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Your golf trip to Madeira, Portugal

The sub-tropical Madeira archipelago is home to three breathtaking golf courses, and we’ve suggested two stunning accommodation options for the perfect golf trip.

Known as ‘the islands of eternal spring’, Madeira is on the same latitude as Morocco with temperatures ranging from 25°C in the summer to 18°C in the winter, ideal for playing golf. Clube de Golf Santo da Serra and Palheiro Golf are on Madeira’s main island while the third course, Porto Santo Golfe, lies a short flight or boat trip away on the island of Porto Santo.

Getting there

Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport is located around 14km northeast from the capital Funchal. The island of Porto Santo is a 20-minute flight away or a two-hour boat trip from Funchal, where our two chosen hotels are.

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra

Around 15km from Funchal, Robert Trent Jones Snr’s 1991 redesign of Clube de Golf Santo da Serra created a spectacular 27-hole complex in a beautiful natural landscape, with views of Porto Santo and the bay of Machico. The Machico and Desertas nines form the 6,825-yard championship course, on which the European Tour’s Madeira Islands Open was held on 10 occasions. The 3rd and 4th on the Machico are regarded as the signature holes, sitting atop cliffs more than 2,200 feet above the Atlantic. The 3,193-yard Serras course offers a delightful alternative, with lakes and mountain views along flatter terrain.

Palheiro Golf

Just 5km from Funchal, the Cabell B Robinson-designed Palheiro Golf opened in 1993 and sits within the magnificent Palheiro Estate, which is more than 200 years old. The course borders the five-star Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro and meanders through a pristine environment of maritime pine and botanical woodland, garnished with lush, sub-tropical vegetation. At nearly 1,640ft above sea level, the course enjoys dramatic views of Madeira’s mountains and the Atlantic. The par-72, 6,656-yard course takes full advantage of Madeira’s hilly terrain, with abrupt ridges and deep valleys.

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Your golf trip to Tenerife & La Gomera, Spain

The Spanish Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera offer year-round warm sunshine, ideal for playing golf. We’ve picked out four top-class courses and excellent accommodation options for the perfect golf trip.

Getting there

Tenerife has two airports, Los Rodeos in the north and Reina Sofia in the south. The north airport is closest to the capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, around 12km away. The island of La Gomera is accessible from Tenerife via a ferry crossing from Los Cristianos in the south to San Sebastian de la Gomera, the capital city, which operates daily and takes less than an hour.

Abama Golf Club

Set high above Tenerife’s western coastline about 25km from the south airport, with incredible views to the island of La Gomera, lies the luxurious Ritz Carlton Abama Resort and the Abama Golf Club. The golf course is beautifully conditioned with endless sea views and elevated tees. Draped across natural undulations, it’s set alongside banana plantations with over 25,000 palm trees and 22 lakes and streams to offer a unique golfing experience. The signature is probably the 10th, rising to 480 metres above sea level, it doglegs left along a series of lakes.

Buenavista Golf Club

Designed by the great Seve Ballesteros and located in the remote northwest of Tenerife around 50km from both airports, Buenavista Golf Club is a stunning cliff-top course that provides incredible views over the Atlantic that are worth the trip alone. It’s a varied and interesting layout that’ll test every aspect of your game, as you would expect from Seve. It works its way along the ocean with several of the greens hugging the coastline. The picturesque first nine will warm you up, then the back nine becomes more dramatic with the 13th, 15th, 16th & 17th holes particularly eventful and scenic.

Golf Las Americas

Located in southern Tenerife around 15km from the south airport, Las Americas Golf is a highly popular course for holidaying golfers. Adjacent to the resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos alongside the main road to the airport, it might get busy particularly in high season, but the fairways and greens are in superb condition and the layout is as entertaining and varied as any on the island. Ball placement is key with water coming into play on at least eight holes. The landscape gently slopes towards the coast and contrasts wonderfully with the woodland and mountain backdrop.

