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Since its inauguration in 1989, The Dubai Desert Classic has become one of the flagship events on the European Tour.
Contested over the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, the event attracts the crème de la crème of the European Tour and boasts an illustrious list of past champions including Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
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The Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club, the 1st 18 hole grass course in the Middle East, opening for play in 1988 and within a year, it was welcoming the game's biggest stars to its fairways for what was then known as the Karl Litten Desert Classic. This was the 1st time the European Tour had visited the Middle East and it has not looked back since with events now held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar on an annual basis. The Omega Dubai Desert Classic, as it's now known though, was where it all started.
As one of the European Tour's richest and most high profile events, attendees can expect to get up close and personal with some of the game's biggest stars at the Dubai Desert Classic who will be battling it out for a share of the $2.65 million purse. You just have to look at the list of previous winners to understand how important this event has become with the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson Miguel Angel Jimenez and most recently Rory McIlroy, all having claimed The Dubai Desert Classic in previous years.
Spectators attending The Dubai Desert Classic will be pleased to hear the event is commonly one of the most entertaining and closely fought tournaments on the European Tour calendar, with the biggest ever winning margin being just 4 strokes, and a solitary shot (or a playoff) being enough to claim victory on no less than 15 occasions.
Since its opening year in 1989, the tournament has produced 21 different champions (only Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Stephen Gallacher & Rory McIlroy are repeat winners) from 12 different countries. The 2015 Dubai Desert classic, won by then world number one Rory McIlroy, featured a field comprised of no less than 9 Major Champions and 83 European Tour winners who between them, boasted an astonishing 358 professional titles. With such a stellar field, it comes as no surprise that the attendance to the event swells even larger year after year, with just shy of 40,000 spectators lining the fairways in 2015, producing an exciting tournament atmosphere. The past two champions, Danny Willet and Sergio Garcia were both victorious with a -19 four round total and both went on to win their maiden major at Augusta in that calendar year.
|2019||Bryson DeChambeau||United States||-24|
|2015||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||-22|
|2010||Miguel Ángel Jiménez||Spain||-11|
|2009||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||-19|
|2008||Tiger Woods||United States||-14|
|2006||Tiger Woods||United States||-19|
|2005||Ernie Els||South Africa||-19|
|2004||Mark O'Meara||United States||-17|
|2002||Ernie Els||South Africa||-16|
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The Emirates Golf Club boasts two championship courses but it is the Majlis that, as well as playing host to The Dubai Desert Classic, has been dubbed "The Desert Miracle", and attracts countless golfers to Dubai each and every year.
Needless to say, plenty of construction went into carving this magnificent course out of the barren desert landscape from which Dubai has emerged. Stretching to a total yardage of 7,301 yards from the championship tees, the Majlis is a demanding course, the hallmarks of which include include numerous salt and freshwater lakes that come into play on several holes, as well as large, fast putting surfaces of the very highest quality. As well as the giant waste bunkers and water hazards, the super-slick greens are one of the course's main defences.
Seemingly though, that is still not enough to stop the world's best players in their tracks, with an average winning score of -16 since the event's inception in 1989 proving just how good these guys are. Expect to see plenty of birdies and eagles during your time in Dubai!
Designer: Karl Litten
Course Opened: The Majlis course first opened in 1988 and has been the home of Dubai Desert Classic since 1989.
Course Record: Ernie Els shot a 61 on the 27th January 1994
Awards: Top 100 Golf World Ranking in 2010, 2011, 2012, The Best Course in Middle East, Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010.
Dubai is the perfect place for a sunshine break with a hot desert climate where temperatures can reach up to 30°C. In February, the average temperature is 20°C with sunshine duration of 8 hours day; definitely warm enough getting the shorts out on the fairways. There is only a 16% chance of precipitation over the course of the month, and the most likely chance of rain is around the end of the month. Luckily the tournament will be finished way before the end of the month.
The Emirates Golf Club is located only 30 minutes from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Dubai is one of the most accessible airports in the world with a host of direct flight options available. In The UK, there are direct flights to Dubai from major UK cities from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow (Approx 7hrs). When travelling abroad to play golf, there is often the added cost of golf club carriage. Not to worry, travelling to Dubai with Virgin Atlantic offers passengers the fantastic perk of complimentary golf club allowance in addition to the free baggage allowance. While, Emirates Airlines offer passengers a 30 kg allowance which can include a set of golf clubs.
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