This expansive 317 acre, par 72 golf course, designed by Gary Player, is truly stunning. In addition to the quality of the course, they have created a natural landscape emblematic of the Arabian Gulf. Situated on Saadiyat Island, accessible via the Sheikh Khalifa highway, many of the holes have a view of the pristine coast line and white sand beaches. While playing you may see Humpback Dolphins, Mountain Gazelles, Hawksbills Turtles, and migrating European Roller birds passing by.
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Saadiyat Beach Golf Club
Abu Dhabi loves golf and its courses run the gamut from the Scottish links on Yas to the beachfront greens on Saadiyat. Tiger Woods and other stars have played the course at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club, or you can play the Saadiyat’s course, designed by Gary Player, where you may have to share the greens with the dhabis (small gazelles) that give Abu Dhabi its name. (For either course, make sure to book in advance.)
Winding its way along Saadiyat Beach, with sweeping views across the Arabian Gulf, the region’s first oceanfront course is a joy for scratch golfers and novices alike. The Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is a 317-acre, par 72 beach-links championship course. Another world-class golf destination awaits on the other side of the city: Abu Dhabi Golf Course (400 acres, par 72) features seven lakes, 90 bunkers, and a clubhouse shaped like a falcon—the national bird of the UAE. It hosts the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, the European PGA Tour season-opener.