Dubai’s top golf courses

Where to play a round of golf in Dubai

Dubai’s top golf courses

Dubai has several top golf courses and plays host to some of the world’s best tournaments. So if you’re looking to play a round of golf in Dubai, here are the best courses and clubs to check out.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club
A middle-range desert course with yardage of 6,531, par 72. Also boasts a floodlit driving range and putting green and 11 guest rooms are available at the club. Check out what happened when our teams “Return of the McIlroy” went up against “Team ’Tache” during a crunch game of footgolf on the course below.
Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road (04 366 3000).

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
This award-winning course is one of the most scenic 18-hole Championship and Par 3 courses in Dubai and its location in the middle of the city makes it very accessible. It boasts a state-of-the-art academy and excellent 19th holes, including Boardwalk and QD’s.
Deira (04 295 6000).

Dubai Hills
The new kid on the golf block opened in late 2018, and it’s home to a swanky, modern club house and a huge, sprawling golf course. In between the blooming flora and rolling greens, you’ll also spot, rather inconspicuously, the Burj Khalifa too, because this course has got some spectacular views of the Downtown Dubai and Business Bay skyline.
Dubai Hills Estate (04 326 7555).

Emirates Golf Club
This club boasts two courses. The Majlis is one of the top 100 courses in the world, while the Faldo has floodlighting for night golf. There is also a Par 3 Academy Course. Why not dine at the tremendous carine afterwards, which scooped Best European at our restaurants awards last month?
Majlis Course green fees: from Dhs905 (18 holes), Dhs550 (nine holes). Faldo Course green fees: Emirates Hills, Sheikh Zayed Road, (04 380 1234).

Jumeirah Golf Estates
Home to probably the toughest course in the emirate, if not the entire country, Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course is the setting for the annual DP World Tour Championship. The final hole is a gruelling 653-yard par 5 monster, with a 200-yard carry over water off the tee and onto an undulating fairway with a water hazard running through the middle, which runs along the length of the 400-yard approach to the green. It’s a staggeringly difficult hole, at the end of a beautiful, if not extremely challenging, first-class course.
Jumeirah Golf Estates (04 417 9999)

The Address Montgomerie Dubai
This course has 123 acres of playable turf in a 265-acre environment. The 18th on the Championship course is a notorious 656-yard Par 5 monster. The Montgomerie is unique in that pay and play prices fluctuate depending on demand.
Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).

The Els Club
Backed by South African legend Ernie Els this club boasts a course of a whopping 7,538 yards. It is made up of four sets of tees, giving players of all skill levels a fair test. The two nines loop around the villas of Victory Heights in the luxury development. The Big Easy? Maybe not so…
Dubai Sports City, Dubailand (04 425 1010).

Trump International Golf Club Dubai
One of the more recent clubs to have opened in the city, Trump International is home to a links-style golf course, full of wide, rolling, undulating fairways and water hazards trapping the green on many holes. It’s not the most mature of courses, as you’d expect given its age, but it’s a fun and in parts challenging course that will keep you thinking all the way through. An academy, par 3 course and indoor swing studio facilities are also on-site, while there are also a couple of top places to grab a bite to eat and refreshment after a round.
Trump International Golf Club Dubai, Damac Hills (04 245 3939).

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