Golf in The Middle East
The United Arab Emirates, known as the UAE is fast becoming known as one of the World’s biggest growing tourist destinations, with something on hand to suit everyone, from the obvious sun, sea and sand, to the amazing array of fantastic shopping opportunities, top class hotels and restaurants, with great sporting opportunities from diving and snorkelling to golf with its ever increasing number of World Class UAE Golf courses, this is a safe and inviting place to spend your next holiday.
The UAE consists of seven Emirates namely, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fuairah with their own constitutional federation, the Capital Abu Dhabi is located in the Emirate with its own name. Eighty per cent of the land in the UAE is desert, but the area is still a series of contrasts from the awe-inspiring dunes, fertile plains, rugged remote wadis, many rich oasis, beautiful beaches and the dramatic rocky mountains with Hatta well worth a visit. UAE not surprisingly has the 3rd largest reserves of oil, which underpins the economy and because of this amazing wealth the Emirates have seen some fantastic construction work especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where everything just seems to get bigger and better. The amazing shopping malls offer designer goods at Tax Free prices, or for those of you who are keen to try out your bartering skills you should venture to the local souks where they offer everything from fine gold to the finest silks. If you want more then shopping, sun, sea and sand, why not add a few rounds of golf into the mix and we can help you organise your perfect UAE Holiday, we can help you organise green fees and transfers, or if you would prefer we can organise a full UAE Golf holiday with tee times at some stunning golf courses during the day, leaving you free to go and explore the vast array of excellent restaurants on offer.
Golf courses in The Middle East
The 27 holes of championship golf, home to the European Tour Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, provides a tough but fair challenge, with lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens.
Described as a “super course” by leading sections of the golfing press, the 162 hectares of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club features one of the finest world-class 27-hole championship golfing facilities in the Middle East.
“One of the most recognizable golf clubs in the Emirates thanks to its famous falcon clubhouse! Abu Dhabi Golf Club has a simply tremendous golf course and hosts some of the world’s biggest names in golf each year for the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.”
“With the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa on site, this resort is the only true end-to-end golf experience in Abu Dhabi.”
The par 71 course at Dubai Creek that measures 6,967 yards is a memorable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. The superbly manicured fairways are undulating, demarcated by mounds, date and palm trees, and frequently by water. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on at least four holes, several artificial lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of various other holes.
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club course sets up for a thrilling finale to a round 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 can still be conquered with some smart play, the 18th requires mandatory cerebral involvement on every shot. There is water on the left 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, which is guarded at the front and right by a body of water.
“What a finish! Dubai Creek is a fabulous golf course and actually hosted the Dubai Desert Classic for a few years before returning to its sister club, Emirates Golf Club. The finishing two holes are two of the best you’ll find. With Dubai Creek on the left side, the holes are tough but just make sure you get some photos before bombing it into the water!”
Open day and night, Emirates Golf Club’s second championship golf course, which opened in 1996, was named ‘The Wadi’, taken from the Arabic word for ‘valley’. Redesigned in 2005 by golf legend and six-time major winner Nick Faldo, the course now combines a stunning visual design with the nuances and challenges of any championship course in just the right measure, providing visitors an exceptionally enjoyable golfing experience.
The new course was re-named ‘The Faldo’ when it re-opened in October 2006. A par-72, the course has proved to be as popular as its predecessor and lures players to the challenge of its 7,052 yards day or night thanks to incorporated LED floodlights throughout the course.
“The best thing about the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club is that fact that’s all 18 holes are fully floodlit. If you’ve not played floodlight golf before, it’s a must at least once! It’s cooler at night, fun and a refreshing change to the standard glorious sunshine you become accustomed to in Dubai! “
“I must also mention the views at night! Emirates Golf Club is located right in the heart of Dubai’s stunning skyline which comes to life at night!”
The 18-hole course at Ghala is set snugly into a valley, surrounded by the iconic Al-Hajar mountains which provide a stunning backdrop for your round. The narrow fairways leading into the mountains provide a challenge for all levels of player.
Ghala Golf Club is the oldest and most well-known golf club in Oman. Established in 1971 by Colonel Cooper, the club started out as a modest 9-hole sand course. It has since grown to 250+ members, more than any other club in Oman, and an 18-hole, fully-grassed course.
“Ghala has some of the craziest tee shots you’ll ever play in golf! Set within the Hajar mountains, you play a few holes which seem to be cut out of the mountain, it’s unique and picturesque. “
“The course has been transformed from a full sand course to a fully grassed course and you just can’t believe it. The condition and design of the course is great, with some sneaky run off areas around the greens. You won’t be hitting 18 greens around here! “
The 9 Hole par 35 Resort Course is situated in the idyllic grounds of the JA The Resort Golf Course and is both scenically stunning and a fair and exciting challenge to all levels of player. Each hole is uniquely landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs, wooden gazebos and a large salt-water lake that comes into play on 5 holes.
Pure Dynasty Paspalum greens and Bermuda fairways are well manicured and provide championship standard surfaces. The presence of peacocks, guinea fowl, partridges and the occasional gazelle roaming the fairways completes the wonderful Resort Course experience.
“Jebel Ali Golf Club was the first golf course built in the region and has hosted multiple professional tournaments in its time.”
“Being on the same site as Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court is a real advantage as you can get out at any time of the day.”
“The course is a real good test of golf, always in superb condition and is covered with nature and wildlife.”
Resorts in The Middle East
Situated on the pristine white sands of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, what really sets Rixos Saadiyat apart is the fact that it is the first All-Inclusive All-Exclusive concept in Abu Dhabi and the most successful fully integrated resort in Emirates. “We’re now spoilt for choice on Saadiyat Island when it comes to hotels, but Rixos gets the nod from me as it’s the only hotel on the island offering an All-Inclusive package.”
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