With a host of top championship golf courses, golf tournaments in the Emirates are widely seen around the world. The Dubai Desert Classic, and Race to Dubai are amongst the top competitions in the world, drawing big name players from both tours.
In Dubai the Emirates Course and Dubai Creek are the oldest and most established. In the early days they were located outside of the city but the relentless pace of development means that they are now encircled by skyscrapers in the heart of the metropolis. The Emirates features two full courses whilst the Dubai Creek Club has an 18 hole Championship course and a 9 hole, par 3 course.
The Els Club at Dubai Sports City followed swiftly afterwards, consisting of an upmarket housing complex, golf and a multi-sports facilities. There is a Butch Harmon Golf Academy on site, the first of its kind outside of the USA with state of the art computer and video equipment for swing analysis. The academy offers group and private coaching.
The Jumeirah estate is the latest addition to the Dubai Golfing scene. Currently home to two courses, Earth and Fire, the plan for this vast golf and housing complex is to have four courses. The Earth course was built especially for the DP World Tour Championships, the finale to the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
Green fees include golf carts with GPS, an ice box with water and usually free use of the driving range and practice facilities. In high season the courses operate a shotgun start in the early morning and then again in the afternoon to give some relief from the higher temperatures of the middle of the day. Some courses have flood lighting on some or all holes so you can play into the evening.
The par 71 Championship Course at Dubai Creek Golf Club measures 6,967 yards from the back tees. The superbly manicured fairways are undulating, demarcated by mounds, date and palm trees, and on almost every hole by water.
Emirate Majlis Course
The Emirates Golf Club, The Majlis Championship Course is a challenging par 72, 7,301-yard layout that will be familiar to any fans of golf in Dubai. The original 18 holes were built in and around the dunes on the edge of the city of Dubai.
Emirates Faldo Course
Originally know as ‘The Wadi’ the second championship golf course at Emirates Golf Club, was re-named ‘The Faldo’ when it re-opened in 2006. Redesigned by golf legend Nick Faldo, the course now has a superb modern design.
Jumeirah Earth Course
Jumeirah Earth Course is one of the most aesthetically impressive courses in Dubai. It was purpose-built to host the DP World Tour Championship and was allowed to mature for two years before opening.
Jumeriah Fire Course
The second of the two Jumeirah Estate courses designed by golfing legend Greg Norman, the Fire Course provides more links-style challenge with open fairways, deep bunkering and native grasses.
The Els Club at Dubai Sports City
The Els Club at Dubai Sports City is yet another inclusions for the top golf courses in the Gulf. It’s link-style layout incorporates classic design traditions with lush undulating fairways and tricky, sloping greens.