LET rookies Maria Salinas of Peru and Virginia Espejo of Spain, Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic and recent Access Series Order of Merit winner Mireia Prat left the hustle and bustle of the city behind as they took a thrilling journey through the sand dunes in 4x4 vehicles deep into the heart of the Dubai desert.
The tour, with Arabian Adventures, included a falconry show, camel riding and a feast under the stars in a traditional Bedouin-style camp. The players even had the opportunity to practice their bunker skills in possibly the world’s biggest sand trap.
Three of the players are competing in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters for the first time this week. Prat, in particular, feels that this is a reward for her excellent season on the 2013 LET Access Series. She said: “It’s my first time visiting the desert and it’s incredible to be here. I am really enjoying it.”
Salinas commented: “It’s even better than I expected. I’m really excited about the camel riding!”
Espejo particularly enjoyed the thrills and spills of the rollercoaster dune ride and added: “It’s completely different: a lot of sliding and it was a lot of fun.”
This prestigious tournament, held under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, brings together a stellar field of 108 competitors from 29 different countries and regions and is the season-ending tournament on the Ladies European Tour.