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SAUDI GOLF FEDERATION AND ROYAL GREENS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB SIGN MOU TO DEVELOP THE GAME

Agreement signals the start of new era for golf in the Kingdom, paving the way for enhanced participation, the emergence of top-level athletes and new golfing developments

KAEC, May 2nd , 2018:

Representatives of the Saudi Arabian Golf Federation (SGF) and Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) designed to support and safeguard the game’s development in the Kingdom.

SGF, the national governing body for golf, sealed the agreement with Royal Greens, Saudi Arabia’s first championship standard golf course, shortly after the Grand Opening of the Club. Earlier on the same day, the SGF announced a partnership with the European Tour, which will bring tournament golf to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 2019.

The MoU will provide a framework for SGF, Royal Greens Golf and Emaar the Economic City, the Master Developer of KAEC, to work together on making the game of golf more accessible to more people as well as supporting the National Team and offering insights into the development and delivery on new facilities.

H.E. Mr. Yasir Othman Al-Rumayyan, President of the Saudi Arabian Golf Federation, said: “The SGF has made sound progress in identifying its key pillars for the game’s development in the Kingdom. We welcome the support of Royal Greens and KAEC and will benefit from their commitment to helping the SGF to realize its vision.”

Mr Fahd Al-Rasheed, Group CEO and Managing Director of KAEC, said: “This partnership is testament to the vision of the SGF to build a robust and comprehensive roadmap for the game’s evolution in Saudi Arabia. We look forward to supporting the Federation in all of its endeavors. Our new partnership will welcome players from the National team, providing access to our state-of-the-art performance academy and assist the SGF in developing growth strategies for both participation and the development of new courses.”

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About King Abdullah Economic City

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) is the largest privately-funded new city in the world. Situated on the west coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, KAEC covers an area of 181 square kilometers of land, approximately the size of Washington DC. KAEC comprises King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities residential districts, the Haramain Railway district and the Industrial Valley. The city is under development by Emaar, The Economic City, a publicly listed Saudi joint-stock company established in 2006.

About the Saudi Golf Federation

The Saudi Golf Federation is the governing body for golf in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, responsible for handicapping, development of golf as a sport and for delivering national tournaments. Based in Riyadh, the Federation is a full member of the Council of National Golf Unions and is committed to fully developing the game for all its citizens and residents.

About The Royal Greens Golf and Country Club

The Royal Greens Golf and Country Club is an exclusive, first-class golfing experience set within King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. The beautiful beachside 18-hole championship golf course, designed by European Golf Design, offers an unparalleled golfing experience. The majestic clubhouse boasts a panoramic view of the Red Sea and offers an exclusive members area with private dining, a board room, cigar room, library, executive business center and other luxury amenities. With its state-of-the-art practice facilities, Golf Academy, Spa and array of fine dining options, Royal Greens is set to become one of the region’s finest sports and leisure destinations.