Montgomerie Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The Montgomerie Dubai,
PO Box 36700,
United Arab Emirates

  • +971 4 390 5600

  • Golf Club Website

  • Follow signs for Emirates Hills and then follow signs for Montgomerie Dubai

  • Welcome, contact in advance

  • Tim Stanhope

  • Colin Montgomerie, Desmond Muirhead

  • Justin Parsons

Visit for a golf holiday at Montgomerie Dubai

A couple of decades ago Dubai had only a handful of courses to its name – now it seems that just about every other famous, top ranked professional can boast about a golf course that they’ve designed at the new epicenter of modern world golf.

Colin Montgomerie (along with Ernie Els at the Els Club) has gone a stage further than that by having a course named in his honour. Monty was due to be joined by Eldrick Tont Woods, but Tiger's course fell victim to the global financial crisis.

The Montgomerie is an open, expansive championship course with huge green complexes, laid out on a 265-acre site where the eighteen holes occupy almost half of this area, a third of the remaining terrain is classed as landscaped gardens and the remaining 49 acres are submerged under fourteen man-made lakes.

Monty’s co-designer, the late Desmond Muirhead, was known to indulge in the odd whimsical touch here and there and his off beat architectural mark is clear for all to see at the par three 13th hole where the green is laid out in the shape of the United Arab Emirates. A wee bit contrived, you might think? You better believe it – this is Dubai after all!

The clubhouse also has 21 guest rooms and a pool, so if it's just golf and not sun and sand you're looking for then staying on site is an option.

Visitors can play without an introduction by a member – sorry, “citizen” as they’re somewhat bizarrely called here – and even the most hard to please golfer is bound to be impressed by an imaginative layout that has been ambitiously described as “Scottish links meets Arabian desert.”

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Description: The Montgomerie is an open, expansive championship course with huge green complexes, laid out on a 265-acre site where the eighteen holes occupy almost half of this area... Rating: 4.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I feel the concept of this golf course is being lost on some of the reviewers. The Montgomerie was designed to offer the player a links-esque golf experience. It is the only course I have played in Dubai where the wind is a factor and on a windy day this course is very tough indeed making club selection on the par 3s very tricky indeed. Its also worth pointing out that the 18th is one of the toughest holes to finish with (650 yards) and can easily ruin a good day's scoring. It is unfair to compare this track with the Earth or Majlis as its intention was always to offer a different kind of challenge. The 14th in particular reminds me of Royal St Georges. Negatives - the bunkers need more sand and during the hotter months the water in the water hazards doesnt smell too pleasant!
5 / 6
Montgomerie Dubai
August 14, 2013

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The Montgomerie is a fun, fair course which should provide an enjoyable experience to most people. It has wide open fairways which allow you to really open your shoulders, with course length providing the main defense for the most part. You should be able to play to your handicap. Having said that, it is not an overly easy course. It will test your short game a lot more than your long game with fast, breaking greens protected by large bunkers. Most holes provide both an aggressive and conservative route to the flag, with course strategy playing a role on the longer par 4s and shorter par 5s. There is water on most holes but can be easily avoided by playing smartly. There is a good variety of both long and short holes and the par 3s are a good test, most having water. By far the best hole for me is the long par 5 18th which has water all along the left and on the right both off the tee and by the green. This was a course made for the everyday club golfers who live on the luxury estate which surrounds it. In as much, it succeeds in providing the average player a nice day out. My only complaint is about the state of the fairways, which broke up very easily. The quality of the course may not be up to the standard set by the Majlis or the Jumeirah courses, but do give it a go if you are in the area.
4 / 6
Montgomerie Dubai
September 24, 2011

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I played here on a recent trip to Dubai, if you have a choice don't play as I did between 12 & 3pm in August, it was over 40 degrees, and I drank 3 litres of water in 3 hours, even riding in a buggy. Play early or late in the day, or even better play from October to May when it's far more civilised! Opened in 2002, The Montgomerie is one now of the 'elder statesmen' of the golf courses of the region and should be respected as such, especially in the UAE where years fly by like dog years, they seem to build everything many times faster than the rest of the planet, there's something to be said for stamina and maturity. I found the course very fair, and not too punishing of occasional wayward shots, but it's no pushover either. The 4th (the snake hole) is a par 5 with ridge running up the middle is one that forces you to either take the safe long way round to the right or the shorter more risky left side of the ridge and try to keep out of the bunkers. I'm sure it's been said before, but there are 2 big signature holes here - The 13th with it huge 58,000 sq.ft Dubai shaped green on an island surrounded by water, where the tee placement can be in any position within 360 degrees, and I was glad to par it. The 18th par 5 which is monster 656 yarder with water guarding both sides of the fairway for the last 300 yards, and Oh Yes there's water guarding the front of the green to! Needless to say, better golfers than I have struggled to par this and I was no exception! The Montgomerie is one of the big name courses that most people come to Dubai to play and rightly so - Troon who manage it - have high service levels and I wasn't disappointed. The eagle eyed locker room attendant replaced all my soft spikes for me as they'd seen better days and I walked away with shoes as clean and shiny as the day I bought them. A good days golf and certainly one to tick off your list when you come out here.
5 / 6
Montgomerie Dubai
August 16, 2009

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April 10, 2011
I have been fortunate enough to play nearly all the top courses in the U.A.E. and would say that this is very over rated. It is light years behind the Fire and Earth course and also Yas links, Saadiyat and even Al Badia. i would not recommend playing here with so many better courses nearby