The Els Club, Dubai Sports City

4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   The Els Club, Dubai Sports City Est. 2008

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The Els Club in Dubai Sports City opened for play in 2008, representing the first Middle East golf course designed by Ernie Els. The 18-hole championship layout embraces several characteristics taken from Els' favourite courses around the world: large opulent bunkering from the Australian sandbelt, greens resembling those of Pinehurst No.2, and wide rolling links-style fairways.

Set on the undulating slopes of native desert vegetation, the "Big Easy's" design combines traditional links design with a genuine aura of desert golf. Featuring broad and gently rolling fairways, steep greenside bunkers and grass swales around the greens, the layout plays to 7,538 yards from the back tees. Over 80 bunkers are potentially in play.

This 18-hole championship golf course quickly established itself as one of Dubai's most prestigious "trophy" courses. Although housing lines the perimeter of the course, and is found on both sides of some holes, it is generally set far enough back for the course to retain its desert feel. MOST MEMORABLE HOLES: Els' design includes an unapologetically tough stretch of three holes named the “Lion’s Den”. This testing trio (par-4 9th, par-4 10th and long par-3 11th) is intended to join other notorious three-hole loops, such as “Amen Corner” (Augusta National), the “Bear Trap” (PGA National, Champion course), the “Snake Pit” (Innisbrook, Copperhead course) and the “Horrible Horseshoe” (Colonial CC).

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Making Contact

The Els Club
Dubai Sports City,
Green Drive, Dubai Dubai Sports City,
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Office   +971 (0)4 425 1000
Pro Shop   +971 (0)4 425 1000

  +971 (0)4 329 2442

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Golf Pro
Alex Mickleburgh (PGA Professional & Custom Fit Specialist)
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Claude Harmon Performance Golf Academy Dubai.
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Links-style.
Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Residential and desert.
Designer: Ernie Els
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 7538 6242 5343
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 75.7 70.0 70.4
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How2Get There?

25 km SW of Downtown Dubai / Burj Khalifa.
Part of the Dubai Sports City development, located near the Dubai Autodrome. From the Emirates Road (E 311) take exit 28 (D61-Hessa St), and head south on Hessa St. At the first major intersection, turn right into Sports City. Follow road to Green Drive, then follow Green Drive to golf.

Essential information

Green Fees:
Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-Oct '19 thru April '20): Sun-Thur AED 995; Fri/Sat AED 995. Golf cart included. Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Non-metal spike facility. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities
Excellent (includes a 450-yard floodlit driving range).
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Did you know?

Dubai Sports City, which provides a mix of residential, retail, leisure and recreational facilities, was originally targetted to become one of the world's largest integrated sports "cities", featuring state-of-the-art stadiums and a variety of world-renowned sports academies.

The Els Club, an integral part of Dubai Sports City, is managed and operated by Troon Golf, the world's leading upscale golf course management company.

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Published Ranking
2018 Golf Digest rating: 6th best course of the 22 courses in the UAE.
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Latitude: (25.031260)
Longitude: (55.218015)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

Arabian Ranches Golf Club 4-star
PO Box 36700, Arabian Ranches, Dubai
+971 (0)4 366 3000

Eleven well-appointed guest rooms are available in the Arabian Ranches Clubhouse, together with an excellent restaurant. An ideal and quiet Stay&Play location from which to explore Dubai excellent array of golf courses.

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Golf within 10 km No
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Golf within 30 km Emirates (Majlis and Wadi courses); Montgomerie Dubai; Jebel Ali; The Track (Meydan Golf); Dubai Creek; Dubai Hills; Jumeirah Golf; Els Club; Trump Dubai.
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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa 5-star
PO Box 8168, Dubai, UAE
+971 (0)4 832 6699

A 5-star resort in the heart of the desert. Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is an elegant desert resort located in a traditional Arabic fort setting.

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Golf within 10 km Arabian Ranches; The Els Club
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Golf within 30 km Emirates (Majlis and Wadi courses); The Montgomerie Dubai; Nad Al Sheba; Dubai Country Club.
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