Looking to play the best golf courses in Dubai? GolfReviewsGuide.com picks out the top courses to play in Dubai.
Dubai, the most populated city in the UAE, is situated in the eastern section of the Arabian Peninsula.
The climate in Dubai is dry, hot and arid with humid summers that run from April to September. There are more comfortable temperatures in the region between October and March.
As a golfing destination, Dubai has a lot to offer in terms of year-round golf, late-evening golf, and relatively new courses that carry the charm of freshness.
Some of the world’s best known courses make this list of the best golf courses in Dubai.
Emirates Golf Club – The Majlis Course
Located on the edge of Dubai City and with one of the most recognisable backdrops, the Maljis Course was designed by Karl Litten, a Florida-based course architect.
He has come up with a par 72 layout that is challenge and measures a lengthy 7,301 yards. If the length isn’t enough of a defence, the course also features seven fresh and saltwater lakes.
Maljis gets its name from the Arabic word for ‘meeting place’ and features the Majlis building – which was first built in 1988 – between the 8th and 9th holes.
Jumeirah Golf Estates – The Earth Course
The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai is one of the most impressive in the United Arab Emirates.
Home to the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, the Earth Course is one for the bucket list. The closing par-5 is one of the world’s best finishing holes.
The island green makes the par-3 195-yard 17th a real gem and it would probably be the signature hole on any other course…but for the 18th here.
Designed by Greg Norman, who also mapped out sister course the Fire at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the Earth Course was opened in November 2009 with its first ever day hosting the Dubai World Championship.
The par-72 measures 7,708 yards from the back tees, which is exactly where the European Tour finale is played from during the DP World Tour Championships.
Emirates Golf Club – The Faldo Course
Nick Faldo was one of the top golfers of his time and he has also enjoyed success as a designer with this top venue.
The Faldo Course at the Emirates Golf Club is his creation, a par-72 that measures 7,052 yards and it has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour and the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic on the Ladies European Tour each year.
Constructed in 1996, this course was formerly known as “The Wadi” before Faldo performed a 2005 redesign.
This is one of the courses in UAE that has extended hours. If you think that you might struggle in the daytime heat of the middle east’s deserts, then night-time golf can provide some respite.
If you challenge yourself on the Faldo Course, then you should expect plenty of bunkers, water hazards, and an amazing course that is clearly on the radar, not just for Dubai but for the entire middle east.
The Els Club At Dubai Sport City
Ernie Els is a former No. 1 in golf, affectionately known as The Big Easy in the sport, and he designed a luxurious golf club with five-star services in Dubai that is open 365 days per year.
At a length of 7,538 yards, his course at The Els Club is the lengthiest on this list. It is a par-72 contest that is highly rated among locals and visitors.
Golfers can expect a course that is “desert-style,” one that has even been dubbed “desert links.” Furthermore, golfers should expect a course that features some noteworthy elevation changes, plenty of sandy areas, native grasses, and wide fairways.
Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, Emirates Hills
The Montgomerie Golf Club‘s golf course in Dubai, a course of championship-calibre, is a par-72 venue that Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead designed.
The course, which is 7,461 yards in length, is of the links-style and it was built in 2002. Today, it is categorized as a private/resort course.
The course is a very scenic venue and features several lakes and several dozen bunkers.
Located in the elegant Emirates Hills, this venue will challenge even the very best of golfers, however, there is also a par-3 course for beginners. That makes for a total of 27 holes at the venue, enough for a multi-day excursion.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
The golf course at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is a private/resort course that opened in 1993.
Today, it plays as a par-71 venue at a relatively short length of just 6,967 yards. That length makes it the shortest on our list and it is also the only par-71 on our list.
Karl Little designed the course in 1993 while European Golf Design performed an update in 2004.
Located in the heart of Dubai, this course is not far from the Dubai National Airport on the same side of the Dubai Creek.
It offers patrons 27 holes, the 18-hole championship course, and a nine-hole course made of par 3s.
Expect varying shades of green, undulating fairways, natural growth and loads of water hazards. In regard to the latter, the creek comes into play on four different holes.
This club hosted the Dubai Desert Classic in both 1999 and 2000.
Dubai Hills Golf Club
The Dubai Hills Golf Club is one of the freshest courses on our list for the city of Dubai. It opened in 2018 and has earned a solid reputation since that time.
Located in the Park Point area of Dubai, the course is part of Troon Golf and is a par-72 at a length of 7,283 total yards.
It is the work of European Golf Design and Todd Eckenrode and the course offers patrons an amazing view of Dubai’s distant skyline.
Designed from a desert landscape, golfers should expect large fairways, undulating greens, and some valleys and lakes.
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