The Island Classic Charity Golf Tournament
A magnificent 9 hole golf course layout awaits to challenge both high and low handicappers. The beautiful manicured grass course is imaginative in its design and picturesque in its presentation. Strategically placed lakes, which add beauty to the pleasant surroundings, are ever present to accept errant balls, while good shots are rewarded by perfect lies on the lush fairways or by holding on the gently undulating greens.
At first glance, one could be forgiven for thinking that this relatively short course does not test one’s golfing ability, but then the prevailing winds of varying strengths come into play, adding to the difficulty built into the course layout. From every angle there is a challenge. And this is what has pushed the seasoned golfers to return year after year to play at the American Mission Hospital Island Classic Charity Golf Tournament.
In the year 1997, the American Mission Hospital which was operating as a not for profit society, needed extra funds to construct a building on the land opposite to the original hospital. The new building would be connected to the old building by an overhead bridge. To meet the cash requirement, the fundraising committee (made up of members of the American Mission Hospital and the American Association of Bahrain) came up with an idea conduct a golf tournament. This was the inception of the Island Classic.
His Majesty the King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (the Crown prince then) very kindly agreed to offer the historical hospital to conduct the event at His private golf course in Saffriya. Organizations rushed to sponsor the event and get a chance to play on the coveted golf course. Over the next five years the hospital raised enough funds to complete the construction of the new building which is now known as the 2000 building.
By then the event had gained tremendous popularity and every year amateur and professional golfers alike waited for the opportunity to play at the golf course for the title of Premier winners for high handicap teams and Championship winners for low handicap teams. His Majesty the King continued to provide his kind patronage and with the encouragement and guidance of the Royal Court, the event got itself a permanent place in the social and golfing calendar of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
2017 marked the 20th Anniversary of the AMH Island Classic charity golf tournament. Funds raised after the construction of the 2000 building were diverted towards opening specialized clinics, purchasing much needed medical equipment and more recently towards the community outreach programs of the hospital, which are aimed at providing medical awareness and health checks in order to pave the way for a much healthier Bahrain.