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Playing a round of golf in Dubai like most other things in this desert country, it is a pretty unique experience. With five world class golf courses no more than 20 miles from the city center including the fantastic Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and The Montgomerie there are plenty reasons why you should be enjoying some golf with your next beach holiday in Dubai. Most golf clubs in Dubai offer 5 star facilities and golf club hire. If you are after a little spectator sport, then there is also the excellent Dubai Classic which attracts most of the top players in the world, with past winners that include Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.

So check out our guides: Golf Courses in Dubai | Dubai Creek Golf Club | Dubai Emirates Club | Montgomerie Golf Club | Dubai Desert Classic

Dubai Creek Golf and yacht ClubDubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club with it's futuristic clubhouse of linked white sails right in the downtown area of Dubi is one of the icons of the city. The golf course was constructed and opened in 1993, since then it has changed quite a bit mainly to allow the building of villas and the low-rise waterfront Park Hyatt Dubai Hotel.

The Dubai Creek Golf club has also played host to the Dubai Desert Classic in 1999 and 2000
[See more on the Dubi Classic]

If you have visited the course before, you will recognise the back nine, which was created with no expense spared by Thomas Bjorn in 2005. There are lakes encircled by stone walls, humped bridges that take you to the greens or tees. These holes loop behind the marina and the yacht shaped clubhouse and return to take you back to the original tenth hole.

The Dubai Creek Golf course highlights include two celebrated creek side challenges. At the narrow seventeenth, hit your tee shot towards the right hand side bunkers, hoping to miss them is probably the safest option! Then there is the eighteenth which is made famous for the sails on the clubhouse where there are hazards all the way to the green.

Video about the The Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Below is a video that we hope will give you a better feel for golf at the Dubai Creek Golf Club.

After the Golf
After your round of golf you may wish to relax at the Lakeview terrace bar and restaurant which has panoramic views over the creek aswell as the Dubai skyline, it is open from 6:30am to 11:30pm.There is also the Legends restaurant which serves lunch as well as dinner as well as a Friday brunch that costs around £15

The Aquarium restaurant at the Yach Club has as the name suggests, tables that go around a central glass pillar containing tropical fish ans specialises in Pacific ocean seafood.

The use of the all day swimming pool is included in the green fees and you could also arrange some sport fishing (mainly for king and sal fish) from the club

 

Dubai Creek Golf and yacht ClubThe Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Details:
18 hole course 6270 m (par 71), with a floodlit 9 hole course open until 10pm. There is also a floodlit driving range and massive practice area.
Location: Dubai city centre.
Contact: Tel +971 4 295 6000 Email: dcgyc@dubaigolf.com
Price: A round of golf costs about £100 The price includes golf buggies and golf range balls. The Course at the academy costs £10
Club hire: You can hire Ping Golf clubs for around £24
Minimum Handicap: 28 for Men and 36 for Women
Opening Hours: 6am to Midnight
Accommodation: You can arrange to stay at the on site Park Hyatt Dubai Hotel which has 225 rooms.

 

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Dubai Emirates Golf ClubhouseDubai Emirates Club

The Dubai Emirates is the best of the best golf courses in Dubai, it actually consists of two 18 hole par 72 courses. The Majlis, which is home to the Dubai Dessert Classic [Dubai Desert Classic] and the Wadi which has been redesigned by Nick Faldo in 2006. Like most golf courses in this region it is a magnificent oasis of green grass and water features reclaimed from the desert sand.

The two golf courses share an impressive clubhouse made up of linked tents made to look like a Bedouin encampment, that is as unique as the one at The Dubai Creek Golf club. The Majis was the very first grass golf course in the Middle East when it was opened in 1987 and has grown into a Championship status golf course, that still keeps to its roots as a desert course with large areas of sand scrub. The star almost lulls you into a sense of security, but only low handicappers should attemt the risky options on the long par fours.

The Wadi is overlooked by 90 skyscrapers, an impressive skyline which can sometimes feel like you are playing golf in the middle of New York except for the fact that there are water hazards on 16 holes!

Video about the The Dubai Emirates Golf Club
Below is a video of what it is like to play at the famous Dubai Emirates Golf Club.

After the Golf
Try the Spike Bar which is open from 6am to 11pm for an a la carte breakfast or buffet lunch which costs less than £10.

The Sports Bar which is open from 11am to 11:30pm has sky sports showing on large screens most of the time.

Le Classique resturant offers haute cuisine. Established in 1988, Le Classique is Emirates Golf Club's fine dining restaurant and is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the whole of he middle east. The resturant offers picturesque views of the golf course, with an interior that is warm and combines traditional Arabian styles with modern day influences. Le Classique is open for dinner as well as lunch and has a reputation as an exclusive location where fine food, service and entertainment is guaranteed. It has an alcohol license and the dress code is semi formal, Tel +971 4 380 2222 for reservations

Dubai Emirates Golf ClubThe Dubai Emirates Golf Club
Details:
Two 18 hole courses: Mijlis 6954 m (par 72), and the Wadi 6700m (par 72) There is also an Academy 9 hole par 3 course, driving range as well as practice putting greens.
Location: Less than 20 miles down the coast from the Dubai city centre.
Contact: Tel +971 4 380 2222 Email: egc@dubaigolf.com
Price: A round of golf at Majlis costs about £113 all week and at Wadi it is about £100. This price includes the use of a golf buggy and balls. The academy course costs about £13
Club hire: You can hire Callaway Golf clubs for around £23
Minimum Handicap: 28 for Men and 36 for Women
Opening Hours: 6am to Midnight

 

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Dubai Desert Classic Golf TournamentThe Dubai Desert Classic

The Dubai Classic takes place annualy in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and sometimes rather confusingly is part of the European Tour schedule. It started back in 1989 and was the first European Tour event to take place in the Middle East. The Dubai Open is noted for attracting most of the major professional golf players in the world due to it's timing at the end of January and for its very generous apearance fees and prize money.

