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Hero Dubai Desert Classic

The Major of the Middle East

18th - 21st January 2024

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Dubai Desert Classic Golf & Accommodation Experiences

Majlis Course, Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, UAE

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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Dubai Desert Classic Experiences

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Media Rotana

5 Nights at Media Rotana

  • Return Flights
  • Includes Free Club Carriage
  • Tickets for Dubai Desert Classic (Sat & Sun)
  • 1 Round of Golf at The Els Club Dubai
  • 1 Round of Golf at Dubai Hills

from £1695

JA Ocean View Hotel 1

JA Ocean View Hotel

5 Nights at the JA Ocean View Hotel

  • Return Flights
  • Includes Free Club Carriage
  • Tickets for Dubai Desert Classic (Sat & Sun)
  • 1 Round of Golf at The Els Club Dubai
  • 1 Round of Golf at Dubai Hills

from £2195

Address Dubai Marina 2

InterContinental Dubai Marina

5 Nights at the InterContinental Dubai Marina

  • Return Flights
  • Includes Free Club Carriage
  • Tickets for Dubai Desert Classic (Sat & Sun)
  • 1 Round of Golf at The Els Club Dubai
  • 1 Round of Golf at Dubai Hills

from £2195

Emirates Golf Club - Dubai Desert Classic Course

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!

Course
Emirates Golf Club
Par
72
Yardage
7301
Designer
Karl Litten
Opening year
1988
Map of Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Tournament Schedule for the Dubai Desert Classic

Key:

  • Practice Round
  • Tournament Round

Mon 15 Jan

Official Practice Day

Practice rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 7:30am

Tue 16 Jan

Official Practice Day

Practice rounds of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 7:30am

Wed 17 Jan

Pro-Am Tournament

Pro-Am of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 7:30am

Thu 18 Jan

Dubai Desert Classic Thursday (Round 1)

Opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 6:45am

Fri 19 Jan

Dubai Desert Classic Friday (Round 2)

Second round of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 6:45am

Sat 20 Jan

Dubai Desert Classic Saturday (Round 3)

Third round of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 6:45am

Sun 21 Jan

Dubai Desert Classic Sunday (Round 4)

Final round of the Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club

Gates Open (approximately): 6:45am

Recent Dubai Desert Classic Tournament History

Year Winner Country Score Prize Money

2024

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland

-14

$1,530,000

2023

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland

-19

$1,530,000

2022

Viktor Hovland

Norway

-12

$1,333,330

2021

Paul Casey

England

-17

$528,514

2020

Lucas Herbert

Australia

-9

$541,660

2019

Bryson DeChambeau

United States

-24

$541,660

2018

Haotong Li

China

-23

$500,100

2017

Sergio Garcia

Spain

-19

$441,775

2016

Danny Willett

England

-19

$441,775

2015

Rory McIlroy

Northern Ireland

-22

$441,775

2014

Stephen Gallacher

Scotland

-16

$416,750

Extend your stay - play golf whilst at the Dubai Desert Classic

The Els Club Dubai 1

The Els Club Dubai

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

Par: 72
Designed By: Ernie Els
Established: 2008

Arabian Ranches Golf Club 1

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

Par: 72
Designed By: Ian Baker-Finch
Established: 2004

Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course 2

Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course

Distance from Tournament:
25 minute drive

Par: 72
Designed By: Greg Norman
Established: 2000

Useful Information

The Climate

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.

Getting There

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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