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Home to the Omega Desert Classic and the DP World Tour Championship, the UAE is a magnet for the world’s pro golfers and fans alike.

September 2015

From the course that overlooks the Arabian Gulf to the one currently being designed by Tiger Woods himself, the UAE spares little in the way of extravagance and finance when it comes to this popular recreational activity.

It’s no wonder over 22 percent of luxury residential sales above AED 5 million in the first half of 2015 were from the golf communities of Emirates Hills, Arabian Ranches, The Lakes and Victory Heights, according to data by REIDIN and analysis by Luxhabitat.


Launching in the Middle East for the first time, the Trump Organisation in collaboration with DAMAC Properties is developing two golf courses in Dubai.

The first, The Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, will sit at the heart of the upcoming AKOYA by DAMAC golf community and is scheduled to open in the next six months. Last year Donald Trump, U.S. billionaire and property tycoon, and his daughter Ivanka made a highly-publicised visit to Dubai proclaiming that the project is the “greatest golf community in Asia.”

“Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Gil Hanse, the designer of the golf course at the Rio Olympic Games, the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, is set to be one of the most stunning courses in the region, with white glove services providing a memorable round,” says Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President DAMAC Properties.

The 42 million sq ft development has a sales value of about USD 6.5 billion and will feature 7,000 residential units, including the first Fendi villas in the world, luxury condominiums and hotel apartments by Paramount.

The second course, the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, is part of the 55 million sq ft AKOYA Oxygen master development and is scheduled to open in 2017.

“This course has been designed by one of the world’s greatest players of all time, Tiger Woods. Again, the course will provide professionals and amateurs with a challenging test, while providing the highest standards of service,” says McLoughlin.

The 18-hole course will include a club house, pro shop and several international restaurants. The upcoming AKOYA Oxygen property will include open spaces, amenities, gardens and water features.


One of the UAE’s more unique courses, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi holds the title of the first beachfront golf course on the Arabian Gulf.  It features several beachfront holes in a course that weaves in and out of five-star hotels lining the beach.

“Additionally, players and guests have daily interactions with Saadiyat’s natural inhabitants, such as mountain gazelles, along with the diverse species of sea birds that flock to the island,” says Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

Designed by South African golfing legend Gary Player, the course is one of the few eco-conscious courses in the region with an aquatic habitat, three salt water lakes, restoration of the beach and several sand dunes – not to mention a glimpse of humpback dolphins and green and hawksbill sea turtles for a few lucky players.

The course features a 150 yard wide and 380 yard wide long practice range, putting green and private instruction area. “Moreover, the 18-hole course caters to all types of players, starting at 5,290 yards to 7,806 yards, it is believed to be among the most demanding golf courses for the world’s leading tour players,” says Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.


Host to the DP World Tour Championship since 2009, Jumeirah Golf Estates is one of the Middle East’s most recognised residential golf communities, offering not only golfing facilities, but also individually designed homes in the UAE.

As a European Tour Destination, the course attracts the top 60 players from across Europe culminating in a televised event. In addition, Jumeirah Golf Estates is the Middle East’s first and only European Tour Performance Institute where amateur golfers can play alongside the professionals.

“The par 72 Fire and Earth courses measure 7,480 yard and 7,706 yards respectively from the championship tees. The course presentation is highly individual – with each hole a design gem blending effortlessly into the natural desert landscape with the highest attention to detail ensuring every hole is as remarkable as the next,” says Yousuf Kazim, CEO Jumeirah Golf Estates.

The Fire & Earth courses are part of Jumeirah Golf Estates Phase A development, which consists of 375 hectares of a 1,119 hectare land parcel, and incorporates 14 residential communities, comprising of more than 1,500 constructed and under construction properties.

Redwood and AlAndalus are the new collection of townhouses, villas and apartments to Jumeriah Golf Estates portfolio.

While the course attracts an international clientele Kazim says they’re seeing an influx of Arabs, particularly those learning to play golf at the European Tour Institute.


Somewhat of an establishment for pro golfers and expats in the UAE, Emirates Golf Club  was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. It has two popular courses, the Majlis and the Faldo.

The Club is located in the upmarket area of Emirates Hills in Dubai. Earlier this year Emirates Hills had the highest volume of residential transactions compared to all golf communities in Dubai with over half of the sales transactions coming from the area totalling AED 433 million.

Named among the top 100 golf courses in the world by Golf World, the 7,301 yard Majlis championship course plays host to the Dubai Desert Classic and Dubai Ladies Masters.

“During these tournaments some of the world’s finest golfers have played and won, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Fred Couples,” says Adele Cowgill, Head of Sales & Marketing, Dubai Golf.

Designed by golfing legend Nick Faldo, the Faldo, in 2010, became the only 18-hole course in Dubai to offer a night golf experience.