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 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.
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.
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