The tournament began on October 19th and will end on the October 25th 2015 ; it is the last leg of the Alps Tour. Established in 2001, the Alps Tour is truly a stepping-stone for golf professionals in the amateur international circuit to compete in the European Tour. The Alps Tour hosts around twenty tournaments every year, primarily in France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Morocco.
The Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters welcomes the best professional golfers in the international circuit to the spectacular Caesarea Golf Club, located 40 minutes from Tel Aviv. Designed by famed golf course designer Pete Dye, it is the only 18-hole course in Israel.
The tournament was made possible thanks to the initiative of event promoter Marc Harari and support from the Edmond de Rothschild Group.
Professionals and amateurs are facing off on the Israeli course in different competition formats:
- Wednesday 21 October: Pro-Am Official NetMakers
- Thursday 22 October: Pro-Am Official NetMakers LL Avocats – BDA Avocats
- Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October: Edmond de Rothschild Israel Masters in Alliance format (1 amateur & 1 professional from the Alps Tour)
- Sunday 25 October: Alps Tour season final
Awards dinners throughout the tournament will recognise the best golfers!
Caesarea, a meaningful place for the Edmond de Rothschild Group
Choosing the Caesarea Golf to host the event certainly honours the Rothschild family's incredible history in Caesarea.
In the 1950s, Baron Edmond de Rothschild established the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation and donated 3,000 hectares of land in Caesarea and the surrounding areas. Inviting the State to be a partner in the Foundation, Baron Edmond de Rothschild created a unique operational model that channels revenue from the Foundation to benefit Israeli society.
Today, Caesarea is a prosperous community, with both high-end residential areas and a business park comprised of more than 180 companies.
Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and his wife Ariane continue to actively manage the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. Profits from the Foundation are invested in projects designed to support excellence in Israeli higher education.