In the past decade, Dubai has sneaked into the top rank of golfing destinations. The scorching weather, hospitality, and off-course attractions score highly. However, the real stars of the show are numerous elite courses, which are open to almost everyone when tournaments aren't being held.
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Top 5 Golf Courses To Visit In Dubai
If you are thinking about a golfing break in Dubai, we've come up with a handy list of five local golf courses that need to be on your bucket list.
1. Address Montgomerie
Designed by European hero Colin Montgomerie, this course regularly makes global top 100 lists. Based around 14 purpose-built lakes, the highlight of the links layout is the par 3 13th, where the green is actually shaped like the UAE.
2. Al Hamra
Offering an affordable golfing experience (cart hire and green fees are usually included), Al Hamra's link snakes its way around a massive "lagoon". Subtle changes of elevation and strategic bunkers make it a testing layout, and at 7,000+ yards, it's a lengthy course as well.
3. The Els Club
Built by Ernie Els, this prestigious venue in Sports City borrows from its creator's favourite courses, and also has a classic links look. It succeeds completely in offering championship-style experiences for golfers of moderate ability.
4. The Emirates Club
Home to the famous Desert Classic, which is played around the Majlis Course. Measuring 7,300 yards, it will suit longer hitters. The course makes superb use of surrounding dunes and has even more sublime views of the city beyond.
5. Jumeirah Estates
Dubai's other leading European Tour venue, Jumeirah hosts the Earth and Fire courses - both designed by Greg Norman. Fire's carefully chosen grasses seamlessly blend with the desert environment, while Earth is the star, testing even the world's best golfers.