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Let's get that tee off working again... Abu Dhabi's golf venues are back in action for all. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive

Dubai: Abu Dhabi’s three championship venues - Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi - have aligned with government guidelines to implement health and safety measures.

The additional measures include thermal scans at the entrance to each facility, stringent social distancing measures and dividers to separate golfers in each cart, a reduction in the maximum capacity of F&B outlets, andother protocols to ensure the clubs are able to welcome players back safely.

Abu Dhabi and the UAE government have implemented a best-in-class strategy, working as a single cohesive team to overcome the recent circumstances, in anticipation of welcoming back tourism as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Bring forward the plans

The courses closed for a period of 14 days at the end of March, during which they were able to implement agronomy and general maintenance work that was scheduled for later in the year. Since reopening, golf in the region has seen a rejuvenated interest from the local community as an opportunity to safely exercise and stay active outdoors.

Francisco de Lancastre David, Cluster General Manager at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club and Yas Links Abu Dhabi said: “Almost every country and industry has been significantly affected by the pandemic, but we are firmly back on our feet. We are fortunate that golf is one of the safest sports to play and can be a healthy outdoor activity to enjoy in the current climate. We are very confident of the country’s ability to provide a safe and healthy environment to everyone visiting this autumn and winter.”

During the summer months, the three championship venues have been looking to reset as they enter the low season and prepare for a strong end to the year when international travel is expected to resume in a regulated capacity. 

Abu Dhabi Golf Club continues its plans to host the 16th Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in January next, and following this year’s success, the Troon Abu Dhabi Pro-Am will also make a return.