Sport | Golf

Chalking out a future on course

The Al Ain club gives people from all backgrounds and playing abilities the opportunity to learn the game and they may even get the chance to play with some well-known golfers

  • By Yasir Abbasher, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 July 13, 2011
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News
  • The Academic Course at the Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club.
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Abu Dhabi: The Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club (AESGC) is the only turf golf course in Al Ain which provide fans of the game a real club atmosphere and a social hub for everyone interested in golf.

"It is an 18-hole championship golf course offering a pictureseque and challenging experience for all golfers. The course was professionally designed and plays 6,584 yards from the Black Tees and 6,119 from the Blues. For the less experienced golfers, white and red tee boxes offer a shorter layout while maintaining the many unique features of hazards of the course." Gavin Chappell, the head of golf professional, said.

"It is not true that only expatriates play golf, we have a number of Emiratis in the fray. In fact, we have some young nationals in our academy learning how to play the game." Chappell added.

Lessons

The Golf Academy offers grass-roots lessons in basics by Fraser Mclaughlan, who achieved great success as an amateur golfer in Scotland, his homeland, and abroad, specially in Texas, USA, where he spent four years.

"The academy has a nine-hole golf course with all holes under 120-yards — offering chances to sample all conditions of a championship golf course on a smaller scale. There is also a 30-bay floodlit driving range along with two floodlit putting greens and short game areas." Chappell added.

"The kids in the Academy are between four to five years old and from 100 kids we have about 20 locals. They usually need about nine lessons to learn the basics of the game and we have a six lesson package for Dh850 for the members of the AAESGC and Dh950 for non-members." Chappell said.

The Golf Club also invites some of the best golfers in the world to provide a chance for members to play against them and gain more experience.

Bradley Dredge, the Welsh famous player, was the last to come earlier this year.

Academy: Summer rates

Summer rates for the golf club are Dh150 for visitors on nine holes andDh230 for 18 holes on weekdays, Dh175 for nine holes and Dh275 for the 18 holes on weekends. The member's guests will pay Dh120 for nine holes and Dh180 for 18 holes on weekdays and Dh140 for nine holes and Dh200 for 18 holes on weekends.

As for the Gulf Academy, a 30 minute lesson is Dh155 for members and Dh175 for visitors while a 60 minute lesson is Dh275 for members and Dh 305 for visitors.

For more detailed information contact: fraser@palmsportsresort.com or gavin@palmsportsresort.com

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