Al Fay Rd,
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Residential and desert.
Above distances are for the Earth course. Also at Jumeirah Golf Estates is the 18-hole Fire course (par-72; 7480 yards from the back tees; rating 75.6).
Immediately SW of Dubai Sports City / 27 km SW of Downtown Dubai/Burj Khalifa.
Located between the Sheik Zayed Road (E11) and the Sheik Hamdan Al Nahyan Road (D54), next to Dubai Sports City.
Jumeirah Golf Estates' Earth course opened in November 2009 coincident with staging the European Tour's first Dubai World Championship. Earth and its companion layout, Fire, are the first Greg Norman designs in the Gulf.
Earth's natural undulations are home to a relatively open layout, where good-width, at times very generous, fairways lead you into large and audaciously sloping greens. The bleached white sand in the stylish fairway and greenside bunkers was imported from North Carolina; the shifting sands of the Arabian Gulf not being suitable for this particular project. Beyond the fairways and not overly penal rough, swathes of earthy red wood chippings make for easy ball finding, but also some tricky recovery shots.
As with the other Jumeirah courses, housing lines much of the perimeter of the course, but is usually set well out of harm's way. Perhaps the most challenging hole comes at the end, with a rock-lined stream meandering up the middle of the fairway on this long par-5, which gently climbs to the final huge and undulating green. At 7,706 yards, you'd be well advised to leave the back tees to the tour professionals who contest the finale of the European Tour's Race to Dubai on this course.
Inspired by the natural elements of Fire, Earth, Water and Wind, and interwoven with tastefully designed homes, the four championship golf courses of Jumeirah Golf Estates are set to take their place among the world's most prestigious residential golf developments.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Non-metal spike facility.
The Earth course is the proud host of the Dubai World Championship - the culmination of the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai. This season-ending event determines who becomes the No.1 European Tour golfer of the year.
2020 Golf Digest rating: 5th best course in the UAE.
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