The capital is home to stunning golf courses such as this, The Abu Dhabi Golf Club, nestled outside the city. There’s no better time than now to enjoy a game early in the AM

Recognised as one of the finest golf courses in the Middle East, The Abu Dhabi Golf Club is one that is not too tight or penal and, as all the courses seem to be in this part of the world, presented in great fashion. Managed by Troon Golf – the leading golf management company that overseas courses in 28 countries – the manicured greens, lush fairways, attention to detail and service are all a true reflection of their style. Peter Harradine is the famed designer behind this course, also known for having designed Al Hamra Golf Club and Resorts – an 18 hole championship course in Ras al Khaimah. This course is dominated by the iconic clubhouse which both nine and 18 play towards and makes for a spectacular end to both nines. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club_02There are a lot of water-featured holes on this course, in fact the water comes into play on nine holes, but don’t let that trouble you too much as there aren’t a huge number of long carries from the tees. It is the water that gives many holes definition, as the trees are set well back from the fairways and the rough is manageable. Having said that, for the recent HSBC Championship held here a couple of weeks ago, the rough had been much thicker which made the course play harder. The course features terrain meandering through pockets of palm and ornamental trees and shrubs set around seven saltwater lakes. A tough but fair challenge. The Abu Dhabi Golf Club_03The most notable holes, the par 3 12th is a great hole over the water, to a wall defended by bunkers on all three sides. The 18th makes for a great finish, a long par 5 with a green which is probably five clubs difference front to back, and is well worth paying attention to the pin position. The last hole is spectacular, with the finish at the falcon-shaped and themed Clubhouse that boasts three dining areas, a fully equipped gym, swimming pool and squash courts. The staff on hand are polite, knowledgeable and always aiming to please. One service that this course offers, that is second to none in the UAE, is the cart service. We ordered food and hot beverages that were well-presented and beyond reasonably priced without the frustration of waiting for six holes to receive a disappointing order.

Need to know: Dhs 450-625 for residents. Visit adgolfclub.com