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Meet Marcial Messmer from Switzerland

Golf photographer Marcial Messmer is a researcher who develops algorithms for financial markets. Based in Switzerland, he has magnificent golfing scenery on his doorstep, but he loves to grab his golf bag, camera and drone and escape for a couple of weeks to explore new destinations. During the pandemic he finally found the time to post some of his photographs.

How did you first get into golf?

My first exposure dates back to the early 90s when I was a little boy. I travelled to the Algarve coast in Portugal with my family and was instantly fascinated by golf courses. Unfortunately, golf was not very accessible in the area where I grew up, so I dedicated all my ambition to handball. Only after I quit handball, I re-discovered golf towards the end of 2014 thanks to the university golf club in St. Gallen and since then I am fully committed.

The first course you’ve ever played?

Golfpark Waldkirch in Switzerland.

What are your 3 favourite courses in Europe? the UK? the US? Asia?

Europe: Le Golf National, Valderrama and Niitvälja (Estonia)
UK: Old Course St. Andrews, Royal Portrush, Carnoustie
US: Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, Augusta National
Asia: Emirates Majlis, Hirono, The Club at Nine Bridges

Your favourite golf destination and why?

Scotland. It combines all what you can ask for: golf culture and history combined with plenty of magnificent golf courses.


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Best Golf GPS Watches 2021

We pick out some of the best GPS golf watches on the market in 2021. At a quick glance they provide accurate yardages and a whole lot more useful information to improve your game.

Simpler and more convenient than larger handheld GPS devices or laser rangefinders, they provide accurate yardages to the green and to various hazards off the tee to give you greater confidence in your shot and club selection. Here’s our picks, priced high to low.

TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

Average price: €2,400

Endorsed by PGA Tour star Tommy Fleetwood, TAG Heuer has recently upgraded its premium GPS watch with more detailed 2D mapping with forests and single trees, and an innovative club recommendation tool. It has an OLED touchscreen, built-in GPS and ultra-lightweight 45mm black titanium case. With a new built-in Bluetooth connection, it’s optimized for use with the TAG Heuer Golf app which is packed with features including 3D mapping of over 40,000 courses. It’s presented on a white rubber strap with green stitching and a texture that resembles the surface pattern on a golf ball. It also comes with a black perforated rubber strap alternative, which has an interchangeable bracelet system, for daily wear.

Garmin MARQ Golfer GPS Watch

Average price: €1,950

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The Hay: Tiger Woods’ new course at Pebble Beach

Famed California golf resort Pebble Beach has announced the opening of The Hay, a stunning new nine-hole course designed by Tiger Woods. Let’s take a look.

The 670-yard short course overlooks Pebble Beach Golf Links along the Pacific Coast, one of the world’s most beautiful courses and host of Woods’ first US Open triumph in 2000.

The resort, also home to Del Monte Golf Course, Spyglass Hill, and The Links at Spanish Bay, is arguably the crown jewel of American golf – and now Woods and his TGR Design firm has redesigned its historic Peter Hay short course, which originally opened in 1957. Woods’ overhaul also includes the resort’s first ever putting course which covers 20,000 square feet.

The Hay officially debuts April 16, with an ocean-view restaurant behind the 9th green opening later in 2021. 

Tiger’s inspiration

Hay was the long-time head pro at Del Monte and Pebble Beach and a huge advocate of junior golf, and his original design was one of the first par-3 courses built in the US. Woods’ own experience learning the game as a junior inspired his redesign.

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Best Laser Rangefinders 2021

We pick out some of the best GPS laser rangefinders on the market in 2021. Designed to give you pinpoint distances to the flag, they are revolutionizing the way golf is played.

Casual and amateur golfers have been using rangefinders for years. Then, in 2019, the Rules of Golf according to the R&A and the USGA officially allowed their use in competitions as well as recreationally – though a golf club can restrict the use of such devices in certain circumstances via a Local Rule.

