Dubai Creek - United Arab Emirates

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club,
PO Box 6302,
Dubai,
United Arab Emirates


  • +971 4 295 6000

  • Mustafa Al Hashimi

  • European Golf Design in association with Thomas Bjørn

  • Stephen Hubner

The Dubai Creek & Yacht Club grabbed considerable world-wide attention on opening in 1993 when golf in the Middle East was in its infancy. The club is located minutes from the international airport and calling this "a golfer’s paradise" is not wrong.

Well groomed fairways and greens are a feature and the challenge to par is tough from the tournament tees. The course plays a little easier from the forward tees making it most suitable for all golfers, whether here for a Desert Classic or just some quality holiday golf.

The water featured par three course under floodlights and extensive practice facilities combine to make Dubai Creek a golf venue that will live in the memory for a very long time.

The distinctive clubhouse has already won awards around the world and with the green lush fairways of the course lapping the shore of the creek, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is already characterful.

The following edited extract is from 150 Golf Courses You Need To Visit Before You Die by Stefanie Waldek:

“For a desert golf course, it’s unusual that water plays so prominently in the design. But that’s exactly what happens at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. The eponymous creek affects four holes – including the 6th, where golfers must tee off from a platform on the water, while artificial lakes add to the difficulty of other holes.

The views from the course are pretty spectacular, no matter where you stand, as you look out at the water, the city’s skyscrapers, and the sail-shaped clubhouse which acknowledges the connection to the creek.”

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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: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 9
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I played here after many years of planning on doing so and never actually doing it. I wasn’t disappointed but I wasn’t overwhelmed either. I’m not sure the green fees captured what I was hoping for and whilst I would enjoy playing here again it doesn’t sit within my top 10 for the country. Saying that, beautiful club house, wonderful views, not so challenge greens, decent course condition and a good welcoming community feel to it - generally a really lovely course in the heart of the city. The cons for me were that marshals were clearly stressed the day I played which soured the experience a bit, the speed of play was at times a bit painstakingly slow and the bag drop was dysfunctional from drop to dispatch to collect. Simply, it’s a course with history and is definitely worth playing - just not sure it’s where I believed.

January 18, 2022
5 / 10
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jason

Great facilities with wonderful club house, par 3 course etc.

For me the golf course is a bit samey and the greens were only ok, stand out holes are the 6th , 17th and 18th to be fair which are great holes but other than that a bit ordinary in my opinion.

Definitely worth playing for those 3 holes alone but not somewhere i would rush back to.

January 07, 2022
6 / 10
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Chris Wanless

Dubai Creek marked my first experience of Desert Golf and I couldn’t have picked a better venue to start my journey. The venue opened to some significant fanfare in 1993 and was the 2nd course to be built in Dubai to the cost of $100 million. The course has since been redesigned by EGD and Thomas Bjorn and offers unrivalled views of the Dubai skyline and is the only course to play along the Creek.

If a measure of a course is how many holes you remember in a month’s time, then Dubai Creek would rank highly on that metric for its a course that packs a lot in through 18 holes. Well maintained, island greens, holes framed by city skylines, water hazards, gargantuan bunkers, wasteland, etc.

There are a number of memorable holes spread across the course. The 2nd is a lovely risk/reward hole asking how much distance you wish to risk off the tee to shorten the approach over water to the green. The 5th is a beautiful Par 3 with the full Dubai skyline framing the green. The 6th is one of the best holes on the course with a drive taken from a floating tee with the yacht club in full view. The fairway has a stream with a small waterfall running down left hand side with water protecting the front of the green.

On the back 9, the Par 5 13th asks for an approach into a small island green and the finishing stretch from 16-18 is superb all playing along the creek. The 16th is another cracking Par 3 with the excellent greensite offering full views of Dubai. The 17th is a wonderful Par 4 with a narrow fairway guarded by the creek on the left and bunkers on the right. You can plot your way through this hole, but the 18th asks for bravery as if you can avoid the creek with your drive, a long iron will be required over water into a sloping green. It really is a fabulous finishing stretch.

