The course: Designed by the South African former world number one Ernie Els, it's known as a desert links course, and certain holes are inspired by personal favourite courses of Els (bunkers are based on Royal Melbourne and greens resemble Pinehurst in America). It's considered to be a challenging play due to undulating elevation changes and extensive use of strategically placed sand traps. Although it is a lengthy 7,548-yard par 72, there are four tee spots on each hole for different abilities. Other facilities: The 60,000 sq ft clubhouse has a fantastic shop, two Els-themed restaurants, swish locker rooms and conferencing facilities. A massive driving range and various short game practise areas are there to help you work on your game. If you need extra help, look no further than the on-site Butch Harmon School of Golf instructors.
Celebrate a hole in one at: Big Easy Bar & Grill. The unpretentious venue serves up grilled meat platters and is informally elegant.
18 holes: Dhs595 (Sun-Wed), Dhs745 (Thu-Sat).
The Els Club