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Golfing in Dubai

After feeling the adrenaline rush of a desert safari, take a journey on a different kind of dune at any of Dubai’s world-class golf courses. These lush green landscapes are found abundantly in this year-round golfing destination, making it the perfect venue for international tournaments. In fact, some of these courses are designed by international masters like Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Greg Norman. Work on your swing, tee off or simply observe the masterful strokes of players like Vijay Singh and David Howell at the Dubai Desert Classic and pick up some useful tips. You’ll also be surprised to know that it was in Dubai, where Tiger Woods drove off the tee from the world’s tallest hotel – Burj Al Arab. Fore!

Spectacular courses

If you fancy a splendid game of golf, then head down to any of Dubai’s spectacular courses and tee off on your best vacation ever. Most of the leading golf courses are nestled on the outskirts of the city to offer a peaceful and picturesque environment. Play your way down the immaculate fairways, which are surrounded by beautiful lakes and tall palm trees. But if you want to escape from the heat, especially during summers, then take this unique opportunity to putt under the floodlights. Nad Al Sheba, Montgomerie and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club are some of the many golf clubs that offer ‘Night Golfing’.

Being impressed with the city’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, many international golfers have taken the initiative to personally design the golf courses, thus starting the trend of world-class designer dunes. You can book your tee times at any of the designer golf courses below.

The Montgomerie
Dubai With 14 lakes and 72 bunkers, the Montgomerie is the first example of a successful association between one of the champion golfers, Colin Montgomerie and golf course architect, Desmond Muirhead. Located at the Emirates Hills, this potential par 72 championship course covers more than 200 acres and boasts of some unique characteristics including the world’s largest green and the Snake Hole. Play on a 360-degree teeing ground and enjoy the challenges of a totally different golf hole every time you tee off. Also, try your skills to putt on the 656 yards 18th, which is considered to be the signature hole of the course.

Al Badia Golf Course
The magnificent Al Badia 18-hole championship golf course is designed by internationally renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones II. Built on the banks of Dubai Creek as part of the waterfront Dubai Festival City, this 7,250 yards, par 72 course is visually stunning with its use of water and sculpted fairways. Designed to offer a challenge to golfers at any level, experience a rewarding and enjoyable game at Al Badia.

The Dunes
Located at the Dubai Sports City, the Dunes is designed by golf master Ernie Els and is managed by Troon Golf, the world leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing. It consists of a combinationlinks golf course and traditional ‘classical era’ design. At 7,452 yards from the back tees and featuring more than 60 bunkers, the Dunes is a showpiece that can be transformed from a friendly everyday player course to one that offers a challenge to the world’s best golfers. The Dunes is scheduled to open in early 2007.

Nakheel Golf
Nakheel Golf is a project that consists of six prestigious golf courses designed by international golfing star, Greg Norman. These are located in Dubai at select Nakheel projects. Four championship golf courses are designed around the elements of earth, fire, air and water. All its courses focus on eco-friendly principles, and feature flora and fauna that are indigenous to the region. One of Nakheel Golf’s projects is the Little White Shark, which is located on the Jumeirah Islands and features a 3 par, 6 hole course. A family-oriented venue, the highlight of the course is its Clubhouse, built in the shape of a shark, which is also the logo of Greg Norman’s private company.

The most spectacular course of this project is the Inspiration, which is designed as a tribute to Greg Norman’s long career in the sport. The course is based on a realistic re-creation of the legendary golfer’s favourite holes from around the world. Among these legendary holes that have inspired and challenged Norman include those from Augusta National and Shinnecock Hills (US), Turnberry and St. Andrews (UK) and Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath (Australia). The Inspiration is located at the Dubai Lost City and is scheduled to open in 2007. Golfer’s paradise

Dubai Desert Classic
The history of the Dubai Desert Classic goes back to 1986 when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, gave his approval for the innovative concept of developing a grass golf course in the desert. Just two years later, the Emirates Golf Club was opened and shortly afterwards the idea of establishing a world-class golf tournament was conceived. Soon, the first Dubai Desert Classic was hosted in 1989 as part of the PGA European Tour.

A yearly golfing tournament, Dubai Desert Classic has been attracting many of the world’s leading golfers and thousands of avid spectators, year after year. In addition to playing an important role in the international sporting arena, it is universally recognized as one of the finest golf events in the Middle East. This tournament is usually held during the winter months (January to March). In case you happen to be in Dubai during this time, don’t miss this opportunity to attend this fabulous event live. Observe the masterful strokes of players like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie among other greats. Feel your heart skip a beat as you watch a breathtaking eagle on the last hole. And finally, share the jubilation at the grand presentation finale as the worthy winner proudly holds aloft the massive Dubai Desert Classic trophy.

So whether you want to experience the thrills of adventure sports or enjoy the serenity of golf, you’re sure to find it all in the multifaceted city of Dubai.

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