Saadiyat Beach Golf Course

Gary Player International Launches in Abu Dhabi


The first of a new five-year cooperation between the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Black Knight International, next year’s event will feature an all-star professional lineup alongside tournament host and global golfing icon, Gary Player. The participants will be announced in due course and provide sponsors and partners’ guests with a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience. The world-leading charity golf series, a true union of golf and giving, has raised more than $60 million for charities worldwide, with the ambition to surpass $100 million in donations by 2020. A specific UAE beneficiary charity will be selected by The Player Foundation, working closely with Emirates Red Crescent.

“Abu Dhabi now holds a prominent position in world golf, and the course design at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is some of our finest design work in the world,” said Gary Player. “The combination of these two factors, as well as His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s support, will propel this event to the highest-level. I am very grateful for their commitment as we strive to make a real difference and improve millions of lives worldwide.”

Today also heralded the prestigious announcement of Royal Patronage for the event from His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, symbolizing the intent to establish a position as the UAE’s leading cause-related golf event. Moving forward a number of unique health and wellness initiatives will be implemented in support of the golf event and its charity fundraising. 

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Black Knight International and look forward to achieving many great things together,” said His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. “I would like to thank His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for his patronage and with Gary Player's status as a global golfing icon, the union of three such powerful forces provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver on Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s guiding mission of integrating sports and Abu Dhabi society to form healthier communities.”

The inaugural event will feature a Welcome Reception at the stylish Saadiyat Beach Club on the evening of February 7, followed by an 18-hole Pro-Am tournament and Charity Gala Dinner on February 8 at the event’s official hotel, the Park Hyatt, Abu Dhabi.

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