Dubai is a fantastic destination to go for a golf holiday. There are a large number of courses to choose from, in a range of different price brackets. The climate is pleasant and the temperatures are extremely comfortable. The hotels are world class and there are many attractions to visit. Here are six of the best reasons for you to choose Dubai for your next golfing adventure.
Attend a Tournament & Play the Course after the Event
Just down the road, The DP World Tour (formerly known as The European Tour) kicks off its calendar year at The HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championships. There’s little doubt that this is one of the biggest events on said former European Tour, but it’s in Dubai where world-class golf in the desert really got its ball rolling.
When founded in 1989, The Dubai Desert Classic was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Arabian Peninsula, which is fitting considering the history of the event’s host course.
Dubbed “The Desert Miracle” when it opened for play in 1988, the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club was the first all grass course to emerge in the Gulf and has paved the way for countless other world-class layouts in the region since that day.
One of those said courses is the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates which plays host to the season-ending DP World Tour Championships, so whether it’s an New Year’s escape to the sun or an end of year treat to yourself, a golf holiday in Dubai offers you the chance to combine watching the world’s best players compete at marquee DP World Tour events with some golf of your own, maybe even on the very same courses the pros have played just a few days prior to teeing it up yourself.
Amazing Golf Courses
We’ve already covered the courses that host some of the biggest events on the DP World Tour (the Dubai Desert Classic and DP World Tour Championship) which, needless to say, are two of the best golf courses in Dubai, but with 14 golf clubs in total, there is plenty of choice for golfers visiting the UAE on their next golf holiday.
The Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club lead the way in the late 80s, and since then countless world-class golfing facilities have followed. Arabian Ranches lies on the outskirts of Dubai’s developed city hub and offers a quintessential desert golf experience, while the likes of Dubai Creek, The Els Club and Dubai Hills along with many others boast incredible conditioning (the norm for golf in Dubai), world-class practice and off-course facilities and an end to end service that makes visitors feel like a member for the day.
The sun shines constantly in Dubai, but those who simply can’t get enough golf during their Dubai golf holiday can rest assured in the knowledge that they can tee it up at numerous courses long after the sun has set. Night Golf is an unforgettable experience and with Dubai being one of only a handful of destinations around the world that affords the chance to tee it up under the floodlights in the dark of night, a few holes perhaps after a few drinks and a slap up meal is simply a must.
As one of the world’s richest cities, it hardly comes as a surprise that Dubai is home to some of the best hotels in the world. The most famous is most certainly the “world’s only 7* hotel”, the Burj Al Arab, which is the pinnacle of luxury for anyone looking to make the most of their Dubai Golf Holiday.
It goes without saying that a few nights in such an establishment comes at a price, so for those looking to “slum it” in a regular 5* luxury hotel, it’ll be music to the ears that Dubai boasts an endless array of world-class hotels to suit many a taste and budget.
Exciting Activities away from the Golf Course
As a travel destination, Dubai is somewhat of a juxtaposition, where fascinating Arabian culture and traditional desert living sit alongside some of the most incredible modern attractions that have been born out of the region’s outrageous wealth.
More on traditional desert life and an ancient culture waiting to be explored in a bit, but for now, let’s take a little peek at what golfers can get up to when they’re enjoying their holiday time away from the golf course.
From taking a run down black slope at Ski Dubai, to enjoying an evening meal on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building, everything is bigger, better and bolder in Dubai. Those with a penchant for a spot of retail therapy will be right at home at The Mall of The Emirates, while others who prefer a bit of the beach life can soak up the sun and enjoy adrenaline fueled watersports on one of Dubai’s many beaches.
Of course, as a land that emerged from the desert, sand is never in short supply in Dubai. Before spending the night under the desert sky and a traditional taste of Arabian living, be sure to take to the dunes for some sandboarding or indeed dune bashing in a speedy 4×4!
The Weather is Perfect for Golf
With only just over 20 days of precipitation falling on average each year, playing golf with the sun on your back is all but guaranteed for those who opt for a Dubai golf holiday.
Temperatures range between 20 and 35 degrees throughout the year, so while it can get extremely hot in the summer months, golf is on the cards pretty much around the clock in Dubai, with an average monthly temperature of 27.5 degrees providing you with ample opportunity to work on your golfer’s tan!
Golf can even be enjoyed long after the sun has gone down in Dubai too. Every now and again you might need a light golf jumper, but with warm temperatures lasting well into the night, a round of golf is very much on the cards at the various courses in the region that offer night golf under the floodlights.
Rich Culture & Heritage of the UAE
With such an array of incredible modern day, mega-money attractions, you’d be forgiven that Dubai is all skyscrapers, man-made islands and supercars, but there is also a great deal of history, heritage and culture in this part of the world.
You need look only to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to catch a glimpse of what life in Old Dubai was like during the mid-19th century. Located alongside Dubai Creek, each alley, twisting pathway and breezy tower tells a story of a life before the seven emirates.
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the Emirates Golf Federation, there are 22 golf clubs in the UAE. A total of 14 are located within Dubai with 6 in Abu Dhabi and 2 in Ras Al Khaimah.
Prices including a return flight, 4 Nights, bed and breakfast and 3 rounds of golf tend to start from around £895 per person (based on twin / double occupancy). Green fees can vary significantly from as low as £80 per round to £200 or higher at top-rated golf courses such as the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club. The lowest prices will be found in the Summer season (June to early September) with higher prices found between December and March when golf is particularly popular in Dubai.