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.”
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.
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.
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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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