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Yas Links, business or pleasure??

Sitting 6 miles north west of Abu Dhabi International Airport, Yas Links is only a 10 minute drive which is need given the flight time is twice that compared with many popular golfing destinations in Europe from the UK. That said, once you’re here you’ll realise that this isn’t like European golf resorts, and all the wives tales you’ve herd about the UAE, its time to throw them out the window. Yas Island, home to the Links is also home to Yas Marina F1 circuit, Ferrari world with the worlds fastest rollercoaster, Warner Bros World, waterparks, huge shopping malls, bars and clubs, not to mention a host of luxury hotels.


Being in Abu Dhabi makes Yas Links a perfect location for the end of the year when most of Europe is falling into a freeze, Yas will still be seeing heat most Brits would call positively barmy! This makes it not only a superb holiday getaway but due to its local surroundings its a perfect destination for intimate corporate events. From one to one meetings or smaller team sales events, Yas Links has a fine tuned private and personal approach thats symbolised from the first moment when you collect the keys to your personally named changing locker.


Open in 2010 Yas is a first class golf facility boasting a world top 50 course designed by Kyle Philips and a floodlit 9 hole academy course and practice area. With beautiful view of the Arabian Gulf to one side, Yas Marina F1 circuit, Ferrari Wold and probably your hotel to the other, its an amazing setting for an equally amazing golf course. Playing up to almost 7,500 yards its got five tee positions for those looking to adjust the difficulty making it perfect if you’re out on business as you’ll not want to talk a deal if the course is giving you a beating. The front nine plays wider and probably easier to score compare to the back nine which slowly tightens up to offer some real risk and reward golf, particular the final stretch.


With such a quality course there are almost too many standout holes to mention but an early favourite is the dogleg 3rd which hugs the coast-line for 400 yards with your approach shot to the eight bunker guarded green. Bunkers are something that you’ll have to get used to seeing at Yas Links with game management of the upmost importance, particularly if the wind wants to blow, things can get tricky. The 4th is a great long par 3 with an amazingly undulating green making for some testing pin positions. Its the 9th where things start to change, and from the off your first tee shot is a tight one over the water calling for great accuracy otherwise you’ll give yourself a tricky second. 


The whole back nine slides down the strip of land besides Ferrari World and the Yas Marina circuit until turning back on its self, tightly hugging the waters edge. The 12th and 15th have a nice links double green touch so if you miss the serious bunkers guarding the green you could still be left with a lengthy put of some distance. It’s the closing holes that you’ll go home remembering, even if its because you left a few balls in the Arabian Gulf due to the typical head on wind. With small greens and thin fairways the 16th is a nervy test. The 17th is a majestic par three and with all the carry and a fair bit of wind it’s a good result to hold the green. Slightly right sided shots will end up in the dip leaving for a tricky piece of short play to get down for par. The the round is then topped off with an epic finish at the lengthy par 5 18th. You’ll be given a few questions on where to play before you even get to the green and will play really long especially if that wind comes in head on which it usually does. 


Yas Links is defiantly a venue worth traveling to, even if you’re visiting Dubai as its well within a two hour drive. At the end of the game you’ll need to freshen off in the rainfall shower even if you did take the cart guy up on a much need cool lolly and enjoy the Spanish style clubhouse. The food is superb and often supported by events, but if that not your thing then outdoor seating has a beautiful view across the back nine for a perfectly relaxing view with a beer. Just don’t forget your sun cream and plenty of water.

Importance of Branding Your Golf Day?

Whether you’re looking to improve business opportunities, open sales opportunities or increase brand exposure, you may well want to consider a fully branded corporate golfing event. Here at Clubs Away we don’t just organise the finest golfing events and holidays for our business clients, we also provide a full branding service to accompany it. No idea is too outrageous – our creative team will work closely with you to make the biggest impact at your event. Whether you want some prizes to give away to your guests or useful golfing equipment they can use as they play, we can provide it.

Why is branding so important

Apart from your website, branding is one of the first things that your potential customers will see. It’s your chance to get across the message behind your company and make the best first impression. Branding helps set you apart from your competitors and it represents your business. It’s also a great way to get that initial connection with your customers, particularly if your strapline is an emotive one.

