The par 71 championship course at Dubai Creek Golf Club measures 6,967 yards (6370m) from the back tees. The superbly manicured fairways are undulating, with mounds, date and palm trees, and on almost every hole some kind of water hazard. Apart from the creek, which comes into play on four holes, there are several artificial lakes, adding to the difficulty of various holes, including one final shot to the green on the 18th. The course is located quite centrally and is easy to reach from most city hotels. The course was once an oasis in the desert that has become fully enclosed by the urban development of Dubai city.
The course starts with a gentle par 4, but a long and straight drive is required if you are to have a clear view of the green with your second. A stretch of sandy waste on the right and two fairway bunkers on the left add to the pressure of your opening tee shot. The green is well protected too, with bunkers left and right, and the undulating green requires some thought about the best positioning of your approach shot.
The 5th hole is the first of the par 3’s on the course and it is a beauty. At 181 yds for the back tees, it is not overly long. Behind the green the creek lurks ominously but to reach the putting surface you must take enough club to carry the large sand trap eating into the front left of the green. The large bean-shaped green is deceptive, and you need to have a close look at the pin location here, because if you hit your ball to the wrong part of the green, you will do well to take only two putts.
The 6th is the signature hole on the front nine. The gent’s tees are located on a ‘floating’ tee box out on the creek. Once you have reached the fairway there is further water down the left hand side which will generally need to be crossed unless you opt to hug the fairway and playing conservatively. A really superb hole, relax, swing, and enjoy!
The course sets up for a thrilling finale with its two par 4 closing holes. The 17th and 18th have the creek guarding the entire left side of the fairway. While the 17th is reasonably straight forward, the 18th requires good course management and shot-making all the way to the cup. There is water on the left of the fairway and a long bunker on the right, beyond which is water again. A good drive will still leave you with a long iron into the tiered and sloping green, or play safe and choose to lay up before the water which guards the front.
For more information about Dubai golfing holidays and playing at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, contact us here or call +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia) to speak to our golf holiday’s team.
ReviewsIn our opinion: If water hazards are a problem for you, then this isn't the course for you! This busy city course is popular with golfers from around the world and uses a shot gun start during peak season. This means you will always have a chasing group on your tail which can add to the pressure.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club Course Information
- Holes: 18
- Par: 71
- Type: Desert Parkland
- Mens Black: 6967 yds
- Mens Blue: 6857 yds
- Ladies Red: 5325 yds
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