The Dubi Classic is mostly played on the "Majlis" course at Emirates Golf Club, but was played at the Dubai Creek Golf Club in 1999 and 2000. Ernie Els has won the Desert Classic the most times, with three wins, but with his win in 2008, Tiger Woods is hot on his heels with Two wins.

2009 Dubai Desert Classic
The 2009 Dubai Open will be held at the Emirates Golf Club from the 26th January to the 1st February 2009 and has a staggering prizes with a total of 2.5 Million US Dollars.

2008 Dubai Classic - Tiger Woods wins 2008 Dubai Desert Classic
Tiger Woods the world number one, won the 2008 Dubai Open for a second time, His winning margin was only one stroke as he successfuly held off a late charge from former three times winner Ernie Els of South Africa.

Woods back nine was impressive, picking up six strokes and finished at 14 under par following a seven-under 65 to claim victory.

Els looked to be in contention for a fourth Dubai Classic win as he headed down the final fairway only requiring a birdie to force a play-off with Woods, but the South African who had previously beaten by Woods in a play-off in 2006, found the water with his second shot and was forced to take a drop. Els who has now finished inside the top three in his last seven Dubai Opens, had to settle for a tie for third place with fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Second place went to Abu Dhabi champion Martin Kaymer after finishing the final-round six-under par 66, including an eagle at the last and must be seen as a potential Ryder Cup candidate.

Dubai Classic Past Winners:
1989: Mark James, England (69-68-72-68) 277
1990: Eamonn Darcy, Ireland (64-68-75-69) 276
1992: Seve Ballesteros, Spain (66-67-69-70) 272
1993: Wayne Westner, South Africa (69-66-69-70) 274
1994: Ernie Els, South Africa (61-69-67-71) 268
1995: Fred Couples, USA (65-69-68-66) 268
1996: Colin Montgomerie, Scotland 67-68-67-68 270
1997: Richard Green, Australia 70-68-66-68 272
1998: Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain 69-67-65-68 269
1999: David Howell, England 69-68-71-67 275
2000: Jose Coceres, Argentina 64-69-68-73 274
2001: Thomas Bjorn, Denmark 64-66-67-69(-22) 266
2002: Ernie Els, South Africa 68-68-67-69 272
2003: Robert-Jan Derksen, Holland 67-72-67-65 271
2004: Mark O’Meara, U.S.A 70-64-68-69 271
2005: Ernie Els, South Africa 66-68-67-68 269
2006: Tiger Woods, U.S.A 67-66-67-69 269
2007: Henrik Stenson, Sweden 68-64-69-68 269
2008: Tiger Woods, U.S.A 65-71-73-65 274

The main sponsors of the Dubai Desert Classic are DUBAL Aluminum, Omega, National Bank of Dubai, Jumeirah Golf Estates, CNN, Emaar, Emirates Airlines, BMW and Gulf News.

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Golf in DubaiThe Montgomerie Golf Club

Not far from the center of Dubai is The Montgomerie, a golf course that is perfect for groups of golfers with different handicaps as this golf course is more forgiving than most in Dubai giving everyone a chance to find their level. With some luck and if you stay away from the water hazards, you should be able to get a pretty decent score.

The highlight of the round is the par 3 13th hole, which has a circular lake with the green in the middle, some like the hole, but many grow to hate it! One of the signature holes is the par 5 fourth, which is called the Snake hole because of its saddleback fairway which doglegs towards the green, with two bunkers behind forming the eyes of the snake. The Golf course was designed by Colin Montgomerie with some help from Desmond Muirhead.  The Montgomerie covers an area of 265 acres which consist of 123 acres of turf, 14 lakes, 93 acres of landscaped gardens and is scattered with 81 large bunkers. 

After the Golf
A good place to go for a few drinks as well as some reasonably priced meals is Bunkers Spike Bar which is open from 6am until 11:30pm. Another bar is the Monte Cristo cigar bar open from 12:30pm until 1am.

The restaurant is called Nineteen and serves good quality lunch and dinners. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, try the Angsana Spa.

The Montgomerie Golf Club
Details:
18 hole course 6682m (par 72), with a floodlit Academy 9 hole par three course, driving range as well as a putting and practice area.
Location: The Montgomerie golf club is about 20 miles from the center of Dubai.
Contact: Tel +971 4 390 5600 Email: info@themontgomerie.ae
Price: A round of golf costs about £97 up to 31st May, then from June to September 15 the price is £55. The price includes golf buggies and the use of the driving range.
Club hire: You can hire Callaway Golf clubs for around £26
Minimum Handicap: 28 for Men and 36 for Women
Opening Hours: 6am to 9pm

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation is available right on the golf course at the Montgomerie, which has 21 stylish boutique guest rooms, many of which have views out onto the golf course. People staying at the hotel will also be eligable to discounts on green fees and to keep you in shape the hotel has a gymnasium, plunge pool, steam room and outdoor pool.

 

Further Reading:
Guide to holidays in Dubai
Dubai Holiday Packages
Dubai Golf Guide & the Dubai Classic
Oasis Beach Hotel Dubai
Ski Dubai: Skiing in Dubai

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