With a subtropical climate, year-round blue skies and sunshine, the conditions for golf are perfect in Dubai. Home to 11 of the finest courses on the planet, featuring fairways popping with contrasts of vivid green and carpet-like putting surfaces, Dubai is a world-leading golf destination that many stars – including Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson – call ‘home from home’. The host of three flagship professional tournaments and featuring courses designed by legends such as Thomas Bjorn, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman, along with unparalleled hospitality and practice facilities, Dubai should be on every golfer’s bucket list.
Rory Mcllroy has been coming to Dubai since he was 15 and played his first European Tour Event here as an amateur, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Two years later at the same tournament he claimed his first professional victory. Every winter now, Rory practices out of the Butch Harmon School of Golf at The Els Club, Dubai.
Henrik Stenson, the double Race to Dubai champion, has a home at Jumeirah Golf Estates and the list goes on - Rafa Cabrera Bello, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Greg Norman make up a veritable ‘who’s who’ of famous golfers to have forged deep and lasting connections with Dubai over the years. Whether designing courses, living here or just making the most of the ideal winter golf conditions for practice.
You can play golf 365 days a year in Dubai. The courses are in peak condition during the Winter months between November and March, when the cool season grasses thrive and the growing conditions are ideal. The courses still fare well in Summer between May and September, due to a shift to warm season paspalum grass.
Temperature-wise, Winter is ideal. From late November to Early March, you’ll find top daily temperatures of around 27 degrees and between 26 to 35 degrees in the shoulder months of April and October.
As for facilities, Dubai’s clubhouses are jaw-dropping. From the opulent Mediterranean villa styles of The Els Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates, to the traditional Bedouin tents that give Emirates Golf Club such a rich place in Dubai’s history, these buildings are as well-appointed on the inside as they are impressive on the outside. Restaurants like Nineteen, Big Easy and Le Classique are among the finest eateries in the city, and like the five-star facilities on the driving ranges and the courses themselves, visiting golfers get the same treatment as the professionals.
Dubai’s golf courses are clustered in three groups all in close proximity to each other. The one exception, JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort is a mere 20-minute drive from Dubai Marina. And getting around, whether by cab or car hire couldn’t be easier. Planning an itinerary that includes 36 holes a day is simple. Should you need to hire clubs, then Dubai stands out in offering top-of-the-range brands with a variety of shaft flex options, so there are clubs to suit all levels of player.
As if the courses and clubhouses weren’t enough, you’ll also be able to enjoy the drama of floodlit golf beneath the towering skyline of Dubai Marina at Emirates Golf Club or in the shadow of The Meydan Hotel at The Track. With more exciting golf course projects currently under construction, including Tiger Woods’ DAMAC design, the emirate’s golfing landscape is set to get richer still.
So whether you’re planning a round during the day or at night, Dubai has a course that will test all levels of ability with fantastic city-scape views providing the backdrop to your round wherever you choose to play.