Yas Links Abu Dhabi (Yas Island)
Boosting a breathtaking design which impresses through simplicity and elegance, Yas Links Abu Dhabi is one of the most challenging golf courses in the Middle East. The 3 kilometers long links-style course is spread on a 162 acres surface decorated with shrubs, trees, nicely flowing hills and salt lakes. Its positioning near the ocean shore, as well as its undulating landscape adds up to the overall aspect and feel of the golf course.
Yas Links Location
Yas Links Abu Dhabi is located on the Yas Island’s West shore, near the Ferrari World themed park and 15 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International airport. Neighbored by the ocean, the course offers splendid views, fresh air and a laid back atmosphere that boosts visitors’ spirits and enhances their golf performances. While enjoying a natural landscape, tourists stepping inside Yas Links are only minutes away from Yas Island’s city center, few steps away from Yas Island’s important touristic attractions (Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina, Yas Viceroy Hotel, etc.) and 50 minutes away from Dubai.
About Yas Links
Yas Links Abu Dhabi was officially opened in 2000 and represented the first links course in the Middle East. Fully designed by one of the masters in links course architecture, Kyle Phillips, Yas Links is an enchantment for the eye and a challenge for any passionate golfer. The course is spread on 162 acres of rolling sandy hills trimmed by decorative trees and shrubs. Golfers will certainly appreciate the 90 bunkers and the 7 salt lakes which add up to the scenery while increasing the level of difficulty.
The main golf course is a 18-hole, 72 par course with an architecture which balances the pleasure of the eye with the thrills of a fiery competition. Designed so as to change its characteristics along the day, the course requires different strategies in the morning and afternoon due to continuous modifications in wind blow, so specific to Yas Island.
Considering its challenging nature, since 2006 Yas Links hosts one of the most reputable golf championships in the world, the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. Part of the European Tour, the Championship gathers major golf players on Yas Island, in a fierce competition which highlights Yas Links’ numerous possibilities and ways of approaching it.
Yas Links Academy
Learning how to sway properly, hit the ball or accommodate to weather changes significantly improve golf performance. Therefore, for a smooth beginning and great results, first time players are encouraged to ask for professional initiation in golf techniques when visiting Yas Links. Yas Links Academy is a good starting point for any golf passion. Visitors who are not acquainted with golf playing or beginners who are willing to polish their skills are invited to join the Academy courses before hitting the main course. Featuring two indoor air-conditioned hitting studios, a floodlit practice ground, six covered hitting bays and professional golf instructors, the Yas Link Academy guarantees an incredible golf experience even for the less knowledgeable players. Furthermore, the golf academy boosts a floodlit 9-hole golf course specially designed for beginners. The Par-3 course offers the same great playing conditions and impressive scenery as the official Par 72 course, while having a temperate and easy to tame character, suitable for first time players.
Recreation at Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Before and after the golf sessions, visitors are invited to take advantage of the numerous Golf Club facilities. An exquisite meal at Barranca offers unbelievable culinary experiences, as all the dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients, after unique recipes and with a great attention to detail. The menu features old dishes that revive the local cuisine traditions as well as reinterpretations of national and international dishes that will surprise and pamper visitors’ senses. The restaurant opens and 6.00 p.m. and closes at 11.30 p.m., with the last reservation accepted at 10.00pm, and it is available for all Yas Island’s visitors looking for fine food and good company.
The Hicory’s Sports Bar offers an elegant, yet laid back location for sipping a drink while relishing your victory. Boosting a selection of fine drinks, beautiful views of the golf course and high class design, the location is the perfect place for swapping stories, take the pulse of the market or enjoy your breakfast.
Special events, such as corporate meetings and weddings, can be organized at the Yas Links. The Andalucía-styled retreat offers various options for unique moments. An event planner will closely work with the organizers so that every important moment in client’s life, be it business related or personal, may come out the way they want.
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