Sponsored: GDME Play & Stay in association with Viya Golf is the ultimate weekend for golf fans…

Get your golfing buddies together, there’s a stay and play weekend you’ll want to tee off at next month. Hosted by Golf Digest Middle East and Viya Golf, GDME Play & Stay is a weekend staycation complete with two rounds of golf at two top courses in the capital, an overnight stay at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island and much more. So clear your diary now for Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10.

Priced at just Dhs1,295 for two, you’ll get two games of golfing action for one person – one round at Yas Links Abu Dhabi and Yas Acres Golf & Country Club – an array of F&B included, plus there’s prizes to be won for the weekend winners. If your guest is keeping off the courses, there’ll be plenty of pampering and facilities to enjoy at the hotel. If you’re tee-ming up with another golf fan, you can add a second guest for an additional Dhs150 for the 9-hole round at Yas Acres and Dhs290 for the 18-hole round at Yas Links.

Here’s the full itinerary:

Friday June 9

2pm: Check in at Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s top destination island, the hotel resort overlooks Yas Links and has its own private Cyan Beach on the shores of the Arabian Gulf — perfect for sundowners and beautiful sunsets. Guests can opt either for a twin or double room.

3.45pm: Transport to Yas Acres

4pm: Welcome drink, practice and player briefing

Registered players will arrive at the hotel on Yas Island on Friday for a reception, followed a short jaunt for an early evening nine-hole showdown over Yas Acres’ stunning course. 

5pm: Nine-hole shotgun start (individual stableford format)

Yas Acres Golf & Country Club opened last year to a great reception from local golfers and visitors from abroad, and it continues to grow in popularity, having been added to Viya Golf’s growing portfolio of clubs across the UAE. 

The nine-hole set-up is perfect for experienced golfers, budding youngsters, weekend warriors and those who just like to relax and let the others do the hard work.

7.15pm: Transport back to Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

8.30pm: Evening brunch at Stills

From 8.30pm to 11.30pm, guests can refuel with an international brunch buffet at European restaurant, Stills, washing it down with three hours of house drinks.

Saturday June 10

From 6am: Breakfast at Jing Asia

Breakfast is served from 6am, with an array of continental classics, hot buffet options and fresh beverages to kickstart the day.

11.15am: Transport to Yas Links

11.30am: Welcome drink, practice and player briefing

After breakfast, guests will head to the famous Yas Links to blow away the cobwebs in an 18-hole shotgun competition on the coast of the windswept Arabian Gulf.

For non-golfers who fancy the luxury life without straying too far, the hotel offers an outdoor pool, fitness centre, kids club, dining outlets and a shisha garden. There will be discounted offers at the Crowne Fitness spa and sauna.

1pm: 18-hole shotgun start (individual stableford format)

Saturday’s tournament will be a day to remember regardless of your score as competitors will follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest golfers at the famous Yas Links. This is a true links golf course, located on the western shores of Yas Island with views of the Arabian Gulf.

Being a links set-up, the course offers new challenges with the famous Arabian Gulf breezes wafting in over the mangroves and the undulating layout. 

6pm: Prize-giving

8pm: Home time

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