Guide to Dubai's Best Golf Courses

14 June 2024 Written by Staff Writer

Golf season in Dubai is drawing to a close, but there’s still ample time to enjoy a day on the greens. With major golfing events like the prestigious DP World Tour Championship and Omega Desert Classic already concluded, now is the perfect time for a relaxed golfing experience before the summer heat arrives. If you’re planning to hit the links, you have an abundance of options. Here, in no particular order, are the best golf courses in Dubai.

1. Arabian Ranches Golf Club 2. Emirates Golf Club 3. The Address Montgomerie
4. Jumeirah Golf Estates 5. Dubai Hills Golf Club 6. Els Club
7. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club 8. Trump International Golf Club  

1. Arabian Ranches Golf Club

best golf courses in Dubai

2. Emirates Golf Club

Emirates Golf Club

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Emirates Golf Club, host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988.  Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, remains the most eye-catching in the region.  The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 25 year history, the most recent of which were its 2012 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in the World’ and  its award for ‘Best Course Middle East’  in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010 .

From the testing 18 hole Majlis and Faldo courses, to the equally challenging par 3, the Emirates Golf Club draws accomplished and casual golfers looking to improve their game.

‘The Emirates’ is so much more than a golf club, serving as the premier address for all things leisure. Its appeal is equally wide-ranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside top-notch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand new spa.

3. The Address Montgomerie

The Address Montgomerie

Set in the heart of the prestigious Emirates Hills, the resort comprises of a Colin Montgomerie designed 18-hole championship golf course, and 5-star award-winning accommodation.

Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, set in the heart of the prestigious Emirates Hills, is a design collaboration between golfing great Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead. A links-land style oasis with over 200 acres and featuring 14 lakes and 81 bunkers which will challenge players of all levels.

4. Jumeirah Golf Estates

Jumeirah Golf Estates

5. Dubai Hills Golf Club

Dubai Hills Golf Club

Tee off to a brand-new golfing experience at this serene and lush lifestyle destination located only 15 minutes from Downtown Dubai. Dubai Hills Golf Club is an 18-hole par-72 championship golf course designed by European Golf Design and managed by Troon Golf. Offering a challenge to golfers of all ability, it is a key golfing destination in the region.

6. Els Club

Els Club

Renowned as one of the finest golfing destinations in the Middle East, the unique experience of The Els Club is one that creates everlasting memories and should be on every golfers must-play list.

Those who appreciate life’s finest pleasures will embrace this true sporting gem which has been sensationally designed by Ernie Els, former US Open and Open Championship winner. Ernie has a passion for the great links courses of the UK, where he has won two of his 4 major championships, and in creating The Els Club he set about recreating some of these design features in a desert landscape. Thus a ‘desert links’ was born, one that was quickly named ‘best new international course’ by the prestigious US magazine, Links.

Whether you're playing for the first time or are a regular at The Els Club, our immaculate championship course offers golf connoisserus one of the best in desert golf!

7. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Image Credit: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club first opened in Dubai, UAE, in 1993, comprising an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course with a distinctively sail-shaped clubhouse. It was home to the first golf academy in the Middle East. The clubhouse comprises a number of function rooms as well as changing facilities and the 'Legends' fine dining restaurant. It is situated in the heart of the city, on the Deira side of Dubai Creek.

8. Trump International Golf Club

Trump International Golf Club

Image Credit: Trump International Golf Club

An extraordinary property, Trump International Golf Club, Dubai is home to a spectacular 18-hole, Gil Hanse designed golf course and an immaculate 30,000 square foot Clubhouse. Overlooking the 9th and 18th greens, the Clubhouse features several amenities and features, including Stoke House Dubai, a family-oriented restaurant and sports lounge with an array of casual dining options; a well-equipped gymnasium; luxurious infinity swimming pool and high-end golf shop. Trump International Golf Club, Dubai also provides a state-of-the-art golf performance academy with a floodlit 9-hole, par 3 academy course, perfect for night golf; world-class indoor swing studio; and double-sided floodlit driving range with a chipping facility and putting greens that emulate the undulations of the course to accurately reflect the changes that await.