Nine UAE clubs will play a role in a global movement expected to introduce 50,000 plus women and girls to the royal and ancient game on Tuesday.
The 2nd annual International Women’s Golf Day (WGD) has grown its global reach by 68 percent thanks to the help of clubs such as the UAE nine which have lined up various activations for beginners and experienced players.
Globally, events will be held at more than 691 locations across 46 countries with clubs encouraged to offer a two-hour golf clinic and/or offer a nine-hole round of golf, culminating with a two- hour “social affair…where women can network and socialise”.
Check out what the participating UAE clubs are offering here:
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Time: 8am Entry fee: AED 130
What: 9 and 18 hole fun competition followed by Lunch in Cafe28.
Address Montgomerie Dubai
Time: 9.30am and 5pm
What: 9.30am – Par 3 Texas Scramble. 5pm – 1 hour Free introductory clinic for girls
Al Ghazal Golf Club
Time: 4pm, 6pm and 7pm
What: 4pm – 6-hole Texas Scramble (open to all). 6pm – Short game clinic. 7pm – 1 hour introductory golf lesson.
Al Zorah Golf Club
Time: 10am and 4pm Entry fee: FREE
What: 10am – 1 hour free clinic followed by Par 3 challenge; 4pm 1 hour short game clinic followed by 5 hole short course
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Time: 8am and 6.30pm Entry fee: From AED 50
What: 8am – 9-hole team Texas Scramble (for experienced golfers/AED 200). 6.30pm – Par 3 event plus various activations on the driving range/putting green/tuition
Emirates Golf Club
What: 4pm to 5pm – Short game (beginners)/Golf Fundamentals (advanced). 4pm to 6pm – Putting challenge and play the Par 3 course. 5.15pm – 6pm – Golf Fundamentals (beginners) and short game (advanced)
The Els Club Dubai
What: Six hole par 3 course competition and short game challenges with prizes. Followed by ladies night promotion in The Big Easy.
The Track, Meydan Golf
Time: 8am and 9am
What: 2 x 1 hour coaching clinics
Yas Links Golf Club
What: 5pm to 6.30pm – Long and short game introduction. 6.30pm to 7pm – Tour of hole 1 on the Par 3 course
WGD founder Elisa Gaudet has worked tirelessly to grow the initiative from last year’s inaugural #Women’sGolfDay. Gaudet has appointed well-known Arabian Golf TV founder Marlon Weir as WGD’s official UAE ambassador.
“It’s important that women have a positive experience when playing golf, regardless of their level of experience and Women’s Golf Day caters to all levels and imparts camaraderie,” she said.
Gaudet is thrilled at the rapid expansion but not surprised by the worldwide interest.
“For a while the industry was looking at ways to engage women, I am elated and proud that this one day international event has introduced thousands of new female golfers to the sport and impassioned existing golfers while transcending language, culture, religion, and race to celebrate golf, women, and community, Gaudet said.
“It is also important for the golf industry to understand women make up 85% of all consumer purchases and the important role they play as economic influencers for the family. The big-ticket items for the golf industry are home purchases in golf communities, country club memberships, and golf vacations where women have a definitive say in the making of those decisions.
It is said the best business is done on the golf course and Gaudet says there is no reason why busy businesswomen shouldn’t also cash in by learning the “game for a lifetime”.
“We’ve discovered that female business professionals who take up the game of golf soon recognise the value it brings when it comes to customer engagement and future business development,” said
Visit womensgolfday.com for more information.