Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is arguably the most famous course in the UAE and it’s iconic clubhouse is fast becoming a recognisable piece of architecture associated with golf.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club or as it’s more commonly known, Dubai Creek or just Creek, is the course the playing partner (bro-in-law) and I were most looking forward to playing while on a golf holiday in Dubai…it pains to me say that this was the only course that did not live up to expectation.
We ended up playing a weekend (Friday) round in a members shot gun start. Our playing partners, a lovely Italian couple (members) now settled in Dubai, gave us the devastating news that we were playing the course at the wrong time! Supposedly, every March through to May is when the course is worked on and it was very evident by the number of bald patches around the course that there was lots of maintenance going on.
So with our expectations and hopes devastated like a wedge shot ending up short in the water, we soldiered on to make the best of the experience.
Check in and bag drop was as seamless as all the luxury courses in Dubai make it and once checked in we made our way to the warm up area. Being that we finished off a round late on the previous evening (night golf is awesome!) and followed that up with a long dinner, we didn’t get much sleep and overslept slightly resulting in us getting to the course a bit late and not really having enough time to warm up. So a quick 20 wedge and 7 iron shots later, we were waiting in our buggies/golf karts – freshly stocked with towels, water and a working GPS unit – ready to head off to hole number 16 for our shot gun start.
A few holes in and we both learnt that wild tee shots and shoddy irons won’t only mean a dropped shot but a fresh Pro V lost to a watery grave – be warned, there’s lots of water on the course (Hint, it’s not called Dubai “Creek” for nothing) but the water does enhance the beauty of the course especially at hole number 6 which boasts a floating island tee box. The 18th, played alongside the creek on one side and a lake (going all the way up to the green) on the other, is meant to be the signature hole but for me the 6th was a much better hole.
Given that the course was built in 1993, it’s one of the older courses in Dubai and that shows in the clubhouse when comparing to the newer clubs (Els Club, Jumeirah Estates) but still impressive in a 90s kinda way.
The course is a Par 71 (only 1 par 5 on the front 9) and plays 6,967 yards/6,370 meters from the back tees so it’s not very long. Black tee boxes for the Pros, Blue and White Tee boxes for the fellas and Red tee boxes for the fairer sex. It’s hard to properly judge the course given that we didn’t play it at the best time but you get the sense that was an a insanely manicured course back in the day – it would be pretty premium if not for the newer and more modern courses springing up in Dubai but still, no golf trip to Dubai would be complete without a round at Dubai Creek.