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The Els Club Dubai

The Els Club

The Els Club Dubai is part of the extraordinary, $3 billion Dubai Sports City, a sports-lover’s dream.

This Ernie Els signature golf course is a ‘desert links’ with a natural look and feel; in essence, a combination of a links golf course and traditional ‘classical era’ design. It features broad and gently rolling fairways, steep greenside bunkers, grassy swales and imaginatively designed greens. The putting surfaces are fine-textured Bermuda grass, conducive to maintaining smooth, fast greens that are a joy to putt on all year round. The course measures 7,538 yards from the tips, although in all there are five sets of tees allowing players of all standards a selection of different lengths in order to enjoy this great course to the full.

“We really couldn’t be more proud of the golf course,” says Ernie. “Since it opened in 2007 it’s become a favourite among local and international golfers. The all-year round conditioning of the course has by general consensus set a new benchmark for golf in this region. The crisp, clean playing surfaces are literally Augusta-like in quality, which is why many European Tour players make The Els Club Dubai a go-to destination.

“This really is a 5-star experience every step of the way and the clubhouse is as good as I’ve seen anywhere; it’s all very classy, very comfortable and not pretentious or overly formal in any way. There are also some tasteful hints of my beautiful homeland, South Africa. For me The Els Club Dubai feels like a home from home. I know whenever I go there my clubs are safely stored in Locker No.1 so I’m all set for a game.”

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Course Specifications

Location United Arab Emirates
Opened 2008
Terain Inland, links
Yardage 7,538 yards
PAR 72
Web www.elsclubdubai.com
Awards Named ‘Best New International Course 2008’ by Links magazine. Wins CNBC Property Award in the category of ‘Best Golf Course Dubai’ in 2009. Awarded runner-up spot by Golf Inc. in its prestigious ‘Best International Golf Development of the Year’ rankings in 2009. Voted by Troon Golf as ‘Best New Facility of the Year’ in 2009. Proudly hosts its first tour event in December 2014, the Asian Tour’s inaugural Dubai Open Golf Championship. At the 2015 Middle East Golf Awards The Els Club Dubai scooped an impressive hat-trick of awards, winning Golf Maintenance Team of the Year, Best F&B Outlet of the Year for The Big Easy Winebar & Grill, and Academy of the Year for the Butch Harmon School of Golf located at The Els Club Dubai.

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