Practise your swing on one of our stunning greens
For a city rising from desert sands, Dubai has an impressive share of golfing greens. While the Dubai Desert Classic and DP World Tour Championship bring the world's best golfers to the city, there's also a thriving amateur scene here, with everyone from beginners to scratch golfers enjoying the stunning courses all through the year. Here are some of the finest places to tee off in the emirate.
Set in the salubrious location of Emirates Hills – known by many as Dubai's version of Beverly Hills – Address Montgomerie is one of the Middle East's most luxurious and desirable golfing destinations. Colin Montgomerie, the legendary golfer who gave the hotel its name, designed the course with the help of renowned course designer, the late Desmond Muirhead. The course spans more than 107 hectares in total, including 20 hectares of man-made lakes, 37 hectares of perfectly manicured gardens and 81 large bunkers – making this Championship-standard, 18-hole course as tricky as it is beautiful.
Green fees: from AED375
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Overlooking the Creek, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club dominates the city's picturesque waterfront. The club's 18-hole Championship-standard course is made up of almost 7,000 yards of well-groomed fairways, coconut trees and devilishly difficult water and sand hazards. The course has hosted elite-level competition in its time, with Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, both previous winners on the PGA Tour, holding the joint course record score of 63. Now, there's an ambitious target to aim for.
Green fees: from AED525
Dubai Hills Golf Club
The city’s most recent addition, the Dubai Hills' course is carved of the sandy desert with undulating greens juxtaposed with valleys, wadis and lakes. Designed for all levels, the 18-hole course presents striking Downtown Dubai skyline views in the distance, which makes for unforgettable play. The club also features a fully-floodlit driving range, ideal for summer evenings, with premium practice facilities to master your stroke.
Green fees: from AED325
Another professional golfer-backed course, the Els Club is the brainchild of the Big Easy himself, Ernie Els. Taking inspiration from the links courses of the UK, the South African former world number one has incorporated some of those classic British features into the arid desert landscape to create a unique course that is a challenge even for accomplished golfers. Set in Sports City, the course is an amalgamation of some of Els' favourites from around the world, including bunkers from Royal Melbourne and undulating greens resembling world-renowned US course Pinehurst No. 2.
Green fees: from AED355
Emirates Golf Club
It says a lot about Emirates Golf Club that it is the one chosen to host the European Tour-sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as well as the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. Featuring two 18-hole courses and a nine-hole, par-three, Emirates Golf Club is a great option for both experienced players and beginners. One of the 18-hole courses, the Faldo Course is the only full-sized course in the region that is fully illuminated for night golf – perfect for dedicated golfers who want to play through Dubai’s summer months.
Green fees: from AED480
Jumeirah Golf Estates
As the host of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – the culmination of The Race to Dubai and European Tour season – Jumeirah Golf Estates is a popular spot to perfect your swing or experience the thrill of playing a round at a championship course. Designed by the legendary Greg Norman, the venue boasts not one but two distinctly challenging courses. The 18-hole Earth course is a sculpted delight, inspired by the parklands of Europe and North America, while the dramatic 18-hole Fire course is a desert dream with a links-like track.
Green fees: from AED545
Trump International Golf Club, Dubai
Located in the heart of Dubai's luxurious DAMAC Hills development, the Trump International Golf Club features an exquisite championship links-style golf course designed by world-renowned Rio 2016 Olympic golf course architect Gil Hanse. The 9-hole, par 3 floodlit golf course mimics undulations and hazards of the championship course and is also perfect for a night round on the green. The club's state-of-the-art golf facilities also include the Trump Dubai Golf Performance Academy with air-conditioned indoor swing studios that are a welcome respite during summer months, as well as the only TrackMan Driving Range in Dubai.
Green fees: from AED350