There are some very exciting things happening this next year in the UAE! For one, the 10th anniversary of the 2015 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship—a European PGA Tour event, from January 15 to 18, 2015. Some of the world’s best golfers will be there: the American professional golfer Rickie Fowler, Northern Irish Rory McIlroy, the Italian golfer Matteo Manassero and many other well-known players will be aiming for the Abu Dhabi title.
Also present will be three-time Abu Dhabi winner Martin Kaymer from Germany and Ryder Cup hero Justin Rose (a South African-born English golfer) in the race for the Falcon Trophy in 2015. All the mentioned competitors have the talent to hold the prestigious Falcon Trophy and be amongst those who will have a share of the $2.7million prize purse.
The 21-year-old Manassero who will be making his sixth appearance to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship is one of the most promising junior golfers; for some time now, he has been inspiring the next generation of junior golfers in the UAE. Matteo told the media in a statement that it could be really anyone’s trophy, but he hopes to be lifting the Falcon Trophy at the end of Championship’s 10th anniversary event. If he plays his best golf during the tournament, who knows, he may just be en-route to victory.
What makes this year’s play different from previous times is the fact that there is a series of course enhancements at Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National Course; for instance, work has been done on tightening fairways, adding bunkers and toughening the rough areas of the course. In addition, 2015 also brings water into play for the Championship’s 10th anniversary outing. Thanks to this effort, the Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s facility was prized for having the “Golf Course Maintenance Team of the Year” at The Middle East Golf Awards (MEGAs) earlier in the month, which was hosted at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which has been built in the shape of a falcon with its wings outstretched, is a luxurious golf resort featuring a 27-hole championship course with an 18-hole National Course; golfers say this is the perfect place for game play thanks to strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. The renowned Arabian oasis (Golf course & Clubhouse) is an award-winning facility (ranked among the World’s Top 100 courses by Golf World magazine) that has been carved out of the desert; it contains eye-catching palms, trees and shrubs, as well as seven spectacular saltwater lakes; the scenery makes it an enjoyable experience for all players.
Golf has taken an increasingly important role in Abu Dhabi; the championship-standard facility is putting the region on the world-sporting map as one of the finest areas to play the game in the emirates and Middle East. However, the top-class sporting facility will have limited services during the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. In fact, from Sunday, January 11 until the last day of the tournament Sunday, January 18, access to Abu Dhabi’s Golf Club, clubhouse and health club facilities will not be open to the public with membership; this is to allow exclusive use of the facilities to all European PGA Tour Golfers during the week of the Championship.