If you plan to play golf in Dubai you will be in the midst of not just gushing oil but some of the most visually stunning golf courses in the world where the city's international tag of "bigger and better" is aptly showcased.
Located on the coast of the Persian Gulf, it is a truly an amazing playground to combine a golf holiday with some decadent shopping therapy pleasures.
Don't just dream about booking a golf holiday in Dubai; make sure it is on the bucket list of golfing destinations even if you have to bring the family with you. You will not regret seeing this beautiful part of the world where the Arabian Desert conjures up the rich mystery of the East, from flat sandy desert patterns to salt-crusted coastal plains with dunes tinged in red. Occasional date palms, acacia and ghaf trees, wild grasses, deep gorges and the Western Al Hajar Mountains all bring a different dimension to the design of the golf courses in the Dubai. The proximity of the coastline to the city, gives Dubai a further dimension to having a golf holiday here.
When booking your golf holiday remember that August is the hottest month in Dubai with humid temperatures soaring to around 41°C and light relief at night around 30 °C. So if the heat is not your thing be careful with the dates when you go for your golf holiday. Winter is when you can luxuriate as you meander around a golf course in the warmth of balmy temperatures and sunny days and is the perfect time to play golf in Dubai, with January being the coldest time of the year.
Known as the "shopping capital of the Middle East", Dubai has over 70 shopping centers with the world's behemoth retail fix of the tax-free kind to be found at the Dubai Mall. In Dubai ultra modern architecture vies for attention beside ancient world wonders. The raucous and colorful souk areas on the Dubai Creek have to be seen to be believed, where you can have a camel ride, hop onto a cable car or visit one of the many tourist attractions such as the Dolphinarium.
Traditional Arab and Islamic culture is reflected in the architecture, music, cuisine, dress and way of life. You will hear the call to prayer from any one of the many mosques dotted around the city five times a day. A weekend here is Friday and Saturday in deference to the holiness of Fridays to the Muslim religion. This is definitely the city that revealing a bit of flesh is a definite "no no" and it is wise for both men and women to cover up the bare skin, especially the shoulders and the knees. And, no public displays of affection are allowed under Sharia Laws, if you don't want to be sent packing with your golf bag in tow for having a quick peck in the streets. Apart from these minor inconveniences for Western heathens, Dubai is an opulent, somewhat flashy destination, wallowing in luxury and leisure extravagance. It is not a city for those with mothballs in their wallets.
Golf courses in Dubai range from a pseudo desert oasis such as Al Badia Golf Club where the excellent high standard not just of the course but of the club house as well, will have you wanting to return for just one more game, to the 9 hole championship Jebel Ali Golf Resort where the uniqueness of each hole is almost visually an overload of the senses. If you want 18 holes the design of the course allows for creating multiple play options. Using the existing lie of the land, the Arabian Ranches Golf Course designed by Ian Baker-Finch and Dirk Bouts, is a brilliant free flowing course through sand dunes. The Dubai Creek Golf Club has date palms and coconut trees lining immaculately manicured fairways and greens with complimenting luxurious facilities such as the Yacht Club, where the dreams of being treated like royalty actually do come true.
A must play whilst on a golf holiday in Dubai is both the Faldo and the Majlis Courses of the Emirates Golf Club. The Faldo should be played for the challenges of the many tees and bunkers. The Majlis, for the abundant native flora and fauna, which weaves around both fresh and saltwater lakes. The most spectacular and the first course to be built as a championship golf course, the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course is only rivaled by the different challenges to be had on the Fire Course. The Els Course in Dubai is awash in native vegetation, which adds to the natural environment where sandy waste areas around the holes give the golfer a new set of tricks to learn. The epitome of luxury is to be found at The Address Montgomerie Dubai, where the golf course truly reflects what money can produce in a golf course.
Golf in Dubai will leave you awe-struck by the beauty of the scenery of the courses or at the very least they will definitely give your brain a workout in relation to how to tackle that next hole without hitting a date palm. Check out our blog post on Best Golf Courses in Dubai.
