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Red can help fans get close to the greens

It can be all shades of red and all manner of styles, even a head-to-toe ensemble

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 00:00 January 28, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News
  • soak up the action at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. A ‘Dress in Red Day’ at the event will see spectators wearing anything red being let in free for.

Abu Dhabi: Spectators who wear anything red to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the third day's play today will be able to see the world's top players battle it out at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for free.

The Championship's first-ever ‘Dress in Red Day' is a new initiative, with visitors being encouraged to don clothing in all shades of red and all manner of styles, from a simple red accessory, such as a cap or brooch, to a bold head-to-toe ensemble for the sartorially brave. The best-dressed lady will win a prize for her efforts, while there will also be a DJ hitting the Championship Village decks after the day's play.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for people to really get into the spirit of the championship," said Faisal Al Shaikh, events manager for the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the championship organiser.

"We are encouraging everyone looking for a great day out to pop on something red and come visit the championship on Saturday. It's a new fun addition to the tournament's wide-ranging, family-friendly entertainment programme."

Relaxed atmosphere

Yesterday fans enjoyed ‘Picnic Day', with the newly-extended Championship Village packed with spectators enjoying a relaxed atmosphere away from the action on the course.

With a range of interactive games also available in the HSBC Interactive Village, visitors had the chance to take home top prizes for their efforts, including signed merchandise.

Family fun

The Speed Serve Challenge and Rugby Kicking Challenge have proven to be particularly popular and the ‘Giants of Golf' photo experience has seen queues of people keen to take home a memento of their day out.

Abu Dhabi resident Julie Elder said: "We've brought all the children down for the day. We love the Championship Village because it's great for the kids, who love playing on all the games on offer. The Championship is a great experience because you can get really close to the golfers, which you can't necessarily do in Europe. We enjoyed last year, but this year it's even better."

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