Yas Links - United Arab Emirates

Yas Links Abu Dhabi,
PO Box 128008,
Yas Island,
United Arab Emirates


  • +971 281 07777

  • Chris White

  • Kyle Phillips

  • Steven Morgan


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Yas Island – the location of a multi-billion dollar project by Aldar, Abu Dhabi’s foremost property, investment and management company – occupies an area of around 6,000 acres in the Arabian Gulf and it’s the site of a number of world class attractions that include a Formula 1 Grand Prix racing track, the Ferrari World theme park and, of course, the Yas Links golf course, which opened in 2010.

The golf facility extends to an 18-hole layout, a 9-hole academy course and floodlit practice area. It’s the first project that architect Kyle Phillips has worked on in the Middle East and he was involved right from the outset when it was decided to shape nearly two miles of coastline (during the construction phase of an access route to the marina) and use almost 2 million cubic metres of dredged sand to cap the golf course.

Extending to 7,450 yards with five tee positions at every hole, Yas Links was over three years in construction and it lies across the highway from the Yas Marina car racing circuit with eight of the holes – including three of the four short holes on the card at 8, 13 and 17 – located right against the coastline.

Many think the “Cape” hole at the 9th is the best of the par fours because the tee shot has to carry water on the right and the more length that’s gained from the tee, the shorter the approach is to a green that falls away at the back.

The 18th is a fine finishing hole where the shoreline snakes along the left hand side of the fairway, threatening shots all the way from tee to green. The safest option is to play away from the water, avoiding first a central fairway bunker off the tee then a long waste bunker down the left side of the narrow green.
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Description: Extending to 7,450 yards, Yas Links was over three years in construction and it lies across the highway from the Yas Marina car racing circuit with eight of the holes located right against the coastline. Rating: 5.4444444444444 out of 6

Yas Links is another wonderful addition to Kyle Philip’s global portfolio. The shaping team did a magnificent job taking a flat desert in Abu Dhabi (UAE) and created wonderful undulation, hollows, humps and bumps.

After a gentle opener, the course grows some teeth with enjoyable changes in direction and a commendable variety in how the holes are configured. I felt that the course really stepped up a few notches from the par 5 7th hole onward. A large mound dominates the landscape down the 7th fairway setting up a blind second shot into a par 5. Once again, Kyle entices to hit a heroic shot on a reachable par 5. The par 3 8th hole brings Yes Links Golf Course - Photo by reviewer you to the sparkling body of water surrounding much of the Yas Links course, and presents a wonderfully shaped green with many dangerous pin positions near the water’s edge. The water runs all the way up the par 4 9th which has superbly positioned fairway bunkers. It’s a very tough hole to close out the opening loop.

Much of the praise for Yas Links comes from the strength of the holes on the back nine, especially playing along and over the crystal blue body of water that is an integral part of the course. The shaping is highly commendable from fairway to green-apron and the course asks a lot of you to hit heroic carries over water. Stand out shot includes the tee shot on the par 3 17th over water into a very well protected green followed the 18th hole which I would describe as a ‘double cape hole’. For those courageous enough, both the drive and the second shot on this massive par 5 are over huge bodies of water. Standing on the 18th tee will give you shivers (if such a thing is possible in 42 C degrees of heat) looking out at where you’re supposed to hit the ball.

The closing five holes at Yas Links are an absolute monster challenge and it’s no surprise at all that both professionals and amateurs rank this as #1 in the Middle East by a country mile. Kyle provided very intelligent teeing ground options to ensure the course is playable and the forced carries are in line with player’s abilities. Given that you’re in the desert, the architect also made a commendable effort to make this feel like a links course with careful discrete placement of buggy paths, well thought out tee box presentation close to the previous greens and wonderful positioned pot bunkers integrated with superbly shaped mounds/bluffs.

There is a lot of construction going on all around the golf course which in places can be unattractive, but such is life in this part of the world where hundreds of cranes are part of the ever growing skyline. There is so much to love about this golf course and the way that Kyle Philips created a crescendo of challenge and excitement throughout this incredible piece of land.

June 21, 2017


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I and my wife played here twice during our week break in Abu Dhabi, without any question this course is spectacular. The 1st days play we had the Shamal wind was blowing strongly which meant 16, 17 & 18 were playing right into the wind - Wow what a set of closing holes; really world class. We really did not expect the course to be so good, we're from Scotland and have played Kingsbarns and members at Carnoustie - this course stand tall with these and the other great links courses - and better than many!

