Middle East

Traditional definitions of the Middle East include the nations of Egypt and Turkey but we incorporate the former in our Africa listings and the latter in our Continental Europe rankings. In a region where the ancient religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam originated (and proponents of each have battled for supremacy down the centuries), oil now dominates the economies of each and every one of the mainly-Arab nations that occupy this extremely hot and arid landscape. Sadly, with military conflict continuing to blight the lives of millions of people who live in the region, golf could hardly be further from the minds of many who live here.

The United Arab Emirates operates more than twenty golf courses and we feature fifteen of the very best. At the top of our chart, Yas Links is a wonderful Kyle Philips layout which has attracted very favourable reviews since it opened its doors in 2010 and it’s one of three excellent 18-hole layouts that you’ll find close to the capital city of Abu Dhabi (the other two courses being the Karl Litten-designed Abu Dhabi (National) course and Saadiyat Beach, a Gary Player design that also opened to great acclaim in 2010).

Elsewhere in the Middle East, we shine the spotlight on solitary tracks in Bahrain, Israel and Lebanon whilst a couple of courses also come under scrutiny in Oman. Finally, we focus on a pair of Peter Harradine designs: Sahara in Kuwait and the more celebrated Championship course at Doha Golf Club, which has hosted the Qatar masters since 1998, shortly after it first opened for play.

Our Middle East rankings were last updated in February 2017. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Middle East

Yas Links

1st Middle East Ranking

Extending to 7,450 yards, Yas Links was over three years in construction and it lies across the highway from the Yas Marina car racing circuit with eight of the holes located right against the coastline.

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Description: Extending to 7,450 yards, Yas Links was over three years in construction and it lies across the highway from the Yas Marina car racing circuit with eight of the holes located right against the coastline. Rating: 5.4444444444444 out of 6

Almouj

2nd Middle East Ranking

The spectacular centrepiece of the Wave Resort project is the wonderful Greg Norman-designed Almouj golf complex that features both a championship 18-hole course and a floodlit 9-hole par three layout.

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Description: The spectacular centrepiece of the Wave Resort project is the wonderful Greg Norman-designed Almouj golf complex that features both a championship 18-hole course and a floodlit 9-hole par three layout. Rating: 6 out of 6

Emirates (Majlis)

3rd Middle East Ranking

The Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club opened for play in 1988 and it was the first 18-hole grass golf course to open in the Middle East.

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Description: The Majlis course at the Emirates Golf Club opened for play in 1988 and it was the first 18-hole grass golf course to open in the Middle East. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Abu Dhabi (National)

4th Middle East Ranking

Saltwater lakes, ornamental trees and palms make the setting oasis-like with lush playing surfaces, bold, strategic bunkering coupled with large greens paint the Abu Dhabi picture.

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Description: Saltwater lakes, ornamental trees and palms make the setting oasis-like with lush playing surfaces, bold, strategic bunkering coupled with large greens paint the Abu Dhabi picture. Rating: 5.1428571428571 out of 6

Jumeirah (Earth)

5th Middle East Ranking

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.

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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: 4.8571428571429 out of 6

Doha (Championship)

6th Middle East Ranking

Home to the Qatar Masters and designed by Peter Harradine in the mid 1990s, Doha Golf Club is located about 10 kilometres to the north of Doha, the Qatari capital.

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Description: Home to the Qatar Masters and designed by Peter Harradine in the mid 1990s, Doha Golf Club is located about 10 kilometres to the north of Doha, the Qatari capital. Rating: 6 out of 6

Dubai Creek

7th Middle East Ranking

The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club grabbed considerable world-wide attention on opening in 1993 when golf in the Middle Eastern desert was in its infancy.

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Description: The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht club grabbed considerable world-wide attention on opening in 1993 when golf in the Middle Eastern desert was in its infancy. Rating: 5.6666666666667 out of 6

Saadiyat Beach

8th Middle East Ranking

Opened in March 2010, the Gary Player-designed course at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is billed as the Persian Gulf’s first ocean course.

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Description: Opened in March 2010, the Gary Player-designed course at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is billed as the Persian Gulf’s first ocean course. Rating: 5 out of 6

Els Club - Dubai

9th Middle East Ranking

The Els Club was the first completed venue within a multi billion dollar development at Dubai’s Sports City that now includes the world’s first purpose-built Manchester United Soccer School facility...

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Description: The Els Club was the first completed venue within a multi billion dollar development at Dubai’s Sports City that now includes the world’s first purpose-built Manchester United Soccer School facility... Rating: 4.8571428571429 out of 6

Al Zorah

10th Middle East Ranking

Unveiled at the end of 2015, the 18-hole layout at Al Zorah Golf Club was the first golf course to open for play in the United Arab Emirates for more than six years.

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