The Yas Links Golf Club, Abu Dhabi.
Nestled on the western shores of Abu Dhabi’s popular entertainment destination Yas Island, Yas Links is an hour’s drive from Dubai and promises to test professionals, enthrall amateurs and excite beginners with its pot bunkers, unpredictable wind conditions and uneven fairways. Set among undulating hills and wild mangrove plantations, the course has been designed by architect Kyle Phillips as Arabia’s only true links course.
Often listed among the world’s top city golf clubs, the 7450 yard, Par 72 championship course has mesmerising views of the Arabian Gulf. In fact 8 of the 18 daunting holes run right up along the coastline. An added plus is the floodlit driving range that allows you to escape the heat of the day and put in practice time to perfect your swing in the cooler evenings, or after a busy day at work.
If you’re planning a Golf getaway, you’d be happy to know that this iconic golf course is served by seven island hotels, including the Yas Viceroy Hotel – the only hotel in the world straddling a Formula 1® track. A private boat mooring service and a fine dining restaurant with lovely views of Abu Dhabi’s futuristic skyline, and lawns with croquet add a fun touch if you’re travelling with friends.
Green fees depending upon peak / off peak days:
Regular: AED 600-899
ABOUT REHAN PONCHA: The author is one of India’s finest athletes. An Olympian swimmer and Arjuna Awardee, Rehan has recently given up swimming to pursue golf with a dream of going pro.
He is a passionate athlete who loves to travel and is a self confessed foodie!