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List of 9 Best Golf Courses in Dubai

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Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, UAE

1.  Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai, UAE

The Arabian Ranches Golf Club is a challenge for golfers across all abilities. Miss the immaculate grass of the fairways and greens and you may very likely enter the bunkers. The course fully utilizes the natural terrain with its indigenous shrubs and bushes.
Arabian Ranches (formerly known as the Desert Course) has a status among Dubai's golfing community. It was undeniably the harshest course in the country but yet enjoyable for all golfers. The golf course is constructed through the wide desert scrub and its rippling fairways which can be hard to make out from the tee due to the flatness of the land.
While this isn't a really long course from the blue tees, the emphasis is on accuracy of the tee shot. Slip off the fairway and you will undoubtedly add on another shot. The desert bush is located on every hole and the greens showcase some intimidating slopes. There is no distinct bunker or water hazard in the entire course. The sand that you will see is where the designers have permitted part of the desert to remain. However, these areas are seldom raked which makes them true hazards for even the best sand players.

Designer : Ian Baker-Finch / Nicklaus Design
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 7,691 yards
Established : 2004
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED110 ~ AED595 / NA / AED60
Distance : 1 hour from the city center

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, UAE

2.  Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, UAE

The par 71 course that measures 6,967 yards is an unforgettable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. The fantastically trimmed fairways are undulating, defined by hills, date and palm trees and water. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on at least four holes, some synthetic lakes complement the beauty and toughness of the golf course.
Fairways and greens are carefully maintained and trimmed which is a feature and it is highly difficult to par from tournament tees. The course is easier from the tees in front making it suitable for the novice golfers. While the length of the tee helps, the focus is undoubtedly on the accuracy of the approach shots because most of the greens are multi-tiered.
The course sets up for an exciting finale to a round with its two par 4 closing holes. The 17th and 18th have the Creek protecting the entire left side of the fairway. While the 17th can still be conquered with proper planning, the 18th requires intellectual participation on every shot. There is water on the left and a long bunker on the right, beyond which is water again. A decent drive will still leave you with a long iron into the tiered and sloping green, which is guarded at the front and right by a water body.
Golf does not end at sunset at Dubai Creek. The club is well-equipped with a driving range and the club's outstanding practice facilities are all floodlit to allow play late into the night. The clubhouse has won numerous awards across the world and with the green lush fairways of the course lapping the shore of the creek.

Designer : NA
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 71, 6,967 yards
Established : 1993
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED375 ~ AED875 / NA / AED70
Distance : 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport

Dubai Hills Golf Club, UAE

3.  Dubai Hills Golf Club, UAE

Dubai Hills Golf Club is Dubai city’s most recent addition, an 18-hole par 72 award-winning championship golf course. Designed by European Golf Design, the course ranks high among the United Arab Emirates golf offerings. Dubai Hills Golf Club creates memorable experience offers challenges to all levels of golfers. Set against the ever-present Dubai skyline with iconic backdrop of the Burj Khalifa on many holes, the course is a sight to behold for avid golfers. The thrilling fairways, strategic hole designs and impeccable conditions leave golfers wanting to come back for more. Proudly managed by Troon Golf, golfers are assured of a luxurious golfing experience with uncompromising attention to detail.

Designer : European Golf Design
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 7,283 yards
Distance : 23 minutes from Dubai International Airport
Facility : Golf academy, Driving range

