The city of Dubai is known for some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and its unique blend of cultures. But did you know that Dubai also offers an incredible variety of world-class golf courses?

Emirates Golf Club

The Majlis Emirates Golf Club was the first all-grass golf course in the Middle East when it was created in 1988. The course is still one of the most famous in the region. Every year, it hosts the Omega Dubai Desert Competition. The course features a breathtaking backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers and a mixture of desert and lush vegetation.

The Faldo Emirates Golf Club is a sister course to the Majlis Emirates Golf Club. Although the course is nicknamed “Wadi” for its valley formation, it was originally named after Sir Nick Faldo, who revamped the grounds in 2006. The course is popular for playing at night under the floodlights.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth is known for hosting the PGA European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship. Although the course boasts generous landing areas, it provides a challenge due to its combination of water, wind, and sand. At the par-5 18th, players must face a rocky stream that cuts through the fairway.

The Jumeirah Golf Estates Fire course is very similar to its sister, the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth. The course, however, is geared more towards the average golf player. It includes more options for different strategies and more receptive greens.

Dubai Creek Yacht and Golf Club

Dubai Creek features an incredible par-3 course. The scenery of the course is unique in that players can watch the boats on the Dubai Creek, and also see one of the sport’s most unique clubhouse, which is built to look like the sails of an Arab dhow.

Al Badia Golf Club by Intercontinental

This course, built in 2005 by Robert Trent Jones II, was originally part of Four Seasons Dubai. The course now belongs to the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai. Al Badia now includes a unique and strategic “river of sand” design and a variety of lakes.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

This residential course, created in 2004, can be enjoyed by players regardless of skill, although the sands lining the fairways still provide a fun challenge. The course features an innovative contoured green formed into a unique sand dune.

Golfing on one (or more) of these courses is a must-do during your next trip to Dubai. These clubs include options for everyone, whether you are a casual golfer or a competitive professional looking for a new challenge.