Branding your golfing event

Let Clubs Away help to increase your brand exposure with an innovatively created event, coupled with fantastic branding to help showcase your business. Our design team are on hand to help create a whole host of branded products, from the initial RSVP through to trophies to present at the final awards. 

Branding is something that should be taken very seriously when planning a golfing event. You should portray a consistent brand message, so that your guests are gently prompted by it at every possible opportunity. It isn’t just about the logo either. Our expert creative team will work closely with you to ensure your brand elements all come together for the final event.

Welcome your customer

From baseball caps to polo shirts with bespoke embroidery, bag tags and zipped sweaters, we can ensure your customers feel welcome and part of the event upon arrival. For something a little different, we’ve also created a Gift Box which contains a sleeve of Callaway balls, a pitchfix and a ball marker. Or a more cost-effective alternative is the three-ball Callaway tin, which comes complete with a ball marker.

Play your game

We don’t just brand standard golf balls at Clubs Away, we offer the very best Titleist & Taylor Made golf balls. Giving you the extra edge on the course! We can also supply branded pencils, tees, scorecard holders, cap clips, resin markers and golf gloves made from the finest quality cabretta leather. If you want something your guests can take away with them after the game, you may want to consider branded micro-velour towels or tour umbrellas to prevent the rain from stopping play.

Dress your venue

Your brand needs to be on show from the second your guests step foot into the venue. They need to associate your golfing event with your business from the get-go; even a bespoke VIP invite with the itinerary listed will make your event feel more exclusive. Pull-up and pop-up banners are a great way to showcase information to your guests and give them an insight into the products and services your business has to offer. Place them where your guests are likely to congregate, and you may even find your banners appear as a backdrop to some photos taken on the day! Gazebos are also a very versatile way to highlight your brand and are the perfect place to serve refreshments to your guests.

Reward your winners

Leaving your guests with a memento of your event is the best way to keep your business in the forefront of their mind. Why not supply the winner with a branded holdall that they can use time and time again? Not only will it remind them of your event, but they can become brand ambassadors for you, showing off your logo wherever they travel.

Or for the winner who has everything, think outside of the box a little with a branded shoe bag. They won’t know what they did without one!

Make the best first impression

We have only included a handful of products that we have branded for our clients in the past, and are always looking for innovative ways to showcase your business. No idea is too challenging for our creative team. Our PGA Pros have years of experience when it comes to event planning, and a thorough insight into branded materials that regularly feature. So whether you’re looking for something a little different, or want to stick to the usual promotional items, we can help make the difference at your event.

To get started on planning your corporate golfing event and complimentary branding today, please contact our expert team who will be able to get you started.

Want to make your event extra special? Then hire a golf simulator!?

So, you’re in the process of planning an event. But rather than the bog-standard, networking event where the focus is on small talk and converting your guests into clients, you want to add something a little ‘extra’. Introducing the golfing simulator. The perfect solution to your needs.

What is a golf simulator?

The golf simulator is an innovative system, allowing for interaction on a virtual golf course, whilst providing a realistic setting. Powered by Trackman, the ultimate golfing analysis system, you are able to fully analyse your game, allowing you to jump ahead of the competition. This leading performance-enhancing software is brought together by leading GPA pros and coaches within the industry, giving you the very best insight into your golfing performance.

The golf simulator is ideal for corporate parties, exhibitions, product launches and seminars. It helps you to interact easily with your guests and provides a memorable occasion. With some of the world’s finest golf courses available at the touch of a button, wow your guests with this immersive experience.

What hiring a simulator can achieve

At Clubs Away, our expert team of golf event coordinators are focused on getting you the most out of your event. Whatever your objective, we will work closely with you to utilise the event to drive your business performance and set you on the right track for success.

We work with you to build a bespoke brief, creating a tailored golfing experience that not only showcases your brand, but delivers optimum return. Our Power of Play ethos is the essential ingredient of success. By adding a golfing simulator to your event, you will quickly break down barriers in customer relationships, opening up more business opportunities.

Providing a more relaxed atmosphere within which you can talk business is just one of the many benefits of a golf simulator. Here are a few more ways they can make your event a success:

If your team is lacking a little inspiration, why not jazz things up by taking them on a golf simulator day? Find out their true competitive streak and really get to know your colleagues within a fun, relaxed atmosphere. With the Trackman software included as standard, you can set a range of targets from ball speed to smash factor, to bring out their competitive side.

