Golf in Dubai
Golf Holidays to DubaiAfter spending four years living and playing golf in Dubai, Rich Mason joins Chaka Travel as our Middle East Manager. Rich is a former golf professional with stints on the PGA EuroPro Tour and brings a wealth of knowledge of the golf courses, hotels and visitor attractions in Dubai. Read about his time living and playing golf in Dubai here. Rich is passionate about Dubai and has a wealth of knowledge and can cater for all types of golf holidays from ultra-luxury to those who are on a much more limited budget. He can’t wait to hear from you and to will be delighted to help you plan a golf trip to Dubai to remember!
Rich Mason, Middle East Manager After spending four years living and playing golf in Dubai, Rich Mason joins Chaka Travel as our Middle East Manager. Rich is a former golf professional with stints on the PGA EuroPro Tour and brings a wealth of knowledge of the golf courses, hotels and visitor attractions in Dubai. Read about his time living and playing golf in Dubai here. Rich is passionate about Dubai and has a wealth of knowledge and can cater for all types of golf holidays from ultra-luxury to those who are on a much more limited budget. He can’t wait to hear from you and will be delighted to help you plan a golf trip to Dubai to remember! We are Dubai holiday specialists and offer great deals on golf and resort holidays to this amazing destination. It has diverse cultures, magnificent hotels, lively nightlife and a wonderful variety of cuisines. The climate is generally superb from October until April (between 25 and 35 degrees) – between May and September the heat gets turned up and it is only suitable for the serious sun-worshipper Culturally, Dubai sits on the crossroads of where east meets west & old meets new. Visitors will find themselves immersed in Arabian culture, alongside relaxed attitudes towards alcohol and attire, although topless sunbathing is not acceptable and men should not go shopping bare-chested. Did we say shopping? Dubai is the ultimate ‘shop till you drop’ destination. The Dubai Mall is the second largest in the world, boasting over 1200 retailers, an aquarium, a rainforest café and an indoor theme park! Besides it’s first-class golf courses, Dubai offers endless recreational activities such as scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and water skiing and the standard of presentation is top of the range. Snow skiing is also available in an amazing indoor centre. Tired of sport? You can go on desert safaris, dune driving, camel riding, trips to Bedouin villages, tours of mosques or cruise on traditional dhows. If you somehow manage to see all you want to in Dubai, It is easy to visit neighbouring Emirates like Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
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Golf courses in Dubai
Built as a true desert style grass course, players love the natural flow of the holes through the undulating sand dunes and wonderful desert landscape. In 2014, a two-year enhancement project was completed, adding spectacular vistas whilst maintaining the integrity original design.
“Arabian Ranches will always be close to my heart, as it was the first place I worked when leaving Loch Lomond for Dubai in 2014.
It’s a tremendous members club and as soon as you step foot into the luxurious Spanish colonial clubhouse, you feel welcomed and right at home.
The food and beverage at Arabian Ranches are second to none. They have the newly renovated Ranches Restaurant with a large terrace looking over the 9th and 18th greens and Birdies Sports Bar which is at the academy – fully fitted with indoor swing room, pool table and terrace.
Then they also have a fantastic Italian restaurant on site called Maison Mathis. So plenty of options for a few beers and dinner as the sun goes down over the links, once you’ve got all the sand out of your shoes!”
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!”
A brand-new golfing experience in Dubai, the serene, lush lifestyle destination is just 15 minutes for Downtown Dubai and in turn has unrivalled views of the Burj Khlifa and downtown skyline.
Offering a challenge to golfers of all ability, Dubai Hills Golf Club is billed to become one of the key golf destinations in the Middle East.
“As with all new golf courses in Dubai, there was a lot of hype around the opening of Dubai Hills in the winter of 2017 and this course has 100% lived up to expectations.”
“The detail that has gone into the design of the whole resort is top draw, you can really see this even in the fine detail. Walking from green to tee as you meander through pristine flower beds, local wildlife surrounding the purpose-built lakes and the finest views of Downtown Dubai and the stunning Burj Khalifa, all add to a unique golfing experience.”
