Golfing in the Middle East
Abu Dhabi offers 'stay, play Sheraton' packages
The Abu Dhabi Golf Club by Sheraton, the UAE capital's premier golf course, is offering special "Stay Sheraton, Play Sheraton" packages in association with the two Sheraton hotel's in the emirate.A two-day, one night package at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi Resort and Towers for a golfer is available at Dh650 ($177) per person on twin sharing basis or Dh970 for a single room, while a three day, two night package is available at Dh1,290 person on twin sharing and Dh1,860 for single room. At the Sheraton Residence, the two-day package is available at Dh595 per person on twin sharing and Dh855 for single room while the three day package is available at Dh1,180 and Dh1,635 respectively. The packages offer a round of golf per person on the Garden course and additional rounds on the National course at 50 per cent of regular green fee besides accommodation with breakfast and a range of other benefits. The golf club is an oasis of tranquility and beauty carved out of the desert, just 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport and 30 minutes from the city centre. It offers world-class golfing facilities, an advanced Golf Academy, a striking clubhouse with three floors of restaurants, a fully equipped executive meeting room, and an extensive sports and fitness club. "Golf tourism is gaining increasing importance in the region," says acting general manager Ghassan Mayo. Mayo said the future of golf tourism in the region looked promising with the construction of new golf courses in the UAE and elsewhere. "It would definitely increase competition in the market, but also add to the golfing destination more choices, which golfers are looking for," he said. He said GCC and UAE were the principal target markets for Abu Dhabi Golf Club by Sheraton besides inbound tourists from Europe. The club gives the option of playing on the challenging 18-hole, par 72, 7,204-yard National Course or the more forgiving 18-hole, par 72, 6,498-yard Garden Course which features nine floodlit holes to facilitate night play. Extensive practice facilities include two 18-hole putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunkers, and a 350-metre driving range which is one of the largest in the Gulf. The Golf Academy at the club provides state-of-the art training facilities, including video analysis and personal coaching. The club also offers extensive leisure facilities including a free-form swimming pool, tennis courts, squash, a health club with sauna, spa and Jacuzzi. There is also a fully-stocked pro shop.