Every event planned with our Pro team is tailored to your specific outcomes. If team building is more important than sealing a deal, our experts will guide you through the best way to achieve this with a golf simulator event. With the Power of Play, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to bond with your colleagues over a game of golf.

Golf simulator days are an excellent addition to any charity fundraising event. We always advise that you have key targets and goals in mind before commencing a charity fundraiser, so that your event will have the maximum impact. With a golf simulator as a unique focal point, you will draw in the crowds and set yourself on the right track for raising thousands.

By creating an event that is specifically tailored to help you reach commercial outcomes, and therefore aligning the event to your business goals, the outcome will be much more successful. Whether you’re launching a new product range and require additional branding, or simply want to leave a lasting impact on your guests, Clubs Away can make a difference.

Choosing Clubs Away

So you’ve come the conclusion that including a golf simulator within your corporate event is really going to make the impact you desire. Now you have the decision about which company to go with. Of course, Clubs Away should be your first choice, but here are a few things that set us apart from the competition:

  1. PGA professionals are included within the hire of the simulator. They are professionals in their field for a reason, and are there to give you tips and advice throughout the event, helping to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.
  2. Our world-class simulator provides realistic conditions, based on some of the finest golf courses in the world. Using Trackman technology, the best performance-enhancing software in the industry, results are as close to the real deal as possible.
  3. You can play a variety of games all at the touch of a button, from a full round of golf to driving challenges. No need for trekking miles from one to the other across the greens, this simulator provides fast and thrilling games with picturesque settings.
  4. The golf simulator is nice and compact, easily fitting into a 6m x 3m x 6m space, making it ideal for both indoor and outdoor events.
  5. Bespoke company or event branding can be applied to a range of products to really help bring your event together. From golf balls to tour umbrellas, tees and resin markers – you think of it, we can design it!
  6. Fast install by our expert team of pros. The golf simulator only takes 2 hours to install and dismantle, and we can build the system to fit around your busy schedule.

If you have any further questions on the golf simulator, please feel free to contact us today and one of our expert team will be on hand to assist you.

The inside scoop?

Clubs Away was co-founded by a PGA Golfing Professional, Michael. His passion for golfing started when he was just 4 years old. He is not only an experienced player, but also provides golf coaching at all levels. With 5 PGA competition titles under his belt during his amateur career, Michael graduated from the PGA with distinctions in all Coaching and Business assignments and exams.

It is this determination and dedication that Michael puts into the world of corporate hospitality, and he works with some of the world’s largest organisations. Clubs Away was formed around the idea that sometimes the best way to close a deal is over a round of golf. We take the time to fully understand your business needs and requirements, taking everything out of your hands so you can enjoy the entire experience.

 

Who are Clubs Away?

Our mission is simple: to improve your business with corporate golf events and golfing holidays. We help you to get the most out of any event, whatever the objective. Our bespoke, complete service is tailored to your individual needs. Whether you’re putting together a team building day, charity fundraiser or an opportunity to close business leads, our expert team is on hand to help.

We think differently when it comes to creating the perfect corporate hospitality event. By holding an initial consultation to understand your business in its entirety, we help you target the most achievable outcomes with your event. We have named our approach the ‘Power of Play’ – we’re here to help you to bring different ideas into play. Creative thinking developed through play helps create better networking opportunities, build more profitable relationships and enhance team dynamics.

 

What do we offer

Clubs Away use golf to drive your business performance forward. The main packages we offer are corporate golf events and handpicked holidays. We have a team of in-house designers to cater for your branding needs too, and a golf simulator powered by leading tracking software if you want to stay a little closer to home.

 

World-class corporate golf events

Whether you ‘re hosting a golf event for 2 people or 200, we can cater to your needs. With an experienced team of event planners and PGA professionals, Clubs Away pride ourselves on an innovative approach. Our aim is to create a bespoke event, which not only exceeds all your expectations, but those of your guests too.

Our unique events are created from a selection of handpicked 5* venues, and our event management system takes care of everything so you don’t have to. We are the only travel and events company to provide a PGA professional host to support your event too, allowing extensive business development opportunities.