Tee Times in Dubai
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If you plan to play golf in Dubai you will be in the midst of not just gushing oil but some of the most visually stunning golf courses in the world where the city\'s international tag of "bigger and better" is aptly showcased.' },
The absolutely stunning clubhouse immediately makes you aware of just how dedicated to the deliverance of high standards and excellent service to all guests that wish to enjoy any of the four restaurants and the superb facilities that are offered by the clubhouse.\n
The course does not disappoint, and without doubt has some of the most visually impacting golf holes of any of the golf courses in Dubai.\n
The quality of the holes is superb, but some of the most iconic and difficult holes have to be the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th and 18th holes. The many lakes and water features all play a huge part in the play of each the holes I mentioned and add to the aesthetically pleasing nature of them.\n
The 2nd hole makes you decide from the tee how you are going to play the hole, take on the lake from the tee to leave a simpler approach to the shallow green. Play away from the lake and you will bring the meandering stream on the approach.\n
The hardest hole on the course is the par 5, fifth. It is a genuine 3 shot par 5 which requires accuracy from the tee. The fairway is well protected with a complex of bunkers on one side and the lake on the other. The 2nd shot should be played over the stream which splits the fairway in two. The small green is well protected by the lake on the left, with the smart play being up the right. A shot slightly left will fee down towards the lake.\n
The 6th is another par 4 that gives you a dilemma from the tee. Take on the lake to set up a really good birdie chance, or play right which will leave a treacherous approach into the green.\n
The 9th is a great way to finish the front 9 and gives splendid views of the clubhouse and waterfalls. The tee shot is relatively straight forward, but it is the second shot that makes this hole difficult. The green which is flanked by the beautiful cascading waterfalls is trickier that you think and plays a lot longer. Take an extra club\n
The best of the par 3s has to be the 11th. Set amongst the waterfalls, the hole is visually appealing, but fraught with danger. The tee shot must be hit over the lake protecting the front and left of the hole, requiring accuracy and nerve.\n
The final hole, as with many of the finishing holes in Dubai is spectacular. The signature hole of Al Badia presents you with a chance of hitting the green in two. From the tee you have to avoid the pot bunker, which would leave a long iron or fairway wood approach to a green heavily guarded by water left and bunkers right.\n
The view as you stand on the tee gives you an insight into the growth and sheer size of Dubai and reminds you of the luxury of the resorts that are abundant in the Dubai region.\n
Tee Time Booking at Al Badia Golf Club\n
If you would like to book a tee time at Al Badia Golf Club then we have excellent rates which can be booked online using our simple booking engine',
Designed as an oasis in the desert, Al Badia makes use of the many water features, rivers of sand and local plants to create a visually stunning golf course to add to the wealth and quality of the Dubai golfing map.',
Al Hamra uses the flow of the golf course to offer both the business professional and the enthusiast the perfect opportunity to play at any time, with the installation and clever use of zero pollution floodlights to light a composite golf course, golf under the stars is more than just a dream.\n
Harradine, has created a masterpiece that weaves its way around the four inter-connected lagoons that seem to merge seamlessly with the water of the Arabian Gulf. The construction of the course was a logistical monster with over 5 million cubic meters of sand being shaped to create the contours of the golf course.\n
A championship par 72, the course measures 7325 yards at its longest, but offers a variety of teeing options to allow all levels of golfer to experience the wonders of Al Hamra.\n
The course begins with a relatively straight forward short par four. Longer hitters may be tempted to take the green on, but any miss-struck shot will be in danger of finding the pot bunker in the middle of the fairway. A nice hole to get into your groove.\n
The par five third is a stunning par 5, water flanks both sides of the fairway, requiring a solid drive to leave the golfer with a decision, take on the water that splits the hole in two or lay up short leaving a short iron into the large green.\n
A beautifully crafted par three awaits you on the 7th, although not a long hole it requires a true strike to avoid the large bunkers that protect the front and right of the green.\n
AL Hamra wakes up at the turn, with the hardest hole on the golf course. A monster of a par four, usually played into the prevailing wind, the drive is vital and needs to be log and straight to avoid the water that runs the length of the fairway down the left. The approach is even more frightening, played over the water that cuts across the hole you need to make sure you have enough club to carry the bunker that protects the front of the green.\n
Both the 11th and 12th are both memorable holes, but it is the 18th, as with many of the courses in the Emirates, that will live long in the golfers memory. A long par five, hugging the lagoon to the right, the 18th is a tough finishing hole. The second shot needs to miss the fairway bunker to the left which challenges the golfer´s nerve. The shot into the three tiered green needs careful thought and club selection to avoid the dreaded three putt.\n