With the press of a button, golfers can look through the lens of the rangefinder and immediately know the yardage to the pin as well as bunkers and hazards. They also factor in slope and elevation when working out distances. They typically use a laser to determine distance, making them potentially more accurate than GPS devices. Here’s our picks, priced high to low:

Garmin Approach Z82 Rangefinder

Average price: €650

Provides 2-D overlays through the lens for both full-colour Course View and Green View detail. The flag finder feature gives precise distances to the pin. The Laser Range Arc feature will be drawn on the green at the distance ranged to the flag, so golfers can see if the pin is in the front of the green, middle, or back. There’s also a PlaysLike Distance feature that accounts for slopes and Pin Pointer feature which points to the middle of the green on blind shots.

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Masters 2021: Preview & How To Watch

Dustin Johnson will defend the Green Jacket as the 2021 Masters returns to its traditional spring date. Here’s everything you need to know and how you can watch every single shot.

The world’s top ranked player established a tournament record 20-under par score last November, as the event was pushed back in the calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic and played with no fans in attendance.

Now, the 85th edition of the tournament is back to its usual spot as the first major of the season. Played between April 8-11, a limited number of fans will be permitted, while the warmer spring weather and speedier conditions will be back along with the blooming azaleas. Though the traditional Par 3 Contest on Wednesday has been cancelled again as a safety precaution.

Don’t miss a shot

ESPN and CBS will provide 18 hours of live broadcast coverage in the US – simulcast on and the official Masters app – between Thursday and Sunday, with TV coverage in other countries shown on channels pertaining to that region, such as Sky Sports in the UK. and the Masters App offer various channels to supplement the live broadcast, including Featured Groups, Amen Corner, hole Nos. 15 and 16, and hole Nos. 4, 5 and 6. Also, the “Every Shot, Every Hole” feature which debuted in 2019 returns and will be supplemented for a second consecutive Masters by “My Group”, which allows fans to build a personalized feed of every shot from their favourite players.

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Masters 2021: How to pick the winner

Here’s why the last 25 years of champions at the Masters reveals which players have the best chance of claiming the Green Jacket at Augusta National in 2021.

The 2020 tournament was moved to November due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year’s event is back in its usual April spot as the first major of the season. World number one and reigning champion Dustin Johnson will defend his title, while several top contenders are coming into form at just the right time heading to Augusta.

So, how does one pick a winner? Well, if you’re thinking of placing a bet, history suggests that it’s possible to create an ideal profile of a Masters champion.

Age and nationality

In the last 25 years, just two players under the age of 25 have won the title: Tiger Woods in 1997 and Jordan Spieth in 2015, both aged 21.

This year’s winner will therefore probably be 25 years old or above – but he’ll likely be under 40 too, with just two players over that age winning the event in the last quarter of a century: 41-year-old Mark O’Meara in 1998 and Woods in 2019, aged 43.

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Best New Golf Shoes 2021

Now’s the time to treat yourself to a new pair of golf shoes with FootJoy, Skechers, Adidas, Under Armour, Puma, New Balance and Ecco releasing new models for men and women.

Buying the right golf shoes is essential to feeling comfortable on the golf course, and fundamental to providing a stable, sure-footed base when swinging the golf club. So, let’s check out the best new models on the market for 2021.

FootJoy Premiere Series

In collaboration with several PGA Tour players including Adam Scott and Ian Poulter, the FootJoy Premiere Series features three new men’s models: the luxurious Tarlow, the exquisite detailing of the Packard, and the contemporary looking spikeless Flint. FootJoy has infused these designs with its all-new VersaTrax+ outsole, a revolutionary anti-channelling tread pattern that is engineered to provide grip for any lie or angle and reduce slippage.

