As golf in the region grows, the UAE has spearheaded its popularity with some fantastic courses throughout the country.
Ranging from established European Tour venues like Emirates Golf Club with its view of Dubai Marina skyscrapers, to driving ranges out in the Hatta desert.
Whatever type of course you’re looking for and wherever you are in the UAE, Sport360’s comprehensive map and listings are sure to help you find a place to swing your clubs.
In the heart of the Arabian Ranches estate, ARGC opened its doors in February 2004 and was built as a true 18-hole, par 72 desert-style grass course, designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design.
Contact Number: +97143663000
BHSG Dubai offers individual lessons, lesson packages, gold fitness sessions, group and junior group instruction available at a world class facility with a team of hand-picked, highly trained instructors.
Contact Number: +97144251040
Well-groomed fairways lined with date palms and coconut trees, attractive water hazards and shrubbery lends a tropical air to the club’s 18-hole, par-71 championship course that rolls into thousands of undulating yards.
Contact Number: +9714295 6000
The Majlis Championship course is a challenging par 72, 7,301-yard layout. Designed by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, the original 18 holes were built in and around the dunes of a beautiful site on the edge of the city.
A par-72, the course has proved to be as popular as its predecessor and lures players to the challenge of its 7,052 yards. ‘The Faldo’ has surpassed all of its expectations and is regarded as one of the finest courses in Dubai.
Contact Number: +97143801234
The 9-hole, par 36, championship standard resort course is situated within the idyllic grounds of the resort. Designed by Peter Harradine, the course has hosted the world’s best players as part of the official curtain raiser to the European PGA Tour event, the Dubai Desert Classic.
Contact Number: +97148145555
The rolling fairways, brilliant white bunkers and deep red ochre landscape are framed by a plethora of trees and shrubs making each hole picture perfect. The abundance of nature is reflected in the many lakes throughout the experience which are home to a myriad of wildlife.
Fire is in complete harmony with its surroundings. The undulating topography with its considerable protrusions creates a more challenging level of play. Rustic and so visually stunning as to captivate even those who do not golf. The Fire course demands a well-thought-out strategy.
Contact Number: +97143679999
One of the Middle East’s most luxurious and desirable golfing destinations in recent times, the key to its success has always remained contingent upon the quality of the golf course that would become the focal point for one of Dubai’s most exclusive residential communities, Emirates Hills.
Contact Number: +97143905600
The course features pleasing undulations and strong elevation changes for visual and strategic interest. Extensive use of sandy waste areas and of native grasses and vegetation between wide fairways, along with a classic style of bunkering, add to the links effect. The perfectly manicured playing surfaces can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.
Contact Number: +97144251010
The Track golf course measures 7412 yards off the Black championship tees, but with four other varying tee boxes this allows every ability of golfer a chance to play and enjoy the experience of Meydan Golf.
Contact Number: +9714813733
Although there’s no course at the Hatta Fort Hotel, the resort does offer a driving range to keep the swing in rhythm while you’re relaxing. There’s also a cross-country pitch-and-putt course should you also want to give the short game a work-out, too.
Contact Number: 048099333
What was once an undeveloped sandy area is now arguably one of the finest recreational retreats in the region. The 9-hole Golf Course offers a challenging game to beginners and experienced players alike, with water coming into play at more than half of the holes, and surprisingly for a 9-hole Course, only two Par 3’s.
Contact Number: +97124459600
The par-72, 7,334-yard Championship course provides a tough-but-fair challenge with 18 holes of lush fairways, strategically placed bunkers and generous greens. The 3,299-yard, par-36 nine is more forgiving, making it an enjoyable experience for all players, especially those new to the game.
Contact Number: +9712558 8990
As the Gulf’s first ocean course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, features several beach-front holes in a course that weaves in and out of several five-star hotels lining the beach.
Contact Number: +97125578000
An eighteen-hole course, a nine-hole academy course, clubhouse, golf academy and floodlit practice facilities, set against dramatic views of the Arabian Gulf, the course combines unparalleled visual glory with the thrill of golf’s ultimate test.
Contact Number: +97128107710
Enjoy a challenge few destinations can offer with a genuine ‘Golf in Abu Dhabi’ experience: ‘sand’ golf. The eco-friendly course – basically an unofficial reserve for Abu Dhabi’s abundant natural fauna and wildlife.
Contact Number: +97125758044
Featuring pristinely manicured fairways and greens alongside an abundance of natural wildlife, 12 km of waterfront and a tidal system that alters the dynamics of the course on an hourly basis.
Contact Number: +97167014780
The Championship Golf Course offers a picturesque and challenging experience for all golfers. The professionally designed par 71 course measures 6858 yards from the black tees and 6281 from the blue tees.
Contact Number: +97137684888
RAS AL KHAIMAH
This eighteen-hole golf course, designed by Peter Harradine, meanders around four inter-connected open water lagoons merging seamless with the water of the Arabian Gulf.The result is a stunning Par 72 Championship Golf course measuring 7,325 yards at full length designed with five varying tee options on each hole.
Contact Number: +97172447474
The Golf Course meanders through a mangrove reserve with the Hajar Mountains serving as a majestic backdrop. Tower Links now possesses an active Golf and Social Membership whilst also catering for the demand of Golfers from the surrounding Emirates as well as the growing International tourists.
