Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Series The Gulf Club

11th Golf Digest Middle East Series offers Desert Swing, Ladies Classic Pro-Am prizes

Golf Digest Middle East reader Haiyan Mujarkech played in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic Pro-Am last year.

By Kent Gray
For most amateur golfers a spot in a Pro-Am is but a dream, especially in a prelude as prestigious as those held on the eve of the European Tour’s annual Desert Swing events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and before the Dubai Ladies Classic.

But the dream of teeing it up with a superstar the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jon Rahm or Shanshan Feng is real for UAE amateurs with the launch of the 2018 Golf Digest Middle East Amateur Golf Series presented by King’s College Hospital London and AutoRoute.


The three tournament series, culminating in the 11th Golf Digest Middle East Classic, opens in Abu Dhabi next month.

The winners of Thursday qualifying tournaments at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club on September 27 and The Els Club, Dubai on October 4 will automatically qualify for the 11th Golf Digest Middle East Classic to be hosted by Emirates Golf Club on Tuesday, October 16 (all three are 1pm shotguns and Stableford events).

Saadiyat Beach G.C. hosts the first qualifier on September 27.

At the final on the fabled Majlis, the winners will walk away with Pro-Am spots to the Omega Desert Classic Pro-Am spot (Div A men, 0-10 handicap), Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship (Div B men, 11-24 max) and the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic (women).

Entry to Saadiyat Beach and The Els is AED 445 and includes entry fee, green fee and prize-giving buffet.

The Els Club hosts the second qualifier on October 4.

Those unsuccessful in reaching the GDME Classic on golfing merit can still play in the Majlis decider on October 16 although spots – at AED 555 per player including gala dinner – are limited, with preference given to those who have played in one or both of the qualifying events.

RELATED: 100th edition cover star wins 10th Golf Digest Middle East Classic

The entry fees are top value as higher winter green fees kick in around the UAE, not to mention the once-in-a-lifetime Pro-Am prizes on offer. There are also some great prizes for the minor placings at all three venues, with goodies from support sponsors Callaway and ECCO shoes, as well as season passes to the two European Tour Desert Swing events and the Dubai Rugby 7s.

David Cannon The series culminates at the 11th Golf Digest Middle East Classic on October 16 where the Pro-Am spots will be won.

Players must be able to prove an official club or Emirates Golf Federation (EGF) handicap to enter.



Kent Gray

Editor of Golf Digest Middle East. Has written about golf since 1989 and owned a suspect short game even longer.

Facebook Comments

Check Also

Norman confident $255 million LIV Golf Invitational Series will prove irresistible to game’s biggest names 

LIV Golf Investments promise more than $400 million in “total seed money” for eight events in London, Portland, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Bangkok, Jeddah.