Desert Golf Courses: Dubai Abu Dhabi
There’s something about playing on a green golfing oasis in the middle of the desert that just really gets us excited. Sitting pretty like a mirage amongst the sandy cityscapes of Dubai and Abu Dhabi you’ll find some of the best desert golf courses the world has seen.
We know what you’re thinking – a desert course? Really? Yes Really! These babies aren’t all hot and sandy like their surrounding sand dune counterparts. Oh no, these courses are some of the most luscious and well-maintained that we’ve seen (and we’ve seen a lot of golf courses!). The quality of the courses has been recognized by the European Tour, who have chosen the likes of The Emirates Golf Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates to feature as championship courses in their tours. Surprisingly, the UAE desert actually serves as the perfect foundation for golf. Add a bit of water (ok, quite a lot of water), and some hybrid grass and voila you’ve got the perfect playing surface! If you still don’t believe us, read on to see why these desert golf courses are a must play on any die-hard golfers bucket-list.
Emirates Golf Club
This is the Middle East’s first all-grass golf course. Host to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for almost 30 years, this is one of the most recognized courses in Dubai. It features lush landscapes, clever desert-like accents and a towering cityscape backdrop. It’s easy to see why this course was chosen to feature in Rory McIlroy’s ‘Standing In The Hall Of Fame’ Omega watch ad.
Jumeirah Golf Estates (Fire Course)
Designed by Greg Norman in 2009, this courses dishes out many of the same features as its better-known brother, the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course. This links-like course is in complete harmony with its surroundings and features long, desert reed grasses bordering many holes. What’s nice about this course is that it’s more playable than its earthy sibling and offers a more enjoyable experience for all-round golfers.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
The finish on this course is world-class. It playfully skirts the stunning Dubai Creek and has one of the most impressive clubhouses we’ve ever seen. The clubhouse is shaped like the sails of a traditional Arabic Dhow, it really is quite impressive and deserving of its acclaim.
The Montgomerie Dubai
This resort/residential design is the brain child of Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead. The 14-year-old course sports 14 lakes and a plethora of mounds and sand bunkers. Look out for the famous 13th that serves up a large, flat island green shaped like the UAE, with a 360 tee box it provides the ultimate variety.
Abu Dhabi to Dubai Luxe Golf Tour
Are you convinced yet? These desert courses are a must-play and are of the top 9 in all of the UAE. Luckily, you can get the chance to play each and every one of them on our Dubai to Abu Dhabi Golf Tour. Our deliciously indulgent 5-star golf tour celebrates Dubai and Abu Dhabi, taking you on a journey through crumbling deserts, towering cityscapes, fascinating traditional marketplaces and these amazingly lush golf courses. Some of the biggest names in golf – Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Pete Dye, Kyle Phillips, Gary Player and Colin Montgomerie, just to name a few – have created world class designs that have lured the world’s top golfers to compete for breathtaking prize money.