The Middle East and North Africa Golf Tour (MENA) will make its maiden voyage to Thailand, when it hosts two events here this month.
The Mountain Creek (Nahkon Ratchsima) Thailand Open, the fifth event on this year’s schedule will be held May 10th to 12th, followed by the Mahasamutr Masters at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin May 17th-19th to underscore the tour’s growing strength. “A lot of fresh talent coming up through the ranks over the last few years, but the opportunities to play are limited. With MENA Golf Tour traveling to new destinations, it will provide another platform for young professionals to develop and showcase their skills on a global basis,” said Darren Clarke, patron of the MENA Golf Tour.
“This MENA Golf Tour is one of a kind providing the right atmosphere, and particularly for amateurs, to hone their competitive edge alongside professionals, which is crucial to the development of the game in the region,” added Clarke, the 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain. “We are delighted to be making our first visit to Thailand where you don’t just get great golf, but enjoy a memorable experience,” commented Mohamed Juma Buamaim, chairman of the MENA Golf Tour. “Thailand’s economy benefits both directly and indirectly from golf tourism, and there is a positive synergy between golf and the key tourism sectors.
Golf is just one of the many reasons that people visit Thailand to savour the experience of playing on courses of international standard.” Held under the auspices of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the MENA Golf Tour is affiliated to R&A and the Arab Golf Federation and its expanded schedule this season will have 20 events which will see players travel to new destinations in Kuwait, Egypt, Spain, Thailand and South Africa.