The Ladies European Tour on Saturday announced the 2016 season schedule, reinforcing the tour’s global footprint.

Starting with the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater Golf Club in Harewood on 12-15 February, the golfing odyssey will culminate with the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on 7-10 December.

With the Olympic Games on the horizon, the ranking points available from tournaments will be highly sought after in 2016, as players from a multitude of different countries aim to qualify when golf returns to the programme after a 104-year absence, with the women’s tournament taking place at Reserva da Marapendi in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 17-20.

Ivan Khodabakhsh, CEO of the Ladies European Tour, said: “This is the confirmed schedule and we have more exciting tournaments soon to be announced but we want to provide these tournaments with dedicated press conferences and they will be announced in January.”

The 2016 schedule places a premium on quality events with improved purses and a significantly increased number of live television broadcast hours, with a consistent on-screen presence on five continents globally.

“These tournaments invest in live television,” Khodabakhsh continued. “We need to showcase to the world women’s golf, and this year we have I believe 11 or 12 tournaments, and next year we will have 16 tournaments live. That’s what will make the difference.”

The LET will also continue the work of its recently created Development Department, which will strengthen the organisation’s bonds with golf’s governing bodies and tournament promoters who share its vision to grow the game in all parts of the world.

The 2016 Ladies European Tour schedule:

DATE

COUNTRY

TOURNAMENT

VENUE

Feb 12 – 14 NEW ZEALAND ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open Clearwater Golf Club, Harewood, New Zealand
Feb 18-21 AUSTRALIA ISPS Handa Australia Women’s Open The Grange Golf Course, West Course, South Australia
Feb 25 – 28 AUSTRALIA RACV Ladies Masters RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Mar 10 – 13 CHINA World Ladies Championship Mission Hills Dongguan’s Rose-Poulter & Olazabal Courses,  Dongguan, China
May 5 – 8 MOROCCO Lalla Meryem Cup Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco
May 12 – 15 CHINA Buick Invitational Shanghai Qizhong Garden Golf Club, Shanghai, China
June 5 – 8 TURKEY Turkish Airlines Ladies Open National Golf Club, Belek, Antalya, Turkey
June 17 – 19 CZECH REPUBLIC Pilsen Golf Masters Golf Park Plzeň – Dýšina, Prague, Czech Republic
July 22 – 24 SCOTLAND Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open Dundonald Links, Troon, Scotland
July 28-31 ENGLAND Ricoh Women’s British Open Woburn Golf and Country Club
August 15-18 BRAZIL Rio Olympics Reserva da Marapendi
August 25 – 28 ENGLAND ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters TBA
Sept 8 – 11    SWEDEN The Swedish Open TBA
Sept 15-18 FRANCE Evian Championship Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
Oct 6 – 9 FRANCE Lacoste Ladies Open de France Golf de Chantaco, Saint Jean De Luz, France
Oct 13 – 16 CHINA Xiamen International Ladies Open Xiamen Orient Golf Country Club, Haicang, Xiamen, China
Oct 20 – 23 CHINA Sanya Ladies Open Yalong Bay Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan Province, China
Nov 10 – 13 INDIA Hero Women’s Indian Open DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon, India
Dec 2 – 4 JAPAN Kowa Queens Cup (Team Match Play) Miyoshi Country Club, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Dec 7 – 10 U.A.E. Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Emirates Golf Club, (Majlis Course), U.A.E.