Jumeirah (Fire) - United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Golf Estates,
P.O. Box 262080,
United Arab Emirates

  • +971 4 375 2222

  • Golf Club Website

  • Off Emirates Road after the Green Community roundabout, exit on the right side

  • Members and their guests only

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Rob, a member of the club at Jumeirah Golf Estates, kindly contributed the following article:

Although only open since January 2010, the Fire course – another Greg Norman creation at the Jumeirah Golf Estates – truly deserves to be featured on the Top 100 website.

In fact most friends and fellow members I speak to actually prefer the Fire course to the more acclaimed Earth course (host to the Dubai World Championships final), but in reality the two courses are actually diametrically opposed in most ways.

The Fire course is advertised as more of a links-like track – long reed grasses bordering many holes, different grasses, sand and surfaces used, more exposed to wind due to its position around the edge of the club – and this certainly rings true.

The key differences for me (and most amateur golfers) is that the course is frankly not as scary as Earth. Not to say that it’s not tough – far from it, but the new handicap course rating puts Fire at 110 (compared to Earth’s 140), meaning an 18 handicap player would typically get 25 shots depending on tees played, compared to 20 or so on Fire.

So why is this? Well, the greens on Fire are more ‘normal’ shall we say. Slower, yes, but not slow by any international standards. They are just a little more manageable. The fairways are easier to strike more consistently from in my opinion – that is to say compared to Earth there appears to be more soil/grass to allow a divot. Earth requires precise ball striking every time and any divot before the ball strike typically digs the club in and results in 50% power loss.

What I am trying to say is that Fire is more of a ‘proper’ course in my opinion. It plays like you want it to. Visually stunning for sure with fantastic elevation undulation – a real overall test in terms of depth perception and approach distance.

The back nine offers two or three great birdie opportunities. The par fives are such a joy to play, offering 350-yard drive chances if the ball catches the correct places on the down slopes. If the wind is blowing against you, the par fives can require three strong shots to reach the greens. If the wind’s with you, two shots are quite achievable and us mere mortals have the excitement of putting for eagle.

In summary, the Fire course is now regarded as one of the region’s finest. A true test of golf but also a realistic one – it goes without saying, but stick to the fairways off the tee and Fire will offer you great scoring chances. At the same time, stray from the fairways and it’ll eat you up for breakfast. Risk and reward holes abound, and the wind plus subtle elevation changes always leave the golfer having to think about the shot and club selection.

Perhaps for that reason, I consider Fire the thinking man’s course. One that you need to treat with respect, but also one that will reward good shot/course management. The overriding pleasure for me, as a regular Fire course player, is simply how at peace you feel out there. As the club is rarely busy (and with 15-minute tee intervals) you find yourself on a fantastically manicured and conditioned course without anyone else in sight – hardly ever a wait or queue.

For me, this course, along with Abu Dhabi Golf Club and perhaps the Els Club– are the finest courses in the region. The Majilis at Emirates Golf Club is decent for sure, but I also hear it’s due to close for eight months due to refurbishment. Can’t say much about the new Gary Player course on Saadiyat Island (up the road in Abu Dhabi) or the new course on Yas Island (Abu Dhabi) but I hear they will also be treats.

The only problem is you need to play with a member at Jumeirah’s courses as they are not open to the public. Not yet anyway. In my opinion they will be one day soon in order to generate sustainable revenues. If anyone wants to play it whilst in Dubai, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]

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Description: Although only open since January 2010, the Fire layout – another Greg Norman creation at the Jumeirah Golf Estates – is more of a links-like track than its sibling the Earth course. Rating: 8 out of 10 Reviews: 3
Bradley Simpson
tough course with very quick greens however the fire course lacked features, most of the properties surrounding the course are still under construction. I play off 6 so a reasonable standard but found it very difficult to hit irons off the fairway (same applies to the Els course. Greens excellent but for 150 gbp I expect nothing different
February 22, 2016
6 / 10
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Loved this course! In my opinion a better and more enjoyable course than its iconic twin The Earth. A fantastic layout with so much variation and an abundance of fun holes. Cant recall too many weak holes. Some great long par 3s and the par 4s were varied with some playing short and some long. The exact same thing with the par 4s. Bunkering was good and nowhere near as penal as the overbunkeref (perhaps?) Earth course.The facilities at Jumeirah are top quality and the green fee is more reasonable and even available on Dubais 2for1 Entertainer scheme.Loved every minute of the Fire Course even all my 3 putts!! Totally reccomend Fire as a better value, slightly easier, more varied course than its twin.
February 13, 2016
10 / 10
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Steve Eggleston
Played the course as part of a 4 course tour in December 2012. We loved this course so much that we went straight to the pro-shop and paid again to have a second round. It has great character, with the slightly red sand in the bunkers and the long 'linksy' grass and severe elevation changes giving it an other-world feel.The course had been closed for work the previous day, so was not in tip-top condition, but the layout and the excellent greens made up for that. There were several really memorable holes, with 4 very challenging par 3s (2 across water and all exposed to the wind) and 4 really strong par 5s, including the excellent 18th where just a handful of bunkers are so well placed that they force you to make difficult decisions on each shot. The contrast to the over-bunkered Earth course could never be felt more than on this very subtle hole.My favourite hole was 6th, with it's huge bunker at the front right of a raised green playing havoc with the psyche! Another great hole was 15th - a brute of a par 4, into a strong breeze on the day we played, with a drive over water and a big bunker complex to the left of the green, which cuts into the fairway 30 yards short of the fringe - leaving just enough room to encourage you to take the shot on. Wonderfully well thought out!But really there isn't a weak hole on the course and although it is noticeably easier than Earth, it punishes poor shots while rewarding good course management in a way that is far less arbitrary than its more celebrated sister.I really loved the definition that the different types of grass give the course, shaping the fairways and helping to create a visually imposing challenge while still looking very natural and even rugged in this otherwise overly manicured oasis.The practice facilities are first rate, but the clubhouse is still a (very opulent) porta-cabin, and until that is sorted out this remains a 5 ball experience.
March 23, 2013
8 / 10
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