DRGS visits the French pavilion at Expo 2020.
DRGS visits the French pavilion at Expo 2020. Image Credit: Supplied

This week I attended the French pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. I was invited by the French Social Club (FSC) to come along to discuss golf. There are 312 members who run a non-profit initiative for primarily the French community and some French speaking others.

They wish to engage with golf, and that is where I and the Desert Rose Golfing Society (DRGS) come in. I enjoyed meeting the President of the FSC, Krisztina Lecanuet and the Vice-President Catherine Payot.

There are about 50 golfers in the FSC at the moment, most of them non-members of golf clubs in Dubai. A few are members of golf clubs, some are floaters and many are starting and taking lessons or want to start lessons, whether in small groups or on an individual basis.

They are mostly ladies and I have been approached to explain to them how to get them into golf in a structured and proper way, whether to learn the game or get a handicap aligned with the Emirates Golf Federation or even join a golf club or just have some fun.

Back to this week and we hosted 28 golfers on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club with an individual Stableford format. DRGS is supporting the WWG Showdown at Al Hamra Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah, with a four-player team and we look forward to proudly representing DRGS.

Next week we have the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Pink Ball event, with a total of 100 lady golfers in the field.

Finally, for this week, we are tidying up all our plans for our next DRGS Staycation Trip in a couple of weeks at the end of the month: to Al Zorah, Al Hamra and Tower Links. These are busy times for DRGS as we come into the peak times for our DRGS season.

Membership fees for DRGS are Dh1,000 per annum with an active and varied golfing calendar, other social activities, plus so much more.

The Desert Rose Golfing Society is supported by the Emirates Golf Federation, Gulf News, BMW, JA Resorts and Hotels, Orient Travel, Golf Superstore, Car Buying People and Mediclinic.