Head for the fairways this summer and iron our your game at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

Denzil Pinto 20/05/2017
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The club’s professionals are at hand to help improve your game.

The summer is now upon us but you can still fine-tune your golf skills or learn the tricks of the game by taking advantage of Abu Dhabi City Golf Club’s (ADCGC) promotions.

Whatever your experience, there is something for everyone with a range of activities on offer from Thursday, June 1 to September 14.

Their special deals include nine-hole play at Dh99 from 05:30 to 14:00 on weekdays, or Dh170 from 14:10 to 21:00, while if you want to play the 18 holes, then it’s double the price. For those who want to play on weekends, then nine holes cost Dh170, while 18 holes is Dh340.

For those who have never played the game or want to enhance their skills, then there are various golf lessons available.

For just Dh99, you can enjoy a 30-minute introductory lesson, while a two-hour session costs Dh499 (which includes a pool pass).

If you want a five-hour class, you can do exactly that for Dh999, which includes a playing lesson, flightscope session as well as a nine-hole green fee voucher that can be used on Sundays or Mondays.

Academy memberships for one and three months, starting from Dh499 as well as Golf Memberships (peak and off-peak), are also available.

The golf course is a stunning place to enjoy 18 holes or a playing lesson.

The golf course is a stunning place to enjoy 18 holes or a playing lesson.

It’s not the first time that ADCGC have had these promotions during this time of the year and following its success in the previous years, their head PGA professional Steve Johns insists 2017 will be no different.

“These promotions have been carefully chosen for what we believe is good value for money,” he said. “We have been doing these summer promotions for many years and it’s been a big hit with many people taking advantage of the offers, whether it’s through a single lesson or golf membership.

“Although there are a lot of people who do go overseas for their holidays, there’s still a majority who stay in the UAE. Golf is a perfect pastime sport to take up as they will have a lot of time on their hands.”

He added: “We have upgraded our floodlights last summer and now playing golf in the night is better than ever before. Although it’s a bit humid in the evening, it’s definitely more pleasant than playing in the daytime.

“Besides the golf deals, we also have some fantastic facilities such as the swimming pool and gym, plus there’ll be certain food and beverage promotions.”

WHAT: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club Summer Promotions
WHERE: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
WHEN: June 1 to September 14
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.adcitygolf.ae

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Trio share the lead at MahaSamutr Masters on day one

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Lionel Weber started brightly.

France’s Lionel Weber fired a solid five-under 67 to grab a share of the lead as rising teen star Victoria Tip-Aucha finished six shots off the pace after the opening round of the MENA Tour’s MahaSamutr Masters on Tuesday.

Weber, an established member of the Asian Tour and a Banyan Golf Club ambassador, reeled off seven birdies against two bogeys to join Thai Varanyu Rattanaphaibulkij and England’s MENA Tour ace Zane Scotland on top a crowded leaderboard.

Lee Corfield, a four-time winner on the MENA Tour, overcame an early bogey on the first to card a 68 that left him in a three-man group tied for fourth along with fellow Englishman Jordan Garnish and Thai Suradit Yongcharoenchai.

Sponsored by MahaSamutr Country Club Hua Hin and supported by Singha Water, the tournament saw 15-year-old US prodigy Victoria, of Thai heritage, make history by becoming the first woman to tee it up in a MENA Tour event.

She made the turn at level par after making a birdie on the opening hole, but two double bogeys, one each at 10th and 12th, dropped her back. Unruffled by the mid-round wobble, she picked up three shots in her last five holes to be tied 41st in the field.

“I started off well, but got to the point where I was four-over. I think I did well to bring it back to one-over, which was good,” said Victoria, who has already won five times on the Thailand girls golf circuit this year.

Weber felt local knowledge came in handy as he seized the early initiative.

“Being a Banyan Club ambassador, I have played this course many times. It’s always a pleasure to play on this great track,” he said. “I just didn’t putt very well, but still made some birdies out there which was quite pleasing.”

Thailand’s Rattanaphaibulkij mixed six birdies with a bogey while Scotland, a 10-time winner on the Tour, went bogey free on a day when 29 players, including 10 from Thailand, broke par.

Dubai-based Indian amateur Rayhan Thomas, who is supported by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, returned a 70 to lead the amateur division on two-under, one ahead of the Thai trio of Runchanapong Youprayong, Worathon Zeng and 14-year-old Phichaksn Maichon, who recently won the 13-14 division at the 2016 Junior World championships in the United States.

Thomas had reached four-under for his round after 12 holes, but two late bogeys – on the fifth and seventh holes – denied him an even better finish.

Another Asian Tour regular, Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, was alongside Thomas and seven others at two-under 70.

UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh endured a difficult opening round, signing for an 81 that left him a mountain to climb to make the cut.

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Home comforts: Venezuela’s Wolmer Murillo, who is attached to this week’s host venue Banyan Golf Club, is looking for another strong Thai leg of the MENA Tour.

Wolmer Murillo will be hoping local knowledge and the memories of his incredible run of success on the MENA Tour’s Thailand swing last year will spur him on to more laurels when the MahaSamutr Masters tees off at Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Venezuelan star won the Mountain Creek Open by Golf Citizen by three shots and followed it up with a second-place finish in the MahaSamutr Masters a week later when the tour travelled to Thailand for the first time in 2016.

Murillo, who is attached to Banyan, will be keen to pick up from where he left off last year, but will have his work cut-out as a strong field, packed with 13 winners on the tour, assembles at the award-winning course where Daniel Owen will be seeking revenge of sorts after last week’s disappointing finish.

A final-round 82 at Ras Al Khaimah was just a temporary blip in an otherwise strong performance from the Englishman, who opened with back-to-back 66s, and he will be keen to put that meltdown behind him when he tees it up looking for his maiden title on the tour.

Sponsored by MahaSamutr Country Club Hua Hin and supported by Singha Water, the first event on the tour’s 2017 Thailand swing will see 139 players from 26 countries battle for top honours.

The tournament will have a distinct Thai flavour with a strong home contingent of 25 golfers joining the field, which is headlined by England’s Zane Scotland, a 10-time winner on the MENA Tour.

Other notable contenders include Lee Corfield, Craig Hinton and Andrew Marshall, all multiple winners on the tour, cricketerturned-golfer Craig Kieswetter, who graduated from the tour’s qualifying school earlier this year, and rising teen-star Victoria TipAucha, who will become the first woman to play on the MENA Tour.

Fresh after competing in the prestigious Junior International at Sage Valley in South Carolina, where he finished a creditable tied 13th, 17-year-old Rayhan Thomas will be eager to win more than the amateur division, which has attracted as many as 16 players.

Having finished second at the Mountain Creek Open and third at MahaSamutr Masters last year, the top-ranked Indian prodigy knows a thing or two about playing conditions in Thailand.

“It feels good to return to golf courses where you have enjoyed some good finishes. I have been working very hard with my coach Justin Parsons and the good thing is that I am feeling confident about my game,” said the Dubai-based star, who is backed by the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation.

The UAE’s Ahmed Al Musharrekh will spearhead the challenge in the MENA Division, confident of racking up some good results, and he said: “I am working on certain aspects of my game and hope to get things dialed in sooner than later. It’s always a work in progress.”

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