Jumeirah (Earth) - United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Golf Estates,
P.O. Box 262080,
Dubai,
United Arab Emirates


  • +971 4 375 2222

  • Golf Club Website

  • Off Emirates Road after the Green Community roundabout, exit on the right side

  • Members and their guests only

  • Julian Small

  • Greg Norman

  • Neal Graham


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Double Open Champion Greg Norman designed the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates and it’s his first Middle Eastern course design to open for play. The Earth course is also the first course to have been built specifically for a championship and then unveiled as the first tee shot was hit at that championship.

The visionary master plan of Leisurecorp-owned Jumeirah Golf Estates is to create the world’s premier golf destination at the centre of a luxury residential golf community. Four courses are planned, Fire, Earth, Water and Wind which will form part of a massive leisure and real estate facility nine times the size of London’s Hyde Park.

Few people experienced Greg Norman’s Earth course, even though the layout was fully grassed in April 2008. In January 2009 a handful of Pros including Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Darren Clarke were invited to play the last four holes of the Earth course, described by Norman as “the most challenging mile in golf”. Since then, the Earth course was closed for play, waiting for its curtain call at the inaugural Dubai World Championship in November 2009.

We’re led to believe that never before has a course been closed to the public for so long, simply waiting for its debut. The theory being that the Earth course would not only look and feel established but also it would boast a level of conditioning which most of the top pros had never experienced before.

The Fire course, also designed by Greg Norman, opened for play in January 2010. Vijay Singh’s Water course is next on the list, followed by the final course in the elementally named series – Wind. Assuming Leisurecorp funding does not dry up, the Wind course, co-designed by Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman and Pete Dye, promises to be the most celebrated Jumeirah course, which will be routed through the desert dunes in a traditional links-like style.

The world was transfixed by the Earth course as the Dubai World Championships unfolded into a very exciting climax to the 2009 season. In the end, England’s Lee Westwood cruised to victory, closing on 23 under par. His final round of 64 was not only one of his career best performances but also a course record on the Greg Norman-designed Earth course. Along with the title, Westwood claimed the €830,675 first prize and the European No.1 spot for the second time in his career.

Robert Karlsson overcame Ian Poulter in a play-off to win the 2010 Dubai World Championship, but it was Martin Kaymer who won the Race to Dubai, becoming only the second German to finish the European season as No.1.

2011 was Luke Donald’s year. The Englishman achieved an historic US and European money list double after finishing 3rd at the Dubai World Championship. Alvaro Quiros lifted the 2011 title but Donald grabbed the headlines, becoming the first player in history to claim the double. In 2012, Rory McIlroy emulated Luke Donald’s achievement, winning the US and European money list double, but the Northern Irishman went further in the season-ending finale and birdied the Earth’s last five holes to secure the DP World Tour Championship title by two shots.

2013 was Henrik Stenson’s year, winning the World Tour Championship by six shots from Ian Poulter, the big Swede became the first golfer to win the Race to Dubai and FedEx Cup in the same year. In 2014, Stenson successfully defended the title, the first title defence of his career but Rory won the Race. McIlroy went on to win the 2015 World Tour Championship title and became the first golfer to retain the Race to Dubai trophy since Ernie Els in 2004. Matthew Fitzpatrick won the season-ending title in 2016, but the Race to Dubai honours went to Henrik Stenson for the second time.

Bob Knott, the senior development manager for golf courses at Leisurecorp, reckons that the Earth course will be rated “the world’s best newcomer” and he also thinks that within five years both Fire and Earth will be World Top 100 golf courses. Knott's prediction has so far failed to come true.

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Description: The Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was the first course to have been built specifically for a championship and then unveiled as the first tee shot was hit at that championship. Rating: 4.875 out of 6

This just about sneaks 5 starts, but its a 4.5 I think. I cant really put my finger on it, but I left slightly underwhelmed. It's always fun play the famous courses and test yourself against the pro's, but the course didn't excite me much. Great condition and fun to play, but it is all quite samey. You stand on every tee and look out a sea of bunkers all over the fairway. You then get to your ball and find that you cant see the bottom of the pin. Nearly every approach shot seems to be uphill, and I think you can only see the bottom of the pin on 3 or 4 holes. Its well worth the twilight rate, but in my view there are some much better courses in the region (Majlis, Yas, Al Zorah).

