What is it like to live on a golf course in Dubai?
Time Out Dubai speaks to estate agents in Dubai about living on a golf course in Dubai, including Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek
Dubai has some of the best golf courses in the world, with visitors and residents flocking to play on its fairways. They’re also the stomping ground of elite players Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Henrik Stenson. But for some, the golf course isn’t just for play – it’s home.
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club have villas built within the course estate that are available to rent. Jumeriah Golf Estates will also be opening a brand-new phase of residential villas later in the year, and these communities attract a variety of dwellers. “We call it the United Nations,” says Russel D’Souza, Real Estate Manager at Dubai Golf. “We have about 35-40 different nationalities living on site. The profile is usually high-level executives, and predominantly expats from Europe, followed by Asia, Australia, America and finally the GCC.”
Living on a golf course offers a luxury lifestyle, and renting a villa with a golf course view, D’Souza informs us, will set you back between Dhs350,000 and Dhs375,000 per year. But with that comes a host of benefits including discounts on gym membership, in-villa catering from the food and beverage outlets, golf academy membership and 24-hour property management. Sounds ideal, but there has to be a downside, too.
“We have set policies that go with golf course living,” explains D’Souza. “You need to make sure that all the external features of the property correspond, even things like awnings that can be viewed from the course. They have to be verified by a technical team.” So, those that like to do home improvements will have to curb their enthusiasm. At Jumeriah Golf Estates, residents are not allowed to jog on the course, either, so while you get perfectly manicured greens, you can’t walk the dog through the bunkers.
Julian Small, Managing Director of Club Operation at Jumeirah Golf Estates, lives and works on the estate and for him one of the key attractions of this is the sense of community. “My neighbours all helped me get set up,” he says. “The property is on a cul-de-sac so we all know each other, and I think that’s a rare thing.”