Al Hamra is a great golf course and one that you should consider playing on your trip to Dubai.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Al Hamra Golf Club\n
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Al Hamra Golf Club located in the golf mecca of Dubai is a Peter Harradine design and follows the traditional design of a links golf course, with the front nine holes making their way out and away from the clubhouse and the back nine bringing you back home to the stunning clubhouse that offers the best in both international cuisine and more local specialities.',
Managed by Troon Golf, Al Zorah Golf Club will be managed by one of the leaders in luxury golfing brands.\n
Golfers are being promised one of the most unique and luxury experiences in the area, and with Nicklaus Design charged with creating it, you are sure to see perfectly manicured fairways, glass like greens and the typical bunkering of a Nicklaus golf course.\n
The 18 hole championship golf course which has been designed to sit exquisitely within its natural surroundings will make the most of the abundance of natural wildlife, the 12km stretch of waterfront and most importantly the tidal system which is incorporated in to the design and the way that the course plays to ensure an almost hourly variation in the playability of the course.\n
Set in a naturally sublime environment the course flows over the natural dunes and meanders around the inland mangrove area, which will only enhance the experience enjoyed by the lucky golfers that will be able to grace the fairways, as the water levels will constantly change with the tide.\n
A variety of teeing positions allow golfers to truly benefit from the intelligent and sympathetic layout of the course. Golfers of all abilities will enjoy the large, generous fairways that are maintained to perfection, framed by the natural mangroves, stunning bunkering and two large lakes that attract and give refuge to a plethora of local wildlife.\n
World class facilities, which will be coupled with the outstanding service we have come to expect from a Troon resort will benefit from a Pavilion style club house and a Shakespeare and Co restaurant with more off course attractions planned in the future development of the resort.\n
The course is partnered by a superb 9 hole academy course which only adds to the luxurious feel of the resort, providing the golfer with absolutely everything they could possibly need on a stay or visit to what could be one of the jewels in the Emirates Golf scene in the very near future.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Al Zorah Golf Club Dubai\n
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Set in the Ajman Emirate and just 25 minutes from the Dubai International Airport, Al Zorah Golf Course, the newest golf course in the United Arab Emirates is set to open in December.\n
The Al Zorah Golf Club is the first new championship golf course to be built in the Emirates in almost 6 years and is the first solo project in the Middle East for Nicklaus Design.',
The golf course was opened in 2004 and was designed by major winner Ian Baker-Finch in collaboration with Nicklaus Design. Ian Baker-Finch together with design partner Dirk Bouts took their time designing the course, with the aim of creating a free flowing and aesthetically pleasing layout, which complimented and utilized the existing terrain.\n
Baker-Finch´s vision has created a course that provides a wonderful variety of holes, requiring the golfer to use their imagination and all of their skill throughout the 18 holes. The design without doubt has maintained and utilized the wonderful natural landscape perfectly creating a golf course that flows seamlessly through the sand dunes.\n
The course is primarily a desert course, which underwent a 2 year enhancement program, which was completed in 2014.\n
The fairways and greens at The Arabian Ranches Golf Club are superb and maintained to exacting standards that golfers have come to expect from courses within the Dubai region. But beware miss the fairway and you will be faced with a perilous shot from the desert waste areas which feature many native plants and shrubs.\n
The course has two loops of 9 which both start and end in close proximity to the practice facilities and clubhouse.\n
This course is a true testament to the expertise and eye to detail that Baker-Finch possesses.\n
The facilities at Arabian Ranches are superb, a world class practice facility is available for golfers that wish to warm up before they play, and a golf academy is on site for those last minute check ups, the floodlight driving range is a real bonus.\n
The clubhouse offers everything you could need with dining and catering facilities that are second to none. The beautifully designed clubhouse, in a Spanish Colonial design offers a large terrace overlooking both the 9th and 18th greens.\n
For those that wish to indulge in the “complete package and experience that the Arabian Ranches Complex has to offer then you have to try on of the 11 en suite rooms for hire, within the clubhouse itself. Each enjoys panoramic views of the golf course and service of the highest standard. The atmosphere and spectacular vistas make for an excellent setting to enjoy a post round drink or to sample the international cuisine that is offered.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club truly provides all levels of golfer a challenge that will live long in the memory.