Emirates Golf Club – Faldo Course, Dubai, UAE

4.  Emirates Golf Club – Faldo Course, Dubai, UAE

The Faldo Course is the second championship golf course at the Emirates Golf Club. A Nick Faldo 2006 restructured, it was initially opened in 1996 and was debuted The 'Wadi', taken from the Arabic word for 'valley'. In 2005, The Wadi was redesigned by six-time major winner Nick Faldo and the new 'The Faldo' re-opened in October 2006.
A 7,348 yard, par-73 is a tough layout with a course rating of 76/139 ie a scratch player playing from the back tees would play 76-72= 4 over the course! The 139 rating indicates how tough it would be for an 18 handicap player & indicates a very tough course. This is a well-lit course & is a well-received destination even during the summer months.
Faldo’s has integrated his traditional design ideology with the needs of the terrain here & used the natural Wadi that runs along the length of the course. The course is designed and equipped with plenty of water and most of its greens are strategically protected by bunkers, sand waste areas.
The clubhouse & practice facilities are first class – there are 2 pro shops – one in the main clubhouse, which is mostly for accessories & consumables & the other beside the driving range which houses a club fitting outlet with a vast range of golfing gear to select from.
The finishing Faldo Course hole 18 is a true test of a golfer’s courage. Every player is recommended to use a drive for the tee shot, but do not compromise accuracy of your short for distance as it is critical to get a shot capable of avoiding the waste area that cuts into the fairway on the right hand side. A wood or long iron is the natural choice for a second shot that also requires precision and nerve to move past the dramatic cluster of bunkers to the left, and the water guarding the right of the green. Upon landing on the green, most of the hard work is already done, but take time to read the slopes. Keeping your focus all the way to the end will pay dividends as a par on this hole makes for an exhilarating end to the round.

Designer : Nick Faldo
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 73, 7,348 yards
Established : 1996
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED350 ~ AED695 / NA / AED70
Distance : 20km from city center

Emirates Golf Club – Majlis Course, Dubai, UAE

5.  Emirates Golf Club – Majlis Course, Dubai, UAE

The Majlis championship course is a difficult par 72, 7,301-yard layout. The course is designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, the original 18 holes were built in and along the banks of a lovely site on the edge of the city of Dubai, donated by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the desert flora was preserved in its natural state.
The course has earned a worthy reputation internationally as a testing layout for even the seasoned golfers. The course contains hundreds of local species of flora and fauna, beautifully supplemented by twisting fairways and seven distinct fresh and saltwater lakes.
The Majlis, the first grass course in the Middle East, attain its name from the Arabic word for 'meeting place'. One of the most distinctive features on the course is the Majlis building itself, positioned between the 8th and 9th holes and a Dubai landmark since 1988. Within a month of opening, the most significant regional golf tournament - the Pan-Arab - was held on the newly named Majlis Course. The club's world-wide reputation was established in 1989 with its first European Tour event; the Dubai Desert Classic. Most of the world's top players, including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, have taken part in what is one of the European PGA Tour's top events in this golf course.
One of the most challenging holes on the course is the par 4, dogleg 8th. Stroke index 3 and playing a full 434 yards, it has the unusual peculiarity of playing up-hill and demands a far reaching and well placed tee shot to leave an easier second shot to its small, undulating green where the dreaded 3-putt is always a threat.

Designer : Karl Litten
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 5,568 – 7,301 yards
Established : 1988
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED500 ~ AED1,200 / NA / AED70
Distance : 28 minutes from Dubai International Airport

Jumeirah Golf Estates – Earth Course, Dubai, UAE

6.  Jumeirah Golf Estates – Earth Course, Dubai, UAE

The Jumeirah Golf Estates provides golfers of all ages and skills the chance to play the exhilarating and challenging championship layout which offers unmatchable playing characteristics.
The par 72 Earth Course measures 7,706 yards from the championship tees. The course layout is highly unique, each holes integrated seamlessly with the natural desert landscape. From their ingenious shaping and sculptured bunkers to the impressive presentation and attention to detail making each hole as spectacular as the next fairways and greens are surrounded by lakes and indigenous plants with an amazing background filled with grasses and mature trees. The Earth Course is highly reputable and has hosted the DP World Tour Championship.
The Earth Course is inspired by the great grassland courses of Europe and North America. Earth has hosted the DP World Tour Championship. The rolling fairways and vivid white bunker make each hole picture perfect. The richness of nature is reflected in the many lakes throughout the experience which are home to a countless of wildlife. The last 4 holes play beside water bodies in a winding creek running the full length of the final hole.

