Dubai is set to host the first professional day-night golf tournament - the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic from 1-3 May, 2019.
The Majlis Course, Emirates Golf Club, Near Nakheel Metro, Dubai
01 May 2019, 12:00 AM
03 May 2019, 12:00 AM
Excitement is building for golf fans in Dubai with the emirate set to host the greatest female players on the planet at next month’s Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic -the world’s first professional day-night golf tournament.
From 1-3 May the iconic Emirates Golf Club, which also hosts Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January, will be home to the groundbreaking tournament with the stars of the Ladies European Tour going head-to-head over 54 holes at the floodlit Faldo Course, which is designed by six-time Major champion Sir Nick Faldo.
The Omega Dubai Ladies Classic would no longer be the Ladies European Tour (LET) season-ender, and would not take place in December as usual, instead switching to its new annual slot of early May, starting from 2019. However, as well as this, we now know that it will also switch from the Majlis to the Faldo Course, and be played partly at night.
The switching the tournament from its December date not only prevented clashes with other events and the festive exodus, but also showcased the Dubai golfing season’s ability to stretch beyond just December and January. Being the LET’s season-ending event also wasn’t of that much benefit to Dubai, in terms of advertising or tourism.
Fifty-six professionals, 35 of the leading players on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, and 21 tournament invitees from other tours or spheres of golf like social media sensations, will tee-off on Wednesday, May 1.
On May 1, there will be a function called ‘The Draft’ where 56 teams of three amateurs will then be allocated and introduced to a professional who they will be playing with over the next two days.
There will then be two pro/am day-night rounds on Thursday and Friday, going out in reverse order on the Friday, before pro individual and pro/am team winners are crowned. On May 2nd, there will be ‘The Industry’ event where people from the local golf fraternity will be invited to network, socialise and exchange ideas during a barbecue, and on Friday May 3rd, there will be an end of event ‘Big Bash’ party to conclude the tournament.
With free entry into Emirates Golf Club throughout the three days, fans are encouraged to come and watch the world’s best female golfers and experience this inaugural event.