If you think rolling pea-green hills don’t exist here in the UAE, think again – Yas Links Abu Dhabi is home to endless groomed greens and lush mangrove plantations that span the western shore, totalling some 130,000 plants. Golf enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that such a verdant landscape also makes up the UAE’s first true links course, designed by leading golf course designer Kyle Philips.(So good, in fact, it was awarded the title of 24th best course in the world outside the USA by Golf Digest, and ranked number 70 worldwide by Golf World magazine). But you don’t have to be a golfing pro to make the most of all that Yas Links Abu Dhabi has to offer.
The championship course is also home to an award-winning restaurant – Hickory’s (think comfort food with bags of class.) Pull up a pew at the popular all-day dining spot and you can tuck into juicy steaks, Italian pizzas and just-made pies while looking out over the course. And for those who don’t intend to spend every day mastering the 8 coast-facing holes on the Par 72 course (though we’d hazard a guess that golfers won’t be able to resist…) you can make the most of Yas Links other myriad activities – try kayaking along the marina or taking a sunkissed dip in its sparkling infinity pool. Those with colleagues, friends or family in tow, meanwhile, should look to the whole host of private events on offer at Yas Links, for 20 people plus, until the end of December – why not try a Private Golf Event complete with juices and buffet for AED399?