Emirates Hills Road,
United Arab Emirates
- +971 4 390 5600
15 kms SW of Dubai
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Colin Montgomerie, Desmond Muirhead
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.”