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.
Date: September 23, 2011