“Simply a must play for all golfers of all ability when on a Dubai golf holiday.”
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 flagship course at Emirates Golf Club, The Majlis championship course is a challenging par 72, 7,301-yard layout. Designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, the original 18 holes were built in and around the dunes of a beautiful site on the edge of the city of Dubai, donated by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on whose instructions the desert flora was maintained in its natural state.
The Majlis course has developed a worthy reputation worldwide as a testing layout for even the best golfers. The course features hundreds of indigenous species of flora and fauna, beautifully complemented by meandering fairways and seven fresh and saltwater lakes.
The Majlis, the first grass course in the Middle East, takes its name from the Arabic word for ‘meeting place’. One of the most prominent features on the course is the Majlis building itself positioned between the 8th and 9th holes and a Dubai landmark since 1988.
“Probably the best-known golf course in UAE thanks to it’s amazing views of the Dubai skyline and let’s not forget, host of the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic won by names such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, just to name a few! ”
“The course is stunning, one of the very best you’ll ever play, and it’s got great history.”
Although Address Montgomerie has evolved into one of the Middle East’s most luxurious and desirable golfing destinations in recent times, the key to its success has always remained contingent upon the quality of the golf course that would become the focal point for one of Dubai’s most exclusive residential communities, Emirates Hills.
Address Montgomerie championship golf course was designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead. The course covers 265 acres which consist of 123 acres of turf, 49 acres of man-made lakes (a total of 14 lakes), 93 acres of landscaped gardens and is scattered with 81 large bunkers.
“The Beverly Hills of Dubai! The Address Montgomerie is set bang in the middle of Emirates Hills, then most luxurious post code in Dubai. The course flows alongside massive mansions and luxurious gardens belonging to some of Dubai’s top celebrities and elites.”
“The course itself is one of the more playable in Dubai, wide fairways and large greens makes for a fun test for golfers of all skill levels. That is until you arrive at the 18th hole, a monster Par-5, with water everywhere. I’m still confused how to make it to the green dry!”
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.”
Routed on over 500 acres and forged from what was previously flat and barren desert, Trump International Golf Club Dubai has become a pre-eminent destination in the golf world. The course design and the desert climate work in cohesion to provide a special golf experience and a true test of the game. There are multiple layers of the course which require the player to develop a playing strategy and increasingly unveil themselves as they progress through all 18 holes.
“Trump International is a fantastic experience, but certainly not what you would expect from a typical Trump course, it’s much more! On arrival, you’re greeted with all the glitz, glamour and gold, which you would expect from this brand. Once you hit the course however, it all changes.”
“Donald Trumps portfolio of golf courses is littered with true monsters, such as Trump Doral – Blue Monster, Trump Aberdeen and Turnberry. However, Trump Dubai couldn’t be further away from this. It’s subtle, there is no rough and its dangers are the hugely undulating greens and runoff areas.”
“The course is immaculate and can make you look very, very silly! If you like a tricky course, where you have to methodically plan out your route to the pin, this is for you.”
Designed by Greg Norman to exist in harmony with the natural desert landscape, Fire is a tough and, needless to say, a fiery challenge for golfers of all abilities. While the Earth course uses bold colours to provide its contrasts, on the Fire course they are more refined. The native grasses display a golden glint in the sunlight, and away from the immaculate playing surfaces, large terracotta bunkers punctuate the rolling terrain.
Framed by a wide variety of captivating flora, carefully selected to reflect the overall theme and to enhance its natural setting, Fire is in complete harmony with its natural surroundings.
“Many regard Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates as their second course as they host the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Fire Course is a fantastic course in its own right and vastly different to the Earth Course.”” Many of the top tour pro’s rate Fire Course above Earth and have even requested that the tournament be switched! ”
“Overall, Jumeirah Golf Estates is blessed with two amazing golf courses and both of them are must plays when on a Dubai golf holiday. Maybe 36 in a day!”
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