Sand Golf Courses – Golf As It Was Originally Played In The Desert

While you’re in UAE, why not try a round of golf on one of the world’s best sand courses, and sample golf as it was originally played in the desert. Al Ghazal is unquestionably a very good and testing layout, although perhaps not as easy-on-the-eye as if it were grass. Here the entire game is played on sand, and that means fairways, greens (called browns) and obviously the bunkers. The course stretches out across an upper and lower plateau, which creates some interesting elevation changes on several holes. Within its testing 6724 yards (off the white tees) are many excellent dog-legging par-4’s, uphill and downhill par-3’s (the 11th is a gem), substantial bunkering and occasional water hazards, the most dangerous of which comes into play at the long par-5 17th, another excellent hole. The large and sloping browns, which include several arranged on two-tiers, roll as straight, fast and true as anything you’ll find on a grass course. Sand golf may not be to everyone’s liking, but it is remarkable how close to grass golf it comes – what’s missing are all those lush green fairways. The “greening” effect here, comes from a pleasant array of palms and small trees that surround the course and line some of the holes, and of course the small artificial grass mat you carry around, for shots from the marked-out fairways.

Despite its proximity to the airport, the golf course is surprisingly unaffected by noise from air traffic. Al Ghazal has been home to the Abu Dhabi Sand Golf Championship, which in previous years has boasted some distinguished professional champions : Greg Owen of England in 2004 and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand in 2005. To the right of the 7th hole is a 4000 year old archaeological site.

The oldest golf course in the Emirates is Dubai Country Club’s Al Awir sand golf course. pre-dating the arrival of grass courses by several years. It is also the first course in the Middle East to host overseas golf professionals, when the Caledonian Lions toured here in 1983. Regular venue for the Dubai Men’s Open. Al Awir may not be as aesthetically easy-on-the-eye as a grass course, but at a very respectable 6477 yards, and with many well laid out holes, good greenside bunkering, occasional water hazards and browns that have the pace and holding characteristics of normal greens.

Many expats who have lived in Africa and the Middle East will be aware of the etiquette of sand golf, which includes the following : only wear soft-soled shoes (e.g. trainers) – spiked shoes, even soft spikes will damage the greens (called browns). You can play from an artificial grass mat, but only if you are on the fairways (marked by stakes). Always brush the browns after you’ve finished putting – large brushes are provided for this purpose at each brown.

Artificial Grass Used For Putting Greens

For years, artificial turf has been used for several athletic sports surfaces, including golf putting greens. Professional golfers and amateur golf enthusiasts alike enjoy the benefits of an eco friendly playing surface that helps you performs at your optimum level. Synthetic grass can match up to even the most highly maintained and manicured golf turf in the most renowned clubs around the world. This is because of its unique and creative engineering process that includes technologically innovative yarn composition and intricate weaving of polyethylene fibers. A strong backing is placed for extra durability. Different artificial grass products come with various pile heights to give your golf turf the look that you desire.

When looking at the cost of maintaining putting greens and golf courses, many can be overwhelmed. This is because of the costly amount of watering alone, which contributes most heavily to costs. Other considerations for upkeep include irrigation and mowing, which need to be done every few days, as well as fertilization, herbicide, fungicide, to dressing, and core aeration, though needed less frequently, can add up to weighty costs. Clubs and courses spend so much money for gardeners to work on the greens. This is expensive and takes up a lot of time. With artificial grass golf turf, no watering, mowing, or any other type of aforementioned maintenance is needed. Imagine an immaculate looking putting green that requires absolutely minimal maintenance-artificial turf golf surfaces.

Aside from needing little maintenance, artificial grass putting greens are great because they are manufactured to both feel and look like that of real golf surfaces. Thus, when playing on an artificial green, it will not be dramatically different in comparison to a natural golf course. Synthetic grass products created specifically for golf are designed to keep you playing your best, with a level uniform surface that does not require extensive adjusting to, as it is designed to uncannily mimic the experience of playing on real putting greens. The surface is very level, down to each artificial blade, so it does not hinder your playing at all. Because of this, many renowned players in the golf world continue to play on artificial putting greens.

Households and families have also taken a liking for synthetic turf, not at clubs, but in the convenience of their own property. Several homeowners have taken advantage of artificial grass and its customizability and have had custom artificial grass golf turf installed in their backyards. With such easy access, professionals or recreational players can keep their skills up to par without even heaving their homes. Also, for special events or gatherings, an artificial grass golf surface in your backyard is a wonderful attraction to guests. With minimal maintenance and upkeep, a backyard putting green will not drain your wallet or your time. Artificial turf putting greens prove to be cost effective and easily maintainable in comparison to natural putting greens, which require both time and money to maintain. Look to artificial golf surface as the better alternative for your golf needs.

Wholesale Turf can custom manufacture synthetic turf [] to your sports specific needs and specifications. With our custom sport turfs your players can be confident the grass will react in a way that they are used to. Everything from ball roll, ball bounce, player reaction time and look!