Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Emirates Golf Club boasts two of Dubai’s finest must-play golf courses; The Majlis and The Faldo Course, which both combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious test of golf. The club also offers a 9-hole par 3 course, golf academy and a choice of three restaurants.
The par-72, 6,676 metre Majlis championship course plays host to the annual PGA European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Sculptured around the desert dunes by architect Karl Litten, The Majlis was the first grass course to be built in the Middle East. One of the most challenging holes on the course is the par-4, dogleg 8th. Stroke index three and playing a full 397 metres, it has the unusual distinction of playing uphill and requires a long, well-directed drive to leave a reasonable second shot to its small, undulating green where the dreaded three-putt is always a threat. The Majlis has developed a worthy reputation worldwide as a testing layout for even the best golfers. This ‘desert miracle’ features hundreds of indigenous species of flora and fauna, beautifully complemented by meandering fairways and seven fresh and saltwater lakes.
Emirates Golf Club’s second championship golf course was opened in 1996 and was christened The Wadi, taken from the Arabic word for valley. Redesigned in 2005 by golf legend and six-time major winner Nick Faldo, the course now combines a stunning visual design with the nuances and challenges of any championship course in just the right measure, providing visitors with an exceptionally enjoyable world-class golfing experience.