” he added.
Arabic golfer Maha Haddioui – was one of many 108 professionals competing within the Aramco Saudi Women Worldwide – mentioned she knew the occasion was making waves when she got here off the course to Instagram requests from Saudi girls determined to know the way they might get into golf.
“I received direct messages from Saudi girls saying: ‘I need to play golf, how do I do it?’, which was nice with the Women First Membership launching this similar weekend. So I despatched them the hyperlink and so they signed-up, which is so thrilling! I can’t wait to follow-up with them a yr or so down the road,” Haddioui mentioned.
“They’ve simply been superior, messaging me and asking questions all about golf. It reveals the affect this occasion – and the Women First Membership – are having right here. One thing like this I’d by no means have been in a position to even think about two years in the past once I first got here right here to play,” she added.
Women European Tour CEO Alexandra Armas spoke of her delight on the prompt affect of the Tour’s first occasion within the Kingdom, and paid testomony to Golf Saudi for making certain girls impressed by the event had a easy and accessible method to carry that momentum ahead.
“As quickly as I began conversations with Golf Saudi about bringing the Tour right here I used to be very eager to know what their imaginative and prescient was for the sport within the Kingdom, and the way they wished to develop golf right here,” mentioned Armas.
“The Women First Membership is an excellent idea and with a thousand members becoming a member of in simply its first 4 days reveals that what’s occurring on the golf course right here is already translating into girls and ladies choosing up golf golf equipment, which is simply improbable,” she added.
Off the course, and the Women First Membership may also present a spread of social alternatives, together with invitations to social mornings, plus the likes of Pilates, yoga, bridge and different wellbeing actions.