Although Christmas Day is over for another year, you can still take advantage of some fantastic festive golf promotions at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club (ADCGC) this month. Their Christmas Crackers offers have been a big hit since it was launched and with it being available for purchase until the end of December, you can see for yourself why it’s highly rated.
For Dh599, you can receive two hours of coaching under qualified PGA professionals, saving you a 20 per cent discount, while if you want four hours of coaching (at a 33 per cent discount), that can be bought at Dh999.
With the promotions valid for three months from the date of purchase, David Taylor, head professional at ADCGC, says it’s a great way for golfers to enjoy the game at less cost. “Our Christmas Crackers promotions have always been a success here at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club as it offers all of our guests the chance to save money and give the gift of golf over the festive season,” he said.
“We see lots of our regular players inviting and introducing their friends, family and work colleagues to this great game, which can only be good for the game.
“This offer also allows golfers to make sure they play their best golf ever going into the new year. With the cooler season and the course in fantastic shape, there is no better time to start playing better golf.”
He added: “Our vision at Abu Dhabi City Golf Club is ‘We Grow Golf’ and this promotion is just another way to get more and more people playing golf.
“We hope to attract as many golfers down to our outstanding facilities as possible. We have lots of exciting plans in place for 2018 and firmly believe this will be the best year yet for golf in Abu Dhabi.
“We hope our Christmas Cracker promotion offers the opportunity for people to come down and give golf a try if they have never played before.
“Or for our regular golfer to get their game in the best possible shape for the New Year.
“Abu Dhabi City Golf Club caters for all levels of golfer and whether you’re looking to treat a loved one or maybe treat yourself, this promotion would be perfect for you.”
What: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club Christmas Cracker promotion
Where: Abu Dhabi City Golf Club
When: On-going. Promotions to be bought before December 31
Contact: For more information, visit www.adcitygolf.com or call +971 2 445 9600.
The Sharjah Senior Golf Masters presented by Shurooq will return to the schedule from March 8-10 to kickstart the 2018 Staysure Tour season in the UAE.
Formerly known as the European Senior Tour, UK-based insurance company Staysure have become the first title sponsor of the over-50s circuit in a landmark partnership for the European Tour, and the first event will be staged in Sharjah.
South Africa’s Chris Williams won the first edition of the event in 2017, securing a first prize of $70,000 after defeating England’s Gary Marks in a play-off. Williams finished second on the Order of Merit that season.
Held once again at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, the Sharjah Senior Golf Masters is the only event in European Tour history to have been played over a nine-hole golf course.
David MacLaren, Head of the Staysure Tour, said: “We were privileged to be a part of the first ever professional golf tournament held in Sharjah, and we were delighted to return to the UAE, a region synonymous with world-class golf.
“Last year’s tournament was a landmark event for both the Tour and for Sharjah, as the first professional event held in the Emirate and the first ever European Tour event played on a nine-hole course.
“This year’s edition will be of equal importance as we mark the start of our relationship with Staysure as the new title sponsors of the Tour, and begin our 2018 schedule.”
Martin Duff, Director of Golf at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, said: “Everyone at Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club is both delighted and excited to be hosting the Staysure Tour as we look to build on a hugely successful inaugural event.
The theme last year was very much about ‘firsts’ and to a degree this seems set to continue as we proudly host the first ever event on the Staysure Tour.
“Our golf course received rave reviews from all involved last year and, with further developments carried out over the summer. We are certain the 7337 yard layout will once again attract significant praise. One thing is for certain – the professionals will offer a personable and close up experience rarely witnessed by fans in top level professional golf.”
Angel Yin displayed her vast potential and power off the tee as well as a soft touch around the greens in a three-way play-off to capture the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic in a riveting finish at Emirates Golf Club on Saturday.
The 19-year-old Los Angeles native saved par after finding the water on the closing hole in a bogey-free final round of 67 to match the clubhouse target of a 15-under-par set by South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim and Celine Herbin of France.
Long-hitting Yin, who averages 276.75 yards off the tee, and Kim birdied the first extra hole (the 18th) to stay in the hunt while Herbin was eliminated after finding the water with her third shot. A tap-in birdie on the drivable second playoff hole (254-yard, 17th) saw Yin clinch the issue as the South Korean agonizingly missed her birdie effort in the first ever play-off since the tournament’s inception in 2006.
“I feel amazing. Actually, it’s my first major tour professional win, so this is big for me,” said an elated Yin after receiving the winner’s trophy from Hend Bilselah and Walid Al Attar of Emirates Global Aluminium.
“It’s been a long week and I’m happy to be here in Dubai for the second time. I had a great time last year and I’m happy to be here again,” said Yin, who tied for 10th in the event in 2017.
“Two days ago, I went to the aquarium in the Dubai Mall and today I’m going to see penguins with my friends — yes! I loved the course and it was in great shape,” said the rising star who became the second American after Lexi Thompson to win the season-ending Ladies European Tour event.
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Herbin, who shot a final round of 64, wasn’t too disappointed at being eliminated with a double-bogey on the 18th hole after finding the water with her third shot.
She said: “I mean, it was really a bonus for me to in this play-off today. It was an awesome round for me, my personal best, minus eight and I had nine birdies. I enjoyed it a lot today.
“I played very well, really, but so I spent a little bit too much time without playing. I finished earlier and I lost a little bit of rhythm, I would say. I could feel it on the drive and even the 7-iron on the lay-up.
“The sand wedge went out of the clubface, but today is a very nice day for me. It’s nice to finish well in this tournament, one of the biggest of the LET and I’m very happy.”
Kim, the 2009 champion, admitted that she was disappointed to have missed her birdie putt from six feet on the 17th hole in the play-off, but felt that she had given it her best.
She said: “You know, just getting myself in contention on the back nine, that was my goal. I was able to get into the play-off. I think that was the best scenario that I could ever have ask for before teeing off. I’m sure that a lot of girls played well today, and we all have a similar story. The course was set up for more aggressive play, but I think I took good advantage of it.”
Overnight leader Anne Van Dam fired a final round of 71 and ended two strokes back in fourth place, with Aditi Ashok, Charley Hull and Pernilla Lindberg tied for fifth.
Thidapa Suwannapura was eighth, while Olivia Cowan and Michele Thomson completed the top 10 spots.
Georgia Hall, who had already wrapped up the Order of Merit, tied for 21st place and a tie for 66th was enough for Camille Chevalier to end the season as the leading first year professional and be crowned as the LET Rookie of the Year.