Here’s why golfers are flocking to Dubai


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If you’ve seen any pictures of Dubai, you know that in the past 50 years, they’ve dreamed big and brought those dreams into reality. And that goes for Dubai golf courses as well. For a small riverside city that rose from desert sands in a relatively small amount of time, the Dubai golf options are seriously impressive. So many of the city’s sporting facilities are beautifully woven in the city’s jaw-dropping architecture, and the vistas from Dubai golf courses are one of a kind.

On your next holiday in Dubai, you can follow a professional golfer’s footsteps and play on the same fairways of championship matches. Or you can use your time off of work and other responsibilities to get a more casual nine holes in. If you’re looking for something in between, you’ll find a Dubai golf course that matches your skill and interest level.

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1. Arabian Ranches Golf Club

This course boasts an unmatched setting in an upscale community, Arabian Ranches. Located a few blocks away from the prime city sights, this 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Ian Baker-Finch promises you an exciting Dubai golf experience. After all, it utilizes the region’s natural desert terrain with indigenous shrubs to create a uniquely Dubai golf outing.

There is also a professional golf academy with expert and PGA-qualified trainers in house, a floodlit 9-hole par three course and a practice putting green.

Location: Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road, 36700 – Dubai

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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2. Emirates Golf Club

Whether you are a pro golfer or an absolute novice, this award-winning golf club stands as an epitome of class and elegance in Dubai. You can look forward to a top-notch Dubai golf adventure on one of its three golf courses – the Majlis, the Faldo and Par 3. Majlis is the first grass golf course in the Arabian world and also the venue of the prestigious Omega Dubai Desert Classic tournament.

Location: 17/2, Al Naseem street Emirates Golf Club, Al Thanyah 3, Hadaeq Mohammed Bin Rashid, Dubai – Dubai

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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3. Montgomerie Golf Club

Situated on a sprawling, oasis-like 265-acre property on the marvelous Emirates Hills, Montgomerie Golf Club is a surefire hit among all levels of golfers. A collaborative effort of Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead, it is a part of Address Montgomerie, a five-star hotel run by Address Hotels and Resorts. Not to mention that its main highlight is its 18-hole championship golf course packed with verdant fairways, immaculate gardens and stunning lakes.

It has a high-end practice facility, along with two golf shops, locker rooms, pools and a golf academy. It also offers different courses to perfect your golfing skills.

Location: Emirates Hills – Dubai

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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4. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

For a diehard golfer, this spot amidst the tranquil surroundings of Dubai Creek in Dubai is unmissable. With its varying elevations and several world-class options, including an 18-hole golf course, a nine-hole Par 3 course, and mini-golf, it has rightly been listed among the Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses in the world. But, that’s not all; it is also one of the ultimate destinations for an unforgettable golf staycation in Dubai, with Park Hyatt Dubai in its majestic grounds. Additional facilities include a one-of-a-kind Middle East golf academy and bucket list-worthy water holes.

Location: Baniyas Rd – Port Saeed – Dubai

Timing: 6:45 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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5. Meydan Golf Course

Dubai’s stylish Meydan City may be best known for its extraordinary and luxurious horse-riding tournaments at Meydan Racecourse. But it is a favorite of golfers, too. At The Track, Meydan Golf, you’ll find 7,412 yards of championship holes and five unique tee options for a wide variety of skill levels.

They call themselves Dubai’s most inclusive golf club as the country’s only pay and play golf course ( the equivalent to America’s public golf courses). So if you’re in town for a short amount of time or what to spend your day sightseeing or at the beach, pool or kid-friendly activities on a family vacation, you can still squeeze in golf at night at one of the top-ranked Dubai golf courses by Tripadvisor.

Location: The Track, Meydan Golf, Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

Timing: 6:30 hrs to 22:45 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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6. Dubai Hills Golf Club

Want to tee off in an extraordinary Dubai golf spot? Nothing probably comes closer to this brand-new 18-hole par-72 championship golf course. This Troon Golf-managed championship course was chosen as the World’s Best New Golf Course at the 2019 World Golf Awards Gala if you are still skeptical. Apart from its striking facilities, the best thing is that it is set in a strategic location, about 15 minutes from the tallest of its kind Burj Khalifa and other attractions of Downtown Dubai.

Location: Dubai Hills Estate – Dubai

Timing: 6:30 hrs to 20:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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7. The Els Club

For the most exclusive Dubai golf experience, this five-star Ernie Els-designed golf course should be on your checklist of Dubai tours and attractions.  Extending over 7,538 yards and comprising four sets of tees, it is ideal for anyone who wishes to play this classic game in a refined yet challenging setting with perfect greens and fairways. It is also home to the Claude Harmon Performance Golf Academy, with advanced coaching facilities over 5,000 square feet.

Location: Dubai Sports City, Dubai

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 23:30 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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8. Trump International Golf Club

Gracefully designed in a landscape of vibrant fairways and perfect greens, this is another luxurious Dubai golf course. It is famed for its 18-hole course (designed by Gil Hanse) and its Trump Dubai Golf Performance Academy, spanning over 30,000 square feet. There is also an infinity swimming pool, a massive golf shop, a fitness center and various upscale dining choices.

Location: DAMAC Hills – Dubai, UAE

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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9. Jumeirah Golf Estate’s Earth Course

Jumeirah Golf Estate is one of Dubai’s most stylish yet super serene communities. It consists of two spectacular 18-hole golf courses: the Earth Course and the Fire Course. The Earth Course’s undulating terrain is the DP World Tour Championship venue, while the Fire Course welcomes golfers of all skill levels, which perfectly blends in with the region’s desert settings.

Location: Club House – Jumeirah Golf Estates – Dubai

Timing: 8:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)

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10. Al Zorah Golf Club

It may be a bit further from other golf courses in this list, about 40 minutes drive from the Dubai city center, but it’s worthy of a spot on the list. Set within a natural background with both mangrove and unparalleled dunes, its 18-hole championship course is an excellent spot for anyone who wants to spend an unforgettable day out amid the fantastic greens and fairways.

Location: Al Zorah Pavilion, Al Zorah، Al Ettehad St – Ajman

Timing: 6:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs on all days (Monday to Sunday)


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