Tee Time Bookings at Arabian Ranches\n
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Arabian Ranches Golf Club is located at the heart of the Arabian Ranches Community. It is perfectly situated to enjoy the world famous landmarks and attractions that the amazing city of Dubai has to offer.',
The service and the welcome that you receive as you arrive immediately makes you feel as though you have walked through the doors of a Palace. The clubhouse offers all the required services and more, the cuisine is second to none and compliments the golf course absolutely perfectly.\n
The views from the golf course are without doubt spectacular, overlooking both the sea and the marina, the course also provides views of the unbelievably beautiful and ever changing landscape of the amazing city of Dubai.\n
Dubai Creek boasts both an 18 hole championship golf course, a par 3 course and a driving range, all built to the highest of standards. The par 3 course and the fantastic driving range are both floodlit giving visitors to Dubai the ultimate golfing experience.\n
The course with its coconut trees and date palms lining the meticulous fairways give an air of the tropics. Throughout the entire course you will find perfectly manicured greens and fairways creating the experience that you would expect from one of Dubai´s top locations.\n
The par 71 course has been laid out beautifully, making use of the Creek that comes into on four holes, coupled with well-placed bunkers and various man-made lakes which come into play on various holes.\n
The start of the course is tough with the first requiring accuracy from the tee, but it is the second that truly tests your ability from the tee. From the back tee it has to be the toughest tee shot on the course. Water is left all the way along the hole, but play too safe and you will find the bunkers to the right. The lake then comes into play for the second shot as well as it cuts in front on the green requiring a well struck approach.\n
One of the most memorable holes on the golf course has to be the par 5, 13th. From the tee you can see the fairway which s protected by trees and bunkers. A long drive will get you over the rise in the fairway and propel the ball forward by a few extra yards. These extra yards could well give you the chance of going for the green in two. But beware; what is not apparent is the island green which sits in the centre of the lake.\n
The 18th is a superb finishing hole and if the wind is blowing it probably becomes the hardest hole on the golf course. On the left the Creek, to the right a large bunker and water make the tee shot important. The second shot is no easier. An approach that has to be played over the water that is short and right of the green increases the tension for the final approach of the game. Left the green is protected by 3 bunkers, making an up and down for those not brave enough a real challenge.\n
This is a fantastic jewel in the Dubai region and should be considered for any holiday to the UAE and makes our list of Best Golf Courses in Dubai.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Dubai Creek Golf Club\n
This is one of the premium golf clubs in Dubai so getting a good tee time is not always easy. Golfsavers have an excellent relationship and using our booking engine you can be sure to obtain the perfect time to play.',
Dubai Creek Golf Club is located just a few minutes drive from the Dubai International Airport making the course and the resort perfectly located to enjoy your Dubai golfing holiday.\n
The course boasts some of the most amazing facilities and together with the Yacht club provides stunning scenery and top class facilities.',
Faldo, along with his ability on the course has developed a name for himself as a designer and “The Faldo” bears many of his trademarks, which are most notable in the design of the tees and bunkers.\n
The natural “wadi” that runs the length of the course comes into play, without being classed as a hazard only adding to the challenge and beauty of the golf course.
Faldo has managed to create a unique golfing experience combining the natural rugged terrain with his trademark design features.
