Golf in the Gulf: Emirates Golf Club
Home to two courses and a par 3, Emirates Golf Club has been a go-to golfing destination in the UAE since its inception. Host of the annual Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, in recent years the Club has invested enormously in becoming a destination for a complete day out, with the opening of new restaurants and cafés complementing its leisure facilities.
The championship Majlis Course, designed by Karl Litten, is the flagship here, and has a reputation for testing even the most seasoned of golfer. Built in and around dunes on land donated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, the Majlis was the first grass course in the Middle East, and is surrounded by hundreds of indigenous species of plant, incorporating winding fairways and seven lakes. The Faldo is the Club’s second championship course, so named after being redesigned in 2005 by golfing great Nick Faldo (it originally opened in 1996 as The Wadi). Slightly less challenging than the Majlis, but enormously enjoyable, the par-72 course covers 7,052 yards and offers floodlighting for twilight play – ideal in the city’s summer months. Finally, Emirates’ Par-3 Academy Course is a great spot to work on your short game, whether you’re a novice or pro. With the sparkling Dubai Marina skyline in the background, Emirates Golf Club serves up some of the most attractive rounds in the city.
Facilities and activities
In addition to world-class courses, Emirates Golf Club houses the Peter Cowen Academy Dubai, home to PGA Professional coaches, plus a gym, swimming pool, tennis and padel
The 19th and beyond
Whether pre-round fuel or post-round relaxation, few clubs can rival Emirates’ array of bars and restaurants. Spike Bar is the place for a pint and a burger, with sports memorabilia wallpapering the interiors and live matches glowing from the screens, while Jones the Grocer is a popular community spot thanks to a roster of live jazz music and grape and cheese nights. Pick up a quick coffee and slice of cake from Roseleaf Café, or go all-out at the award-winning French restaurant carine, which boasts a stunning terrace and bar outside, and a bistro-style dining room in.
Rack rates: Majlis AED1,135 (Sun-Thu), Majlis AED1,250 (Fri-Sat), Faldo AED675 (Sun-Thu), Faldo AED795 (Fri-Sat), Including buggy and bucket, of sharing balls for practise, club hire AED255 per player.
Where: Sheikh Zayed Road
Contact: +971 4 380 1919, www.dubaigolf.com