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In Pictures: The Golf Courses of the UAE
As golfing fans eagerly await the Emirates Airline Invitational (17th Jan) Kipp takes a look the country's finest Golf Courses.
January 9, 2011 1:22 by Eva Fernandes
About: Opened in May 2004, the Tower Links Golf Club offers a 18 hole, par 72 golf course. The back nine holes and practice facilities are fully floodlit for night play.
Located: Ras Al Khaimah
Contact: 07 2279939
About: The first of its kind in Sharjah, this golf course offers a 9 hole par 72 layout that exceeds the 7,300 yard mark with between 5 and 7 different tees on every hole.
Located: Near Sharjah Airport
Contact: 06 548 7777
About: Set against desert vegetation, the Els Club golf course stretches 7,538 yards has four sets of tees. It was named after its designer, US Open and Open Champion, Ernie Els.
Located: Dubai Sports Ciy
Contact: 04 425 1010
About: Stretching over 247 acre, the Arabian Ranches golf course is a par 72; with every golf cart offering the GPS yardage service. Ian Baker-Finch who designed the course said about his design: “Our design brief was to extend, elongate the routing throughout the desert as much as possible, creating an oasis effect throughout the Arabian Ranches property.”
Located: Arabian Ranches, Emirates Road (311), Dubai.
Contact: 04 366 3000
About: Recently undergoing a make-over, the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club golf course offers an 18 hole, par 71 course which extends for 6,857 yards. The club also boasts of the region’s first ever Golf Academy which staffs PGA Professionals.
Located: Deira Creek next to the Park Hyatt in Deira, Dubai
Contact: 04 295 6000
About: Not only is the Emirates Golf Club the host of the PGA European Tour sanctioned Dubai Desert Classic but also the Dubai Ladies Masters. The club has two courses: The Majlis and The Faldo in addition to a 9 hole Par 3 course and a golf academy.
Located: Just off Sheikh Zayed Road and bang opposite Media City (and consequently the source of much green envy for Kipp)
Contact: 04 380 2222
About: Offering a 9-hole, par 36 this course designed by Peter Harradine was opened in 1998. The resort also has a Golf Academy with PGA Professionals.
Located: Jebel Ali, UAE
Contact: 04 814 5555
About: Established in 1976, the course was originally a sand course but now offers an 18-hole, par 70, 6,395-yard course.
Located: Al Mushrif, 19th & 24th Street; Abu Dhabi
Contact: 02 445 9600
The 18 hole par 71 Al Ghazal Golf course, which opened in 1997 and stretches for 6,711 yards, sets itself apart from other golf courses in the region by its unique design. As Al Ghazal puts it instead of ‘greens’ there are browns which are created by compacting rolled and treated sand.
Located: Abu Dhabi Airport Golf Club
About: The Abu Dhabi Golf Course designed by Peter Harradine boasts of a 162 hectares long course which has been home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. The par-72, 7,334-yard Championship course has 18 holes where as the 3,299-yard, par-36 course has nine holes.
Located: Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi
Contact: 0 2 558 8990
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