The Must-Have Guide to Golf in Dubai

The Insiders Guide To Golf In Dubai

If you asked most golfers how many golf courses in Dubai are there, we don’t think many of them would come up with the right answer which is eleven.  Most will have heard or seen on television of the Emirates Golf Club and the Jumeirah Estates course as they hold two prestigious professional events there each year. They set the standard in terms of spectacular golf courses, but you wouldn’t be disappointed with the quality of the other nine courses.

When it comes to golf courses, Dubai now has some of the finest in the world with many of them designed by the world’s leading golf course architects and certainly, no expense has been spared to create top-quality courses that rival anywhere else in the world.

If the golf courses are outstanding, then many of the Hotels have achieved almost legendary status with the iconic Burj al Arab probably one of the most famous hotels in the world. It is certainly at the top end of the scale in terms of quality and cost but there are many more luxury hotels at alternative rates that will more than satisfy the most discerning traveller.

Apart from the golf and the Hotels Dubai offers a rich cultural history to explore as well being famous for shopping, beach and adventure holidays it is now rightly regarded as one of the World’s premier vacation spots.

What is the best way to Get to Dubai?

Dubai is easily accessible from most UK airports. There are direct flights with Emirates, British Airways, Royal Brunei and Virgin from various airports. Cheaper flights can be found with airlines that have a plane change or short transit in Europe or elsewhere such as KLM or Air France which would mean a plane change in either Amsterdam or Paris, but their advantage is you can take a connecting flight from most UK airports near where you live.


The flight time for a direct flight is just under ten hours and the fastest for a connecting flight is about three hours long.

Golf In Dubai

The European Tour holds its annual end of season event at the Jumeirah Golf Estates course which has greatly increased the profile of Dubai as a golfing destination. The Emirates Golf Club has hosted the Omega Desert classic since 1989 and has a roll call of winners that includes the cream of European golf.

The Emirates has another course now named the Faldo after the redesign by Sir Nick that is well worth playing and it’s a real challenge to avoid the spectacular bunkering and the 14 lakes that can ruin any scorecard. There is also a second course at the Jumeirah called the Fire Course which is a links-style design by Greg Norman and many locals prefer to play that course rather than the better-known Earth course.

Golfer taking shot towards green as the sunsets at Majilis Golf Course

Although these are two of the more recognisable golf complexes in Dubai they are by no means the only ones to play. The Dubai Creek course is close to both the Airport and the City Centre and having opened in 1993 it is one of the most well-established courses in the region. When you then consider that there are other courses designed by Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els, Ian Baker Finch and Gary Player that we haven’t mentioned you can see why Dubai has become one of the worlds great golfing destinations.


The Top 10 Golf Courses In Dubai

1.       The Emirates Golf Club – Majilis Course

2.       Jumeirah Golf Estate – Earth Course

3.       Dubai Creek Golf Club

4.       Jumeirah Golf Estate – Fire Course

5.       The Address Montgomerie Golf Course

6.       The Emirates Golf Club – Faldo Course

7.       Arabian Ranches Golf Club

8.       The Els Club

9.       The Track Meydan Golf

10.   Jebel Ali Golf Club


Other Things to Do In Dubai

Dubai is famous for luxury shopping with numerous malls such as The Dubai Mall in downtown Dubai which as well as a Bloomingdale’s and designer department store Fashion Avenue, has an Olympic size ice rink and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo.

In most districts, you’ll find a mall including Dubai Creek, Jumeirah, and Al Barsha so no matter where you stay, you’ll only be a short ride away from shopping heaven!

Dubai Creek Golf Club with palm trees

For those looking for something more cultural than you won’t be disappointed with checking out the incredible Burj Khalifa which is an architectural masterpiece, or the Burj Al Arab which is a stunning example of luxury. It would be a shame to miss out on a Desert safaris adventure in a 4 X 4 vehicle or on a camel – there are plenty of day trips with various companies that can be arranged locally.

There are numerous waterparks such as Aquaventure Waterpark on the iconic Palm and enough sightseeing opportunities to fill up any spare time you have between rounds.

If you are interested in learning more about golf in Dubai, feel free to contact our helpful team on 01904 406550 or fill out our simple contact form.

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