The 2nd day we played the wind had dropped and softened the course, but this did not detract from the course.

Would we return? Yes absolutely; 100%. Our thanks go out to the green keeping staff who have managed to keep the course in top condition.

March 09, 2017


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The Yas Links was a very mixed experience for me. The course itself is great, although not a true links. The design and the condition is fantastic and I think it is the best course in Abu Dhabi. Unfortunately it is completely surrounded by ugly and loud construction sites which spoil every view. Never the less the green fee is very high: I payed 180€ weekdays which is a lot I think. The really, really annoying fact for me was the following: my wife is pregnant and cannot play at the moment, so she decided to accompany me in the cart. At the Yas Links I had to pay an extra 20€ for her as a spectator fee! I have never heard something like this anywhere in the world and I always try to play the top courses. For me this is absolutely ridicules and it spoiled my Yas experience completely.
March 29, 2016


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Just back from a 4-round Buddy trip to Abu Dhabi. Yas Links was our second stop and we all loved it. Apart from the excellent condition, we were surprised by the pleasantly relaxed feel of the facility. The clubhouse had an almost british Pub atmosphere.Holes 10-18 had the edge for us. All par 3s were spectacular. A true links course in the heat and the Ferrari world as Background. Crazy.
March 10, 2016


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Brilliant Course in great condition. Recommend walking to enjoy fully the design and nuances of the course. When I played greens were fantastic - typical links with lots of Swales - would guess you could set some very tough pins!
April 06, 2015


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steve
January 16, 2016
played in dec what a pleasure I played with a lady member and I think the course is set up hard for the girls, but if you ever get the chance its great well worth the money.
Played many of the courses on this site, and these days only really tend to add reviews for stellar courses. Yas Links is certainly one of those. The place belies its years and does give a strong links account (i am a member of RCPGC as well so feel well placed to judge). The holes are all strong and there is good length and use of the land - with true greens and great vistas of both the sea and the ferrari action. The closing three holes are card scorchers if you are not on your metal...its a pleasure to play. slight downside would be the cost - but its only money...and i think its pretty standard for the area and certainly no worse that the likes of dubai creek etc. i would strongly make this the first on the list for those touring dubai or abu...its that good.
April 04, 2013


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I was back in the UK in October and played Trump International, Trump is a great track and as god made it and if Donald Trump reckons it will be the best golf course in the World Yas Links will not be too far behind. With the back drop of Ferrari world and the gp track this course is truely magnificent with some great holes! The greens were pretty steady and the outward 9 is stunning but the highlight of this course for me was the last 3 holes. You tell me where there are a better fininshing 3 holes in the world?! Bold statement I know but the par 4 16th par 3 17th and the uber long par 5 18th makes a tricky but fantastic finishing 3 holes and a great course. If you are a golfer and you are in Abu Dhabi or even Dubai Yas links is a must
December 19, 2012


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A visual treat, this has to be one of the best courses not only in the Middle East, but in the world. What they have managed to do here (a piece of marshland only 5 years ago) is not short of exceptional. It is easy to forget that you are playing in Abu Dhabi and not in Scotland, until the mid afternoon heat hits you. Every hole is a thing of beauty to behold and a joy to play. I was playing with two Scots who've played many of the classic links courses (St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry, etc.) and they rated this as high as anything back home. High praise indeed.The round begins gently and gets progressively more challenging and stunning. From the fantastic par 3 8th to the beautiful and thrilling par 5 18th, this course can hold it's own with any around the world. Kyle Phillips has shown his mastery of links golf with holes which allow a variety of ways in which to conquer them. The fairways are open and rolling, inviting you to really go for it. But beware of the rough, which is shin high and punishing. One errant drive can lead to a real card wrecker. The greens are large, wonderfully fast and true, with subtle breaks which make putting from even 6 feet a test. The bunkering is not excessive and well thought out, with sand conditions consistent throughout, unlike some courses out here.When we played the wind was gentle, but it was still a great test. With a stronger breeze, I imagine this would be a brute. All in all, a unique and wonderful experience for this part of the world. For a proper golfing test, breathtaking views and sheer golfing pleasure, nothing else compares to it in the region.
October 27, 2012


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Yas Link Golf Course - Photo by reviewerIt was hard to believe I was playing in the Gulf on this "links" style layout. A number of stunning holes along the water and some greens complexes that were very intricate. It was also nice that there was almost no grain on the greens - might have been paspalum grass. Some of the holes do get a little confining in the afternoon cross wind. Very much worth playing. Mark Jasayko
December 22, 2011


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