Egypt is qualified to be one of the most important golf
centres in the world since it enjoys an ideal climate
and is distinguished on all countries of the Mediterranean
by its clear weather all over the year and especially
The presence of various tourist sites in Egypt is another
important factor that contributes to the flourishing of
this sport in the future; hence, Egypt can be one of the
destinations of the world's golf amateurs and professionals
as Egypt comprises Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic and
Islamic monuments. This, in addition to other new tourist
attraction elements found in the Northern Coast on the
Mediterranean. The coasts of Sinai and the Red Sea represent
cultural, religious, recreational, sportive and curative
THE STAR OF STARS IN EGYPT
During the visit of Nick Valdo, the star of golf stars,
to Egypt together with his wife to spend their vacation,
he said that they agreed to visit Egypt so as to enjoy
the ancient wonders of the world, Egypt being the cradle
of civilization. He sat in contemplation in front of the
pyramids in the Mena House Oberoi golf club and commented
"The pyramids date back 5000 years, they are a great
architectural edifice, where tons of big stones were transferred
to erect them here", he then contemplated the extended
greenery with great admiration.
Valdo, continued his journey to Luxor to see its fascinating
monuments. When he returned to Cairo, he said "I
travelled a lot and saw a number of beautiful golf lands,
stayed in some hotels in Cairo but I have not forgotten
golf. When I saw Egypt for the first time, I observed
that Egypt has great potential for golf, and this will
really help the tourism industry in Egypt". He added
"In fact, I was not looking only for the Elephantine
Temple near Aswan or Luxor monuments or the Egyptian Museum
in Cairo. In spite of the grandeur of all the previously-mentioned
sites, I was looking for lands suitable for playing golf
"What drew my attention was seeing 20 boys swinging
the golf stick on a Friday morning at Al-Gezira club.
Although they were young, the zeal for the sport was so
apparent on their faces while hitting the ball from the
sand height to the golf land.
is obvious that most of the parents of these boys are
golf players; thus they are aware of the privileges that
their sons gain from this sport.
leads to more concentration and use of mental capabilities.
Experts say, "you do not use your body but your mind".
Golf teaches the youth patience, discipline, and modesty.
Gary Constable, head of golf experts in al-Qattamiya Heights,
comments: "It is a new sport for the young; it teaches
them how to play with high spirits. For example, a tennis
player may scream or throw his racket; whereas a golf player
does not show any sign of anger or nervousness.
Today, there are more opportunities for the young to play
golf in Egypt. Alexandria Academy proved its efficiency in
GOLF.. THE SPORT OF DIPLOMATS
Golf has been the sport of diplomats. One of its advantages
is that it offers a neutral land suitable for discussing matters
among members of the diplomatic corps. Cairo is considered
the centre of diplomacy in the Middle East and Africa. It
is the station of diplomatic representatives from more than
one hundred countries. Most of those representatives play
IMPACT OF GOLF ON TOURISM
Ronald Frame, has over 33 years experience in renewing and
constructing golf playgrounds world wide. He said that during
his journey to Saudi Arabia and the Far East, he stopped in
Cairo and talked to a magazine entitled, "Golf in Egypt"
about his experience and how Egypt can benefit from it. Here
are some extracts of the interview:
When asked about what can be done to attract golf tourists
and the main things they need on their vacation, he said that
according to his experience golf tourists are concerned with
what can ensure the practice of this sport in the first place;
namely, good weather.
They also look for the presence of a variety of playgrounds
as they prefer to play in various playgrounds during the week.
To the question about what can be done in golf playgrounds
to make them attractive, he answered that there should be
cooperation among the administering bodies to attract golf
tourists to Egypt.
Egypt can compete and gain a share of golf tourism world wide.
Its gains will multiply. Whenever golf tourists come to Egypt
they will want to return.
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