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For many (this writer included), the words ‘golf club’ used to conjure images of dull, nicotine-stained walls, bad carpets and eccentrically dressed men. And then there are the sorry-looking club sandwiches (don’t get us started on the sandwiches).

But in a city of world-class golf courses, it’s only natural that Dubai’s affiliated golf clubs boast top-notch eateries serving world-beating cuisine. With the recent opening of Links at The Address Montgomerie, we thought it was high time we rounded up the best places to dine before or after 18 holes. Alternatively, leave golf out of the equation and concentrate on the food and the views.

Al Badia Golf Club

The vibe: Set beneath a soaring 27-metre glass blade (thus the name, we’re guessing), Blades is bright and breezy, but maintains an element of formality with a smart dress code and classy dark-wood furnishings. This said, the al-fresco deck is a great place for sundowners.

The food: The menu boasts an array of international treats. On our last visit the New York striploin and salmon bagel were the dishes of choice.

The deals: Blades runs one of the most unique brunches in town (albeit on a Saturday, not the usual Friday frenzy): guests are issued with a wicker picnic basket on arrival and can settle down on the clubhouse lawns for some gourmet fare. Restless diners can stretch their legs by perusing the requisite buffet stations. The picnic runs from noon until 4pm, and you’ll pay Dhs225 with soft drinks, or Dhs550 with bubbly.

The vibe: Not to be confused with Spike Bar at Emirates Golf Club, this casual all-day destination is perfect for pre- or post-round food or drinks. The venue overlooks the golf club’s driving range and practice facilities, and boasts an enviable view of Sheikh Zayed Road’s skyline in the distance.

The food: Think burgers, sandwiches and healthy salads – there are also special end-of-day refreshments served on the outdoor terrace.

The deals: The huge plasma-screen TVs make Spikes a great destination for sports lovers, so there are ever-changing drinks and food deals to coincide with sporting events. There’s also a quiz night on the first and third Wednesday of the month.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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