FootJoy HyperFlex

HyperFlex is tuned specifically for golf, featuring a BOA lacing system and an all-new outsole which allows the shoe to move in unison with the golfer and mimic the natural flex of the foot. BOA is an innovative system that features an asymmetrical configuration that ensures a dialled-in, precision fit with a reduction in pressure on the top of the foot.

Skechers GO GOLF Mojo

A premium style shoe featuring new GripFlex technology, which is a spikeless-designed traction outsole for extra stability. GO GOLF Mojo also feature a premium leather upper with H2GO shield seam-sealed waterproof protection, a low drop design to keep your foot low to the ground in a neutral position, and high performance UltraFlight cushioning to provide outstanding comfort.

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The Emergence of Golf in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia looks set to follow in the footsteps of Abu Dhabi and Dubai in becoming a world-class golf destination, with new courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.

The kingdom hosted the Saudi International in February, now in its third year and the last of three events in the ‘Gulf Swing’ on the European Tour, following The Abu Dhabi Championship and the Dubai Desert Classic. Held at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, the event was won by world number one Dustin Johnson and attracted the likes of major winners Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson and Patrick Reed.

The tournament is at the forefront of ambitious plans to turn a nation of just 5,000 golfers into a leading golf destination, to bolster the country’s entertainment and tourism offerings. The plans were envisioned by Golf Saudi, set up in 2018 to promote the sport in the country, and are part of its ‘Vision 2030’ strategy which by then will see 13 public-access golf courses built, up from just five today.

Construction is to begin in late spring on Qiddiya, a Nicklaus Design signature course about 40km from the capital Riyadh. The goal is to design a course that can host prestigious events while also catering to players who might be new to the game. The design, which will sit about 2,000 feet above sea level, will have wide fairways and no rough and will include a 9-hole par-3 course and a large practice facility. The development will also include amusement parks, a safari park, a high-end resort hotel and spa and a residential community.

The Norman championship golf course, which will have 27 holes, will be built in Diriyah, around the same distance from Riyadh. The course is being crafted by Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) and will be part of a new high-end residential district known as Wadi Safar, which has ambitions to become the Beverly Hills of Riyadh.

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Tommy Fleetwood partners with TAG Heuer’s Golf Edition smartwatch

PGA Tour star Tommy Fleetwood is the new ambassador for the TAG Heuer Golf Edition smartwatch and Golf app. Here’s why the watch is the perfect companion for golfers. 

The 30-year old Englishman, a five-time winner on the European Tour and a member of the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup team, will wear the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition watch on tour and work with the brand’s software engineers to further develop the TAG Heuer Golf app, currently used by over 200,000 golfers around the world since its launch in 2019.

The TAG Heuer Golf app is optimized for use with the TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition smartwatch and is available for free to everyone on iOS and Android. The app is packed with features to help golfers of all abilities master any golf course, including 3D mapping of over 40,000 courses, distance to hazards, shot tracking, scorecards, pro stats and a Driving Zone function which displays where previous tee shots ended up and suggests the optimum landing area to target.

Recent updates to the app include 3D map improvements with more detail added to water, rough and fairways and assets including trees and walls. Another new feature is the club recommendation tool. The app will suggest the club based on distance for the particular shot as the user moves the target on the map. The distance for each of the user’s clubs can be pre-programmed and the app will then make its recommendations taking recorded shots into consideration. The app also now shows the score in stroke play, stableford, or match play, making the watch the perfect companion for friendly rounds as well as competitions.

TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition

The TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition, launched in June of 2020, quickly became the smartwatch of choice for the global golfing community. Now the brand has revamped and upgraded the popular watch, with improved 2D mapping which features more details, including forests and single trees, and the innovative club recommendation tool. And for players who wish to play with both their TAG Heuer Connected Golf Edition watch and their smartphone, a new built-in Bluetooth connection allows for faster synchronization.

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Push Trolleys & Pencil Bags

With some golf clubs removing the option to hire a trolley due to Covid-19 restrictions, here’s some affordable solutions to make sure you can still get out on the course.

