Venue Info

Abu Dhabi Golf Club
PO Box 51234
Sas Al Nakhl
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 5588990
Fax: +971 2 5585005

Location: 30 mins from the city centre
of Abu Dhabi

Nearest Airport: Abu Dhabi International
(15 mins)

Golf Course Website:

Tournament Website:
      Faisal A. Al Sheikh
Championship Committee
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
PO Box 94000
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +97124440444
Fax: +97124440400

Peter German
Tournament Executive Director
International Management Group
IMG Golf Operations
McCormack House
Hogarth Business Park
Burlington Lane
Chiswick, W4 2TH
Tel: +44 (0) 208 233 5300
Fax: +44 (0) 208 233 5001or 5268

Course Info

Type of grass - Bermuda Tifdwarf
Height of cut - 2.6mm
Speed / stimpmeter reading - 12.0 Sunday aiming to keep it between 12-12.4 for the week
Any specific comments - The greens are in their best ever condition being firmer than in the past.

Type of grass - Paspalum
Height of cut - 10mm
General width and contouring - Quite flat, average width but narrower than ever before.
Any specific comments - The following landing areas have been narrowed: 2nd,3rd,8th,10th,13th & 17th.

Tees / collars
Type of grass - Paspalum overseeded with rye grass
Height of cut - 6mm
Any specific comments - New back tees on holes 8 & 10 and extended tees on holes 6 & 14

Height of cut - semi-rough - 32mm/ cut daily
Height of cut - Intermediate - 64mm/ cut daily
Height of cut  - maintained - 64mm/ last topped inside the ropes Sunday before the event. It won’t be cut again during the week
Any specific comments - The rough is very consistent

Weather in advance - Sunny lately and a warm DecemberForecast for tournament - Dry and breezy with a chance of rain on Thursday

Opened - 1998
Course designer - Peter Harradine
Special features  - Every year the rough is over-seeded with rye grass
General playability - The course is in superb condition.
Tree lined / exposed - Quite exposed
Many / few water hazards - Water hazards on holes 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17 & 18
-New fairway bunkers on 3,5,6,13 & 17
-Extensive bunker renovation optimising size and depth.
-Greens 2, 4 & 11 have been slightly enlarged to provide more challenging pin positions.

Other features
Any other features of the course or the event that may be of interest to web readers This is the 1st year of HSBC sponsorship of the event. Prize-money have been increased to US$2.7 million (700,000 more than last year)

Card of Course

Abu Dhabi GC

HoleParYardsMetres HoleParYardsMetres
14405370 105582532
25600548 114417381
34439392 123186170
43174159 134414378
54469428 144490448
64469428 153177162
73200182 164475434
85597546 174483441
94456417 185567518
Out3638093470 In3637913464

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Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Course Guide

Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KAYMER, MartinGER18-24
2MCILROY, RoryNIR18-16
T3GOOSEN, RetiefRSA18-14
T3MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-14
T5MAYBIN, GarethNIR18-12
T5LYNN, DavidENG18-12

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