Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s newest golf course

Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course
Yas Links Abu Dhabi Golf Course

Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the Middle East’s newest and critically acclaimed golf course, will take part in the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2011 Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, at 8:30pm (local time), adding its support to help tackle climate change.

Since it opened, exactly a year ago, Yas Links has championed efforts that help tackle climate change and endorse environmental and sustainable issues to create the perfect environment where nature and wildlife are harnessed – safeguarding the natural world.

Yas Links has invested in solar-panelled golf buggies and uses energy-saving light bulbs in its clubhouse as part of its corporate green initiative. The club also encourages its members to adopt commonplace recycling initiatives, such as paper, cans and plastics, and supports environmental charities such as Greenpeace.

As a business, Yas Links strongly promotes ‘green thinking’ among its employees, a stance that has led to a beach clean-up exercise, tocollect rubbish gathered along its coastline, being organised for April.

Yas Links’ golf course maintenance team is also looking at ways of minimising water consumption by studying the relative merits of using seawater on sample plots for growing plants both around the course and on the island itself.

Chris White, General Manager of developer Aldar Properties (Golf Division), said: “As an organisation, Yas Links strongly believes in the environmental efforts WWF is championing.

“Since its creation, Yas Links has established deep-rooted ecological and sustainable foundations that have helped create a unique coastal habitat for Yas Island. It is home to a rich ecosystem of bird and marine life that golf course architect Kyle Phillips wanted to preserve. He was keen to create an extraordinary links course that not only lent itself perfectly to exciting golf holes, but, more importantly, benefited from an approved environmentalprogramme.”

To celebrate Yas Links’ first anniversary, the golf course is continuing to roll out its green initiatives and will, as part of its environmental programme, increase its dedication to the island’s mangrove plantation.

For more information about Yas Links Golf Club, Abu Dhabi visit www.yaslinks.com.

Links Abu Dhabi – best golf course in the Middle East

Yas Links Golf Course in Abu Dhabi
Yas Links Golf Course in Abu Dhabi

Links Abu Dhabi, the new Kyle Phillips designed golf course is the “best course in the Middle East” according to the latest issue of Golf Course Architecture magazine.

The world-class development on Yas Island, home to the Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit, venue of the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the spectacular Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park, has received widespread critical acclaim.

It is the first Middle East design for leading course architect Kyle Phillips, creator of World Top 100 Course Kingsbarns, Scotland, as well as the highly rated Verdura Golf & Spa Resort (Sicily), Dundonald (Scotland), and The Grove (London), who has created an extraordinary links overlooking the Arabian Gulf that rides rolling sand hills along three kilometers of coastline, and features nine seashore greens.

This championship course is located on the west shores of Yas Island and includes a 5750 m2 (57000 ft2) luxurious clubhouse and world-class, floodlit practice ranges and academy of golf.

In a unique twist, Phillips was able to design not only the golf course, but the coastline along which the course runs. That’s because the channel along the western edge of Yas Island had to be dredged to produce the 1.8 million m3 (cubic metres) of fill used to construct the golf course. The result is a coastline that lends itself perfectly to exciting golf holes, and one that is also benefiting from an approved environmental programme that has introduced 130,000 mangrove plants.

Yas Links General Manager, Chris White, said: “Kyle has created a breathtaking golf experience at Yas Links and one that is unique in the Middle East. It is a rolling, heaving golf course, weaving through sand hills and wending its way along the shoreline with views of the Arabian Gulf on all 18 holes.

The course opened in March 2010 as a semi private golf club offering both golf and social membership as well welcoming guest play; and in January 2011 some of the world’s top golfers will experience Yas Links for themselves in 2011 when the world’s most prestigious one-day Pro-Am tournament moves to Abu Dhabi.

The Invitational on January 17, 2011, hosted by Abdullah Al Naboodah, will see some of the world’s best players join forces with 50 invited amateurs for a day of great competitive golf. World No.1 Lee Westwood, reigning US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia and Ross Fisher plus more to confirm.

For more information visit www.yaslinks.com.