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Featured PGA Destination: Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship 2018 Underway

A week ago, the big news coming from the then-impending Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship was that sponsor EGA was paying more than the tournament purse €2,507,520 in appearance fees, with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy raking in over a million each. Into the second day today, both have had a slow start in Round 1, and at the time of writing Round 2 was underway with Thomas Pieters leading by 2 shots, scoring -7 (65) on the day.

The tournament is being played at 
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which we have rated a solid 5 for its immaculate presentation, terrific bunkering, a good choice of water hazards and beautiful greens that give the course a parkland feel rather than the desert ambiance you may expect. The course is open to visitors on weekdays and weekdays.

If you’re going for a sand course where you will play on the ‘browns’ rather than the ‘greens’, head to 
Al Ghazal Golf Club, which has interesting elevation changes on many holes and a challenging layout. Another option is Yas Links Golf Club, an excellent 18-hole championship layout along a seawater lagoon with floodlit practice facilities and a luxury clubhouse.

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Abu Dhabi draws close to five million tourists each year, with proximity to cosmopolitan Dubai – whose tourist footfall exceeds 14 million annually – allowing visitors to experience the luxurious cities without spending too much time on travel. A bus journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi takes roughly 2-2.5 hours while a fast car should take you less than 1.5 hours.

The city’s chief attraction is the awe-inspiring architectural marvel Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque featuring 82 domes, over 1,000 columns and a stunning white and gold façade. If you’re visiting with kids, plan a visit to Ferrari World, home to the world’s fastest roller coaster.


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Where2Golf spotlights

Danzante Bay: this spectacular new Rees Jones design, located near the historic city of Loreto in Mexico, sits alongside the Villa del Palmar Resort.
The Kinloch Club: Lake Taupo, in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, provides the setting for one of the country’s top-rated Stay&Play golf venues.

Tournament of ChampionsJustin Thomas defends his title on Kapalua’s famed Plantation course in the PGA Tour’s 2018 opener (Jan 4-7).
South African Open: the European Tour kicks-off 2018 with the 107th South African Open, the world’s second oldest national championship (Jan 11-14).

Who's Who:
Tommy Horton: true gentleman of golf and record five-time winner of the European Senior Tour Order of Merit passed away in December 2017 aged 76.
Georgia Hall: 21-year-old Solheim Cup player won the 2017 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, although a first win on the Tour has still eluded her.