This is an exceptional course, as should be expected of a host for one of the biggest tournaments on the European Tour. The course favours a right to left shot shape and plays fairly long. You need to think your way around, and it’s a good test for golfers of all skill levels. There are some fantastic holes which will stick in your memory, such as the par-3 7th, the 8th with the bedouin tent half-way hut behind it, the drivable par-4 17th, and the reachable but very testing par-5 18th. The course conditions are immaculate, even in the middle of the punishing summer. If you could play only one course in Dubai, make this it.
Date: September 24, 2011