With the Dubai Desert Classic having just kicked off at the Emirates Golf Club, I’m feeling slightly depressed watching Mr McIlroy and co tear it up on the Majlis course being that it was less than 12 months ago when I was hacking up the very same hallowed ground.
The Emirates Golf Club boasts two stunningly beautiful golf courses located within a walking distance (or 5 minute taxi ride) from the Dubai’s popular JBR Walk. The two courses being The Majlis course which plays host to the Dubai Desert Classic and the Faldo course which allows you to tee it up in the cool Arabian night for a fun round of night golf. I played 3 rounds at night at the Faldo course and capped my golf trip to Dubai off with a final round at the Majlis course.
Both courses are, as you’d expect, in immaculate condition. Immaculate is the word you could easily use to describe your entire golfing experience at the Emirates Golf Club. From the bag drop to teeing off at the first tee, it is evident that a lot of effort has gone into ensuring that you have a “golf experience” rather than just a “round of golf”. A testament to this is that I didn’t physically lift my bag during any of my four rounds at the Emirates Golf Club. My bag magically appeared exactly where I needed it be when I needed it to be there.
The warm up facilities are fit for tour golfers and ermmm…used by them (probably at this very minute). Golf buggies/carts are equipped with GPS units, towels and a cooler box filled with bottles of water. Range balls and Golf buggies/carts are included in your green fee as are the stunning views from the Majlis course of the Dubai Skyscrapers lining JBR Walk.
The Faldo course being the easier of the two courses despite being a touch longer. The Majlis being more the challenging course, requiring a lot more thought when navigating your way around. The fairways are like carpet and the greens roll at very quick pace but very true. Pick your line and roll your putt…if your putting stroke is a little bit off, the greens will punish you!
The Majlis course has consistently been rated the Number 2 course in the UAE behind Yas Links but I think that rating is a tad bit unfair to the exquisite Jumeirah Earth and the gorgeous Els Club. As amazing as the Majlis Course is, it’s condition and beauty is nowhere near the Earth Course and I think the Els club just edges it.
Night Golf is awesome!!!
The night golf at the Faldo course is truly special. Playing golf in the dead of the desert night is a beautiful experience. My rounds at the Faldo course resonated most with me after my round at the Earth course. I am looking forward to night golf planned for later this year in Belek, Antalya in Turkey.
My top tip for playing both the Faldo and Majlis courses…order the samosas sold at the drive through kiosks at the 6th and 12th holes. They are delicious! So delicious that the local bird-life will knick right out of your golf cart if you’re not careful!
You cannot complete a golf trip to the UAE without playing a round of night golf at the Faldo course and testing yourself at the Majlis…happy golfing 🙂
Par 72 (Ladies 73)
Championship/Black Tees: 7,348 yards
Club/Blue Tees: 6,916 yards
Seniors/Ladies 6,201 yards
Front/Red Tees: 5,443 yards
Front nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, Five x Par 4s
Back nine: Two x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, Five x Par 4s (Three x Par 5s on the back nine for ladies)
Championship/Black Tees: 7,293 yards
Club/Blue Tees: 6,896 yards
Seniors/Ladies White Tees: 6,532 yards
Front/Red Tees: 5,568 yards
Front nine: One x Par 5, Two x Par 3s, Six x Par 4s
Back nine: Three x Par 5s, Two x Par 3s, Four x Par 4s
Cost of a 18 hole round can be found here. (Winter fees only). You can also book through Teeofftimesforyou.com, Golfscape.com or Bookyourgolf.net. You could also try speaking to your Hotel Concierge who could possibly get you very good rates for night golf at Faldo.