The course: Open Championship winner Ian Baker Finch designed the Arabian Ranches course in honour of the desert courses of Palm Springs, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. The desert is more prominent than in any other Dubai course and the natural landscape makes for challenging holes. The treacherous 560-yard par 5 third is set among snaking desert, with a thin fairway. Although this course doesn’t attract the massive world stars or multimillion dollar tournaments of some of its rivals, it enchants local players looking for an experience unlike anything they are used to.
Other facilities: PGA-certified coaches, a nine-hole practise course, Aimpoint putting training and Trackman technology ball and swing tracking devices are all available to help you improve your game. There is also a virtual caddy app and floodlit driving range as well as a gorgeous clubhouse.
Celebrate a hole in one at: Ranches. It’s not as fancy as the bars and restaurants at the bigger (and it should be pointed out, more expensive) clubs, but it serves great international cuisine. The bar-style menu is best investigated on Saturdays when there is a curry night promotion.
18 holes non-members: Dhs560 (Sun-Thu), Dhs660 (Fri-Sat); members: Dhs290 (Sun-Thu),.Dhs390 (Fri-Sat).
Arabian Ranches Golf Club