The mission of the Arab Golf Federation (AGF) is to streamline the affairs of the game in the Arab world and enhance the overall development of golf by creating healthy playing opportunities for its members. Recognised by R&A - the game's governing body based at St Andrews -- and the Arab Olympic Committee, the AGF was formed in 1974 during Al Nile and Arz Golf Championship. Since then it has worked tirelessly to realize a strong potential of growth in the region while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The credit for laying a strong foundation goes to Lebanon's Saleem Salam, who was appointed the first chairman for the AGF. Under his inspiring leadership, Lebanon hosted the AGF for the first 15 years. After his sad demise, Khaled Abu Taleb of Egypt took over reigns and guided the federation to greater heights with his vision until 2008. The elections to the board of directors were held in 2009 during the 29th Arab Golf Championship in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE when HE Shiekh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi was elected the chairman of AGF and Adel Al Zarouni as the Secretary-General for a four-year term. The duo, along with the board members, have chalked up ambitious plans to put Arab golf on the map.
Tournament attracted 12 teams with Morocco dominating the field in all divisions and in 2009 there were 15 countries had participated in the 29th Arab Golf Championship when it was played in the UAE. Staged annually in rotation among the member countries, the 72-hole stroke championship is the premier event of the AGF. The best three scores in a team of four are counted each day. The top three teams receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The individual scores of players from each country are also recognized for individual Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
The Arab Ladies Championship, introduced in 2009 to create awareness about the game among Arab women, is played annually. Each team comprises three players with best two counting each day over 54 holes.