Rated number 7 in the UAE according to Golf Digest, the Els Club Dubai is a fantastic course with world class facilities.
Starting from the bag drop to the warm-up facilities it is clear that the Els Club Dubai is aiming to deliver a luxurious golfing experience to players. Like most of the very good courses in the UAE, the warm-up facilities at Els Club Dubai, consisting of a driving range, two chipping greens, practice bunkers and a massive putting area, are of the highest quality. Booking a round at the Els Club Dubai gives you unlimited access to these facilities so give yourself enough time before your tee off to make use of them and warm up properly.
The course itself is a very well manicured par 72 course measuring around 7,538 yards/6,892 meters from the back tees. There are four tee boxes Black (Pro), Blue (Club), White (Seniors) and Red (Ladies) going out to wide undulating fairways – it is the very personification of a “desert links”. One thing that did stand out for me is that most greens were slightly elevated meaning that you had to be spot on with your irons else if you were a bit short you didn’t roll on and at times could have a tricky chip to flags at the front of the green. The playing partner had 3 chips roll back down at him! The greens were true and ran at very decent speed – around 11 on the stimp.
Post finishing up the round, a steam and shower in the locker room went down a treat and I especially appreciated the pictures up on the walls showcasing some of the legends of the game. Also, being as it is the Els Club, locker number 1 is the Big Easy’s locker with a permanent display of Ernie Els’ gear.
The Pro Shop was very pricey (even the stuff on sale) but that was to be expected. A weekend round at the Els Club cost us £155 (we played it on 02/05/2015) and the midweek rate at the time was £139.00. We booked the round through www.bookyourgolf.net and the round included unlimited use of the practice facilities and a buggy/golf cart. The buggy/golf cart came with a built in GPS unit, towels and water.