Luxury resorts & world-class golf set in Arabian splendour
Widely recognised as one of the world’s best golfing destinations, the United Arab Emirates is home to several European Tour events and an unbelievable selection of desert golf throughout Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. Whether you’re looking to stay and play at one luxurious 5* resort, or sample courses from across the region, golf in the UAE is a simply unparalleled experience.
Why play golf in UAE?
- Fabulous championship-standard courses carved out of the desert
- Finest club house hospitality for a luxurious post-round experience
- Experience the ultra-modern city with luxurious malls & restuarants
- Learn about the ancient Arabian culture or take a desert safari
Popular destinations in the UAE
The world’s best desert golf
The choice of golf in the UAE is spectacular, with the likes of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the Jumeirah Golf Estate’s Earth Course, and the Emirates Golf Course Majlis all regular stops on the European Tour. However, it’s tough to find a weak layout in this part of the world, with the likes of Yas Links, Saadiyat Beach, and the Els Club all presenting courses worthy of the very highest praise.
Colin Montgomerie has always had a strong affinity with Dubai, winning the European Tour’s Order of Merit on eight separate occasions and hitting arguably the most-famed shot of his career on the 18th hole at the 1996 Dubai Desert Classic – a driver from the fairway to reach the Par 5 18th hole in two and secure a single-shot victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez. It’s only fitting then, that Montgomerie himself has added to the plethora of fantastic golf courses in the region with the sloping sensation, which is The Montgomerie Golf Club, Dubai.
Elsewhere in the region, the more-recently opened Al Zorah Golf Club in Arman has garnered heaps of praise since opening in December 2015 and is just a short hop across the border for those staying in Dubai. Over in Ras Al Khaimah, The Al Hamra Golf Club also offers a world-class golf course, featuring immaculate conditioning and four picturesque and interconnected lagoons weaving through the course. The layout also features 9-holes of floodlit golf for those looking to squeeze in an additional few holes after dinner!
The warmth of desert-style courses
One of the most luxurious destinations on the planet, the golf scene in the UAE is extremely diverse and vibrant with many of the golf courses playing host to high profile professional tournaments.
One of the reasons golfer’s enjoy playing golf in the UAE is that the cities are bursting life. From the Lavish and futuristic architecture, luxury shopping options, amazing culture, and extraordinary nightlife, the UAE is the place to be for a golf holiday. It offers so much more than just championship golf courses.
With the highly sought-after year-round sun, soft breeze and palm trees surrounding many of the golf courses, you will feel completely transported. The desert layouts of the courses and nature of the glittering oasis is what keep golfers returning.
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Not sure where to play? Browse our map and find your ideal destination in a continent of possibilities. We know you will be spoiled for choice! Remember our knowledgeable golf experts are ready to answer any questions.
High-living & prestigious hotels
With a fantastic array of luxury accommodation, a golf holiday in the UAE is what every golfer needs. We offer a range of prestigious hotels and high-living resorts for you to choose from. All for fantastic value for money.
You can expect to play some of the world’s greatest courses while experiencing pure extravagance at a hotel or resort. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa boasts a wide range of top-quality leisure facilities, bars and restaurants and is just a one-minute walk to the golf course.
The Media Rotana 5* is ideal is you want to base yourself near some of Dubai’s iconic attractions, with all the facilities necessary to ensure your golf break is a pleasurable one. Alternatively, located on-site at the superb Montgomerie Golf Course, The Address Montgomerie Dubai Five-star is ideal for those golfers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Dubai’s city centre. If you're playing at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, The Yas Island Rotana hotel is a perfect base.
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The UAE’s hidden gems
The UAE offers an abundance of things to see and do when you’re not on the fairways. From the spectacular architecture, culture, art, and nightlife as well as outdoor activities you will be entertained day and night.
Dubai is the perfect city to go sight-seeing. A haven of luxury and culture, it is not short of shopping malls and grand mosques. We recommend sampling international foods in the historic Deira district and shopping till you drop the luxurious, world-renowned Dubai Mall. Don’t forget to visit the Jumeirah Mosque at dusk, as this is when the elaborate Islamic carvings are lit up and the minarets cast shadows over the surrounding gardens.
If Abu Dhabi is on your golf holiday hitlist, you’re in for a treat. Home to the UAE’s largest mosque, it is a city full of immersive experiences. Ideal for families, we recommend a trip to Yas Island adventure park and the emirates park zoo where you can have breakfast with the giraffes. There is also a fantastic range of restaurants and bars in this city leaving you spoilt for choice.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the larger cities, Ajman is perfect. From the flamingo filled Al Zorah nature reserve to the desert safaris and quiet beaches, you will be both entertained and relaxed. Ras Al Khaimah Is also worth visiting. Boasting archaeological sites and a famous ghost town, it is filled with great history and culture.