The Yas Links course is a really exciting and enjoyable addition to the golfing scene in the Gulf. It’s design, position and condition is superb, providing a contrast to the usual desert/parkland design which characterises most of the courses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Yas Links hugs the coast line and can be buffeted by off shore winds which adds to its authenticity. It is managed by the international Troon Golf company, who know a thing to two about quality links courses.
Yas Links is located a little way out of the city on the Yas Island close to the Marina Circuit used for the Formula One motor racing. The area has been developed to include housing, restaurants and bars and tourist experiences such as Ferrari World. It can take a little while to navigate the area, so allow plenty of time and if the F1 Grand Prix is in town – forget it!
The course is a test of nerve and confidence with severe penalties around many of the greens, either in the form of bunkers or a drop off into the water. Stray from the fairways into the thick rough and your problems are exacerbated even more!
The third hole is the first of eight picturesque coastal holes. The fairway bends left around the shoreline to a triangular green tucked just behind a dune. Quite often shots are played blind, as much because of differing elevations, as the layout. Don’t over club your approach shot as water lurks behind the green.
The par 3 eighth is a delightful short hole that plays slightly downhill to a green that sits dangerously close to the water’s edge on the right. There is a sharp drop off to thee right hand side, so you need to play safe and find the left side of the green. Hit it too far and you will find bunkers behind, hit it short and right and you will get the same result.
For more information about Abu Dhabi golfing holidays and playing at the Yas Links course, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia) to speak to our Golf Holidays team.
The Yas Links Abu Dhabi Course Information
- Holes: 18
- Par: 72
- Type: Links
- Black T74: 7414 yds
- Blue T70: 7037 yds
- Orange T66: 6611 yds
- Yellow T62: 6236 yds
- White T54: 5434 yds
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