THE CLASSIC GOLF
DESTINATION IN THE DESERT
Dubai can claim
a unique destination in the world of golf. It is the only place
to have hosted ranking tournaments on both the European PGA and
Asian PGA Circuits. This is no mere accident of geography, but testimony
to the superb golfing facilities that have been developed in the
emirate, the pioneer of the sport in the Middle East.
But the staging
of major international tournaments has a significance that goes
well beyond the realm of professional golf itself. At a subliminal
level, the confluence of the two PGA tours neatly symbolises Dubai's
broader role as a meeting point of east and west. In more practical
terms, worldwide television coverage of events such as the Dubai
Desert Classic has had a direct impact in stimulating the dramatic
growth of golfing tourism.
Thanks to this
exposure, the spectacular "bedouin tent" and "dhow
sail" architecture of the clubhouses at Emirates
Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club respectively
have become familiar landmarks to golf enthusiasts around the world.
And the prospect of playing on the same championship fairways and
greens as the top professionals has proved an attractive lure for
players of all standards.
has four 18 hole grass courses, all of championship standard. Two
are at Emirates, one at Dubai Creek and the fourth, fully floodlit
, at the Dubai Golf and Racing Club.
there are 9 hole courses at Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort, Dubai
Creek and Hatta Fort. Meanwhile visitors interested in a different
experience can play on sand at Dubai Country Club, the oldest course
in the Emirate.
recent development in the Dubai golf scene has been the simplification
of procedures for booking a round through the introduction of an
on-line reservation system at www.dubaigolf.com.
and see Dubai Desert Golf Classic