Golf in the Gulf: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Its stunning clubhouse, designed to look like the sails of the traditional Arabian dhow, is no doubt the most recognisable feature of a club overlooking Dubai’s beautiful man-made Creek.
Built in 1993 when golf was still a sport in the infancy of its popularity in the UAE, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club remains one of the most beautiful – and challenging – courses in the country more than 25 years later. The greens and fairways strike an unforgettable contrast against the blue of the Creek waters, which is just one of the reasons the club’s excellent outdoor restaurants and bars attract numerous non-golfers every day during the cooler months.
This eye-catching 18-hole, par-71 Championship Course is a tough proposition with a notorious final few holes that could see you relieved to get back into the clubhouse with all of your clubs in one piece – though the panoramic scenery goes some way to compensating. The course has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic twice, with a course record of 61 jointly held by Dubai amatuer Rayhan Thomas and Asian tour pro MG Keyser. The course’s immaculate billowing fairways run between with date palms and coconut trees, with the Creek itself coming into play on four of the holes and artificial lakes adding both allure and trouble for players. The par-4 17th and 18th holes are guarded by the Creek along the entire left side of their fairways. A nine-hole par-3, redesigned in 2004, is ideal for players looking to start out, work on weak spots in their game or enjoy a post-work sunset round. The club also has a fun mini-golf course.
Facilities and activities
Leisure facilities include a state-of-the-art Fit Lab gymnasium, “resort-style” swimming pool with pool bar, cryotherapy facilities, a fitness studio and two floodlit padel tennis courts, with staff on hand including professional golf instructors and personal training. The club is home to seaplane tour operator Seawings.
The 19th and beyond
The adjoining yacht club has no shortage of draws for those who don’t enjoy playing golf (yes, such people really do exist). The area’s very popular outdoor eating and drinking establishments provide ample options for post-round refreshments, including the beautiful Boardwalk or Casa de Tapas for Mediterranean fare, QDs for group drinks or Cielo for flashier surrounds.
Rack rates: Until May 31 2019 AED875 (Fri-Sat), AED760 (Sun-Thu); Jun 1 to Sep 15 2019 AED470 (Fri-Sat), AED415 (Sun-Thu).
Contact: +971 4 205 4575, www.dubaigolf.com