Dubai to host first-ever day to golf night tournament

The ladies' competition will take place next month

Dubai to host first-ever day to golf night tournament

Dubai is teeing up another historic sporting event – the first-ever day to night golf tournament. The free-to-attend Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic will putt (ahem) the city on the global stage again as the best female players head to Emirates Golf Club.

Excitement is building for the visionary tournament, which will see 56 pros, 35 of the leading players on the Ladies’ European Tour and 21 tournament invitees from other tours or social media sensations, and three amateurs go head-to-head under the floodlights at the course designed by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.

It will be the first professional day-night golf tournament of its kind when it commences on Wednesday May 1. Two of the three rounds will be played from day-to-night.

The tournament is replacing the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, with an aim to increase the involvement of the community and amateurs. The ODLC has traditionally been the season-ender for the Ladies European Tour, however it moved from its December slot to early May in a bid to showcase the city’s year-round golfing excellence.

It has also moved from the Majlis course to the Faldo Course.

After the first round has come to a close on Wednesday, the professional golfers will be allocated a team of three amateurs to play with over the next two rounds in the exciting new format before pro individual and Pro-Am team winners are crowned.

“We think playing under lights is going to be absolutely awesome,” said David Spencer, tournament director. “Playing the tournament in May and under lights further showcases what an incredible golfing destination Dubai has become and how long our golfing season lasts each year.

We believe it will be the first official golf event to have a day-night format and it’s important for us to showcase the golf season in Dubai goes beyond just events played in December and January.

“We’re unbelievably excited about this and we are really convinced that in a couple of years’ time this will be one of the hottest tickets in town to get into this Pro-Am, because not only is it a pro event but we are also upping the amateur involvement, which is fantastic.”

Players expected to compete include Shanshan Feng (tournament winner in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Angel Yin (2017) and France’s Camille Chevalier who won the Ladies European Tour’s Rookie of the Year.

Get ready for this unique event.
Free. May 1-3. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.omegadubailadiesclassic.com.

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