: Peter Harradine
Open for play:2000TEESChampionship:
5,780 yardsSignature hole:
18th hole, par 5, 567 yards
The 27 holes of championship golf on offer at Abu Dhabi Golf Club are some of the very best you can hope to play in the entire Gulf region. The Championship Course is a tranquil oasis carved out of the desert and at 7,334 yards from the back tees it is more than long enough to test talented golfers. The perfect fairways weave their way through undulating terrain that features native palm trees, decorative plants and shrubs and seven salt water lakes. Generous greens are well protected by strategically placed bunkers so well struck shots from the fairways are a must. As the host of The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship which attracts the world's top golfers each year, anyone visiting Abu Dhabi Golf Club on their holidays is sure for a treat. Whilst the pros seem to breeze round the course well under par, for most club golfers playing off the yellow tees will have to play well to challenge their handicap with a premium on accuracy rather than length key to playing well here, courtesy of the deep fairway bunkers and snagging rough.
For those looking for a more relaxing round of golf there is also a par 36 nine hole Garden Course which is also a great place for beginners to begin their love affair with the game of golf. After dark this course comes alive under the floodlights with Night Golf. There is nothing better than seeing a white golf ball trace into the black sky around the pristine layout at Abu Dhabi, with a mixture of par-3's, 4's and 5's this makes for a great evening of golf.
As one of the best golf courses in Abu Dhabi and the UAE, Abu Dhabi Golf Club is a memorable golfing experience, complete with one of the most iconic clubhouses in golf. As one of the premier events on The European Tour, the event has seen multiple winners with Martin Kaymer, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood all managing to win the tournament on more than one occasion.
2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
With an opening round of 62, Shane Lowry won the 2019 edition of The Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, in it's first showing as a Rolex Series event, winning over 1,000,000 euros in the process. This was the start of a year to remember for Lowry who went onto claim his 1st Major Championship in claiming The Open Championship at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
2018 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Following an amazing 2017 that saw Tommy Fleetwood claim the Race to Dubai, Fleetwood was able to make an early winning start to the season by claiming back-to-back victories in Abu Dhabi for the 1st time since Martin Kaymer in 2010 and 2011. Fleetwood's final rounds of 67 and 65 were enough to claim a 2 shot victory over England's Ross Fisher.
2017 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
Won in terrific style by Tommy Fleetwood who managed to set a -17 total to claim the title by one shot from USA's Dustin Johnson and Spain's Pablo Larrazabal who both finished with closing rounds of 68 compared to Fleetwood's 67 which was enough to win the coveted title.
2016 Abu Dhabi Championship
The 2016 Abu Dhabi Championship had one of the most exciting finishes with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, Thomas Pieters all in contention come Sunday afternoon. Rickie held his nerve and produced two moments of magic to win the event by one shot ahead of Rory Mcilroy. Rickie chipped in on the 17th and then had a solid par on the last to win the event despite Rory making an eagle 3 on the last to finish just one shot shy of Rickie. He became the second American after Chris Dimarco to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
2015 Abu Dhabi Championship
The 2015 Abu Dhabi Championship was extremely tight, with several players in contention come Sunday afternoon. Gary Stal of France came out on top with a score of 19 under par to win his first ever European Tour event. He won by shot ahead of Rory McIlroy so no pressure for Stal down the last few holes. Also in contention on Sunday was the likes of Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson and Thomas Pieters, which made for an excellent Sunday finish.
2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal held his nerve on the final green to deny a chasing pack including major champions Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. The 30-year-old holed a five-foot birdie putt at the last for a closing five-under-par 67 and 14-under total. That left Mickelson needing an eagle from the middle of the fairway, but despite finding the green in two the American was unable to hole his putt from 50 feet. He finished alongside McIlroy at -13.
What the pro’s say:
“I've started here every year since I've been on Tour since 2007. I've been very successful. This is always a place where I like to come. There's more competition, but it's in general, I really enjoy coming here overall; the people, the golf course, the food, the hotel, everything feels really comfortable to me.” – Martin Kaymer
“We have got great practice facilities here, as well as a golf course that can identify your strengths and your weaknesses. It's a world class course and in immaculate shape and you can easily identify where you're playing well and where you're not.” – Phil Mickelson
“It's a golf course that's always sort of suited my eye. I've always done well here. I had a couple of chances to win, and Martin Kaymer was just too good those times. It’s a long golf course and you've got to hit it well off the tee and take advantage of the par fives, which I feel like I can do.” – Rory McIlroy