The Faldo plays second fiddle to the Majlis at the Emirates Golf Club and you can see why once you play both. The Majlis plays host to the Dubai Desert Classic and most club championships, but I find the Faldo to be much more difficult. Not testing… difficult! The Faldo plays very narrow for the most part with holes 4, 5, 7, and 13 being prime examples. There is only one way to play this course well, and that is to be very accurate both off the tee and into the green. Every fairway has hazards on all sides in the form of water, sandy waste areas, and/or Mr. Faldo’s infamous bunkering. The greens are fast and heavily contoured with several breaks of various sizes. They are surrounded by trouble with most of them playing thin and long. Finishing pin high is a must if you are to avoid three-putting. If you are a low handicapper with good long iron play, you may find the going a little easier. But for the average club golfer, it can be a frustrating experience to say the least. You’re better off playing the Majlis for a little more, no matter what your skill level.
Date: September 20, 2011