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Golf in Dubai

Golf in Dubai

Increasingly Dubai is becoming a major sporting base and at the forefront of this you’ll discover Dubai is ahead of the game in becoming a major Golfing centre.

Several regional amateur and PGA tournaments are held in Dubai during the year. Inaugurated in 1986, the Dubai Desert Classic – – has become a major golfing event attracting the world’s finest players. After being held at various courses around the emirate, it found its permanent home at the Emirates Golf Club on the Majlis Course. The Dubai Desert Classic normally runs from late January into early February.

From 2009 Dubai has been The European Tour’s International Headquarters with the organisation based at and operating from a purpose-built facility within Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Wherever you’re thinking of playing check first whether or not you need an official handicap certificate, if you’re able to hire clubs if you don’t have your own with you, and all the likely costs including buggy-hire. Whilst you're off enjoying yourself, direct your family to our Places to Visit and Things to Do and Getting Around Dubai pages so you don't have a rebellion on your hands!

Already the city hosts a number of world renowned courses. Two websites in particular will give you a good overview of, and a wealth of information about, the various courses : and You can contact Dubai Golf Central Reservations on 04 380 1234.

On your Dubai holiday and on the golf courses of Dubai, drink lots of bottled water! You'll need it!

But to be going on with, here’s a summary of what’s available:

Arabian Ranches Golf Club – formerly The Desert Course, Dubai.

  • In the primarily residential Arabian Ranches development, Emirates Road, Dubailand.
  • An 18 hole, par 72, desert style championship course spanning 247 acres, with no water hazards or defined bunkers, but plenty of sand dunes!
  • A signature course by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design.
  • Open to all players with an official handicap.
  • Book up to 6 days in advance or turn up and play and pay.
  • Flood-lit driving range.
  • Golf Academy with qualified PGA professionals.
  • Pro Shop.
  • Carts have the Golfplus GPS system to inform players of their exact distance to the centre of the green.
  • On Emirates Road but for more info including location map visit -
  • Tee time reservations :
  • Tel : 04 366 3000

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

  • Borders the Creek, on the Deira side, off Baniyas Road, Al Garhoud, between the Maktoum and Garhoud bridges.
  • An 18 hole, par 71, undulating course along well-groomed fairways lined with date and coconut palms, water hazards and shrubbery that gives it a distinctly tropical air on the shores of Dubai Creek.
  • Handicap certificate needed by non-members.
  • Sunday to Wednesday cheaper than Thursday to Saturday.
  • The complex also includes the 225 bedroomed luxury Park Hyatt Dubai, executive villas, a 121 berth marina and Yacht Club. Hire one of the club’s own motor cruisers.
  • A variety of quality eateries.
  • Golf Clubhouse
  • Golf Academy with PGA qualified professionals.
  • A 9 hole par three course.
  • Flood-lit driving range and practice facilities.
  • Pro Shop.
  • Tel : 04 295 6000

The Els Club

  • At Dubai Sports City, Dubailand and opened in 2008.
  • Designed by Ernie Els, the course is 7538 yards long.
  • A 'desert links' course with a natural look and feel; in essence, a combination of a links golf course and traditional 'classical era' design, it features broad and gently rolling fairways, steep greenside bunkers, grassy swales and imaginatively designed greens.
  • The course allows players of varying ability to play from a selection of tee positions.
  • Els incorporated natural landscape elements, including sand dunes and native vegetation, into the design to allow local wild life to thrive.
  • Tee time reservations :
  • Tel : 04 425 1010 or 1000

The Emirates Golf Club

  • At Emirates Hills off Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Hosts the Dubai Desert Classic each year, see
  • Two full 18 hole courses.
  • Floodlit driving range and practice putting greens area.
  • Tel : 04 380 2222
  1. Majlis Course
    • An 18 hole, par 72, course.
    • Opened in 1988 as the first all-grass championship course in the Gulf region.
    • The unique clubhouse reflects a Bedouin tented village.
    • Open to members and visitors alike.
  2. The Faldo Course
    • The new 18 hole, par 72 ‘Faldo Course’ was opened in 2006 having been redesigned in 2005 by Nick Faldo.
    • Has a natural wadi running the length of the course (‘wadi’ being the Arabic word for ‘valley’).
    • Trademark Faldo tees and bunkers within a naturally rugged terrain create a unique golfing experience.

