Golfers paradise: Dubai's top five golf courses

Dubai is a world away from the destinations usually associated with a golfing holiday, but the emirate is actually home to some excellent courses that are made wonderfully unique by their innovative surroundings, including the world's largest manmade structure, the Burj Khalifa. Is your handicap good enough to aim that high?

Golfers paradise: Dubai's top five golf courses

Golf is the ultimate relaxing pursuit, and Dubai is widely seen as the most luxurious city in the world, so where better for a luxury golf retreat?

The emirate is home to some of the globe's finest golf courses, made unique by their lavish surroundings, which include innovative, futuristic buildings such as the world's tallest manmade structure, the Burj Khalifa.

As a result, Dubai's golf courses feel a whole world away from the highlands of Scotland or the rolling hills of the Spanish countryside, which are usually among golfers' favourite spots to tee off.

So what exactly is different about golf in Dubai? We take a look at the emirate's top five courses here.

Top five golf courses in Dubai

  1. Emirates Golf Club

    Emirates Golf Club

    The Emirates Golf Club in Dubai features the first all-grass course to open in the Middle East back in 1988, when the area was nowhere near as popular a travel destination as it is today. However, the fact that keen golfers from all over the world still flock here almost 30 years later is testament to its quality.

    Comprising three courses in total - Majilis, Faldo (we're sure you can guess who this one's named after) and Par 3 - all of which provide a completely different golfing experience in just the one site.

    The Majilis course provides a lush, green, 18-hole oasis in the middle of the modern metropolis that is Dubai, with its club house one of the most recognisable buildings in the emirate in its own right, due to its unique architectural design.

    Emirates Golf Club

    Thanks to the variety that this golf club has on offer, avid golfers could spend an entire visit to Dubai just on these courses, although to be unable to drag themselves away to see the other sites the emirate has to offer would be a pity.

    However, there is also a spa, tennis courts, a pool and fine dining restaurant on site, perfect for when you need a break or for any travelling partners who might not be quite as into golf as yourself!

  2. Al Badia Golf Club

    The Four Seasons Golf Club

    Located in the Festival City district of Dubai, the Al Badia Golf Club is home to an absolutely stunning course, which even has its own waterfalls. These certainly help to cool play down a little during the extremely hot summer months when humidity can be high and temperatures can reach over 40 degrees Celsius on a regular basis.

    The Four Seasons Golf Club

    Also on site when you want a break from the golf course itself is a luxurious clubhouse that encompasses 7,000 sq ft and was designed to fit in with the earthy landscape it is situated in, hence its soothing exterior colour palette.

  3. Els Club, Dubai Sports City

    Els Club, Dubai Sports City

    The Els Club, part of the Dubai Sports City complex, has been innovatively designed by US Open and Open Championship winner Ernie Els, who has based the golf course here on his favourite courses from around the world.

    For example, there are bunkers inspired by the Royal Melbourne course, while the rolling green slopes of this site have been largely influenced by the famous Pinehurst No.2 course in the US.

    Els Club, Dubai Sports City

    The Els Club won the coveted Best New International Course award shortly after its launch in 2008 and has continued to attract keen golfers from around the world wanting to tee off on this unique course. In fact, there are four different tee-off points, meaning players of all abilities can enjoy a visit and follow in the footsteps of one of the golfing greats.

  4. The Montgomerie

    The Montgomerie

    Next on our list of Dubai's best golfing spots is the Montgomerie, which is located in one of the city's most exclusive neighbourhoods, the Emirates Hills.

    This is a particularly good course to visit at the start of a longer golfing break or if you're just wanting to brush up on your skills, as it is home to some fantastic practising facilities. These include a nine-hole academy course, putting greens dedicated to practising shots, a driving range and even a world-class, state-of-the-art swing analysis studio.

    The Montgomerie

    Similarly to the Els Club, this course has been designed by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, who won the Ryder Cup in 2010.

  5. Jumeirah Golf Estates

    Jumeirah Golf Estates

    The Jumeirah Golf Estates steps things up another level yet again, with this an entire residential estate centred around a golf course, making it the perfect spot for golf lovers to stay, dine or just enjoy the glorious game.

    Jumeirah Golf Estates

    Australian golfer and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Greg Norman, has put his name to two courses here - the Earth and Fire Championship courses. The resort is also home to a golf academy where budding Tiger Woods can brush up on their swing before hitting some of the bigger courses the emirate of Dubai has to offer.

Enjoy a golfing break in the fabulous city of Dubai

Dubai has so much to offer for keen golfers that it would almost be a crime not to book a trip to the emirate to check out its unique courses and work on your handicap.

And if your partner doesn't sound too thrilled at the prospect of accompanying you on a golfing break, just remind them of everything else that Dubai has to offer - from dazzling architecture to beautiful beaches and world-class shopping at the Dubai Mall, there really is something for everyone in this fascinating emirate.

James Corporal

James Corporal

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