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

Caesarea

11th Middle East Ranking

Israel has never exactly been known as a golfing hotbed but that may be about to change with the upgrading of Caesarea, one of only two courses in the country, by none other than the legendary Pete Dye.

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Al Badia Golf Club

12th Middle East Ranking

In February 2017 the Al Badia golf course closed. The club offered no explanation as to why, but reports suggest the decision to close is a personal one by the owning Al Futtaim family.

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Description: In February 2017 the Al Badia golf course closed. The club offered no explanation as to why, but reports suggest the decision to close is a personal one by the owning Al Futtaim family. Rating: 5 out of 6

Royal Golf Club (Montgomerie)

13th Middle East Ranking

Now part of the luxury Riffa Views residential complex, the new Montgomerie layout at the Royal Golf Club lies within three housing estates and it will, in time, be serviced by a country club...

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Description: Now part of the luxury Riffa Views residential complex, the new Montgomerie layout at the Royal Golf Club lies within three housing estates and it will, in time, be serviced by a country club... Rating: 5 out of 6

Montgomerie Dubai

14th Middle East Ranking

The Montgomerie is an open, expansive championship course with huge green complexes, laid out on a 265-acre site where the eighteen holes occupy almost half of this area...

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Description: The Montgomerie is an open, expansive championship course with huge green complexes, laid out on a 265-acre site where the eighteen holes occupy almost half of this area... Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Jumeirah (Fire)

15th Middle East Ranking

Although only open since January 2010, the Fire layout – another Greg Norman creation at the Jumeirah Golf Estates – is more of a links-like track than its sibling the Earth course.

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Description: Although only open since January 2010, the Fire layout – another Greg Norman creation at the Jumeirah Golf Estates – is more of a links-like track than its sibling the Earth course. Rating: 5 out of 6

Emirates (Faldo)

16th Middle East Ranking

The Wadi at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai was redesigned in 2006 by Nick Faldo and was later renamed the Faldo in commemoration of the six-time major winner.

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Description: The Wadi at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai was redesigned in 2006 by Nick Faldo and was later renamed the Faldo in commemoration of the six-time major winner. Rating: 4 out of 6

Muscat Hills

17th Middle East Ranking

Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club has set its sights on becoming the “home of golf” in the Sultanate of Oman and early signs suggest that the club is proudly paving the way to success.

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Description: Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club has set its sights on becoming the “home of golf” in the Sultanate of Oman and early signs suggest that the club is proudly paving the way to success. Rating: 4 out of 6

Sahara

18th Middle East Ranking

Peter Harradine fashioned the golf course at the Sahara Kuwait Resort and it opened for play in September 2005 to a rapturous ovation.

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Arabian Ranches

19th Middle East Ranking

Arabian Ranches Golf Club opened in February 2004 and this was Ian Baker-Finch's first collaboration with Nicklaus Design.

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Description: Arabian Ranches Golf Club opened in February 2004 and this was Ian Baker-Finch's first collaboration with Nicklaus Design. Rating: 4.25 out of 6

Al Hamra

20th Middle East Ranking

The fairways at Al Hamra Golf Club weave around four inter-connected lagoons on a property where a staggering five million cubic meters of sand and soil was reputedly moved during course construction.

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