Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club opened up way back in January 1993. It was home to the first golf academy in the Middle East, which is still there now, and you can learn from fully qualified PGA professionals. The unique-looking club has been designed to look like sails of a traditional dhow.
It’s an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course, which is exciting if you know anything about golf. It’s been named one of the “Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses” in the world by Golf World magazine, and it’s hosted the Dubai Desert Classic tournament twice. The course record, just in case you want to try and beat it, is 63, jointly held by professional golfers Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. If you become a member, you’ll get full access to the course, and the pool and gym, as well as the facilities at Emirates Golf Club, which includes tennis and squash courts.
But it’s not all about golf. The Yacht Club is in a separate bulding and has a marina with 121 berths in the Creek. The marina’s also home to Seawings, the only seaplane tour operator in Dubai.
The club houses seven bars, restaurants and cafés – Boardwalk having views out over the waters of the Creek. And if you fancy a lifetime of golf course views, you can live in one of the 92 luxury villas dotted around the course. Or you could just stay at the hotel – the five-star Park Hyatt Dubai is nearby, too.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira, www.dubaigolf.com (04 295 6000).Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club