Abu Dhabi has come a long way from only being one of the most prolific exporters of oil and gas in the world. The capital of the United Arab Emirates has many more feathers in its cap which include the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which seems as pristine as it is modern, the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, the base of the global airline giant Etihad Airways to name a few. The infrastructure and the facilities available, do not in any way betray the fact that it is one of the wealthiest places in the world. And yet, quite literally the desert is the backdrop. But it is this combination that provides opportunities to the traveler, to experience and savour the unique flavor that is Abu Dhabi. Lavish resorts catering to the rich and famous are the order of the day. In such a scheme of things, it is difficult to imagine that Golf in Abu Dhabi will be left behind. In fact, three outstanding golf courses, each different from the other, are on offer in Abu Dhabi to complete the mix, desired for Abu Dhabi golf holidays.
Abu Dhabi golf club is the oldest of the three courses in Abu Dhabi and is truly a classic. It has hosted the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for many years. One of the key challenges in the Peter Harradine designed course are the slopes on the greens – making the landing on the correct side of the pin a critical factor in shooting low scores. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa situated alongside the Abu Dhabi Golf Club is the ideal accommodation option for stay and play Abu Dhabi golf packages. The Gary Player designed Saadiyat Golf course on the Saadiyat Island is another treat that awaits the golfer in Abu Dhabi golf tours. But, be prepared to keep the focus on shot-making as it is easy to get distracted by the vistas on offer, especially as you make your way to the closing holes of the course. Being in position is key on this layout to ensure you shoot your best scores. The last but not least on the Yas Island is the magnificent Yas Links. It is true that links courses are only found in UK, Ireland and a few other places in the world, but if this course was actually in one of these places, no one would bat an eyelid about it being a links course. The Kyle Philips is a true beauty and it is no surprise that it finds itself in the top 50 golf courses of the world. All the holes have views of the sea and it is difficult to imagine better finishes than the par 3 17th and the treacherous par 5, 18th.
As a combination of three golf courses in one location, with the kind of proximity from each other that they enjoy, it may be hard to beat anywhere in the world. As the world’s awareness keeps growing, Abu Dhabi golf tee times are getting harder and harder to get. With the destination it is and the relatively affordable luxury it offers, Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi golf holidays are becoming quite the norm