The land of sun, sand and perfect warm weather lends itself beautifully to the game of golf. Golf in the emirate has been one of the key sports for over 25 years. The government of Dubai, a keen supporter and promoter of the sport, opened the Emirates Golf Club, the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East as far back as 1988. From there on, golf in the emirate has grown exponentially. The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club has become one of the world’s premier golfing destinations. The emirate also hosts several golf tours of international and local acclaim; catering to both men and women.
Aside, from the pros, you can also take to the greens for a friendly game, a leisurely afternoon out or to even impress your boss. The emirate today, is host to quite a few golf courses.
The Emirates Golf Club
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One of the oldest golf clubs in the region, the Emirates Golf club remains one of the most prominent clubs. The Emirates Golf Club has hosted the popular annual Omega Dubai Dessert Classic for almost 30 years and also hosts the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. The club houses two courses, the Majlis and the Faldo. Both courses combine lush greens and rolling dessert terrain. The beautiful Majlis has its original dessert flora and seven fresh and saltwater lakes whereas the Faldo has a natural wadi running through it and is the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf. These sprawling 7000+ yard courses draw golfers across every skill level and is an ultimate golfing destination.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht club is perhaps one of the most scenic golf clubs with its waterfront view. The award-winning course, sports lush greens, with date palms and coconut trees and water hazards for a challenging game. The 18-hole, par-71 championship course made of thousands of undulating yards is also one of the most photographed landmarks for its design that captures Dubai’s seafaring history.
The Els Club
Located within Dubai Sports City, this muscular course is certainly a challenge with its acres of white sand and shrubbery. At 7538 yards, 18-hole, par 72 course is named after its designer and renowned golfer, Ernie Els.
Jumeirah Golf Estates
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An ambitious 7,706 golfing development, the Jumeirah Golf Estates is perhaps the one the emirate’s most prestigious residential golfing developments. The course is ideal for social players looking for a challenge and offers classic link-style play at championship level. A combination of wind, water and sand, the course is noted for its serpentine, rock-lined stream that bisects the middle of the fairway.
Al Badia Golf Club
Designed by the renowned golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones II, the Al Badia Golf is centrally located near Dubai Festival City. Spread over 7,303 years, the Al Badia course was constructed based on a “rivers of sand” design and together with multiple lakes makes it quite an interesting quest.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Located in Arabian Ranches, the par-72 course has retained its natural design with undulating sands and is dotted with shurbs making it quite challenge.
The Address Montgomeria Dubai
The 7,461-yard, Montgomerie course was designed by Colin Mongomerie and Desmond Muirhead follows a links-style design and has 14 lakes, a number of mounds and sand bunkers, a 360 degree tee box and even a flat island green shaped like the UAE.
Trump International Golf Club
The 18 course, championship style golf course was designed by renowned architect Gil Hanse. Perfect for all skill level, the course also has a 9-hole par 3 Academy course for golfers to perfect their game. Created for an exceptional golfing experience, the course utilized a winding, deep barranca as its base for design and strategy. The course also provides exceptional views, a number of exciting shots on its undulating course and is well lit with LED lights so golfers can play into the night.