October 04, 2017


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I played the Earth course in August 2014 and will happily recommend the experience. I played from the back tees and found it suitably challenging although felt a lack of necessity for course management. The course is beautiful to the eye, and there are plenty of bunkers to contend with but I generally prefer more traditional golf courses requiring more than high, straight drivers and long irons (instead perhaps some awkward short irons, strategic tee shots and trajectory/shape control). This is definitely one of the better courses in the UAE and I loved the challenge (I hit a lot of long irons into greens) but the course is no more than a lovely holiday course in my opinion; it won't go down as one of the best courses in my book. With that being said, only Yas Links would make it into that league (from the UAE) in my opinion.
February 16, 2016


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A tricky review to write as the excitement and experience of playing the Race to Dubai final course affects your judgement. It is in my opinion a far more iconic course than amazing course. I aldo played the Fire course and found it to be a better and more enjoyable layout. With that said the Earth is a great course and was in great shape. Lots of bunkers so for the average player (im a 10hcp) you were playing at least one sand shot per hole on average. Not particularly long and not particularly varied. It was driver on all par 4 and 5s. It's the price that is obviously the biggest drawback but I would argue that you get what you pay for. Everything is included at a top class facility. The clubhouse is amazing with great service. They do earlier twilight rates than any other course in Dubai and that makes the price way more reasonable.
February 13, 2016


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I played this course in December 2012 on a 4 course golf tour. The course was in fabulous condition and looked a picture. We played off the green tees, and although reasonably long at 7045 yards it was very playable fast but not lightning greens that held the ball pretty well. There are some great holes. I know that because as I was playing them I was thinking to myself: 'This is another great hole'. However I would have to go back and play the course again to be able to describe them properly, because somehow, with the exception of the finish with all the water, they all blend into each other and the overall experience is somehow not as memorable as it should be. My overriding memory is of standing on numerous tees and looking out at a sea of bunkers and wondering where on 'Earth' I was supposed to hit the ball? The course is a real test of ball-striking to avoid these numerous hazards, but somehow the holes lack definition as a result. Even the final hole, which is certainly memorable with the stream running up the middle of the fairway, feels a bit tricked up. I wanted to love this course, and given the great condition, the excitement of playing so soon after the Race to Dubai, and the fact that I played my best golf of the tour here there was every reason why it should have been my favourite. But at the end of the day the sister course (Fire) has far more memorable holes and Earth is probably not worth the extra premium on the green fee. 4 Balls, which might get to 5 if they ever open the clubhouse to get the off-course experience up to scratch.
March 23, 2013


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The Golf course is good for holding a big professional tournament. It doesn't involve a lot of strategy and is all about hitting the ball straight, high and long.You have bunkers everywhere - on the left, on the right and in the centre, the greens are rounded by bunkers as well - and that's about itThe course is in very good condition, though, thus a 4-ball mark seems appropriate (if not the contition it would be a 3)
January 18, 2011


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bujard
March 20, 2013
When I read your review, it is exactly the words I would have chosen to describe the Earth after I played it.
the earth course lives up what it promises. it`s a great golf course designed by greg norman and built with many machines. the course is in perfect condition. if you expect any traditon or nice surroundings, you are definitely wrong. but once again the golf course itself is a masterpiece
January 17, 2011


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Having visited the course during the Race to Dubai event the chance to play it could not be missed. Finding the course is not the easiest as it is in the middle of a building site. However, this is a quality course and will definitely find any chinks in your armour. Jumeirah (Earth) - The reviewer on the teeEscorted from the driving range by the marshal we were given the choice of tee positions and decided to play off the Tournament Tees (7000 yds) 600 less than the pros. The fairways were in stunning condition and the greens were playing at 10.4. You need to really know this course as the greens are treacherous and the ball really needs to be put in the right place from the fairway to ensure your put is not downhill with a huge break. The bunkering is fantastic and Greg Norman has produced fairway bunkers which truly punish the errant shot no playing out with a rescue club or long iron here its wedges or you are not getting out! The final 3 holes are a great combination of holes with a downhill 2nd to a well protected sloping green on the 16th, a great179yd island green on the 17th followed by the intimidating 600yd 18th uphill with a fairway split by a stream all the way to the green what a finish. I have played all the courses in the UAE and in my opinion this is more than a gem it is better than the Majlis course and should be right at the top of everyone’s wish list.
January 03, 2011


