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Golf driving range in the Arabian Gulf waters - Sofitel The Palm Dubai

Golf driving range in the Arabian Gulf waters - Sofitel The Palm Dubai

Travel broadcaster Phil Blizzard discovers that the Sofitel The Palm is bypassing the conventional grass driving range and looking ahead towards the Arabian Gulf.

The luxury resort has launched a new golf experience where the ocean becomes the driving range with yard markers placed in the water so that golfers can mark their progress.

One might fear that offshore the underwater terrain will be littered with thousands of lost Ecobioballs used by the golfers. Fear not, these ‘golf balls’ are the first and only golf ball in the world which dissolves into fish food. As soon as it is submerged in the water, the internal core that comprises of fish food gets released into the water. 

These biodegradable balls have been certified by Applus+, as a non-polluting product that is 100% safe to any plant and marine life. This new initiative adopted by the hotel further asserts its sustainability certification as well as its Blue Flag awarded beach. So, with Sofitel The Palm Dubai, golf has got “greener” with the use of the Ecobioballs.

Recreation Manager, Eugene Swart explains more: “The Ocean is the perfect expanse in which to drive golf balls, and supports our living values of environmental sustainability through Ecobioballs. So while you’re enjoying a challenging game of golf, you are also providing food for our local marine life. Even if you’re not a golfer or the next US Masters champion, you can still enjoy a fun game of golf by the beach.”

This new golfing experience adds to the numerous resort recreational activities for hotel guests, local residents and team building events, all while enjoying an environmentally affable sport. The hotel utilises this exciting green activity to entertain its guests with fun and environmentally conscious competitions and challenges such as hole-in-one contests.

Sofitel The Palm, nestled within the tranquil groves of the Palm Jumeirah and set amidst an idyllic Polynesian setting gives guests a unique experience.  Guests also get to interact with some of the eco-friendly initiatives such as the live green wall. Organically framing the resort, a lush green and vibrant environment of stunning vertical gardens offer guests a constant green reminder during their stay.

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