The KPMG report, showing that the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) region’s golf developments deliver the highest revenues across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, underlined the Gulf’s influence in the improvement of the global game to taylormade R11 driver leaders developers and decision makers, attending KPMG’s eighth annual Golf Organization Forum, in Dubai this week.


In a keynote opening address to 300 delegates, O’Grady, underlined the significance of the area in raising the profile of the game at each amateur and expert levels.


“Regardless of the challenges produced by the current fluctuation in the real estate market, the partnership between the European Tour and Dubai/Nakheel remains strong,” he stated.

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“The Dubai World Championship and The Race to Dubai, with the continued help of the Government and the private sector in Dubai, the UAE, the area and globally, will see, by the end of this year, delivery of the third Race to Dubai and the third Dubai Globe Championship with $ 45 million prize funds distributed.


“The European Tour’s presence in the region will continue as nearby players are developed and a lot more men and women take up the game. Currently there are several outstanding amateur players and the announcement of the Mena Tour, along with the Arab Golf Federation, will play a significant taylormade R11 driver in the development of the game for Arab Nationals as nicely as ex-pats,” he added.


In the meantime the essential findings of the new report ‘An Overview of Golf in the Golf Cooperation Council (GCC)’, presented at the meeting by KPMG, are as follows:


• GCC countries are still the highest performers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in terms of revenues achieved (more than US$ eight.5million) with, on typical, more than 30,000 rounds played at its 18-hole golf courses


• Rates in the area are amongst the highest in the planet, with annual taylormade R11 driver club memberships averaging US$ 6,400 and peak-season green fees averaging US$ 179


• Only half of the total revenues are created up of membership and green charges even though food and beverage facilities contribute drastically to the total

golf course revenue


• Staff fees account for much more than 40% of the total operating expenses, due to the high staffing levels of the region’s facilities with an average of 150-200 full-time employees per club.


• With applications being introduced at several developments to encourage participation in the game, the future of taylormade R11 driver in the GCC supplies plenty of space for growth.


Andrea Sartori, head of KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice in EMA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) added: “The European Tour has played a substantial component in raising the awareness

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