Golf In Dubai - Full Of Eastern Promise

In addition to some of the most spectacular locations for golf, Dubai boasts luxurious clubhouses, a wide choice of of restaurants and award winning golf academies

Golf in Dubai
The Faldo Course
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In addition to some of the most spectacular locations for golf, Dubai boasts luxurious clubhouses, a wide choice of of restaurants and award winning golf academies

Golf In Dubai - Full Of Eastern Promise

Emirates Golf Club boasts two of the city's finest must-play courses - The Majlis and The Faldo.

Both these layouts combine the natural rolling desert terrain with a serious test of golf.

The Emirates Golf Club also offers a nine-hole par-3 course, golf academy and a variety of superb restaurants.

The Majlis Course

The par 72, 7,301-yard Majlis course plays host to both the European Tour-sanctioned Dubai Desert Classic and the Dubai Ladies Masters. the men's tournament has welcomed some of the world's best golfers over its 26-year history and past winners include Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy and Severiano Ballesteros.

The Majlis was the first grass course in the middle east when it opened in 1988.

One of its most challenging holes is the par-4 dogleg 8th.

Stroke index three and playing a full 434yards, it runs uphill and requires a long, well-directed drive to leave a reasonable second shot to its small undulating green where the dreaded three-putt is always a threat.

The Majlis has developed a reputation worldwide as a testing layout for even the best golfers.

This 'desert miracle' features hundred of indigenous species of flora and fauna, beautifully complemented be meandering fairways and seven freshwater and saltwater lakes.

The Faldo Course

Emirates golf Club's second course was opened in 1996 and was christened The Wadi , the Arabic word for valley.

In 2005, it was redesigned by Nick Faldo and re-opened as the Faldo Course in 2006.

Faldo's trademark tees and bunkers combined with the naturally rugged terrain to create a unique golfing experience over its 7,348 yards.

In 2010, the Faldo Course became the only 18-hole championship course in the UAE to be fully floodlit, offering golf until midnight.

In addition to the championship courses, Emirates Golf Club incorporates the Dubai Golf Academy run in association with Peter Cowen, with two driving ranges, two short-game areas and putting greens and a nine-hole par-3 course.

]The academy is staffed by fully qualified PGA professionals who offer one-hour individual lessons and group clinics.

The club also offers world-class recreational opportunities at Fit Lab, which offers a state-of-the-art gymnasium, tennis, squash and padel tennis courts, fitness studio and resort-style swimming pool.

A host of dining options are also available from all-day dining in the Spike Bar to fine dining French cuisine at Le Classique.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Voted one of the world's 'Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses', Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is a golfer's paradise in the heart of the city.

The resort incorporates an 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole par-3 course, golf academy, seven restaurants, the 225-bedroom Park Hyatt Dubai, 92 residential executive villas and a 121-berth marina.

The par-71, 6,967-yard layout is a memorable journey from first to last. The manicured fairways are undulating, demarcated by mounds, date and palm trees, and water.

Apart from the creek, in play on four holes, several lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of the course.

Multiple tees ensure golfers of all standards can enjoy their day.

The premium is on accuracy, especially on the approach shots as most of the greens are multi-tiered with subtle burrows.

The Dubai Creek Course sets up for a thrilling finale 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 be conquered with some smart play, the 18th requires two well-struck shots to find the multi-tiered green, which is guarded at the front and right by a body of water.

Managed by qualified PGA professionals, the Dubai Creek Golf Academy boasts excellent facilities.

A comprehensive range of tuition services are available whilst the floodlit par-3 course is ideal for beginners to test their skills and for experienced players to improve their short game.

The 18-hole Pearl Putting Course was introduced in 2013 and is perfect for all ages and all levels of golfers to enjoy a fun golfing experience.

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