 

High-quality golfing holiday packages

Our holiday packages are put together by our experienced team, who have spent time at some of the finest golf courses and hotels across the world, bringing you an in-depth insight into the selection. But don’t worry, the world’s best courses don’t always come with the largest price tags. With our well-recognised team of PGA Pros helping you put together your ideal holiday, you can rest assured we’ll bring you the best possible deals.

Once we’ve helped you put together your package, your work is complete. We take care of all the finer details, from arranging flights to booking accommodation, making your golfing holiday as stress-free and relaxing as possible. We don’t just promise 5* golf travel – we deliver it.

 

Our team of PGA professionals

The main thing that sets us apart from the competition is the inclusion of a PGA professional within all our corporate golf events and holidays. We are the only golf travel company in the industry to offer this service.

From start to finish, our world-class professional will guide you through the event planning, acting as a local guide, coach and organiser.

How our team can make your event memorable:

Consultation

The initial meeting you have will be with one of our PGA Pros, to gain an insight into your objectives. With many years of experience under their belt, they are more than happy to provide innovative ideas and recommendations.

Local knowledge

Our Pros will use not only their expertise, but their connections in order to get you perks that other companies simply can’t. Whether you want to stay in the best suite in the resort or dine at a private table exclusively for professional golfers, our team will be able to assist.

World-class coaching

With all their experience and knowledge, you will have access to the same level of coaching of any PGA great themselves. All our Pros have been on European and US Tours, teaching some of the best players in the world. You really are in the best hands.

 

Golf simulator

We have recently introduced a golf simulator into our array of services, allowing you to play on some of the finest golf courses in the world without the hassle of having to travel there. Combined with innovative, cutting-edge radar software Trackman to analyse your golfing techniques, you can step into the pro world and join leading coaches and players.

Does this all sound like something you’re interested in? If you’re focused on creating a corporate golfing event that will drive your business forward, contact our expert team today for an initial consultation.

Planning a golf event?

In ever changing and growing markets that are filled with fierce competition, businesses need a better and deeper way to develop relationships with their clients.

Ensuring that business partnerships stay positive and productive has become a top priority for many companies, and this is where corporate hospitality comes in.

 

History

Corporate hospitality describes private events or travel trips organised by businesses or corporations for their staff, clients and stakeholders.

Historically, it was used as a way to say thank you to clients. It still serves this purpose, but it now features much more strategically to company plans. There is a much clearer objective – and that’s to win or secure further business.

Company golf days are increasingly being utilised as a face-to-face marketing tool to help enhance the relationship between an organisation and its current or potential customers, through interaction in a non-sales environment.

For many, it now plays a significant part in business development – with any budget laid out for a corporate event expected to see a significant ROI in terms of speculating to accumulate.

 

Importance

There are many reasons why corporate hospitality is worth focusing in on.

Saying thank you to your clients and rewarding them is hugely important; if your company isn’t doing it, your competitors might be.

Face-to-face interaction is imperative when maintaining relationships with clients, so corporate events serve as an ideal way to nurture and strengthen existing relationships away from the boardroom.

By putting on an event or trip, you’re taking the time to go the extra mile. Clients who feel inspired and motivated by the prospect of working with your company are more likely to stay in business with you.

It’s also a good way to branch out and meet new contacts by inviting potential clients in the hope of securing new business.

There is no one better than a current client to talk positively about your company – so getting current and prospective clients to circulate can certainly be beneficial.

 

Strategy

Behind every corporate event is a good strategy.

Understanding your objectives is key – you may be wanting to strengthen an existing relationship, encourage more business or increase brand awareness.

That in mind, choosing the right type of event is vital to who you are dealing with and what you want to achieve.

It also needs to run smoothly from start to finish, showcase your brand in the best light and ensure your guests enjoy the experience.

Effective hospitality is what sticks in the mind of those who attend – if your biggest clients are present, then you don’t want to disappoint.

 

How can we help

There is a lot to bear in mind with golf event management and the organisation of the day. It’s got to be executed properly. This is where Clubs Away can help.

In recent years, there has been a big increase in business being done on the golf course.

