Dubai is known to have the best golf courses in the World, with beautiful scenery, clubhouses with stunning designs, challenging courses: a must visit for all the travellers coming to Dubai. Not only appealing for the golf lovers. Dubai’s most known golf events are the Dubai Desert Classic Tournament and the Dubai Ladies Masters.
The two premier events – promoted and organised by ‘golf in DUBAi’ – are now an established fixture on the UAE’s sporting calendar; they received a major boost with the leading Swiss watchmaker Omega coming on board as the title sponsors.
The Government of Dubai has a specific golf tourism agenda that targets professionals as well as beginners: an important balance for the growth of tourism and golf in Dubai. The official Dubai Golf program also known as (DG) is the government program setup to control and organize the promotion of golf in Dubai and Dubai golf to the world. Its goal is to continue to attract professional and casual golfers to the various courses and resorts that they manage. The three major courses that they manage are the Majlis, The Faldo courses, along with the Dubai Creek Golf club.
Optimalfitness Golf Academy by Glyn Meredith: Learn all aspects of golfing technique in this indoor academy, which offers the latest V1 golf swing video analysis, flightscope, training aids, a putting area and a dedicated golf fitness room.
Lessons from Dhs290, packages from Dhs1,450. Open Sat-Thu 8am-10pm. Studio City (opposite Arabian Ranches), email@example.com (055 275 6234).
The Track: The Track is a new nine-hole pay-and-play golf course with no membership fees, located next to the Meydan Racecourse on the site of the old Nad Al Sheba course. Tee markers (shaped like horse shoes, naturally) in five colours transform the course from a challenging 3,700 yards in length to a more manageable 2,690 yards.
Preview-play green fees Dhs300, full rates to be announced shortly. Open daily 6.30am-sunset. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3733).
The Els Club: The first thing you will notice about this course is that it looks quite easy; but the second is it’s not as easy as it looks. Wide, inviting fairways lure you into trouble around every hole, in the form of deep, well-hidden bunkers. The course measures a whopping 7,538 yards, but is made up of five sets of tees, giving players of all skill levels a fair test. The two nines loop around the villas of Victory Heights at what was first venue completed in the multi-billion-dollar Dubai’s Sports City.
18 holes costs Dhs565 (weekends), Dhs465 (weekdays) from 7am-2.50pm; Dhs475 (weekends), Dhs395 (weekdays) from 3pm-4.50pm; Dhs295 from 5pm onwards. Open daily 7am-sunset, Dubai Sports City, Dubailand, www.elsclubdubai.com (04 425 1010).
The Address Montgomerie Dubai: Designed by Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead, this course boasts 123 acres of playable turf in a 265-acre environment. The course also offers a floodlit driving range open until 9pm, a putting green and a nine-hole par 3 course open until 10pm. The Montgomerie is unique in that pay and play prices fluctuate depending on demand.
See the website for a latest price updates and get the best deal. Dhs17,500 for annual weekday membership. Emirates Hills, www.themontgomerie.com (04 390 5600).
Jumeirah Golf Estates: The new Fire and Earth courses (the latter being more challenging) are giving the Majlis at Emirates Golf Club a run for its money. Perfect for serious social players looking for a challenge, these Greg Norman-designed courses offer classic links-style play at championship level.
Pay and play is Dhs495 in summer, Dhs795 in winter. Dhs32,000 for annual membership. Open daily 6.30am-5.10pm. Jebel Ali, www.jumeirahgolfestates.com (04 390 3333).
Emirates Golf Club: This club boasts two courses. The Majlis is one of the top 100 courses in the world, while the Faldo has floodlighting for night golf. Call for more info. Majlis from Dhs600 for nine holes. Faldo from Dhs360 for nine holes off peak. Night golf on the Faldo, from Dhs255 for nine holes.
Rates includes green fee, golf cart hire and range balls, valid until May 31 2012. Open daily 6.45am- 3.30pm (last tee for Majlis); 9.55pm (last tee for floodlit Faldo). Emirates Hills, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigolf.com (04 380 1234).
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club: This award winning course is one of the most scenic 18 hole championship courses in Dubai and its location in the middle of the city makes it very accessible.
Creek Course Spring Rates Dhs695 Fri-Sat, Dhs595 Sun-Thu for 18 holes; Dhs420 Fri-Sat, Dhs360 Sun-Thu for 9 holes. Par 3 green fees Dhs80 (adults); Dhs60 (EGF members and juniors). Rates include green fees, golf cart hire and range balls. Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).
Arabian Ranches Golf Club: A middle-range desert course with yardage of 6,531, par 72. Also boasts a floodlit driving range and putting green, and 11 guest rooms are available at the club.
Rates valid until May 31 2012: two for one, Dhs645 (Sun and Wed), Dhs340 (Mon), Dhs345 (Tue), Dhs1,100 for four players (Thu), Dhs720 (Fri and Sat). Dhs21,950 for annual membership. Dhs21,950 for annual membership. Arabian Ranches, www.arabianranchesgolfdubai.com (04 366 3000).
One of the most famous golf courses in Dubai is the Al Badia golf course, created by Robert Trent Jones II, which includes ponds, lakes and waterfalls within the course. Al Badia golf course is a par 72 course; it attracts people from all over the world to visit Dubai just to view it and then play the course.
Al Badia Golf Club: Challenging 18-hole course with floodlit driving range and extras including MATT swing analysis and a Science and Motion putting laboratory (SAM PuttLab).
Rates valid until May 31 2012: Dhs595 (Sun-Thu), Dhs875 (Fri, Sat, and public holidays). Festival City,www.albadiagolfclub.ae (04 601 0101).
Since 1989 Dubai has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic Tournament, the first golf tournament to be hosted within the Middle East. Many of the world’s biggest golfing stars use to take part into this tournament. They are paid high fees for their partecipation, making the Dubai Desert Classic Tournament one of golf’s most lucrative tournaments at the world.
The Majlis golf course was the first grass course in history of golf in Dubai and the first grass golf course within the Middle East. Built in 1955, the Majlis building that is located between the 8th and 9th hole of the golf course, is one of the attractions of this course. The Majlis building is one of the most historical buildings in Dubai, restored to its current shape in 1994.
Overall history of golf in Dubai is indeed rich, and its legend only stands to grow as they continue to challenging golf courses that attract true golf lovers.
Today, Dubai is synonymous with golfing facilities par excellence: Dubai is considered a true paradise for golfers. Dubai and UAE now boast a big portfolio of world-class courses; the emirate’s golfing profile is growing year after year dramatically, attracting a worldwide audience.The golfing industry in Dubai is booming at such a rate that golfing star Tiger Woods invested to build a luxurious golf course of his own in Dubai.