Golf Saudi has announced that one of its landscape designers Abdullah Kamakhi has made it to the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA), thus positioning him to become Saudi Arabia’s first golf course architect.
The European Institute of Golf Course Architects represents some of the world’s most qualified golf course architects. Members of the EIGCA have shown through their skill, experience and training that they are able to design and oversee the construction of golf courses to the highest standards.
From a young age, Kamakhi has been fascinated by designed spaces which led him to study Landscape Architecture at Arizona State University.
After a couple of years working as a landscape designer in Riyadh, Abdullah joined Golf Saudi in 2019 and begun his journey in the golf industry, said the statement from Golf Saudi.
A key sporting entity in the kingdom, Golf Saudi facilitates uptake and participation in golf through the delivery of world-class facilities, operational excellence and the implementation of industry best practice to position the kingdom as an exceptional golfing nation.
Delighted by his acceptance, Kamakhi said: "I am so grateful for this opportunity and the support that Golf Saudi has given me. Since joining in 2019, my curiosity for golf, particularly golf course design, quickly grew and I was able to work under some great golf course architects and agronomists to give me invaluable resources to learn from."
"I am extremely motivated to continue along this career path and be a part of Golf Saudi’s incredible vision to design sustainable environments throughout the kingdom," he added.
Golf Saudi said creating new jobs and careers for Saudi nationals within the golf industry is onee of its main priority. Significant investments continue to be made to present individuals these opportunities from learning from industry experts to supporting career developments through training and qualifications, it added.
Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi CEO Majed Al Sorour said: "This is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, seeing Kamakhi thrive in a career path that, only a few years ago, didn’t exist within Saudi Arabia. He has shown great enthusiasm and a commitment to learning since joining Golf Saudi in 2019 and now we get to see him take the next exciting step in his career."
Kamakhi will begin the two year course at the European Institute of Golf Course Architects in May and will be on the career pathway to becoming Saudi Arabia’s first-ever qualified golf course architect by mid-2023.
"Access and Infrastructure forms one of Golf Saudi’s key pillars, with the aim for golf to be sustainable and accessible to all within Saudi Arabia and Kamakhi will be an integral part of the team in the years to come to make this vision a reality. I hope his story inspires other Saudi nationals to pursue a career in golf and help to grow this great game in our beautiful kingdom," he added.-TradeArabia News Service