The quality and attention to detail in the design of the course can be seen as soon as you step onto the first tee. A par four that presents a tricky start to the round. A driver is not the club for everyone and you should favor the right hand side of the fairway to give a clear view of the raised green.\n
But in Faldo style, if you miss too far to the right then you will find your approach to the green hindered by the rocks that protect the green. Anything left will find the “wadi” and leave a shot played from the waste area.\n
The par four 6th, aesthetically pleasing does not offer such an easy ride to the golfer as it does on the eye. A pinpoint accurate tee shot is required to avoid the multitude of trouble that awaits. If you get your tee shot away the approach to the green requires good distance control and club selection.\n
Faldo has created a course that meanders through the natural landscape, providing a test and a visually stunning treat to any golfer that makes this a stop on their Dubai golfing holiday.\n
But as with many of the courses in the Dubai region, the most impressive hole has to be the finishing hole. A tough par four that requires a long but extremely accurate tee shot to avoid the “wadi” that cuts in on the right. A fairway wood is the most likely choice for your second, which you need to guide carefully between the cluster of bunkers on the left and the water to the right. You may think that by reaching the green that your work is done, but beware the green has some very tricky undulations that make par a truly great finish to a wonderfully designed and remodelled golf course.\n
Perhaps the most interesting feature to this Faldo masterpiece is the opportunity to play it at night, yes you read that right. You can play the stunning course at night, under floodlights, which create an even more spectacular visual impact.',
The Faldo course was originally opened in 1996 with the name of “Wadi” which is Arabic for valley. In 2005 the course was redesigned by six time major champion and golf legend Nick Faldo, it was renamed “The Faldo” when it re-opened in 2006.\n
The course provides a visually stunning design together with the challenge of any championship course, which provides visitors with a unique and enjoyable round of golf.',
The course, built in and around the dunes right on the edge of Dubai city, was built under the instruction of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the donor of the land who required that the natural desert fauna was maintained in its natural state.\n
American designer Karl Litten was the mastermind behind the design of the original layout. It was Litten that created the first grass course in the Middle East. The course quickly gained recognition as a top venue for golf, with the Pan Arab tournament taking place just a month after the opening of the course. In 1989 the international recognition of the course was noted, as the European Tour staged Dubai Desert Classic, which has become one of the biggest tournaments on the European Tour calendar.\n
In designing the course, Litten made the most of the abundant flora and fauna and weaved the fairways through the natural landscape beautifully. The inclusion of both fresh and saltwater lakes and the inclusion of the Majlis building between the 8th and 9th holes make this course one of the most recognizable and revered golf courses in the World.\n
Some of the most memorable holes on the course have to be the 8th and 9th, both great par fours in their own right.\n
The 8th is arguably the hardest hole on the course and requires a long, accurate drive to leave an uphill approach into a very small severely undulating green where a 3 putt is a definite possibility.\n
The 9th also requires a driver from the tee and an approach to the right side of the green will leave a relatively easy chip or putt. Anything left edge of the green will quickly gather down and head to a watery grave, a great way to finish the front 9.\n
But my favourite hole has to be the 18th, which as you know has witnessed many a great finish to a Dubai Desert Classic tournament. An almost 90º dogleg will tempt you to take the corner on from the tee, even though the green is still likely to be out of reach for many golfers. The key to this hole has to be the second shot, work out your distances and leave yourself your favorite distance for your third. Make sure you get over the water and leave yourself a real chance to finish in style.\n
If you are planning a golf holiday in Dubai, then you must consider The Majlis course as one of your venues. Having said that the equally stunning Faldo course at the Emirates Golf Club should also be a consideration making the Emirates Golf Club an absolute must as a Dubai Golf holiday tee time.\n
Tee Time Bookings at Emirates Golf Club\n
It can be quite difficult to obtain a tee time at Emirates Golf Club but thanks to our booking engine we can help you to secure the perfect tee time quickly and easily using our simple booking engine.',
The Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, is probably the shining light of the Dubai golf scene. The Majlis Course is the flagship course at the Emirates Golf Club and is the host of the European Tour Dubai Desert Classic tournament.',