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Theo attended Centurion Golf Academy in Pretoria, South Africa in order to become a PGA Class A Member of the South African PGA. Theo has a strong belief in further education and is currently enrolled with the CMAE of Europe to complete his Club Managers Diploma. On Graduation from the South African PGA in 2013, Theo joined Waterkloof Golf Club in Pretoria before moving to Abu Dhabi Golf Club in 2014.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club was a major steppingstone in his career, Theo started in the retail department supervising the golf shop and conducting club fittings to members and guests of the Club. Theo progressed into Membership and then Leisure Manager, overseeing both Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club from 2016 to 2019.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club are flagship properties of Troon Golf and are hosts of European Tour Events – HSBC Championship and Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.
Theo joined Golf Saudi as Golf Operations Manager in January 2020.
He joined Bulacan Garden in 1991 after a two-year stint in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He participated in the construction of Tagaytay Highlands Golf Course. In 1992, he was designated as Project Lead for the renovation of an 18-hole golf course, the TAT Filipinas Golf Club in the Philippines.
In 1995, he joined Philippine Golf Development and Contracting Company and has worked on projects, including the Riviera Golf and Country club (Fred Couples Course), Royal Northwoods by Graham Marsh, Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Pine Valley Golf Club in Zhuhai China to name a few.
In 2002, he was sent by the company to head the construction team at the current Riyadh Golf Club, where he’s been ever since.
Elliott started his career in 1985 at Gullane Golf Club in Scotland, host to the Scottish Open and a current Qualifying course for The Open Championship for years gone by. A class AA PGA Professional of the British PGA for approx 35 years Elliott has worked in the UAE for close to 25 years, South Africa and the USA and is now excited to be part of the Golf Saudi Team working in Riyadh.
Elliott worked with Ed Edwards – COO Golf Saudi from 2008 – 2012 with Emaar Hospitality, firstly reporting to Ed at Arabian Ranches Golf Club. He joined Ed and Golf Saudi as Director of Operations in October 2019.
Elliott has also been a part of the Senior Management teams of Emirates Golf Club – Dubai, UAE, Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate – South Africa, Wilmington Country Club – Delaware, USA. Elliott also qualified as a Class “A” Member of the PGA of America from 2000 – 2004 whilst working in the United States.
With an extensive experience in every aspect of the hospitality, Belhassen has been in the industry for over 15 years, across multiple 5 Star establishments including 3 Pre-opening roles. A native Arabic speaker and fluent in English and French, Belhassen attended the National Institute of Agronomy in Tunis and holds a Scientific University – DEUG Level in Agronomy-Geology.
In 2005, Belhassen joined the F&B opening team of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, in Monaco. Belhassen moved to Abu Dhabi in 2011 to take up the position of Pre-opening F&B Manager at Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat. Belhassen undertook a broad range of responsibilities in his role at the stunning beach club and led his team to win a host of impressive UAE awards, including WHAT’S ON Favourite Bar and International Restaurant award.
In 2014, Belhassen joined the Troon International team and started the role of Club’s Operations Manager in Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Director of F&B in Abu Dhabi Golf Club and after multiple achievements, Belhassen was assigned in 2016 to be the Pre-opening first employed person at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, in KAEC city. The passion for the project, knowledge and leadership have allowed Belhassen and the team to be part of the achievements and the success that the club have reached today.
Belhassen joined Golf Saudi as Director of Food & Beverage in February 2020.
Scott travelled the world and worked on the European Tour for over 10 years, which has exposed him to a working environment where the only acceptable standard is excellence. Preparing golf courses for, and working in direct contact with, the best players in the world has certainly focused his pursuit of perfection.
His career began at West Kilbride Golf Club where he learned the Greenkeeping ‘trade’, then moving to Wentworth near London to further his experience and career. He then took a position at Jack Nicklaus’s Polaris World project in Southern Spain, where he was part of the construction team that brought the project to life! He took on the responsibility of managing the golf course in terms of both building a team and preparing the golf course to the highest standards expected. At both Wentworth and Polaris World he learned the value of teamwork, strong communication and people skills, which added to the fundamental value of hard work, extremely high standards and a soundness of judgement which makes him a natural leader.
After 3 years in Spain, he developed a desire to prepare Championship golf courses for the best golfers in the world, to create a fitting stage for players like Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia to showcase their incredible talent. His time on Tour (over 100 events) has made him an incredibly versatile Greenkeeper and ensured his standards remain second to none.
He joined Golf Saudi in February 2020 as Director of Agronomy.