Yas Links: Environment

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Opened 2010 • New 18-Hole Championship Links Course • Par 72 • 7450 yards
Awarded #1  Best Golf Course in the Middle East – Golf Digest – 2013
Ranked #1 Course in the Middle East – Golf Course Architecture – 2011
Ranked #24 Best 100 Courses Outside The U.S. – Golf Digest – 2012
Ranked #70 Top Golf Course in the World – Golf World – 2012




Biodiversity Creation: Once a flat stretch of sandy barren dessert, Yas Links now consists of over 45 HA / 110 Acres of natural seaside dunescape (not including the playable turf areas that have been planted in salt tolerant warm season Paspalum grass). The native areas are made up of drought tolerant grasses, shrubs, ground covers, cactus, and trees. Across the sea channel, the existing natural mangrove habitats have also been preserved.


Grasses: Native dune areas have been planted with a variety (10 species) of warm season drought tolerant native grasses that will require minimal irrigation and maintenance.


Shrubs / Ground Cover / Cactus: Other native shrubs, ground covers, and cactus, including: Ice Plant, Seashore Hibiscus, Prickly Pear Cactus, Yucca Glauca, Salvadora Persica (locally known as the “Toothbrush” Tree), and others have been established within the native grass areas.


Trees: In the spirit of links golf, the interior area of the course has been left open and void of trees, but a buffer of native tree species including groves of the local Ghaf Tree have been planted around the perimeter of the course.


GEO Official Website: Yas Links