I don’t play golf. I’m a sales guy, so you should think golf should come naturally. I’m also very sporty, so again, a quick few athletic swings of the club and good eye for distance should see me right. The truth is, I’ve played only two rounds of 18 hole golf in my life. That said, I have a mean pitch and putt game.

So when I was over in Abu Dhabi recently, a colleague suggested we play the Yas Island golf course. “It looks like an amazing links course!“, he said. I didn’t really know what that meant. We were staying at a hotel that overlooked the golf course on Yas Island, and to give him credit, when I looked out from the balcony, it did look amazing. He began Googling. “Si…this is one of the top 100 golf courses in the world. And it was designed by a Scot. We have to play it“. I couldn’t really argue. Despite my lack of golf experience, playing one of the top golf courses in the world was too good an opportunity to turn down.

What an experience it was, and surprisingly enjoyable. Despite me losing and getting verbally abused for the rest of the trip, it was a fantastic experience, set next to the water, and next to the Yas Marina Circuit, home of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

I’ve attached some of the photos I took around the course, including an amazing 17th hole (which I’m proud to say I  parred).

Yas Island Links Golf Course
The view with Yas Marina circuit and Ferrari World in the distance;

Sun setting over the Yas Island Links Golf Course
On the back 9 as the sun sets

The 17th hole at the Yas Island Links Golf Course
The 17th hole. Choose your club wisely!

Safe to say, if you get the opportunity to get out to Abu Dhabi, stay on Yas Island and give the golf course a run for its money.

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