Abu Dhabi: With attendees from golf trade and media titles, this year’s Golf Tourism Week welcomed decision makers and journalists from 12 countries. With a packed itinerary, the key amenities of Abu Dhabi were showcased, including experiences of golf, luxury accommodation, culture and top tourist attractions.
The Golf Tourism Week attendees, including representatives from the United States, China and Korea, were given full access to the plethora of top golf courses in Abu Dhabi; European Tour host venue ‘Abu Dhabi Golf Club’, the Gary Player-designed ‘Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’, and ‘Yas Links’, a world top-50 ranked course.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, 14-time home to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, a Rolex Series event, was a favourite among the attendees, who revelled in playing a course that had been set up this year to accommodate some of the best players in the world, including Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, host of the Ladies European Tour’s Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, was also highly regarded due to its stunning views of the coastline and plethora of wildlife who reside on the course; including over 150 gazelles. These native deer are a part of the capital’s heritage with Abu Dhabi translating in Arabic to ‘Father of the Gazelle’.
Away from the golf courses, Golf Tourism Week invitees experienced the fully integrated tourism offering in Abu Dhabi. Attendees stayed and dined in some of the most luxurious hotels in the region, including The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Yas Hotel, and the beach resort of Saadiyat Rotana, all of which boast a five-star rating with varying price levels.
On top of this, the invitees were taken to the most sought after tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi and experienced for themselves many of the ‘off the course’ activities that Abu Dhabi has on offer; the art-filled Louvre Abu Dhabi, the purest and most stunning beach in the UAE on Saadiyat, Ferrari World which is home to the world’s fastest roller-coaster, Yas Mall which is the largest and most extravagant in the capital, Shooting in the UNESCO City of Al Ain, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which features breath-taking architecture.
Clinton Norris, Senior Sales Manager at Troon-managed Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, said: “It was a pleasure to host first time guests from all over the world for our second edition of Abu Dhabi Golf Tourism Week. Our attendees have attested to the quality of the golf and leisure that is on offer at Abu Dhabi, something that we pride ourselves in. We look forward to building relationships with all of the invitees that we have hosted here and look forward to greeting their clients and their families in the future.”
Troon is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.