Talk about growing the game: Israel will host its first-ever international pro golf tournament this week in the town of Caesarea.
The Caesarea Golf Club is one of two courses in the country, and organizers hope that the high-profile event will help bring more public attention to the sport, the Jerusalem Post reports. The tournament, called the Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters, is the final part of the Alps Tour Schedule, a tour established in 2001 by Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland to help young pros get access to the Challenge and European Tours.
Famed golf course designer Pete Dye had a hand in Caesarea Golf Club’s recent redesign, and it is considered Israel’s premiere golf destination. Although golf is still on the slow rise in Israel, new courses are being planned, and optimism is high that the region’s ideal climate and terrain have the potential to attract and sustain a booming business in golf tourism.
There will also be hometown favorites. Laetitia Beck, who became the first Israeli to participate in the LPGA Tour in 2015, will play at the Caesarea tournament along with two other Israeli golfers.