The Five Best Golf Courses in Dubai

by Travelbag on 24 February 2015, 13:02PM

When you think about the sport of golf, Dubai might not necessarily be the first place that springs to mind. Sitting at the edge of the Arabian Desert, this city has temperatures which reach well above 40°C in many months of the year while it only receives about 12 cm of rainfall annually. At first glance it does not seem a likely place to find 18 holes of pristine green grass.

22 years ago the first grass course opened in the region and it the game has since gone from strength to strength. This course has been joined by many others which contain advanced sprinkler systems and shrewd green keepers holding the natural climate at bay so that tourists and locals alike can play a full 18 under the beautiful Arabian sun.
Such is the popularity of golfing in the city that Rory McIlroy, one of best golfers in the world, famously played a bunker shot on the helipad of the magnificent Burj Al Arab hotel. It is certainly not every day that a game of golf is played 700 feet in the air!

So in homage to the popularity of golf in the city here is a list of the five best golf courses in Dubai.
The first two on the list can be found at the Emirates Golf Club which was the first all grass championship golf course in the whole of the Middle East when it opened in 1988. 

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The Majilis

The Majlis was designed by Karl Litten, has a length of 7,301 yards and a par of 72. Its eighth hole par-four dogleg is its most notorious. This 434 yarder plays uphill so requires a long and accurate second shot of some skill if it is to make the green for the potential of a coveted three putt. It has a green fee of AED 995 which is around £180.

The Faldo

The Faldo was designed by none other than Sir Nick Faldo himself, has a length of 7,348 yards and a par of 73. This course is the only one in the region to offer ‘nightclubbing’ (floodlit golf) which allows for a peaceful game in a more cool and comfortable climate. It has a green fee of AED 595 which is around £100.

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The Montgomerie

The next course on the list is The Montgomerie which can be found at the luxurious Address Mongomerie golf club. It was designed by the experienced professional and Ryder Cup specialist Colin Montgomerie. Situated in the highly exclusive Emirates Hills residential area it has a length of 7,307 yards and a par of 72.

Its wide, open fairways make it the perfect place to really let loose with the driver. Although, do not let this lure you into a false sense of security as the 18th hole is a real challenge. The par-three 13th has a large green which has been tenderly shaped into the outline of the UAE. 

Aside from the course there are state-of-the-art practice facilities including a hi tech swing analysis studio, a nine hole academy course and a floodlit driving range. This means The Montgomerie really does offer the full package. The green fee is AED 825 or around £150. The 5 star Mina Seyahi is located opposite the Emirates Golf Club and the Montgomery course, making it the perfect location for anyone looking to take in a few rounds. 

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Earth

The next course on the list is Earth and can be found at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. Earth is the course which hosts the Dubai World Championship so you can be assured it provides world class championship golf. The most exciting hole is the par-five 18th which is a mighty 651 yards and has water splitting the fairway to keep you on your toes.
It was designed by Australian golfer Greg Norman, has a length of 7,675 yards and a par of 72. It contains an enormous amount of bunkers so do not forget your sand wedges if you mean to have a round. Stepladders are provided in some of the traps so do not worry too much about your leg muscles. The green fee is AED 595 so about £100.

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Dubai Creek

The final course on the list is can be found at the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. It offers a tranquil round as you can play while gazing over the beautiful waters of the creek. The green fee is AED725 so about £130.

The course was designed by Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn, has a length of 6,857 yards and a par of 71. The terrain is gently undulating and the openness of it allows you to have some fun with the drives. Interesting holes include the par-five 13th which has its own island green and the 6th in which the teeing platform is actually in the creek.

Together these courses provide 90 holes of top class golf in a delightfully warm climate. 


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