A guide to the best golf courses in Dubai
Take your best swing on one of Dubai’s incredible golf courses…
Golf has become one of the world’s most famous sports, played and enjoyed by many, from amateurs to well-known pros. And here in Dubai, there are a number of fantastic golf courses (where many globally recognised tournaments have been played) to choose from.
If you’re new to the sport or just want to try out some different courses, we’ve got your go-to golf guide sorted.
The Faldo Course
The Faldo at Emirates Golf Club is the perfect place to head for a casual round of golf day or night, and a great course to build on your skill-set. It’s also recently been fitted with LED floodlights so playing in the evening will be your new after-work pastime – music to our ears when the weather is heating up!
Best for: Night time Golf
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, daily, 6am to 9pm, from Dhs475 per player. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com
Winner of many awards, The Majlis has been host to world-renowned OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic, and has seen pros such as Tiger Woods grace its greens. Built around sand dunes, with seven lakes, both freshwater and saltwater, it proves quite a testing course for even experienced golfers.
Best for: Playing where the pros have played
Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, daily, 6am to 9pm, from Dhs905 per player. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com
The Championship Course
This stunning course will provide you with a beautiful spot for relaxing views of the Dubai Creek, taking you a little way out of the beating heart of the city for a moment. The terrain slopes softly, weaving around the numerous lakes with palm trees giving that on-holiday. This is another great one for a leisurely game.
Best for: Relaxing views and paradise feels
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Rd, Dubai, daily 8am to 2am, from Dhs760 per player. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
Address Montgomerie Golf Club
An old favourite for keen golf enthusiasts in Dubai, the Address Montgomerie proves an enjoyably challenging course, with an undulating landscape and plenty of lakes to test your ability. It has awesome views of the Dubai skyline too.
Best for: Dubai skyline views
The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, Dubai, daily 6am to 9pm, Dhs 550 weekend play per player. Tel: (04) 363 1276. themontgomerie.com/golf
The Earth Course
The Earth course has a stunning terrain, inspired by the parklands of Europe and North America. It plays host to the DP World Tour Championship Dubai, which is the yearly-anticipated culmination of The Race to Dubai and European Tour Season.
Best for: Famous terrain
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, Dhs415 per player. Tel: (04) 818 2000. dubaigolf.com
The Els Club
Designed by Ernie Els, former US Open and Open Championship winner, this highly-regarded course will provide a healthy, but slightly tough challenge, with the greens stretching out across a desert landscape. It’s best to book online in advance for the best rates.
Best for: A challenging course
The Els Club, Dubai Sports City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 6am to 11.30pm, from Dhs455 per player. Tel: (04) 425 100. elsclubdubai.com
This one is ideal for those who live around Arabian Ranches for a quick round of golf after work, or a leisurely one at the weekend. Of course, it’s not too far from central Dubai for those who want to go a bit further either. With a mostly smooth and spacious terrain, it’s an excellent course to perfect your shot on.
Best for: A relaxed after-work game
Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road, Dubai, daily 6am to 12am, Dhs325 per player. Tel: (04) 366 4700. arabianranchesgolfdubai.com
Jebel Ali Resorts Golf
This spectacular course set within the grounds of JA The Resort in Jebel Ali has played host to a number of well-known figures in the golf world including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Greg Norman. With stunning sea views and a saltwater lake, it makes for a relaxing game – just don’t be surprised to see the odd peacock wandering over the freeways.
Best for: Peaceful oasis-like vibes
JA Resorts & Hotels, Jebel Ali, Dubai, May to Sep 6.30am until nightfall, Oct to April 7am onwards, Dhs345 per player. Tel: (04) 399 4444. jaresortshotels.com/golf
The Track, Meydan Golf
With amazing views of the Dubai skyline, this course at Meydan is extremely welcoming for any golf ability, even if you’re a beginner. With the course meandering through 6 natural lakes, you’ll really get a feel for the game and as the cxourse is floodlit, you’ll be able to play at night too. There’s also a driving range, short game area and a putting green – so you’re covered however much time you’ve got.
Best for: Any and all abilities
The Track, Meydan Golf, Al Meydan Road, Dubai, daily 6.30am to 11pm, Dhs455 per player. Tel: (04) 381 3733. meydangolf.com
Dubai Hills Golf Club
The Dubai Hills Golf Club championship course is a go-to for many Dubai residents, with its large contoured fairways and undulating greens. The course stretches out in front of you, providing a convivial reassurance that you don’t need to be anywhere else for the day. It’s also got great views of the Dubai skyline, with the sun gleaming off the stunning Burj Khalifa.
Best for: Your go-to golf course
Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai, 6am to 8pm, Dhs450 per player. Tel: (04) 3627555. dubaihillsgolfclub.com
The Trump International Golf Course
Designed by American golf course architect, Gilbert Hanse, the Trump International Golf Course is great to take guests too. The course is beautifully designed, with lots of elevation changes to challenge you. It’s also floodlit so playing at night is no problem. The Clubhouse is pretty impressive too.
Best for: Impressing guests
The Trump International Golf Course, DAMAC Hills, Al Hebiah Third District, Dubai, daily 6am to 11pm, Dhs300. Tel: (04) 245 3939. trumpgolfdubai.com