Golf in Dubai: Dubai Hills Golf Club
The baby of the country’s golfing scene, Dubai Hills Golf Club opened in late 2018 to some considerable fanfare. It is part of Emaar’s new 2,700-acre Dubai Hills Estate community off Al Khail Road, which features residential and retail properties, schools, healthcare facilities and leisure outlets. Its 18-hole, par-72 championship golf club is operated by Troon Golf, which promises it will soon be one of the region’s top golfing destinations. Its generous 18-hole course, just a few minutes from Downtown Dubai, was designed by Gary Johnston, who set his plan for the course into three “subtly different landscape characters” based on the area’s topography, to include features lakes, wadis and desert plant life, and strategic hole designs. It also boasts some of the best Dubai skyline views of any golf course.
The Championship Course, which hosted the Troon Series Dubai Open in March, has huge fairways and impressive foliage given the age of the course. Players are eased in with a merciful first couple of holes before they reach the 320-yard par-4 third with its awkward bunker and a sloping green. The signature fifth, with its impressive views of the Burj Khalifa, is the most memorable hole on a fun and challenging course. Construction has already begun on a second course at the club, which could open next year.
Facilities and activities
The club has a par-3 course plus a small floodlit driving range for irons only, with hitting nets available for those who want to test out the driver. There is also a putting green, short-game practice area and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
The 19th and beyond
Its two dining destinations, The Duck Hook and Hillhouse Brasserie, have already attracted plenty of praise since their openings at the back end of last year. Both outlets were created through the first formal collaboration of JRG Dubai, the team behind Pierchic, Pai Thai and Trattoria Toscana, as well as The Rivington Grill and The Ivy, and developers Emaar Properties and Meraas. The Duck Hook, named after a shot that curves to the left of its target, is a typical 19th-hole pub with gastropub favourites, while the upmarket Hillhouse Brasserie is a chic yet casual restaurant. Both have excellent city and course views.
Rack rates: AED625 (Sun-Thu), AED695 (Fri-Sat), Includes shared buggy and access to practise facility (irons only) with unlimited range balls. AED145 club rental.
Where: Dubai Hills Estate
Contact: +971 4 326 7555, dubaihillsgolfclub.com