Contact Number: +97172278555
If played twice, this wall to wall grass oasis will provide a par 72 layout that stretches in excess of the 7,300 yard mark. Described as a pleasure to play but a challenge to par, the course features between 5 and 7 different tees on every hole, vast water features, generous fairways, large and challenging bunkers and unique undulations.
Contact Number: +97165487777
Spain’s Sixto Casabona-Navarro shot his second successive sub-par round to double his lead to two shots going into the final round of the MENA Tour’s Mountain Creek Open by Golf Citizen.
Starting the second round on Wednesday one in front, the 27-year-old carded a solid one-under par 71 on the demanding Seve Ballesteros-designed course to reach four-under par for the tournament.
Venezuela’s Wolmer Murillo, who usually plies his trade on the Asian Tour, was the only other player in the field to have gone sub-par in both rounds. He was two behind at 142 with successive rounds of 71.
India’s Manish Goyal and Chile’s Antonio Costa shared third place on 143 as Thailand amateur Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng ended the day four shots off the pace alongside England’s Joe Heraty and Fredrik Lindblom of Sweden.
With another tidy showing, Casabona-Navarro seems to have strengthened his own belief that he can win his first title on the Tour.
“Again I played a solid tee-to-green game and putted well. Made two great up and downs — on the fourth and seventh — and that kept the momentum going,” said the man from Valencia, whose best finish on the MENA Tour is tied fourth at last year’s Ghala Open in Muscat.
“The course is playing tough, but I hit my approaches close to the pin and in the right areas. I hope to have fun tomorrow and keep doing what I’m doing…roll some putts in and we will see where I am coming down the stretch.”
Murillo felt he could have done better had his putter been on form.
“I played very well and very happy to be in this situation. It would have been nice to be a few shots better, but just didn’t putt that well.
“If I can get my putter going, anything can happen on Thursday.”
Thailand’s Chothirunrungrueng, popularly known as Zoom, returned a second-round 74 to stay in the lead in the amateur division at level par, four shots ahead of India’s Rayhan Thomas, who shot a 72.
The rising Thai teenage star, who was two-under after his first 14 holes, endured a frustrating finish, dropping four shots, including a double-bogey on the par-3, 16th, in his last four holes.
Young Thomas responded to an early bogey with an eagle on par-4 fourth which was followed by a birdie on the next, but dropped shots at the seventh and ninth.
Two bogeys and two birdies highlighted his inward journey, and he said: “I played okay. Made some mistakes, especially the one on the par-5, 17th where I turned a six-foot birdie putt birdie into a bogey six.”
Thai teenager Witchayanon Chothirunrungrueng, more popularly known by his nickname ‘Zoom’, showed a glimpse of his precocious talent when an opening round two-under 70 left him just one shot off the pace in the inaugural Mountain Creek Open by Golf Citizen Tuesday.
On a golf course that tested the players severely, the 19-year-old amateur raced to three-under after his first five holes. He dropped shots on successive holes on the 10th and 11th, but picked up another birdie on the 12th to finish tied second behind Spain’s Sixto Casabona-navarro.
The leader Casabona-navarro mixed five birdies, including three on the front nine, to hit the front with a 69 on a sunny day when Sweden’s Kalle Nilsson made a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th. Nilsson holed his eight-iron tee shot from 170 yards for the first ace of his career, but it could only help him shoot a 79.
Zoom was tied for second place in a five-man group that included his fellow Thai Changtai Sudsom, England’s Daniel Owen and Lee Corfield, and India’s Manish Goyal.
The Thai prodigy, however, was six shots clear of Rayhan Thomas (76) in the amateur division.
The 27-year-old Casabona-navarro, who hails from Valencia, said: “My tee-to-green game was pretty solid and I putted equally well, which kind of set the tone for the day. Every part of my game fell into place, which was good.
“We still have two more rounds to play and if I can keep the momentum going, I think I can post a strong finish, if not a victory.”
England’s Owen, who finished in a tie for fourth at last week’s Ras Al Khaimah, picked up from where he left, firing three birdies in his last five holes to stay in contention.
“For me, any under-par score on this course is pretty much good job done. I played really well and created some good scoring opportunity, especially on the back nine. And I am happy with the way I finished the round,” said the 26-year-old Bahrain-based Englishman.
India’s Goyal combined good ball striking with solid putting to string together a neat round while Thailand’s Sudsom offset four bogeys with six birdies.
“I struck the ball very ball and didn’t miss many fairways, but it was my putting that held the round together well. It’s fun playing on this course,” said Goyal, a regular on the MENA Golf Tour.
Fredrik Lindblom of Sweden and Venezuela’s Wolmer Murillo were tied for seventh a further shot adrift at one under, one clear of a foursome, which included the Spanish duo of Gonzalo Escauriaza and Gonzalo Escauriaza, Thailand’s Sung-Keun Kim and Stuart Archibald of England.
An initiative of the Shaikh Maktoum Golf Foundation, the MENA Golf Tour was created in 2011 with the aim of developing golf in the region. It is affiliated to R&A, the world governing body, and the Arab Golf Federation and was accorded the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) status this month.