As well as making sure you can play golf if you encounter those restrictions, buying your own golf trolley can save you money in the long run, while buying a lightweight pencil bag can be a great alternative to heavier traditional golf bags and remove the cost of a trolley altogether. Here are some of the best affordable options.

Push trolleys

Push trolleys have three wheels and are the most popular trolleys among golfers as they are much sturdier and easier to manoeuvre than two-wheeled pull trolleys, and most come with brakes.

Motocaddy Z1 Push Trolley

Perfect for budget conscious golfers looking for a simple, lightweight (6kg) push trolley. Features include three handle height settings and friction-free oversize wheels that can be taken off quickly for easy storage, plus a two-step folding system.
Average price: €120

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President’s Cup: Future Venues

The future venues for the President’s Cup have been decided, and it’s got the International Team dreaming of their own ‘Miracle of Medinah’ victory over the United States.

The President’s Cup is a match-play event between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. It has been held biennially since 1994 and is hosted alternately in the US and in countries represented by the International Team.

The contest was extended from three days to four in 2000, and with a total of 30 points, the winning team has to get to 15.5 points to claim victory. The US has won 11 times, the International Team once, with one tie.

The 2019 edition was held in December at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia, which previously hosted the tournament in 1998 when the International Team claimed their only victory. The US, captained by Tiger Woods, won 16-14 over the International Team captained by Ernie Els.

The 2021 event was originally scheduled for September 30-October 3, 2021, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, but will now be played September 19-25, 2022, at the same venue, pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The US will be hoping to win the trophy for the ninth successive time.

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Rolex’s exciting ‘New Guard’ of Golfers

Will Rolex’s ‘New Guard’ of ambassadors Joaquin Niemann, Matthew Wolff and Cameron Champ measure up to the luxury watch brand’s celebrated list of current and past champions – and which Rolex watches do they wear?

The enduring relationship between Rolex and professional golfers began in 1967 when Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player became official partners. ‘The Big Three’ won 34 majors between them and Rolex’s knack of choosing major winners as partners continued with Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and more recently with Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka.

Jon Rahm and Hideki Matsuyama are also ambassadors, and though yet to win majors they have already made it to number one and two in the world rankings respectively. Fellow Rolex players Jordan Spieth has won three majors, Justin Thomas one, and though Rickie Fowler is yet to win one, he has finished second at the Masters, US Open and The Open and third at the PGA.

Rolex says these star names have now “passed the torch on to a new and exciting group of young, up-and-coming players whom they have inspired.” The brand’s website adds: “In their fledgling careers, these young Rolex Testimonees have already displayed the qualities needed to challenge for major honours.” Rolex’s ‘New Guard’, as the brand calls them, are Joaquin Niemann, Matthew Wolff and Cameron Champ.

22-year-old Niemann had a brilliant amateur career and topped the world rankings for 44 weeks. In 2019, in his first season on the PGA Tour, he had four top-10 finishes, including his first win at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier tournament, where he became the first player from Chile to win on the tour. He has started the 2021 season strongly by finishing second at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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Future The Open venues confirmed by the R&A

The Open Championship will be played at Royal Liverpool in 2023 and at Royal Troon in 2024, the R&A has announced.

The tournaments were rescheduled after the 2020 Open at Royal St. George’s was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Royal St. George’s in Kent, England, will now host The Open from July 11-18, 2021. St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, will remain as the venue for the 150th Open, now pushed back a year to 2022.

The Open is golf’s original major championship and was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland.

Royal St. George’s, July 11-18, 2021

The 149th Open Championship will head for the 15th time to Royal St. George’s. Only Muirfield (16), Prestwick (24) and St Andrews (29) have hosted the tournament on more occasions. The last Open here was in 2011 when Darren Clarke lifted the Claret Jug. This classic links, which we rank as the 23rd best golf course in the world, is a truly monumental challenge with undulating fairways, steep dunes and deep bunkering, particularly at the 4th, said to be the highest bunker in England. The par-3 17th was made notorious by Thomas Bjorn in 2003 when he took three shots to get out of the bunker before finishing runner-up to Ben Curtis.

