The Gezira Sporting Club
: نادى الجزيرة الرياضى
:nādī al-ǧazyrah al-reyādī
) is the largest multi-sport facility in Egypt
. It was founded in 1882 and was originally called Khedivial Sporting Club
It is located on the island of Zamalek
The 150-acre (0.61 km2
) grounds of the Gezira Sporting Club were initially carved out of the Khedivial Botanical Gardens
, and as a result acacias and gardens continue to decorate the area. After the land had been formally leased to the British military
command in 1882, club rules were licensed and the land was divided into several recreational playing grounds. At first, the club was for the exclusive use of the British Army
Membership was restricted to applicants elected by the committee, on the recommendation of two members, although British army officers
were automatically enrolled. There were about 750 members. The entrance fee was E£
2. The various subscriptions were as follows:
- Life members: E£50.
- Resident members (married): E£5.
- Resident members (unmarried): E£3.6.
- Country members (those living outside a radius of 23 kilometers from the Cairo Post Office in Attaba Square): E£2.
Guests could visit the club whenever accompanied by those members by purchasing Day Passes for 50 Egyptian pound
In 1906, the club members asked the Egyptian government
for ownership, but their request was refused. Instead, they were granted a 60-year lease.
The exclusive character of the club continued until after World War II
. In January 1952, the club was nationalized
and became a public club. By this point, most members of the Gezira Sporting Club were Egyptians
, but the club's members were from society's elite. As a result of nationalization, the ethos and structure of the club were to be altered during the Nasser regime
. Half of its eighteen-hole golf course
were given over to a youth club built by the Egyptian government
on the club premises (making it a nine-hole course).
Much of what was deemed as a traditionally aristocratic
asset was nationalized for the benefit of the poorer majority. These actions made the Egyptian president at the time, Gamal Abdel Nasser
, loved and popular among the middle and lower classes of Egypt
What had started as a British
military club evolved into one of Egypt's
greatest outdoor attractions. Over the next five decades Gezira Sporting Club remained both a landmark and one of Cairo's
greatest assets continuing to this day.
As of 2012, membership was estimated to consist of 43,000 families.
About the course
18 holes (played on 9 fairways), Par 70, 5,860 yards (5,360 m), rating 68, three tees.Who can play
Annual membersGolf services
Pro Shop, caddies, trolleys, driving range, club rental
The 125-year-old par 70 golf course
was the first in Egypt
, and was once its best. Before the Nasser Era
, it was an 18-hole course used only by British nationals.
Despite the launch of the Egyptian Lawn Tennis Association Championship in 1934, Gezira Sporting Club continued to offer its two cups:
- The Doherty: awarded for the singles.
- The Slazenger: awarded for the doubles.
The Gezira swimming team was founded in the early 20th century. Now is one of the stronger swimming teams in the Egyptian Premier National Championships. It is ranked 13th out of 33 clubs.
There are currently around forty sports played in Gezira Sporting Club. Some are:
Like other large clubs in Egypt
, the Gezira Sporting Club is currently in the process of building another branch. The planned location is in the 6th of October City
. The club had signed a contract for 50 acres (20 ha) of land and construction has started.
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