Best golf courses: Dubai

Dubai: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in and around this city. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key below for the rating definitions.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2017)
Dubai
Jones II, Robert Trent

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(Closed in 2017)

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Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
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Nicklaus Design

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Nicklaus Design
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Baker-Finch, Ian

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Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
(Closed in 2007)
Dubai
Unknown

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(Closed in 2007)

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Unknown
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Bjorn, Thomas

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The front-nine was recently and extensively redesigned by Thomas Bjorn in association with European Golf Design.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Johnston, Gary

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Gary Johnston of European Golf Design.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Dubai
Els, Ernie

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Ernie Els
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Faldo, Nick

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Major re-design by Nick Faldo completed in 2006. The original course was designed by Karl Litten and Jeremy Pern.
5-PLUS: In the world’s elite - has few peers; one of our top-rated 5s!
Visitors welcome
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Litten, Karl

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Karl Litten

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
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Harradine, Peter

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Peter Harradine
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
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Norman, Greg

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Greg Norman

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Norman, Greg

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Greg Norman

TBA
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Singh, Vijay

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TBA

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Vijay Singh

TBA
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Garcia, Dye & Norman

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TBA

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Sergio Garcia, Pete Dye and Greg Norman

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
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Montgomerie, Colin

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Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
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Unknown

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Unknown
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Harradine, Peter

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Dubai

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Original 18-hole Nad Al Sheba course designed by Karl Litten (1993). Revamped 9-hole layout (The Track) designed by Peter Harradine (2014).
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Dubai
Hanse, Gil

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Dubai

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Gil Hanse

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Tournaments

Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).

Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).

Who's Who

Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.

Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.

Costa Cruise & Golf

Costa’s "Cruise & Golf" allows golfers and their families to combine a unique golfing experience with the relaxation and fun of a cruise on board Costa Smeralda. Golf enthusiasts are offered a choice from 23 top-quality golf clubs; their chosen courses are played during the ship’s port calls in Italy, France and Spain. While the golfers are driving the fairways, accompanying non-golfers are able to enjoy the amenities and activities on-board, or explore wonderful places on day excursions organised by Costa. Read more ...

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