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Ian Poulter’s Incredible Car Collection

Ian Poulter is a huge petrolhead and the PGA Tour star has a fleet of Ferraris, Mercedes, a Porsche and a Bugatti on display in a purpose-built showroom at his Florida mansion. 

The six-time Ryder Cup winner has three PGA Tour wins, including two WGC events, and 12 European Tour titles to his name, earning over $26 million since he turned pro in 1996 – more than enough cash for some sweet rides.

The 43-year-old has come a long way since his early days growing up in Luton, England, when he admitted “there wasn’t a lot of money around”. His dad had an old Austin Princess and a decrepit VW Scirocco, while his uncle owned an Escort RS 2000 and a Sierra Cosworth, which was eventually stolen and found banged up on Knebworth golf course with a flag stick poking out of the sunroof.

Speaking recently to GQ, he said: “Growing up, all I wanted was a nice car. It equated to doing well.” Today, Poulter is worth around $60m, while his car collection, housed in a specially designed garage at his gated-community mansion in Orlando, Florida, is estimated to be worth over $25m.

The outgoing golfer, who got to number five in the world rankings in 2010, is a Mercedes ambassador and drives a G63 and AMG GT S four-door as his daily runarounds. He also owns a 2005 Ford GT, its spectacular Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 2019 successor, a £2m Bugatti Veyron, and a Porsche 911 GT2. But it’s Ferrari that really gets his pulse racing.

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Players Championship 2021: Preview

Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm will be among those at the Players Championship trying to stop Rory McIlroy achieving what no other golfer has ever achieved.

McIlroy claimed a one-shot victory in 2019 but saw his title defence cut short last year when the tournament was cancelled mid-event due to Covid-19. Now, the 31-year-old has another opportunity to become the first golfer in history to claim back-to-back Players Championship titles.

The Northern Irishman could also become just the sixth two-time winner of this event, a feat last accomplished by Tiger Woods who will miss the tournament as he recovers from a car accident. McIlroy has struggled with his game since the Covid-19 hiatus was lifted, but with two top 10s in his last two events his best form could make a timely return.

Who are the favourites?

World numbers one and two, Johnson and Rahm, along with DeChambeau off the back of his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, will be hoping to win their first Players. As will a resurgent Jordan Spieth, along with world number three Justin Thomas. 23-year-old Norwegian Viktor Hovland will be one to watch after four top-5 finishes in his last six events, including victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Brooks Koepka, though, is sidelined with a knee injury.

Will fans be present?

The Players will be only the fifth PGA Tour event to allow fans since golf resumed. But the golf course will only be at 20 per cent capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions and fans must wear a face mask at all times.

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Discover W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

The city’s most spectacular hotel, the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, is a five-star architectural wonder located at the centre of Yas Marina Circuit, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

This ‘lap of luxury’ is within walking distance of Yas Links Abu Dhabi, ranked by All Square as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world and the best in the Middle East.

Luxurious Rooms

View from a room at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Just 15 minutes by car from Abu Dhabi International Airport and downtown Abu Dhabi, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is ideal for couples, families and those looking for the perfect golf holiday. The hotel’s spectacular curved lattice exterior straddles land and water, and this innovative design continues inside with eye-catching sleek design and curved hallways.

There are 499 modern and stylish guest rooms and suites with LCD TVs, mood lighting, bathrooms with a separate rain shower, free internet, and floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies offering spectacular views of Yas Marina or Yas Marina Circuit. There are ‘Wonderful’, ‘Marvelous’ and ‘Spectacular ’ guest rooms, with one king or two twin beds, and if you’re feeling indulgent there’s ‘Fantastic’, ‘Fabulous’ and ‘Wow’ suites with a separate bedroom and living room. For the ultimate in luxury, there’s the large ‘Extreme Wow’ suites which are on two levels with a separate bedroom and private pool.

