In summer, the best time to play golf is at night
With summer night temperatures averaging in the mid-20s, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the unique experience of floodlit golf on one of Dubai’s world-class courses. Whether it’s a full 18-holes, a back-9, a course of nine par-3s or a visit to the driving range, all requirements and standards of play are accommodated across the city’s top golf courses.
Dubai spoils golf aficionados with a wide range of world-class golf courses within its city limits – and several where you can play at night.
While year-round sunshine means golf is perpetually popular in Dubai, the strength of the summer heat makes playing a round after sunset an ideal and unique alternative. Night golf under floodlights, with temperatures in the pleasant mid-20s, is now the preferred way to play for many golfers in the city.
The Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club may have become famous as the host of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, but its sister course, the Faldo, is the star at night. The fully floodlit 18-hole grass course is one of the most spectacular in the game and the only 18-hole night course in the entire region.
Its central location means that you play with a backdrop of lit-up skyscrapers on some holes, then enjoy the solitude of a quiet night on others. The 10th sees you teeing off parallel to the Sheikh Zayed Road and the Metro, with the glow of buildings looming over you, while the 15th is a serene amble in near silence.
Playing the Faldo costs AED280 for nine holes and AED450 for 18, including green fee, golf cart hire and range balls. The last tee time varies but is usually around 9:55pm.
For a shorter, but no less beautiful round, The Address Montgomerie Dubai designed by Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead offers a floodlit nine-hole par 3 course open until 10pm. In addition, there’s a putting green and driving range open until 9pm. Your AED120 for nine holes also gives you unlimited balls at the driving range.
If you’ve already checked out of your hotel and want to sneak in another round before your flight, the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is five minutes from Dubai International Airport. The sail-shaped clubhouse is one of the city’s famous landmarks and the par-3 course is lined with palm and coconut trees and adjacent to the Dubai Creek, giving it a totally different feel to other courses. For AED90 for a round (and AED10 per club to hire) it represents exceptionally good value. 8:15pm is the last tee off time and the lights have to be out by 10pm.
If you’re visiting during Ramadan this year, don’t skip The Els Club at Dubai Sports City - the Ernie Els-designed course is offering a seasonal special that combines a round of golf with a sumptuous 3-course Iftar meal. Tee-off is available from 3pm and Iftar is served after sunset, with the unique package starting from AED335 Sunday to Thursday and AED375 on weekends. The floodlit driving range is also open until 9:30pm.
For something more casual, The Track – next to the Meydan Racecourse – is a Peter Harradine-designed nine-hole pay-and-play golf course. The lights come on at 4pm, last tee off time for night golf is 9:30pm and the lights go out at around 11pm.
The driving range and putting green at The Arabian Ranches Golf Club is lit until 9pm. AED55 will buy you 91 balls to practice with, while the putting green is free.
For some Dubai locals, it’s not uncommon to put the kids to bed then head out for a round of golf, to make the most of one of the city’s many after-dark advantages. All year round - but especially in the summer months - when the sun goes down, the clubs come out.
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