Saadiyat Beach Gary Player Golf Course, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
As the first beachfront/links style Golf Course in the Arabian region, this Gary Player designed course enjoys spectacular views of Saadiyat Island’s pristine white sand beaches together with the crystal blue Gulf waters. The 317 acre, par 72, 18 hole championship course provides an unparalleled user experience and a variety of challenges for all levels of golfers. The facility includes expansive practice facilities encompassing a generous putting green, three large short game areas and a 150 x 380 yd night lighted driving range. In order to develop the overall landscape theme and character for this unique course, we collaborated extensively both with the Gary Player design team and the agronomists of the Troon Golf Management Team. Together we conceptualized and implemented a bold, unifying and sustainable palette of plant materials including the extensive plantings of the indigenous date palm together with naturalized and native dune grasses for sand re-vegetation and stabilization. The resulting complex is rapidly becoming one the most unique leisure and sport experiences and destinations in the Emirate and the Gulf Region.