Destination Golf - November 2016 * - Page 21

With direct flights from most European cities, Abu Dhabi is no longer just an airport stop over, it is an incredible holiday destination with so much on offer for the discerning golfer, the adrenaline junkie, night owls, Sporting and Grand Prix enthusiasts, to name just a few. Formula 1 racing may well have escalated Abu Dhabi onto the global stage, but golf was the main reason for our trip. We visited for 6-days, but we were immediately taken back by the diversity and top quality of golf courses that this destination has to offer. From fabulous courses carved out of the desert to courses on spectacular coastlines or on the back drop of the Abu Dhabi city skyline really does show the dynamic experience of golf in Abu Dhabi. Whether it’s championship-ready parkland, ocean or Links facilities, a gentle urban centre course, the sheer uniqueness of a world-class ‘sand’ course, or an attempt at the emirate’s longesthole on a country facility in an Oasis City heritage heartland. Six pay-and-play courses – all with certified PGA professionals on the books – ensure variety and truly memorable playing experiences, while some of the finest clubhouse hospitality around delivers luxurious post-round experiences to match. Volume 3 • Issue 36 21