Best golf courses in Dubai
A golf holiday to Dubai is sure to be a fantastic experience all round. We share our top courses we think you should play in this stunning part of the world
We are often asked by our customers, what are the best golf courses in Dubai? Well, the Emirate has a number of fantastic courses available and is slowly growing as the new modern epicentre of the golfing world.
With the renowned Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club, many fans and professionals flock to the Gulf to experience the magic of the sport. Check out our list of the best golf courses in Dubai.
Dubai Creek Golf Club
A course so aptly named after the mass of water it sits beside, Dubai Creek is blessed with fairways like carpets and bunkering positioning like nowhere else. A magical tee box that towers from stilts out in the creek for the par-4 6th will leave your heart in your mouth as you try and clear the water ahead.
On and off the course the attention to detail is of sheer high class with a premium level of ambience that shines throughout.
Emirates Golf Course Majlis
Behind the 8th green sits the unusual (but fascinating) Bedouin tent styled Royal Pavilion that makes this course one of a kind. Majlis was the first grass course in the Middle East to have 18-holes and is well and truly carved out of the landscape.
Desert dunes surround the perimeter with salt and freshwater water hazards affecting several holes. One of the true hallmarks of the course, however, lies on the greens with large, fast surfaces and difficult pin positions making a good score hard to come by.
The Els Club
The Dubai Sports City is quite the spectacle, with the golf course being only one element of what the complex can offer. Work on your swing at the range pre-round or even at the high-class performance institute on-site that offers physical screening and in-depth video analysis, perfect for shaking off that slice.
The desert links-style course was sculpted from sand with a manmade intervention giving the relatively flat topography definition. You should definitely get excited at the prospect of conquering Ernie’s masterpiece under the glorious blue skies of Dubai.
Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course
An exclusive experience here will not fall shy of your expectations with conditions to be admired and a challenging round that awaits. This championship course is a fantastic representation of what it feels like to walk the fairways like a pro.
As regular host to the DP World Tour, there have been plenty of the big names laying up and pitching in here including the likes of Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood and Jon Rahm. Take it from us, this is one of the best courses in Dubai.
The Montgomerie Golf Club
On 265 acres of terrain lies man-made lakes, a vast area of landscaped gardens and the 18-holes that make up the Montgomerie. The expansive course has been given the magical and somewhat obscure architectural touch by Desmond Muirhead. Look out for the 13th hole where the green is shaped like the UAE, quite the addition to the already imaginative layout. The clubhouse is also an added feature with over 20 guest rooms and a pool for those off-course luxuries.
Jumeirah Golf Estates Fire Course
Inspired by some of the best parkland courses around the globe, the Fire Course has a wonderful ability to effortlessly hug the curvature of the earth. Demanding a tactical round for those who are lucky enough to play it means your short game and lay up abilities need to be on fire. Pardon the pun. With a challenging level of depth perception and club selection needed, the par-5’s are an absolute joy to play offering the chance to drive the ball over 300-yards.
Trump International Golf Club, Dubai
With one of the largest clubhouses in Dubai, the 30,000 square foot work of art can be seen protruding from the skyline in the heart of the Damac Hills. Designed by Gil Hanse, an Olympic golf architect, he has allowed this course to excel everyone’s prior expectations and has certainly not held back on imagination.
The man-made championship course does not at all look out of place in the desert wasteland, and as you approach the first tee you become confronted with a huge double fairway. Miss here and you may want to retire early.
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
It is incredible to think that the area Arabian Ranches so gloriously occupies was once inhabited by grazing camels and wild gazelle. Designed by 1991 Open winner, Ian Baker-Finch, it’s safe to say he knows his way around a golf course and has encapsulated the links-style even in the Gulf’s sandy wasteland.
Shrubs and bushes scatter the areas surrounding the fairways so bring your best game with you or you could be struggling to make par. With 5 sets of tees to choose from, a flood-lit driving range for all times of the day and a par-3 course… the club certainly delivers.
Emirates Golf Course Faldo
A true characteristic of a Faldo design is the course management needed to beat the course. Accuracy and shot placement are vital when out on the tee as even though the fairways are spacious and the greens are vast, scoring well is a challenge.
Opened in 1996 to compete with the Majilis, the Faldo Course has done a fantastic job in doing so and the cleverly positioned lakes and theatrical bunkering make it a pleasure to play.