Not only is a golfing trip a great leisure activity, but with only a small portion of a four-hour game spent actually hitting the ball, there is plenty of time to talk business.

At Clubs Away, we offer bespoke end-to-end golfing packages that are tailored for business minds.

Our team organise the entire day or travel break, so that business professionals can focus on developing client relationships and forging new business deals, without the hassle of arranging and planning themselves.

We organise every detail of the expedition, from finding the venue or location of the trip through to booking accommodation and flights.

We’re are also the only company to provide a PGA Golf Professional on every trip, allowing guests to receive training tips and improve their golfing skills as part of the corporate package.

So if you need to wow a particular client, seal a business deal or strengthen a new relationship – get in touch with us to see how we can create you the perfect corporate golf event trip!

Golf & business?

A game for everyone

Golf has a unique ability to bring together people from all walks of life.

As a corporate event entertainment activity, it’s something that people of any age and status can play.

With a unique handicap system, golf is a game that anyone in your company can enjoy – men, women, novices and experts.

This means you have a way of connecting with everybody in your business network, if you choose to.

It’s also a way of bonding and building relationships with clients and prospective business partners over a physical activity in a relaxed setting, rather than over a boardroom table.

Plus if you pick your golfing partner wisely, you could easily find yourself going around the golf course with a prospective client for between 4 – 6 hours – what better way to get to know them and subtly spend time showcasing your business?

 

Character

Golf is a good way to test someone’s character, because of the attributes and traits that make someone good at the sport.

Your attitude towards golf can certainly speak volumes about the way you approach your professional life.

The golfing culture is one of extreme honesty. Whilst it’s easy to shuffle the ball when no one is looking, cheaters are very much shunned in the golfing world.

The professional golfers set prime example here, in championships if they accidentally hit the ball – they call a penalty on themselves.

Therefore it’s a good game to separate the cheaters from the pros. If you have the discipline not to cheat in the game, then that speaks wonders for your character too.

If your client sees you kicking your ball out of the rough for a better lie, opinions and rapport may slowly start to drop.

 

Keeping calm

Golf requires the ability to keep calm under pressure and think strategically.

These qualities are also good business attributes when it comes to working through dilemmas, solving problems and performing in high pressure situations.

You wouldn’t (hopefully) throw your briefcase across the room if a business deal went wrong. So how a person deals with a defeat or a win on the golf course can be an indicator of their temperament.

An employee or prospective client throwing their clubs down in a rage when they lose could suggest a hot temper or inability to accept defeat with humility.

So if you can accept defeat in good humour and victory with modesty, then you may well apply the same attitude to the boardroom.

 

Connecting

Golf is a social game and a great way to get interacting with people.

Between the holes and the clubhouse, there is plenty of time to talk business and build lasting relationships with your potential clients.

Strong communication skills are key to business development and business as a whole, so not only but it signals a trait that will be ideal in the boardroom too.

There is also a subtle art to discussing business on the golf course or closing a deal. If it’s a corporate golf event you’ve arranged, then first and foremost you are there to enjoy the game.

Business talk should be subtly woven into your trip around the golf course. They do say not to discuss business before the 5th hole – or after the 15th hole!

 

The Wow Factor

If you’re a golfing pro or enjoy the sport in your spare time, then making it part of a business tactic could be well worth your time.

Not only is golf an enjoyable game to be enjoyed by all, but it can also be a fantastic opportunity to wow prospective clients or current ones.

The world is full of stunning, dynamic and impressive golf courses and leisure resorts which can cater for your every need.

From a game in the Scottish home of golf, to golf in the Algarve or a corporate event package to the glittering coastlines of Cyprus or the USA, you can impress and reward clients and colleagues by taking them to some of the world’s most beautiful places, to enjoy one of the world’s most rewarding games.

 

Let us help

This is where we at Clubs Away can help, we offer bespoke end-to-end business golf event packages for business minds.

Our team organise the entireevent, so that business professionals can focus on developing client relationships and forging new business deals, without the hassle of arranging and planning themselves.

Every detail of the expedition, from finding the venue or location of the trip through to booking accommodation and flights.

Clubs Away are also the only company to provide a PGA Golf Professional on every trip, allowing guests to receive training tips and improve their golfing skills as part of the corporate event package.

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