As the centrepiece for the stunning Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Course - the Arabian Gulf's first and only beachfront course - the 18,000 sqm Frank Gehry designed clubhouse will boast unique design statements, which incorporate Saadiyat Island's stunning natural beauty, to create an instantaneously recognisable international landmark.
"We wanted someone who could push design boundaries to create visual architecture that makes bold statements. Frank Gehry ticks that box emphatically. A truly world-class course, designed by the world's most successful golfer of all time, in the heart of one of Arabia's most breathtaking natural settings, deserves an outstanding clubhouse that sets the benchmark globally," said Ahmed Hussein, COO of TDIC and Deputy Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.
Gary Player, nine-time Major winner and designer of more than 300 courses worldwide, believes the addition of a Gehry-inspired clubhouse to Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, will be critical factors in the project's and the emirate's realisation of establishing themselves as highly-sought after golf and leisure destination.
"Frank Gehry is one of the living, iconic architects of our time and to have an instantly recognisable structure, in the Guggenheim-style, as a clubhouse will be a world first. There is no doubt Abu Dhabi has arrived as a major force on the international golfing scene and will continue to be a future magnet for the sport's leading players and avid fan base globally," said Player.
To discover more about the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course go to sbgolfclub.ae
Where next? Footjoy glove testers needed Win free golf Golf tips: stop the slice
Get the Golf Monthly Newsletter
Tips on how to play better, latest equipment reviews, interviews with the biggest names and more.
Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 being promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014, before becoming Sports Digital Editor for the Sport Vertical within Future in 2022. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including Strategy and Content Planning for the website and social media - Tom also assists the Cycling, Football, Rugby and Marine titles at Future. Tom plays off 16 and lists Augusta National (name drop), Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.
'Every Single Year I See More Unhappy Players' - Pro Goes In On PGA Tour After Signing Up For LIV Golf Qualifier
Chris Stroud says he's "so unimpressed" with the PGA Tour following the advent of LIV Golf, which he is hoping to join via the upcoming Promotions event
By Elliott Heath Published
Michael Block Makes Australian Open Cut As Min Woo Lee Leads In His Bid To Go Back-To-Back Down Under
Michael Block made the cut at the Australian Open as Min Woo Lee continued his sparkling form by taking a three-shot lead in his bid to win back-to-back titles
By Paul Higham Published