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Saudis open door to female golfers ahead of LET events

Golf Saudi announces a Ladies First Club that aims to introduce 1,000 women to the game via 3 participating clubs in the kingdom

Introduced: By Golf Saudi, the game’s developmental arm in Saudi Arabia, an initiative to introduce 1,000 women to golf ahead of two Ladies European Tour events to debut next month in the kingdom. The Ladies First Club will grant the first 1,000 registrants in Saudi Arabia free lessons, club membership, driving-range access and 18-hole rounds on three courses. Women who enroll in the program will be designated as Ladies First members at Riyadh Golf Club, Dirab Golf Club or Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, depending upon their location. The top 12 performers in the program will be offered full membership at their club of choice. “The Ladies First Club will be a club like no other," Majed Al Sorour, the CEO of Golf Saudi, said in a statement. “It is our most exciting initiative yet aimed at developing the great game of golf across Saudi Arabia. Golf is growing in Saudi Arabia, and we remain committed to our targets. We are already seeing a steady rise in interest from women golfers, and we hope the Ladies First Club will help us reach that next level.” The LET will stage the Aramco Saudi Ladies International on Nov. 12-15 at Royal Greens in King Abdullah Economic City, followed by the Saudi Ladies Team International on Nov. 17-19 at the same course. The European Tour made its debut in Saudi Arabia in 2019 with the Saudi International, which American Dustin Johnson won. Critics of the men’s and women’s tours’ play in Saudi Arabia contend that the ruling Saudi regime uses golf to “sportswash” its record of human-rights offenses.

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