The Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai is one of the most impressive in the United Arab Emirates. GolfReviewsGuide that a look at what makes it so special.
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.
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 Earth Course has a short history, but it has already emerged as one of the world’s finest golf courses.
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.
From the minute your play your opening tee shot on the downhill par-4 1st, you are met with the first of more than 100 bunkers that define this Greg Norman creation.
The par-3 4th hole, which totals 245 yards at its longest, begins a tough stretch on the front nine that also includes the 499-yard par-4 9th – the hardest hole on the course.
The back nine offers more challenges, but it is the final four holes that really stand out. They provides arguably the best closing stretch in golf, let alone Dubai.
Norman describe the 15th-18th stretch as the most difficult mile in golf, and he isn’t far wrong.
The par-4 15th is the easiest of the quarter at 371 yards, but don’t let it lull you into a false sense of security. The par-4 16th brings water into play and is no pushover at 486 yards from the back tees.
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.
That honour goes to the 18th of the Earth Course with the 651-yard par-5 meandering alongside the creek. There is trouble everywhere and it is a hole that can make a break your round.
Earth Course Details
Yards: 7706 yards (Championship), 7045 yards (Tournament), 6473 (Signature), 5435 yards (Forward).
Fly: To fly to Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai International is the nearest airport.
Book: Book accommodation in Dubai via Marriott or Best Western.
Earth Course Golf Course Map
The full guide to the course map can be found at Jumeirah Golf Estates website.
How much are Earth Course Dubai green fees?
Green fees start from 295 UAE Dirhams for a guest visitor rate. That converts to £60/$80.
What is the Earth Course slope rating?
The Earth Course slope rating is 140 from the Championship tees, 134 from the Tournament tees and 131 from the Signature tees.
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