A trip to Dubai Creek would not be complete without dinner in the stunning Sail shaped clubhouse. The terrace overlooks Dubai and it is a serene setting during sunset.

Dubai Creek is fun from start to finish and should be on everyone’s tick list when visiting the Middle East.

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October 25, 2021
8 / 10
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Adam

The front nine is slightly bland but the course comes alive on the back nine. Like many of the courses in the UAE, the final 3 holes do make the course, with all three playing with the creek on the left-hand side. The conditions are excellent and the greens are not as quick as some of the other courses in the area. The only real down-side is the proximity to the city but it's still a solid track at a fairly reasonable price for the area.

Best Hole: 18- An excellent finishing hole that runs along the creek. There is then an inlet of water just over 100 yards away from a large green. This requires two good blows to have a look at birdie.

August 08, 2020
8 / 10
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Josh P

As Dubai golf goes, I found Dubai Creek to be an enjoyable course. A tough but in general fair challenge, and a variety of holes. There’s lots of water used as hazards, for example, the par 3 5th has some over the back, and the next tee is actually located on the creek, on a floating tee. Something you don’t see everywhere! The 13th is a risk/reward par 5 with an island green, which depending on your games requires a well thought out approach. There’s water in play on the left on 17 and 18, but you are basically just putting yourself in as much trouble if you bail out right into the bunkers and trees. This isn’t my favourite style of golf in the world, but for what it sets out to do, Dubai Creek does a good job.

April 09, 2020
6 / 10
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steve chard

Great course with a fantastic layout. If you’re afraid of water I’d suggest a different course! How this is only ranked 5 in the UAE is a mystery

November 09, 2017
8 / 10
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I really enjoyed playing Dubai Creek. It has so many memorable holes, and holes that challenge you too, that invite you to make good shot selection. The last two would make it onto anyone's wish list.The course was also immaculately kept and all the staff and facilities, range, club house etc, excellent. It's very central in Dubai and close to the airport which means it's easy to get to. However a couple of holes are as a consequence near some busy roads. For some like me though the golf was too distracting for this to be a concern. I'd play it again any day.
November 15, 2015
10 / 10
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Andrew Turner
An absolutely fantastic golf course. Don't think that because it is below 7,000 yards from the back tees that it will be a walkover, it is a true test of your golfing abilities.In particular the 17th & 18th holes with the Creek to your left are two of the toughest driving holes I have ever come across. Narrow with the Creek on one side and bunkers and palm trees on the right.The course was in immaculate condition, the maintenance is first class and the layout combined with the inevitable wind means that you will need to use a variety of shots in order to play well. A course I will definitely play again when I'm next in Dubai. It only misses out on 6 balls due to a few holes in the middle of the round which are not as special as the rest.
March 16, 2012
8 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
One of the truly great conditioned courses that I have played. Hardly a blade of grass out of place and for me the best greens in Dubai. Dubai Creek is unlike the Emirates Club; the Creek’s targeted audiences are visitors and at the Emirates, a thriving membership is evident to the tune of over 1000. The course if I am honest sits highly on my list of played courses on the Top 100 website, of which I have played over 200 – this slots in easily within my top 30 and manicured courses and not normally my choice. All fairways are like carpet, bunkering imaginative and holes that have plenty of variation that are joy to play. Lots of good holes early on, like the par-4 6th with the tee box on stilts within the Creek. Here the drive is a thrill and finding the fairway over the water is a brilliant feeling. The 10th is a high class par-5 where premium is on accuracy. The course ends in style with the 17th and 18th par-4’s straight from the very top drawer. Both hugging the Creek to the left and a thrill to play. The last 30 minutes or so on this course playing those two holes must feature in my favorite times on a golf course. Off course attention is of a high class too – the clubhouse in the famous sail shape, the restaurants and the ambience is just quality. Highly recommended.
January 29, 2008
10 / 10
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