Designer : Greg Norman
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 7,706 yards
Established : 2008
Green Fee : AED395 ~ AED495, include buggy fees
Distance : 31 minutes from Dubai International Airport
Facility : Restaurants & lounge, Golf academy, Pro shop, Spa, Fitness center, Fitness studio, Swimming pools, Tennis & padel tennis courts, Kid’s play area

Jumeirah Golf Estates – Fire Course, Dubai, UAE

7.  Jumeirah Golf Estates – Fire Course, Dubai, UAE

The Jumeirah Golf Estates provides golfers of all ages and skills the chance to play the exhilarating and challenging championship layout which offers unmatchable playing characteristics.
The par 72 Fire Course measures 7,480 yards from the championship tees. The course layout is highly unique, each holes integrated seamlessly with the natural desert landscape. From their ingenious shaping and sculptured bunkers to the impressive presentation and attention to detail making each hole as spectacular as the next fairways and greens are surrounded by lakes and indigenous plants with an amazing background filled with grasses and mature trees. The Fire Course is highly reputable and has hosted the DP World Tour Championship.
The Fire Course is bordered by a wide diversity of attractive flora cautiously selected to reflect the overall theme and to improve its natural scenery. The undulating landscape creates a more interesting level of play. The course is visually appealing and can captivate even those who do not golf. The Fire Course requires good strategy. Aiming directly at the flag may not always be the best approach which gives Fire a strong sense of classic links-style play.

Designer : Greg Norman
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 7,480 yards
Established : 2008
Green Fee : AED395 ~ AED495, include buggy fees
Distance : 31 minutes from Dubai International Airport
Facility : Restaurants & lounge, Golf academy, Pro shop, Spa, Fitness center, Fitness studio, Swimming pools, Tennis & padel tennis courts, Kid’s play area

Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, UAE

8.  Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, UAE

The Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai has progressed into one of the Middle East's most lavish and desired golfing destinations recently. The main reason for its success has always remained dependent upon the superb quality of the golf course.
The Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai's championship golf course was designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead. The course covers 265 acres which consist of 123 acres of turf, 49 acres of man-made lakes (a total of 14 lakes), and 93 acres of landscaped gardens and is scattered with 81 large bunkers.
The course gives player the undulating “links land” style fairways with generous landing areas which test and excites player across different levels. Despite having a huge area, the greens can be quite misleading as they are above 9.5 feet. Contours throughout the greens can result in very annoying putts.
The signature hole, is the par 5 fourth, known as the Snake hole for its saddleback fairway which doglegs towards the green, with 2 bunkers behind forming the eyes of the snake. Another hole, the par 5 ninth, with water down the left, is a harsh finish to the introductory half. The par 3 thirteenth, a hole designed in the shape of the UAE, claims a 360-degree teeing area around an island fairway and green.
The Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai holds two very different seasons of golf. During winter, the golf course is over-seeded whilst the summer season has the course back to a full stand of Bermuda grass. The grass growth is strong during the summer causing in a very difficult rough.

Designer : Colin Montgomerie
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes, 6,165 – 7,461 yards
Established : NA
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED450 ~ AED925 / NA /NA
Distance : 28 minutes from Dubai International Airport

The Els Club Dubai Sports City, UAE

9.  The Els Club Dubai Sports City, UAE

The Els Club has seamlessly integrated design features into a desert landscape. The course is built with undulations and steep elevation changes for visual and strategic interest. There is an extensive usage of dunes, sandy waste areas and native grasses and vegetation between wide fairways, along with a classic style of bunkering.
Measuring 7,538 yards from the tip, this is a challenge for the season golfers, but four sets of teeing areas means players across all standards can enjoy the challenge. The greenside protection system includes sculpted bunkers, grassy swales and creatively designed greens featuring fine-textured Bermuda grass that are smooth, fast putting surfaces all year round regardless of weather conditions.
The flawlessly trimmed playing surfaces are a continuous theme and are a testament to the skills of The Els Club and Dubai team. It is known as the best-maintained course in the region. We're proud of that. The club is also complemented by the state-of-the-art Butch Harmon School of Golf. The school features outdoor full swing, short game and putting areas as well as indoor swing studios, putting studio and gym.
The holes entail features from Els’ favourite courses across the world; bunker from Royal Melbourne, greens resembling Pinehurst No.2 and wide, rolling links fairways. Assimilate this with deliberately placed tee-boxes, strong course management, soft sand, hard sand and carefully-developed undulation, and you are presented with an unbeatable golf course design. The course is highly reputable and has won numerous awards such as the Best New International Course, Best New Facility of the Year and Best Golf Couse in Dubai.

Designer : Ernie Els
Holes / Par / Yardage : 18 holes par 72, 7,538 yards
Established : 2008
Green / Caddy / Buggy Fees : AED295 ~ AED350 / NA/ NA
Distance : 28 minutes from Dubai International Airport

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