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Until recently the Earth course was probably the most eagerly anticipated new course opening in the world, coinciding with the first Dubai World Championship tournament last November. I joined soon after and have had the pleasure of playing it (and the newly opened ‘Fire’ course, see separate review for that) 10 or so times to date. Earth is certainly long. More than 7.600 yards, so needless to say every hole takes on new dimensions from each of the 4 tee positions. If you are an 18 or more handicapper, forget the tournament tees and make life easier from the ‘signature tees’.

On the 1st you immediately realise that there is seemingly more bunkerage than fairway. Slightly daunting. However like many of the holes here, you need to bring course management into play. Often tempted to hit a driver off every par 4 tee, many times you are better taming the bravado and hitting a low iron or 5 wood. Once in the bunkers, you may find both you and your ball literally underground – some of them are 8 feet deep. One criticism is that there are very few easy entry points to many bunkers – just steep slopes to edge down tentatively. They really should make them easier to enter and leave. The bunkers are often huge, and another slight criticism is that you are only offered one (sometimes 2 of late) rakes, meaning often lengthy ambles round bunkers just to find a rake, not to mention the physical exertion required to rake a deep bunker with 45 degree entry points.

Moving on, the course is in great condition, however one thing really stands out when you first play it: you need to strike the ball differently to most courses you’ll likely have played. Why? The fairways are so solid that any divot more than a few millimetres will grab the club and rob you of 90% of your club-head speed. I guess they were designed and set up for pros who possess great acceleration into shots, and are used to very clean ball striking. But for us mere mortals who are used to proper turf and soil (don’t forget this is a desert, nothing is natural here!) you need to quickly get to grips with your club length. Many who play here will soon realise this and then adjust, only to start topping shots – scared to actually dig into the ball and get under it. Find the medium between the two and you will succeed. Such striking accuracy also means that for most golfers, you need to take out any aggression or desire to blast the ball – I’ve seen it many times. Accurate ball striking requires a relaxed swing, pivot and shot – you’ve heard the expression relating to ball striking ‘play 80% within yourself’? Well Earth course will demand it. Well struck shots on this course will reward accuracy rather than power – the fairways are naturally quick and their contours will add extra yardage if you find them.

Fairways aside, the greens are extremely quick (12+) and tough to read. Like the fairways, the greens seem slightly ‘hollow’ i.e. they don’t have 1000’s of years of soil beneath them, meaning soft landings for chips and low approach shots will be few and far between. That aside however, the greens play great and are a real test for any golfer to read and conquer. Skirting the fairways you’ll find the signature dark brown wood chippings, which pretty much constitute the rough here at Earth. Tough to play out from, you’ll find yourself needing to learn new shot techniques. The course really is a lesson in golf. How Lee Westwood made it look so easy is incredible (even though he did admit it was the best he’d ever played).

Holes to note – well there are many. The last 4 holes are a joy – tough, water around, angling fairways. The 18th really springs to mind, a long uphill par 5 with a narrow creek meandering all the way from tee to green. The island green par 3 17th demands real accuracy. Overall, if you can get to play here, focus on clean ball striking with small to nil divots, brush up on your bunker shot techniques and you’ll love it. It really is a gem of a course as this website states. Well maintained with friendly staff. To play it you’ll need to find a member, alternatively you can say that you’re thinking of joining and pay the green fee for a ‘trial round’. Not cheap at over GBP 100 but golf lovers all know that they secretly want to play this course....!
January 20, 2010


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Brian
November 29, 2010
I think this needs to be upgraded from gem status - I think it's a serious challenger to the Emirates Majlis as best course in the region - it doesn't have the history yet or the uniqueness of some of the holes, but it is very different to any other course in the region - great effort by Greg Norman's design team. 5 stars is spot on.