RIYADH: Princess Nourah bint Mohammed Al-Faisal visited Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on Thursday to see the progress Golf Saudi is making in terms of growing participation in female sport in the Kingdom.
During her first visit to a golf club, Princess Nourah took part in a golf clinic with two Golf Saudi coaches, whilst watching her cousin Prince Khalid Al-Faisal play an event as an amateur.
Picking up a golf club for the first time, Princess Nourah was impressed and excited by Golf Saudi’s Mass Participation program and what it meant for the future.
Princess Nourah’s visit to the Aramco Team Series was inspired by her love of sport and having lived in the UK for many years, she impressed by the quality of facilities at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club.
In 2020 she was appointed as a consultant by the Chairman of The Jockey Club Saudi Arabia by His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Al-Faisal where she helped work on the conceptualization of The Saudi Cup, as well as curating events for Riyadh and Taif seasons.
Golf Saudi and the Jockey Club Saudi Arabia (JCSA) are building a stronger relationship to help boost participation in sport across the Kingdom. The JCSA is looking to use golf as a way of engaging with global fans in both the U.S. and Asia as well as working with Golf Saudi to discuss new opportunities.
“It was very pleasing, a lot more fun than I expected and I loved it. I think I now understand how people become obsessed with golf,” Princess Nourah said. “Sport is essential to Saudi women, it opens up a whole new avenue of possibilities for them, not just as an athlete but also for the career opportunities that are being created for Saudis to work in the sports industry.
“Golf is very new here in the Kingdom and to see women involved in the Aramco Team Series is very important, as Saudi women will try to emulate what they’ve seen.”
She continued: "In 2020 the first female jockeys came to compete in the Saudi Cup, which was a big deal for us. We now have young Saudi women who are jockeys, have taken up training or now have jobs with the Jockey Club. There is something about sports and its ability to help you focus, set goals, train hard and achieve great things. So, the work Golf Saudi is doing to grow the women’s game is highly commendable and it was fantastic to visit Royal Greens Golf & Country Club for the first time and hear more about the work of the Ladies First Club powered by Aramco and its efforts to boost participation, all of which has left me in no doubt that the future of sport within the Kingdom is very bright.”
Golf Saudi’s Mass Participation program aims to grow the game of golf and boost participation in Saudi Arabia and one initiative that Princess Nourah wanted to learn more about was the “Ladies First Club powered by Aramco” which was created exactly a year ago in 2020. Princess Nourah enjoyed a golf clinic and as a result she will now be joining the Ladies First Club in a bid to encourage other women to stay healthy and enjoy a new activity.