Having visited the course during the Race to Dubai event the chance to play it could not be missed. Finding the course is not the easiest as it is in the middle of a building site. However, this is a quality course and will definitely find any chinks in your armour. Escorted from the driving range by the marshal we were given the choice of tee positions and decided to play off the Tournament Tees (7000 yds) 600 less than the pros. The fairways were in stunning condition and the greens were playing at 10.4. You need to really know this course as the greens are treacherous and the ball really needs to be put in the right place from the fairway to ensure your put is not downhill with a huge break. The bunkering is fantastic and Greg Norman has produced fairway bunkers which truly punish the errant shot no playing out with a rescue club or long iron here its wedges or you are not getting out! The final 3 holes are a great combination of holes with a downhill 2nd to a well protected sloping green on the 16th, a great179yd island green on the 17th followed by the intimidating 600yd 18th uphill with a fairway split by a stream all the way to the green what a finish. I have played all the courses in the UAE and in my opinion this is more than a gem it is better than the Majlis course and should be right at the top of everyone’s wish list.
Date: January 03, 2011