The UAE is renowned for its fair share of excellent golfing options, playing host to three European PGA tour events and providing the glorious finishing line for the “Race to Dubai”. Lightfoot Travel’s Middle East Director Matt Vlemmiks had the difficult task of playing five of Dubai’s best courses and has listed his favourites to help you decide where to start.
The Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates
Home to the most prestigious event on the European PGA Tour, the season ending DP Championship, the Earth Course is one of Dubai’s newest and most impressive golfing challenges. The perfect amalgamation of American-style parkland course and the deep bunkering of a British links course, the Earth Course is the perfect tribute to course designer and former world number one Greg Norman, who was incredibly successful on both sides of the Atlantic. The closing four holes are simply stunning!
Why Go: Walk in the footsteps of legends and tackle some of the world’s finest golf holes.
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Home to the Dubai Desert Classic for a couple of years in the late 1990s, the Creek is still one of the UAE’s most established, best maintained and lushly attractive courses. Taking full advantage of its atmospheric Creek location, there are water hazards at every turn, most strikingly when hitting from a floating pontoon on the fabulous 6th hole.
Why Go: Arguably Dubai’s most picturesque golfing venue and a great place to spend the rest of your afternoon relaxing and sightseeing.
One of the more venerable courses on the Dubai circuit, The Montgomerie has been tempting golfers into its many sand traps for close to ten years. With a luxurious Address hotel and Angsana spa on site, this is the ideal place for a memorable “stay and play” trip. The opulence is obvious, nestled amongst some of Dubai’s most desirable villas on the Emirates Hills estate that lines the fairways.
Why Go: A luxurious short break at The Address Montgomerie and some truly iconic holes!
Part of the impressive Meydan hotel and race course complex in Nad al Sheba, The Track is arguably the most visitor-friendly option in Dubai. The “pay and play” concept means there is no membership and any golfer can book a tee time, provided you can at least play to roughly a 28 handicap. The Track is a 9-hole layout, perfect for those with only a couple of hours to spare, but there are easily enough nuances to play it twice and make for a full 18 – ideally with your front nine in daylight and the back nine under lights!
Why Go: Convenient pay and play rates for 9 or 18 holes and floodlit golf with dreamy views of the Dubai nightscape.
Designed by the most meticulous golfer ever to pick up a Sand Wedge, the Faldo Course reflects its architect’s unique character. Sir Nick was (and probably still is) a great putter, and these are some of the fastest, most undulating and toughest greens in Dubai. His iron play was also renowned, and the most difficult shots on the course are often approaches to the green, rather than the tee shots. This is most vividly reflected on the 18th, a brutal finishing par 5 with water guarding the green on the right side.
Why Go: Huge, difficult greens that can make a mug of the best putters, a choice between day and night golf and a real city course feel.