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Playing Golf in Dubai

The author is an air warrior, military historian and writer on warfare and military history



Golf is both relaxations as well as a pleasure game. The only problem is that it is tagged as a game for the affluent. Thus it is no surprise that Golf is more popular in Europe, the United States, and Japan. So in case you are looking to have a holiday as well as play golf then you may consider Dubai which is part of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai has changed beyond measure during the last two decades and this coastal city has become one of the important destinations of the world. Thus it will make good sense to have a holiday in Dubai and also brush up your golf'.

Dubai offers you a number of excellent golf courses of 9 and 18 holes. The greens are good and the courses are well maintained. The surprising part is that Dubai which is on the edge of the Arabian Desert has yet been able to incorporate some lovely courses that can be matched to the best courses in Europe and the States. In addition, the climate of Dubai is quite congenial ( August to March) and thus it will be worthwhile to have a golfing holiday in Dubai.



One of the advantages of playing golf in Dubai is that you don’t have to stick to the game from sunrise to sunset. This is because unlike at other places, the golf courses in Dubai are floodlit and that makes playing golf a very exciting experience. This means you can play golf round the clock. The courses are also open and the golfing greens are just waiting for you to have long shot and putt the ball. The Golf courses maintenance staff and the caddies are mostly from the sub-continent, primarily from Kerala in India and they are willing workers.

If you haven’t played golf before at night, then playing in Dubai at night will be an entirely different experience compared to playing in the sunlight. You will relish it. In fact, many visitors to this hub come only for the charm to play golf at night. Another icing on the cake is the easy availability of golfing equipment like golf clubs-irons and woods as well as full sets and golf clothing at bargain prices. You may just like to pick up a golf set or an ancillary on your visit to Dubai.

Along with playing golf Dubai has excellent eating joints and shopping plazas. A degree of nightlife is also available and all in all, it is a plus holiday.

Dubai has a number of Golf courses. You can have the pick of them and select the one nearest to your hotel. Some of the Dubai golf courses that you can easily have access to are Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club, Four Seasons Golf Club, Jebel Ali Golf Resort, The Els Club, The Montgomerie, Dubai-Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Al Hamra Golf Club – RAK, Sharjah Golf & Shooting Club, and the Towerlinks Golf Club - RAK

Most of the golf courses are of international standards and eminent golfers like Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh are frequent visitors to the golf courses in Dubai. In fact, many travel agents will offer you a number of options for your golfing holiday that will include playing golf, sightseeing, and stay.

Dubai is now on the international horizon for golf tournaments as well and a number of high-paying prize money golfing events are part of the annual world calendar.


Last word

It is hard to reconcile to the fact that just about five decades back Dubai was perhaps just like a fishing village but the sagacity and entrepreneur capability of the ruler of Dubai Sheik Maktoum, as well as pragmatic approach where religious dogma is set aside has been the key to the rise of Dubai. This should be a lesson to obscurantist societies like Pakistan and Afghanistan who must learn how to progress from Dubai and the United Arab Emeritus. Even the Saudi Arabian ruler Prince Salman has taken many leaves out of the book of Dubai to stop the dependence on oil.

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I have played golf at most places in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and it has been a refreshing experience. Yes, it will cost you money but that is part of the game. The median cost for an 18-hole round at a public golf course is $36 including a cart. The elite clubs will cost you anything from $107 to 175 for one round. I was lucky as my visits were sponsored and paid for by my American company.

I will conclude with a thought which must be in the mind of quite a few people and that is looking for girlfriends. This is about the best place to strike a relationship with girls who are from Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria not forgetting Americans.


MG Singh (author) from UAE on August 06, 2021:

Thank you, Peggy, sweet of you to comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2021:

Dedicated golfers would love playing anywhere. While different, I am sure it is fun in the desert.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on August 05, 2021:

Chitra, thank you for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 05, 2021:

Interesting information about playing Golf options in Dubai.

Thank you for sharing another informative article about Dubai.

MG Singh (author) from UAE on August 05, 2021:

Thank you Bill, nice to read your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 05, 2021:

Such a strange concept, golf at in the is such a big world, so much to experience. I had no idea about this. Thanks for broadening my knowledge.

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