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Pack your bags and head to Abu Dhabi to play golf this June


Sponsor: GDME Play & Stay in partnership with Viya Golf is the ultimate weekend for golf fans…

Gather your golf buddies, next month there’s a weekend you’ll want to tee off. Presented by Golf Digest Middle East and Viya Golf, the GDME Play & Stay is a weekend stay that includes two rounds of golf at two of the capital’s top courses, an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island and more. So clear out your diary now and make a note of Friday, June 9th and Saturday, June 10th.

For just Dhs1,295 for two, you get two rounds of golf for one person – one at Yas Links Abu Dhabi and one at Yas Acres Golf & Country Club – including a range of meals, plus prizes to win on the weekend winner. If your guests aren’t taking classes, the hotel offers plenty of pampering and amenities. If you’re playing with another golf fan, you can add a second guest for an additional AED 150 for the 9-hole round at Yas Acres and AED 290 for the 18-hole round at Yas Links Ram.

Here’s the full itinerary:

2pm: Check-in at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s top destination island overlooking Yas Links, the resort has its own private teal beach along the shores of the Arabian Gulf, perfect for sunsets and beautiful sunsets. Guests can choose between twin or double rooms.

3.45pm: Head to Yas Acres

4pm: Welcome drink, practice and player briefing

Registered players will arrive at their hotel on Yas Island on Friday for a reception, followed by a short excursion for a nine-hole showdown on the stunning course at Yas Acres in the early evening.

5pm: Nine-hole shotgun begins (individual stableford format)

Opened last year, Yas Acres Golf & Country Club has been warmly welcomed by local golfers and foreign tourists alike and is growing in popularity, joining Viya Golf’s expanding portfolio of clubs in the UAE.

The nine hole facility is perfect for experienced golfers, budding youngsters, weekend warriors and those who just like to relax and let everyone else work hard.

7.15pm: Return to Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

8.30pm: Stills Evening Brunch

From 8.30pm to 11.30pm, guests can enjoy an international brunch buffet at European restaurant Stills, followed by three hours of signature drinks.

From 6am: Jing Asia Breakfast

Breakfast is served from 6 am and includes a variety of continental classics, a hot buffet and fresh beverages to start your day right.

11.15am: Go to Yas Links

11.30am: Welcome drink, practice and player briefing

After breakfast, guests head to the famous Yas Links course to blow away cobwebs in an 18-hole shotgun match on the windswept Arabian Gulf coast.

For the non-golfer who prefers a life of luxury without going too far, the hotel offers an outdoor pool, fitness center, kids club, dining options and a shisha garden. Discounts will be offered at the Crowne Fitness spa and sauna.

1pm: 18 hole shotgun start (individual stableford format)

Regardless of your score, Saturday’s tournament will be a day to remember as participants follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest golfers on the famous Yas Links course. This is a true links golf course located on the west coast of Yas Island with views of the Arabian Gulf.

Set as a link, the course offers new challenges with the famous Arabian Gulf breeze blowing through the mangroves and undulating layout.

6 p.m.: Awards presentation

8 p.m.: home time

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