photo courtesy of the Encyclopedia Brittannica
Dubai has quickly become an international destination for travelers looking for a luxury experience among the glitz and glamor of this desert port. The city in the United Arab Emirates is home to luxury resorts, beautiful beaches, terra-formed islands, and some of the best golf courses in Asia. The following are the best courses in Dubai.
Emirates Golf Club is really the grandfather of all golf in the Middle East. It was home to the region’s first all-grass course, the Majilis, built in 1988. The course was the brainchild of two Western businessmen, who with designer Karl Litten were able to bring championship golf to Dubai. It is the current host of the Dubai Desert Classic. Golfers should expect a challenging course that will use every club in your bag.
The second course at Emirates Golf Club, the Faldo course is named for its designer Nick Faldo. The Faldo course is the more playable of the 2 Emirates courses, while still providing a fair challenge. The course’s use of routing on the naturally rugged terrain creates the illusion of being in the middle of pristine grassland, but with the beautiful vistas of the surrounding desert and Dubai skyline clearly in view.
Another beautiful course in the large Trump family, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai provides the only real links style golf in the region. This course is one of the newest in Dubai, only opening in 2016, and was designed by Gil Hanse. The course is firm with fast greens, and while fairways are generally generous, approach shots are especially treacherous.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club’s 18 holes provide the surreal feel of an oasis, with palm trees and ample water present in both the gulf and Dubai Creek that shape this beautiful track. The course provides primarily strategic golf with tough bunkering. The course also provides plenty of wow factor, as on the closing holes or the island tee box of hole 6.
Jumeirah Golf Estates is home to 2 beautiful 18-hole courses. The Fire course is the less lauded of the 2, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth playing. The course was built by Greg Norman who sought to build a true desert course, using natural wastes and grasses to give the course a natural feel. The course is kept in excellent condition and provides a challenge to all skill levels, with many different tee boxes making this an accessible course to all golfers.
The Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates was designed in 2009 by Greg Norman and is unique in providing tree-lined holes to the generally treeless area around Dubai. The course hosts the DP World Tour Championship, the final event of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai season. The challenge comes in the inventing bunkering and routing that turns this unassuming parkland course into one of the world’s best examples of strategic golf.
Kyle Phillips designed Yas Links Golf Club’s course to recreate some of the classic golf found on the British Isles, and does not disappoint. While not a traditional links course, it does use undulating greens and smartly bunkered fairways that harken back to golf’s roots. The course provides a complete test
Named for legendary golfer and course designer Ernie Els, The Els Club is a beautiful course that provides some of the Middle East’s best golf. The entire club is gorgeous, from the enormous club house to the well manicured course. The track features undulating fairways and greens with elevation changes that are uncommon for the region. Golfers should expect many high risk/high reward opportunities and to test all aspects of their game on this beautiful course.