Al Badia Golf Club

4+ (4 gold): one of our top-rated 4-star courses, worthy of 4½ stars.
   Al Badia Golf Club Est. 2005

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Al Badia Golf Club: GOLF COURSE WAS PERMANENTLY CLOSED IN FEBRUARY 2017. Despite the success of Al Badia, with its 420 members and over 50,000 rounds played per year, the owners (the billionaire Al Futtaim family) decided to convert the course into a giant garden for their own use, and the stunning clubhouse into a private Majlis, again for their own use.

[Original Where2Golf description]: Among UAE's many recently created golf courses, Al Badia (for a short time called Four Seasons Golf Club Dubai Festival City) is one of the best. This expansive and immaculately presented layout maintains the open feel of the desert while also featuring many substantive hazards.

Trent Jones' "rivers of sand" concept is based on several boulder-strewn sandy waste areas, the best example of which is found at the excellent par-5 13th. Also lining many fairways and lying in wait alongside several greens are plentiful "rivers of water", or more correctly, large, multi-tiered, salt water lakes (which are apparently home to crabs, prawns and anemones as well as abundant birdlife). Most dangerous of these water holes are two par-5's, the 5th and 18th, and three of the four par-3's.

With all this water and sand around, there is never a dull moment on this challenging and thoroughly interesting course. The often generous width fairways are most welcome when the wind is blowing here, but things have a habit of narrowing down the closer you get to the superb and not overly large greens - good approach work is needed to score well. Beyond the course, various construction work is proceeding apace (most probably housing developments) but nothing that will unduly affect the playability of this wonderful course.

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Making Contact

Al Badia Golf Club
PO Box 79126, Dubai Festival City,
Al Rebat St, Ras Al Khor, Dubai 
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Office   +971 (0)4 601 0101
Pro Shop  

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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open parkland.
Gently undulating terrain - no effort to walk (depending on how hot the day is).
Surroundings: Desert and various construction projects.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7250 6703 5398
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 74 73 73
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How2Get There?

5 km SE of Al Garhoud Bridge
Follow the E11 (Sheik Zayed Rd >> Sheik Rashid Rd) heading north-east towards Deira. Cross the Al Garhoud bridge (over Dubai Creek) and stay in the right hand lane. Immediately over the bridge follow the D83 (Al Rebat Road) direction Al Warqa'a / Al Rashidiya. After approx 2 km (past Ikea and at far-end of the Universal American School) turn right off the D83, direction Al Badia Resort. Follow signs for approx 1 km to the large round golf clubhouse.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Course is permanently closed.
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Who can play and When?
Course is permanently closed. 
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

Al Badia means 'land of the Bedouins' and encompasses the time-honoured Bedouin traditions of hospitality, respect and love of nature.The inspirational rotunda-like clubhouse design has been likened to a swirling wind as well as the rotational movement of the golf swing.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf Digest rating: 9th best course of the 22 courses in the UAE.
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Latitude: (25.215687)
Longitude: (55.363326)
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InterContinental Dubai Festival City 5-star
Festival City, Dubai 45777
+971 (0)4 701 1111

Inspired by a graceful sailboat, the InterContinental Dubai Festival City stands tall amid the local business and shopping districts, and in close proximity to Burj Dubai, the Business Bay and Dubai World Trade Centre. Bastakiya, Dubai Museum and Al Mamzar Beach Park are also nearby. The hotel has four restaurants, several stylish bars and a luxurious Spa. The hotel previously operated the "Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City" prior to its sale to the Al Futtaim Group, and the Al Futtaim's later decision to close the golf facility on a permanent basis in 2017.

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