Al Badia Golf Club – Intercontinental Dubai Festival City

  • Adjacent to Dubai’s historic Creek and just five minutes from the airport, at the Intercontinental, Rebat Street, Al Badia, Dubai Festival City.
  • An 18 hole, par 72, 7303 yard course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
  • Sand provides ‘wadi’ style hazards, and there are ample lakes and water features, rivers of sand and plants and trees indigenous to the Arabian Gulf.
  • Luxurious Locker Rooms.
  • World class Golf Academy with TaylorMade Performance Lab and MATT swing analysis and club fitting system.
  • Science & Motion putting laboratory
  • Floodlit driving range, chipping area and practice putting green.
  • Extensive golf shop.
  • Luxurious relaxation areas with saunas, steam rooms, heated Jacuzzis and rain showers.
  • Challenging for the seasoned golfer and welcoming for the recreational player.
  • Two stunning restaurants, the Asian fusion 'Blades' and scenic 'Spikes', plus the casual 'Tee Lounge' and 'Trent's Cigar Lounge'.
  • Ideal for business meetings and corporate golf days.
  • Exclusive golf membership with limited pay and play for local and international visitors.
  • Tel : 04 601 0101

Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa

  • A nine hole, par 36 course, but each hole has four tees to create varying aspects and playability on every hole making it easy to extend to 18 holes.
  • 350 yard driving range.
  • Each hole is landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs, wooden gazebos and panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf as it sweeps alongside the sand dunes of the Jebel Ali coastline, the marina and large salt lakes.
  • Peacock, guinea fowl and partridges roam free on the perfectly manicured Bermuda grass greens and fairways.
  • Academy facilities include a 27 hole putting green and an air-conditioned swing room.
  • Hotel accommodation.
  • Excellent spa facilities – amongst the best in Dubai.
  • Tel : 04 883 6000 &/or 04 814 5023

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The Address Montgomerie, Dubai

  • As the name implies, designed by Colin Montgomerie.
  • Close to the Emirates Golf Club - use Interchange 5 on Sheikh Zayed Road.
  • Has links course features.
  • Set within 265 acres of lush green fairways, landscaped gardens and lakes.
  • The third hole not only uses the outline of the United Arab Emirates, but has the largest single golfing green in the world.
  • Tel : 04 390 5600
  • Email :

Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club

  • Opened in 2005 the club provides first class facilities for golf, clay pigeon, rifle and pistol shooting.
  • Sensi Restaurant.
  • Fully equipped gymnasium.
  • Hairdresser.
  • Pool.
  • Tennis Courts.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

This is a massive new complex that will have four fantastic golf courses – Earth, Wind, Fire and Water in and amongst a whole host of properties for sale or rent.

Here’s what the website says:

‘Jumeirah Golf Estates – home to Dubai’s most desirable residences and golf’s most prestigious destination. With world-class championship courses, luxurious homes and the very best recreational facilities, Jumeirah Golf Estates sets a new standard in residential golf developments.

The individual neighbourhoods that comprise Jumeirah Golf Estates reflect the spirit of the exceptional courses that are at their heart. Inspired by the majesty of nature, with stunning architecture, incredible views, wonderful amenities and an exclusive location in the world’s fastest growing city, the community offers an unmatched way of life for its residents’.

From 2009 Dubai has been The European Tour’s International Headquarters with the organisation based at and operating from a purpose-built facility within Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Of the four new courses, here’s what the designers say about them:

Fire – designed by Greg Norman
‘Harnessing the stark beauty of the desert, Fire has been designed to reward focus and precision while offering players a variety of strategic play options.’ – Greg Norman

Earth – designed by Greg Norman
‘Earth’s dramatic natural elevations – a first for any Dubai course – and myriad trees will demand a well-thought out approach from the tee.’ – Greg Norman

Water – designed by Vijay Singh
‘Contrasting with its desert surroundings, Water will feature abundant lakes and water features that are carefully positioned to ensnare the unwary golfer.’ – Vijay Singh

Wind – designed by Garcia, Dye & Norman
‘A traditional links-style course, Wind celebrates the power of the air and promises to take the level of challenge to new heights.’ - Sergio Garcia

  • Only the Fire and Earth courses are currently open for members and guests. The Water and Wind courses are yet to be fully developed. If you know differently please tell us. 
  • For full details visit
  • Tel : 04 375 9999 (for both Fire & Earth courses)

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