There are many exceptional golf courses in Abu Dhabi and below are just a few of our favourites.
SAADIYAT BEACH GOLF CLUB
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is the region’s first ocean course; the Gary Player-designed masterpiece respectfully harnesses the natural beauty of Saadiyat Island’s magnificent, white sand beaches for a truly unique playing experience.
With the meandering, eco-conscious course providing stunning sea views, there’s also the chance to spot dolphins at play in the glistening Arabian Gulf. Three salt water lakes and restored beach and sand dunes provide majestic on-course hazards, while more than 60 bunkers force even the bravest to pause for thought on this challenging Par 72.
Designed with amateurs and professionals in mind, carefully positioned tee boxes ensure the total yardage starts at 5,290, although the course can be extended to a whopping 7,784 yards for pros.
The clubhouse is known as a dining treat and has a great terrace for prize-giving ceremonies or outdoor socialising.
YAS LINKS ABU DHABI
Set among rolling hills and delicate mangrove plantations, Yas Links Abu Dhabi – designed by Kyle Phillips, the world-renowned course architect – is the Middle East’s only true links course.
Nestled on the western shores of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi’s landmark entertainment destination, every daunting, dynamic Yas Links hole has sparkling coastline views of the Arabian Gulf – indeed eight run right up along the coastline. A favourite with UAE-based players, the course has recently been acclaimed as one of ‘The World’s Top City Golf Clubs’ by CNN Travel and has also been named amongst the world’s most beautiful by MSN UK – the online news, sport and entertainment provider.
Voted among the ‘Top 10 New International Golf Courses’ by the USA’s influential Golf Magazine, and named one of the world’s top 25 by US publication Golf Digest, the Par 72 championship course stretches to a demanding 7,450 yards, while a nine-hole Par 3 academy course, floodlit practice facilities and luxurious clubhouse further complement the offering.
Yas Links is distinguished by private boat mooring and a fine dining restaurant, with stunning views of Abu Dhabi’s 21st century skyline thrown in for free, as well as a private lawn for events and croquet.
ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB
Home to the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, a European PGA Tour event – Abu Dhabi Golf Club is presided over by arguably the Arabia’s most iconic club house: a vast winged falcon perched atop a golf ball.
Managed by Troon Golf, this award-winning facility features two distinct playing experiences, which have seen the club ranked among the World’s Top 100 courses by Golf World magazine. The Par 72 National Course covers 7,334 yards of lush fairways, undulating greens and more than 90 challenging bunkers, while the more accessible Par 36 Garden Course totals 3,299 yards. The fully floodlit, nine-hole Garden Course is also the perfect place for a spot of night golf on a championship-standard facility.