The Texas Scramble format has so far seen a number of entries for the August 20 event, but you can still join them ahead of Saturday’s deadline (August 13).
Open to teams of four, you will battle on one of the capital’s stunning courses with top honours up for grabs.
SBGC are no strangers to hosting successful golf tournaments and this month’s will be no different.
“We run monthly tournaments for members and guests but at the same time we like to introduce themed golf competitions that are open to all,” said Clinton Norris, PGA, sales manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and SBGC.
“And with the Olympics already under way in Brazil this month, we thought it would be ideal to organise an Olympic themed tournament that is unique and that will provide a fun experience for golfers in Abu Dhabi. It’s a great chance to represent your country on the golf course.”
Entry fees vary between Dh150 and Dh650, with the competition open to visitors, EGF, SBGC, Abu Dhabi Golf Club members and residents. Included in the fee is an Olympic themed buffet, bottled water and practice to the facilities on the day itself. The men’s handicap is 28 and 36 for women.
While prizes are available for the winning team, there are also opportunities to win spot prizes with categories including Nearest to the Pin.
With a few days to register, Norris insists it will be a memorable competition.
“The SBGC Olympics is the first time we’ve held this and we are really anticipating that it will be a super fun event. The team event means each person will have a part to play and it’s also a relaxed format which is perfect at this time of the year because of the heat.
“The golf course is in the best ever condition and the grass type we have has reacted well to the high temperatures and the greens are rolling superbly. It really is a stunning venue and ready to host a great tournament.”
He added: “Saadiyat Beach Golf Club hold around six tournaments open for visitors but we will be hosting more themed events this year with the Ryder Cup, Halloween and Christmas competitions.”
The sport, established in China almost 2,000 years ago, has become hugely popular around the world and the UAE has caught the dragon fever with a number of teams in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.
Since launching in 2009, Admar Barbarians have been a competitive force on home waters and with the new season to begin from September, they are keen to add to their men’s and women’s squads.
“Admar was formed in April 2009 and initially it was a corporate team representing Logistics International LLC,” said captain Jennifer Salangsang.
“But last year it became a non-corporate team representing professionals of different backgrounds.”
Whether you’ve tried the sport or not, experience does not matter with anyone of any ability welcome to join.
“Dragon boating is a team sport which does not have any star player,” said Salangsang. “Everyone has an equal role to play to propel the boat towards the goal. If you love the thrill of competitions, then you have to try dragon boating. There are a lot of advantages as you can remain active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle, while it will also help you relieve the stress. It’s also a good way to meet new people who all share a common goal which is dragon boating.”
Newcomers can join two free trials on Tuesdays (18:30) or Friday or Saturdays (05:00) at Shangri-La beach, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi, before deciding whether they want to sign up for the new campaign for Dh300 plus the monthly membership fee.
“There is no age limit as long as they have the passion, will and determination to wake up early, attend training and push themselves beyond their limits,” said Salangsang.
“Admar Barbarians is a resilient team. We take each challenge as a driving force to be better, stronger and tougher, not only as a team but as individuals. We also have a strong team spirit. We do not claim to be the best but we don’t give up or go down without giving our competitors a good race. A strict discipline on lifestyle and training is enforced, our paddlers give their best in achieving the goal and that is to win. We know how to have fun while also being focused on our goal.”
What: Admar Barbarians dragon-boating try outs
Where: Shangri-La beach, Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi
When: Tuesday (18:30) and Friday/Saturday (05:00)
Contact: For more information, search their Facebook group (AD Mar Barbarians Dragon Boat Team) or email [email protected]
Reform Social & Grill will be one of the coolest spots to watch the Olympics this month for all sporting fans in the region. Located at The Lakes, Dubai, the gastropub is a combination of a restaurant, bar, ice cream parlour, coffee shop, children’s play area, outdoor cinema and private event space.
Throughout the Olympics though, the venue will be screening the Games under one air-conditioned roof with their Lad’s Den tent. The tent can fit up to 110 seated guests and 200 people standing, which means there’s plenty of space to watch whatever competition you’re into with live commentary on a large projector screen.
Even if you choose to watch from elsewhere in the venue, the bar can accommodate up to 110 seated guests and the restaurant area features a pull-down screen so you’ll never miss the action as athletes battle for coveted gold medals.
For those who simply can’t get enough sport, Reform Social & Grill also has a Lad’s Night every Wednesday from 20:00 where classic football games like ‘The Hand of God’ will be played on the big screen. You can even play classic games like darts and fussball for some friendly competition.
Indulge in special offers during the Olympics as well. If you purchase a beverage bucket or pitcher, you’ll receive free entry into a popular pong tournament with beverages, in which you can win a ranger of prizes.
Meanwhile, only in the Lad’s Den will you find happy hour from 21:30 to 23:00, with a burger and a drink priced at Dh120. After the summer heat goes away, the outdoor Orchard area will host weekly host weekly Cinema Nights during the cooler months, along with family fun days, full English breakfast and Saturday/Sunday roast.
Reform Social & Grill is open daily from 20:00 onwards and will screen the Games until the closing ceremony, while Lad’s Night runs until August 31.
Follow your favourite athletes and cheer on the nations as they strive for glory at Reform Social & Grill.
WHAT: Olympics viewing at Reform Social & Grill
WHERE: The Lakes, Dubai
WHEN: Open from 20:00 onwards, with Lad’s Night every Wednesday until August 31
CONTACT: Visit www.reformsocialgrill.ae or call 04 454 2638