Travel Bites: Yas Links – Abu Dhabi

Yas Links, 12th hole
Yas Links, 12th hole
Yas Links, 12th hole

Some of the best golfers in the world, including Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are in the middle east this week to compete at the Abu Dhabi Championship.

While the pros, including Canadian Mike Weir, will be fighting it out on the National Course at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, other golf fans will be supplementing their visit to the tournament with some golf rounds of their own. One place they will likely seek out is the semi-private Yas Links.

Sprawled out along almost two miles of sandy Arabian Gulf coast, just a stone’s throw from the world-class motor racing circuit, signature hotels and theme parks of Yas Island, the Kyle Phillips’ design was the first links course in the Middle East. Measuring 7,414 yards off the tips, Yas Links took more than three years to construct and has eight holes abutting the coastline itself.

Phillips is renowned for his work around the world including Kingsbarns in Scotland and he spared no effort with his work in Abu Dhabi.

It is ranked number one in the Middle East and #46 in the world by Golf Digest; and it sits at #62 in the world ranking with Platinum Clubs of the World.

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