There are many benefits to jetting off to play golf in a place like Abu Dhabi.

Exciting off course attractions, luxury hotels and world class golf courses are but a few and the weather of course is a great plus too, with perfect conditions for golf on offer throughout much of the year.

There’s also the night-clubbing too…

Of course, we’re not talking about cramming yourself into a strobe light bonanza where the music is so loud it shakes your very bones. We’re talking about grabbing your golf clubs after you’ve enjoyed a bit of dinner and maybe a couple of drinks and heading out into the darkness of night for some golf under the lights.


Night Golf in destinations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Turkey is adding a new dimension to Golf Holidays


Floodlit golf is all the rage now in parts of the world where the climate permits and that makes sense too. The nights come pretty early in Abu Dhabi so golf after about 7pm wouldn’t be on the cards without floodlighting.

And then there’s the climate.

It’s certainly still warm enough, even in a t-shirt, to play golf at night in Abu Dhabi. So that’s exactly what some of the guys from the Your Golf Travel office did on a recent trip to see the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championships.


With the warm evenings, it’s still T-Shirt weather in Abu Dhabi when you take to the course at night!


The guys arrived on the 1st tee just after 9pm, enjoyed 9 holes under the lights and by all accounts playing floodlit golf was the highlight of the trip. Doing so yourself when the opportunity arises on a Golf Holiday is “a must” apparently so with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the places you can tee it up when the sun has long since set…

ABU DHABI

ABU DHABI GOLF CLUB

There have always been 2 golf courses at Abu Dhabi Golf Club; the Championship Course which hosts the cream of the crop on the European Tour each year, and the Garden Course. It’s on the Garden Course, reduced to 9 holes and fitted with floodlighting in 2011, where you can enjoy a bit of night golf.


Check out Team YGT’s 3 Hole Challenge under the floodlights at Abu Dhabi Golf Club


The quality of the lights is brilliant – it’s probably easier to see your ball than it is during the day! –and it’s not just a par-3 course, as is the case at some other venues. Playing to a par of 36, there are 2 par 5s, 5 par 4s and two par 3s; a proper test of golf.

The course closes at 11pm so keep an eye on the time…but apart from that just enjoy it! Oh…and the refreshment booths on your way around too!

YAS LINKS

The championship course at Yas Links Golf Club is certainly the main attraction here. After all it ranked as the top course in the whole of the Middle East. But should you fancy hanging around in the clubhouse, maybe enjoying a bite to eat and a cold beer as you go, and then heading back out for a bit of fun under the floodlights, then why not do exactly that?


At Yas Links, the setting sun thankfully doesn’t signal the end of play for the day!


The par-3 Academy Course at Yas is fully floodlit until 10:30pm, not quite as late as Abu Dhabi GC, but with just par 3s to contend with, teeing off as late as 9pm still allows you to complete the course.

The practice areas are also under lights but let’s face it…you’re going to have a crack at the par 3 course instead of beating balls on the range…right?!

DUBAI

EMIRATES FALDO COURSE

The Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club is undoubtedly the main attraction here. As the 1st 18 hole all grass course to be built in the Middle East, as well as the host of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, it will always turn heads but its sister course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, comes to life at night when the floodlights are switched on.


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Play Night Golf in the heart of Dubai at The Emirates Golf Club


The Faldo Course is the only fully floodlit 18-hole course in Dubai, and thanks to its fairly central location, Dubai’s stunning night time cityscape serves as a dramatic backdrop. Rock up with your clubs from 4pm onwards and play until midnight!

THE TRACK

Located next to The Meydan Racecourse, home to the Dubai World Cup (the world’s richest horserace), as well as a tennis academy, an IMAX cinema and world class five star hotel, The Track also offers golfers the chance to enjoy some night golf during the weekends.


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Play under the lights with the famous Meydan Rececourse looking large in the background


From 5pm onwards – we’d recommend waiting for the later tee times if possible so the night sky is as dark as possible – you can check in for nine holes, with the course closing at 11pm.

TURKEY

CARYA GOLF CLUB

Unlike the courses on offer in Abu Dhabi and Dubai mentioned above, Carya Golf Club in Turkey offers the full monty when it comes to night golf, as when the sun sets here, the whole 18 hole championship course is lit up, allowing golfers to play the full course long into the night.


Check out PGA Pros Mark Crossfield and Coach Lockey’s Night Golf Match at Carya Golf Club


RAS AL KHAIMA

AL HAMRA

While Abu Dhabi and Dubai draw most of the plaudits when it comes to golf in the UAE, the likes of Ras Al Khaima and venues such as Al Hamra Golf Club provide excellent alternatives.

Al Hamra boasts an 18 hole championship course designed by Peter Harradine and with holes 1-7 and the 17th and 18th all fully floodlit, you can enjoy nine holes under the lights here, escaping the heat of the day with a fun round of night golf!

PORTUGAL

Oceanico Academy at Oceanico Amendoeira Resort

While the 9-hole Oceanico Academy Course, located between Oceanico Faldo and Oceanico O’Connor, is primarily aimed at beginners looking to hone their skills before tackling the main championship courses in The Algarve, it’s also a fantastic option for more seasoned players too, who might be looking for some golfing kicks even after the sun has set.


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Throw a bit of Night Golf into the mix on your next Algarve Golf Holiday


Built to the same high standards as the main courses, this nine hole track is fully floodlit and with three tees on each hole which vary the line of play into the greens, there is plenty of variety too.

Rory

Rory

The resident golf geek at Your Golf Travel. Have been lucky enough to have travelled far and wide playing golf and if I’m not writing about it at work, you will probably find me hacking it around my local course. Owner of 2 holes in one and some of the most crooked drives you have ever seen! www.yourgolftravel.com/ygt-rory

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