Popularity of Golf gains momentum in UAE

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Golf Clubs in the UAE have been celebrating the increasing popularity of the sport in the region having recently hosted over 50,000 rounds in a single month for the first time.

Mustafa Al Hashimi, club manager at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for golf courses in the UAE to have hosted over 50,000 rounds for the first time. The profile of the region as a true golfing destination is growing every year due to the premium opportunities for golfers that exist, together with excellent climate for golf especially in the winter months.”

In total 54,365 rounds were played in the UAE during the month of March with over 44% of these being member rounds, 42% local rounds and 14% of rounds coming from overseas visitors.

The Majlis course at Emirates Golf had the most number of member rounds (over 3,300) and Abu Dhabi Golf Club had the highest number of local players to the course (over 3,400). Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al Khaimah had the highest number of overseas visitors with over 1,200 tourists to the course in March.

Simon Mees, general manager of Al Hamra Golf Club, said, “Ras Al Khaimah is establishing itself as a budding destination for golf and other leisure opportunities available within the Emirate. The club has benefitted from the increasing number of tourists to the region.”

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