The International Golf Federation have selected the Emirates Golf Federation’s bid for Dubai to host the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships.
This marks the first time the event, which dates back to 1958, will be held in the Middle East.
The EGF was selected over the Singapore Golf Association after the two were identified as the finalists by the IGF Bid Panel from an initial group of eight National Federation members that had expressed interest in hosting the biennial team event for men and women.
“Both candidates provided exceptionally strong bid proposals, which was duly noted by both the IGF Administrative Committee and the IGF Bid Panel,” said Antony Scanlon, Executive Director of the IGF.
“We greatly appreciate the interest and strong case presented by the Singapore Golf Association. At the same time, the Emirates Golf Federation made a compelling case that resonated with our member organisations and we’re very excited to be holding our first World Amateur Team Championships in the Middle East region.
“We look forward to working with the Emirates Golf Federation to deliver a memorable event and experience for the athletes in 2023.”
Jumeirah Golf Estates
The Emirates Golf Federation presented the Greg Norman-designed Fire course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai as the host venue.
“It is an honor for the United Arab Emirates and the Emirates Golf Federation to win the election for the 2023 World Amateur Team Championships,” said H.E. Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation.
“We would like to thank the International Golf Federation and their team for working tirelessly with us on the bid application.
“We would also like to thank all of the IGF members for their votes and giving us this opportunity. We look forward to welcoming all of the delegates and athletes into the UAE. Golf in the UAE and region is continuing to grow and this event will further push our vision in golf development.” – H.E. Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Golf Federation.
In addition to being the first World Amateur Team Championships held in the Middle East, it also will be the first to be held with a reduced scope of one golf course and a maximum of 36 teams, to help lessen the cost and complexity of hosting the event, as approved at the IGF’s 2018 biennial meeting.
Further, it will be the first to be held on an odd year to avoid same-year conflict with future Summer Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, following a decision by the IGF Administrative Committee to hold every future World Amateur Team Championships beyond 2022 on odd years.