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Golf clubs and Golf courses in Dubai

Years ago, playing golf in Dubai and the UAE meant batting a ball through the sand dunes and having a tee mat in your pocket for the initial swipe. Then Emirates Golf Club opened up with their spectacular grassed fairways and hosted the world famous Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament. Move forward into the 21st century and property developers have realised that building golf courses is potentially lucrative, resulting in developments such as the Jumeirah Golf Estates and the Al Badia / Four Seasons Golf Course springing up amongst luxurious villas to make it more pleasant (and expensive) to drive that blasted ball into that stupid little hole with the stick in it. There is a Dubai Golf City with 5 golf courses planned by Thani Investments, and also a DWC Golf City planned for the Dubai World Central development.

Course fees for a round of 18 holes in Dubai range from about 200 dhs at Jebel Ali Golf Course for a UGA member, to about 1000 dhs at the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club for a visitor. Most fees include the use of a golf cart, and a bucket of balls for the driving range. Cheaper rates are available in the hot hot hot summer although some golf clubs supply fans with the buggies to blow the sweat dripping off your nose into the faces of other passengers. Another option for a cheap round of golf is to play nine holes on one of the par 3 pitch 'n' putt courses (you should get change from 100 dhs). Good fun for the novice, but less satisfying for the experienced golfer. Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah are also destinations for cheaper rounds of golf.

Golf communities in Dubai announced so far include Al Badia Four Seasons Dubai Festival City, DWC Golf City, Jumeirah Golf Estates, The Lagoons, The Montgomerie Dubai, Tiger Woods Dubai (Al Ruwayya golf course) (cancelled), Tilal Dubai (Dubai Golf City in Dubailand), Victory Heights (Ernie Els "The Dunes") in Dubai Sports City.

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Golf clubs and golf courses in Dubai

Note that any scheduled or expected completion dates of new golf courses in Dubai and the UAE might be wildly optimistic, especially after the 2008-2009 economic crisis.

Last update Wednesday 16-Apr-2014
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