- “We can make Sharjah the most famous nine-hole course in the world.”
As one of the most popular events on golf’s sporting calendar returns to Sharjah, the emirate’s venue is looking to take one step nearer its vision of being the most famous nine-hole course in the world.
The Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club once again has the honour of hosting some of sport’s most respected over-50s players on the first round of the senior tour, the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters on March 8-10, organised by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq).
Formerly known as the European Senior Tour, the championship is another sporting coup for Shurooq who are presenting the tour under the first ever title sponsor, UK-based insurance company Staysure, ushering in a new era for worldwide golf.
His Excellency Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Shurooq, described the event as an excellent showpiece for the emirate’s hospitality, culture and diversity. He said: “The Staysure Tour is an enormously popular attraction for sports fans worldwide. The UAE is well established as home to some of professional golf’s favourite and most luxurious courses and having been selected for the second year to host the first round of the senior tour is a great testament to Sharjah’s own facilities.”
He added: “We have some of the sport’s most prestigious names returning for this event who once again will enjoy the emirate’s tremendous amenities and cultural attractions.”
Having made golfing history as the only professional championship to be played on a short-course format, Martin Duff, Director of the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club said the feedback from the players last year highlighted the event as one of the best organised on the circuit.
He explained: “There were an enormous amount of very positive comments about the course, saying preparation was among the best on the entire tour along with our world-class facilities. There’s no doubt we significantly exceeded expectations.”
He added: “The vision of the club’s Deputy Chairman, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Thani, is to make Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club the single most famous nine-hole course in the world and that is absolutely something we can do.”
In a tournament that crosses four continents and includes venues in the USA, South Africa, Mauritius, the UK and Switzerland, Sharjah is in good company as one of golf’s most prestigious destinations.
Many of the sport’s greatest stars will be playing at the three-day tournament, including Ronan Rafferty, Paul Broadhurst and Italy’s most successful (and flamboyant) golfer, Constantino Rocca, alongside 14 Ryder Cup players, including the 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley.
The event continues to show Sharjah’s ever-increasing attraction as a global destination with world-class facilities, highlighting its prominence and potential on the international sporting map and reinforcing its outstanding tourism and investment strengths.
The Sharjah Senior Golf Masters will be televised internationally, with the afternoon Pro-Ams matches concluding under floodlights, which will be included in the TV highlights to illustrate the course’s world-class services and utilities.
With a total prize fund of $425,000, the 54-hole tournament will be defended by England’s Chris Williams who won in 2017 by the narrowest of margins following a play-off with Gary Marks. The nine-hole course will be played twice in a day, with many of the tee positions changing between the ‘out’ round and the ‘in’ round, combining to make a 7051-yard, par 72 course. With no cut, the player with the lowest aggregate score will be the winner.Email This Post