Golf in Dubai: Jumeirah Golf Estates
It must be nice to live on a golf course. The two element-themed courses that make up this club, called Earth and Fire, are surrounded by a luxury villa community that is among the emirate’s most desirable. For those who don’t get to enjoy their morning coffee while looking out over lush greens and rolling fairways, an occasional walk with clubs in tow will have to suffice. The courses were designed by Greg Norman, a former world number one turned notable golf course designer and, for our money, owner of the game’s best nickname, the Great White Shark. The Earth Course is the home of the prestigious DP World Tour Championship, which ends the European Tour season –and will soon become the richest competition in global golf.
Poor puns about having too many irons in the fire aside, the second course here lives up to its name in that if you miss the green stuff, you could get burned. The course was designed to complement the natural desert landscape, with indigenous golden flora appearing as smouldering fields of flames set back from the perfectly maintained greens and fairways that contrast with large deep-brown bunkers that are strategically placed to punish players who do not take care with their tee shots. Its companion, the Earth Course, is a rugged, sculptured course with undulating terrain and plenty of water in a tribute to the parklands courses in western Europe and the US. It is a worthy host for the conclusion of The Race
Facilities and activities
The club boasts the first European Tour Performance Institute in the Middle East, with world-class training facilities. Its country club features a gym with state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment, a spacious studio for classes and swimming pools for adults and children, plus a tennis academy and children’s play area. The villa community also has at its centre The Clubhouse, which has shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. You can even rent out a villa near the course.
The 19th and beyond
A trio of eateries offer a good range of pre and post-round refreshments. Flame Tree Restaurant & Grill is a modern dinner spot looking out over the Fire Course’s 18th hole, The Sports Bar is a more relaxing spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, with television screens showing sport all day, while Fresca Delicatessen & Café is where to go for fresh juices, healthy salads and lighter meals.
Rack rates: Earth Course AED845 (Sun-Thu), Earth Course AED995 (Fri-Sat), Fire Course AED675 (Sun-Thu), Fire Course AED795 (Fri-Sat)
Including shared buggy equipped with GPS, free access to practise facility with premium range balls. Club hire AED225, shoe hire AED95.
Where: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Contact: 04 818 2000, www.dubaigolf.com