Spa & Fitness

The spa is set over Yas Marina with nine treatment rooms, a Hammam, and a couples’ massage room. Guests can indulge in the spa’s signature treatment, Abu Dhabi Soul, or try any of the luxurious Comfort Zone treatments, from body massages to facials, manicures and pedicures. There’s also a VIP suite featuring a private steam room, Jacuzzi with a relaxation area overlooking Yas Marina, a vanity area and a couple’s treatment room.

Yas Links Golf Club

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Best New Drivers 2021

TaylorMade has updated its popular SIM driver, while Titleist and Mizuno have also released new models for 2021. Cobra Golf’s RadSpeed drivers and Callaway’s Epic Speed range have landed too. These new driver models could take your golf game to a whole new level in 2021, so let’s take a closer look…

TaylorMade SIM 2, SIM 2 Max & SIM 2 Max D

TaylorMade‘s SIM drivers have proved extremely popular with both amateurs and professionals alike, with Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods adding them to their golf bags. Now, TaylorMade have released the SIM 2, a lower spinning driver which they say is even faster, more forgiving and more powerful. McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are already using them.

The main change is a new forged ring construction in the club head, using precision milled lightweight and high strength aluminium for improved MOI and CG location. This provides more stability, resulting in more forgiveness. Then, a full carbon crown and sole redistributes weight onto the inertia generator at the back of the head, which provides more club head speed, again resulting in more forgiveness. Twist Face improves ball speed, while the flexible Speed Pocket design improves low face strikes. Adjustable Sleeve Technology provides up to +/-2 degree loft change and up to +/-20 yards of draw-fade bias.

The SIM2 is a lower spinning, lower launching driver and is available in 8, 9 and 10.5 degrees of loft. The SIM2 Max features a 24 gram weight compared to the SIM’s 18 gram to increase MOI and forgiveness. The face is also larger than the SIM2 with a slightly higher launch with a little more spin. Available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees. The SIM2 Max D has a draw-biased head with a higher MOI and more weight in the heel than the Sim Max D to increase a left biased flight. Available in 9, 10 and 12 degrees.

Titleist TSi1, TSi2, TSi3 & TSi 4

For the Titleist Speed range, the manufacturer’s mission was to get greater speed from every detail of the driver. A new Speed Chassis includes their thinnest titanium crown yet, allowing weight to be shifted lower and deeper. A new streamlined shape helps to increase speed for more distance, and a thinner, faster face design delivers faster ball speeds and increased forgiveness. Then, optimized weight distribution creates what they say is their lowest CG ever for higher launch and lower spin.

New drivers 2021
Mizuno New driver
Cobra Drivers 2021
Callaway Max
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Meet our New Team Member Matthieu Caron

Matthieu Caron, our new intern at All Square, started playing golf at just four years old and was a member of the French Junior National Team. Now a student at IESEG School of Management in France, he’s about to graduate with a master’s degree in Finance. His lowest score is 65 and once he graduates he plans to turn pro.

About you

How did you first get into golf?

I started golf when I was 4 years old. My father, a former motocross pilot, was looking for a less dangerous sport to do with our family and he fell in love with golf. The first years I wasn’t really interested in it and I also played soccer and tennis which I liked more. However, as soon as I had the opportunity to start competing at the age of 8-9, my opinion about the sport changed completely and I became addicted to it.

What is the best thing about playing golf?

What I really like in golf is the fact that you are able to spend time with your friends in a peaceful environment. It’s a place where I can disconnect myself from everything else and completely enjoy what I’m doing, free my mind. Of course, there is also the competition side that motivates me and the fact that there is always room for improvement.

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