Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the more popular destinations for dedicated golfing enthusiasts and with several other courses in the design, planning and development stages, and with guaranteed weather, Dubai can only go from strength to strength.
Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai
Located within Dubai Festival City, adjacent to the banks of Dubai Creek and only five minutes from Dubai International Airport, Al Badia Golf Club combines exceptional golf with a breathtaking retreat. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, it is a 7,303 yard, par 72 course with numerous water features and incorporates 11 lakes and a number of smaller water features.
Summer green fees for visitors playing 18 holes, including a shared cart with GPS, access to the driving range and range balls are Dhs 275 during the week and Dhs 375 at the weekend. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 175.
For tee reservations call 04-6010101.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Located at Arabian Ranches and off the Emirates Ring Road, Al Barsha, Arabian Ranches Golf Club was designed by Ian Baker-Finch Signature Courses in association with Nicklaus Design. This challenging par 72 course uses a natural desert terrain with little landscaping. All standards of golfer will appreciate the GPS yardage service available on every golf cart.
The golf course houses the Golf Academy which hosts a practice facility with swing rooms that open onto the driving range, short game area, putting green and 3 hole pitch and putt practice area. The clubhouse hosts the golf professional’s shop, Grand Lobby area, and the Baker-Finch function room is complemented by a terrace and the Birkdale Bar.
Within the clubhouse are 11 luxurious guest rooms with spectacular views overlooking either the golf course or the lake. Ranches restaurant and bar hosts a large terrace with panoramic scenic views over the 9th and 18th holes, a great place to meet and try the international menu, which also includes a superb Friday Brunch.
Summer green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 255 for an All Day Twilight - play as many holes as you like or, if you play on Thursday and are a 4-ball, pay Dhs 895 for all four players. Range balls and carts are included in the price.
For tee reservations call 04-3663000.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Located in Al Garhoud the uniquely designed club house is easily distinguishable sitting on the banks of Dubai Creek. The course hosted the European PGA Tour Desert Classic event in 1999 and 2000 and was completely re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005.
The course is an 18-hole, par 71 course and has numerous holes where water comes into play. There is also a floodlit, 9-hole, par 3 course, again complete with water features.
Summer green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 300 for 18 holes and Dhs 180 for 9 holes. The price includes a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 195 for 18 holes and Dhs 110 for 9 holes.
For tee reservations call 04-2956000.
Emirates Golf Club
The Emirates Golf Club is the best known golf club in Dubai and the Majlis course is the traditional host of the European PGA Tour Event, The Dubai Desert Classic. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 22 year history, the most recent of which was its 2010 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the World.
The course was built in 1988 and now has two full 18 hole courses. The Majlis is a 7,211 yard par 72 course and the Faldo course is a par 73 course playing 7,328 yards from the back tees and is now completely floodlit allowing play until late evening.
Summer green fees for The Majlis are Dhs 400 whilst The Faldo is priced at Dhs 300 or Dhs 425 after 5pm for floodlit golf. Prices include the use of range balls and a golf cart. Club hire is available at a charge of Dhs 195.
For tee reservations call 04-3802222.
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
Part of the Jebel Ali self-contained resort, about 30 minutes drive from downtown Dubai and 20 minutes from the beach hotels.
The course is a 9-hole, par 36 course which may be played twice from different tee boxes. The views are impressive with the Arabian Gulf and the impressive Jebel Ali Hotel as a backdrop and peacocks roam freely around the course.
Summer green fees for visitors to the UAE based on 18 holes play are Dhs 245 from Sunday to Thursday, increasing to Dhs 275 at the weekend. Carts are included in the above prices. Clubs may be hired at a cost of Dhs 75 for 9 holes and Dhs 135 for 18 holes.
For tee reservations call 04-8836000.
The Address Montgomerie Golf Club
Located in Emirates Hills and nestling amongst enormous villas overlooking the golf course is The Address Montgomerie. Designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead, the course features 14 lakes and 72 bunkers and has the largest single green in the world - an incredible 58,000 square feet which is in the shape of the UAE. The par 72 course is an inland links with generous landing areas and undulating greens, however played from the back tees it plays a lengthy 7,308 yards.
The clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green, includes a 21-bedroomed Address hotel which is ideal should you wish to stay close to the course.
Summer green fees for visitors to the UAE are Dhs 395 for 18 holes. Prices include a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Golf clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 200.
For tee reservations call 04-3905600.
The Els Club, Dubai Sports City
Designed by Ernie Els, the course is set on undulating slopes of native desert vegetation; it is a links style layout combining traditional classic design.
Stretching 7,538 yards with four sets of tees allowing players a selection of differing lengths from which to play, The Els Club offers players a challenging round accompanied by all the essential facilities that extend beyond the immaculate fairways and ultra-fast greens.
The Els Club has a temporary clubhouse but has all the amenities necessary to service your needs during a visit to the club such as a pro shop, ample locker rooms, changing facilities, outdoor dining and an all-day restaurant. The magnificent new clubhouse is due to open in October 2011.
Summer green fees for visitors are Dhs 450 for 18 holes or play Twilight after 3pm for 285. The price includes a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available for hire at a cost of Dhs 150.
For tee reservations call 04-4251010.