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Community Guide: Jumeirah Golf EstatesJanuary 26, 2020
Dubai has a longstanding love of golf, a fact that is most evident in the presence of its various golf communities. They offer the perfect blend of lifestyle and leisure, nestled in tranquil green surroundings to craft an experience that is ideal for families. One of the most well-known and popular communities in Dubai is Jumeirah Golf Estates, located in the central district of Dubailand and spanning an impressive area of more than 120 million square feet. It is approximately 75% green spaces with the remaining 25% residential.
One of the main highlights of Jumeirah Golf Estates is that it features not just one but two championship golf courses. Named Fire and Earth, the courses were designed by Australian golfing veteran Greg Norman. Each one features a distinctive look and offers a different playing experience.
The Earth Course, which has a design inspired by the courses across Europe and North America, is perhaps the more well-known of the two, as it hosts the DP World Tour Championship every November. Part of the last leg of the European Tour, the tournament is one of Dubai’s most prestigious golfing events and attracts more than 65,000 spectators annually over the course of a weekend that is essentially a golfing festival.
The Fire Course, which has a distinct look that incorporates topographical elements of the desert, does not host any tournaments but does contain a links-style course that is designed to appeal to more experienced golfers.
Jumeirah Golf Estates is divided in half, with the Fire Course on one side, the Earth Course on the other and a beautiful clubhouse sitting right at the center. The community comprises sixteen distinct neighbourhoods that are spread out around the courses. They are as follows:
The vast majority of the neighbourhoods have a Tuscan-inspired aesthetic that includes tiled gable roofs, intricate ironwork and textured wall details. Notable exceptions include Hillside and Jumeirah Luxury Living, which opt for a striking contemporary look, plus Al Andalus, which takes its design inspiration from the Spanish coastal region after which it is named.
For the most part, homes at Jumeirah Golf Estates are sold unfurnished, though there might be the occasional resale unit that comes with furniture. You also have a few ‘shell and core’ villas and some land plots if you are looking to customise your home.
JGE is considered among the finest residential communities in Dubai and is known for its exceptional value, with a very high level of finishing and incredible amounts of space for the price you pay. It is primarily geared towards end users and especially families. However, two of the newer projects in the community - Al Andalus and Jumeirah Luxury Living - are ideal for investment, with units that are very well-priced.
Life at Jumeirah Golf Estates
It goes without saying that golf is an integral part of the lifestyle here. Aside from the courses, which can be seen clearly from the backyards of most of the homes, you also have the magnificent JGE clubhouse. Rightly considered to be the heart of the community, the clubhouse was expanded in 2016 to include a greater selection of facilities in a space covering roughly 130,782 sq ft. This encompasses fitness facilities, a pool, lap pool, a tennis academy, a kid’s center for after-school activities, a pool table and table tennis for kids, and three restaurants including the recently opened Nassau, helmed by celebrity chef Silvena Rowe. There is also a separate community centre known as Fairways, which includes boutique retail, casual dining and a supermarket.
Another key feature of Jumeirah Golf Estates is the Peter Cowen Golf Academy, which is designed to cater to players of all skill levels, from novices to the most experienced golfers.
More than 16 km of walking, jogging and cycling trails criss cross the community, letting you bask in the tranquil greenery as you enjoy vistas of the gorgeous environment. There are over 4,000 trees, 342 bird species and 16 lakes spread out around the area, so you can enjoy the beauty of nature no matter which part you live in. Children’s play facilities have been set up in some parts of the community, and a few of the neighbourhoods have community pools as well. On the whole, if you have a love of the outdoors, Jumeirah Golf Estates has much to offer you.
Another aspect of Jumeirah Golf Estates that residents love is how well-connected it is to the rest of the city. The community borders several major highways, including Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. With this road network, you can very easily access reputed schools such as Victory Heights Primary School, Sunmarke School and Bradenton Prep Academy.