When the Emirates Golf Club was established in 1988, it was the first all grass championship course in the Gulf region, and was dubbed ‘the desert miracle'. Since then, the Emirates has been at the forefront as Dubai has flourished as a golf destination, and is home to two outstanding championship courses and a 9 hole par 3 course.
The Majlis is the Emirates' original layout, but it remains one of the most challenging in the region, and hosts the world's best professionals for the Dubai Desert Classic every year. The idyllic holes created by designer Karl Litten are carved into the great swathes of sandy wasteland, and combine to produce a 7,185 yard championship course of the finest standard and the most dramatic character.
Since Nick Faldo completed his comprehensive refurbishment, the Faldo course has deservedly stood side by side with the more prestigious Majlis layout. Now stretched to a wearying 7,328 yards, the Faldo challenges both ball striking and creativity. The putting surfaces are extremely challenging, while the ever-present expanses of water can quickly upend your scorecard. Always in terrific condition, the Faldo is now well worth playing during your trip to the awesome Emirates Club.
The impressive clubhouse at the Emirates is designed to resemble a Bedouin tented village, and is a reminder of the region's humble origins.