The Palm Sports Golf resort in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi had a special event earlier in the week to celebrate several new beginnings.
Firstly the name of the whole resort has now changed to the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club and is aiming to move forward even further.
The Golf Club itself, which is situated within the sports resort has had a massive revamp with several major changes with some superb facilities for the surrounding city. Formerly a 9 hole Course, it now boasts a new, updated and well shaped back nine becoming a full 18 hole Golf course. This back nine includes the longest hole in the UAE at a monster 678 yards and the club have also added a new par 3 academy course and excellent driving range facility.
Earlier in the week, Bradley Dredge European Tour pro who is signed to the course visited with Peter Whiteford to play a special exhibition match for the members, officially opening the Al Ain facilities.
Playing with them in a special 4 ball was Ladies Tour player Lisl Esterl and Local Pro Simon Payne from Tower Links who regularly wins the order of merit on the UAE PGA.
Bradley and Lisl were the winners by 2 after playing the whole course and testing the new layout, at the same time, on the course the first junior open was taking place to kick start the course and the future seems very bright for golf in the area.
Afterwards when the prizes were given out Bradley was delighted to be part of the club and said he thoroughly enjoyed the day, a good pre warm up for the Desert Swing which he is playing all 4 events.
Look out for the front nine being revamped next year!