The Dubai Hills golf course is a world-class established spot ideal for both amateur and professional golfers. It has been voted for the “World’s Best New Golf Course” at the World Golf Awards Gala in 2019.
You can not only play here but avail the benefits of membership packages and the golf academy. If you want to learn more about this prestigious club, keep reading.
A brief look at Dubai Hills
There is no doubt that lots of golf courses in the Middle East are under the ‘pleasant yet not excellent’ category. This makes it hard for tourists to decide if they should really fly over to Dubai all the way from Europe just for golf. However, this situation may be slowly changing.
Recently, the standout golf course has been added to the city’s portfolio at the master’s community of Dubai Hills. It is designed by Gary Johnston from the European Golf Design. The Dubai Hills includes the aesthetic philosophy of abundant fairways; a couple need to be close to 150 yards wide in order to get the ball rolling. The course is fun and exciting.
There is a wide variety of holes which was lacking in the previous old Middle East golf courses. The Dubai Hills is situated near to the heart of the city. It is a 15 minutes drive away from Dubai Desert Classic venue Emirates GC. The front nine is the premier half.
The golf course layout
The players can view the cinematic silhouette of the legendary Downtown Dubai Skyline at the championship course. The Dubai Hills boasts a top-notch course that includes the natural topography of the UAE and provides a variety of strategic chances to golf players.
The golf course is perfectly maintained and offers fun challenges to the players due to the strategically situated bunkers and lakes. It is promised that by playing once on this golf course, you will return back again and again.
There are lots of strong holes and goes a little lower than the residential property which is around the course because excess material was taken out from the already present land in order to shape the holes. A million cubic metres of earth was moved in total. Resultantly, there is little movement in the fairways and a significant amphitheater feel in the holes. It’s not been many years since the golf course has been revealed.
However, it’s lush greenery and attractive fairways are very pleasing to hit iron shots from and strike putts on. It is visibly low scale but impressively dense. The agronomy expert Sean Kinsley works on the site and is happy with the conditioning, even if he wants more refining in the color – a shortage of which is a general characteristic in young paspalum.
A decent par-3 and a soft opener start things before a par-4 of 320 yards at the 3rd. It is a great hole having a lot of momentum in the greenery, which is common on the surface there. There is ample space in the left but an angled bunker cuts the greenery from the fairway. There is a strong ridge on one of the city’s biggest greenery. This means that if you come on the wrong level, you will most probably enter the 3-putt territory.
The dogleg 4 demands an average to short iron method from another spacious fairway. Afterwards, the strongest stretch arrives both strategically and visually. The 5th is a straight par-5 and is actually the signature hole, having the Burj Khalifa as it’s background. The views here are stunning especially if you play at the sunrise or sunset with the background of the iconic skyscraper.
The 6th hole is another short par-4. It is 310 yards away from the back tee. The technique of approaching this hole relies on the wind. You can view another strong ridge on the green. You will realize that the first pin position can be the most difficult at this golf course. This is because if the player gets above the hole with the technique, it becomes slippery from there.
The 7th hole views a long bunker going up the right side. Gary Johnston thought about turning this hole into a lake after he saw water standing in it when Dubai witnessed a special overnight rain. The 8th hole requests you to search for a tighter fairway having water alongside the right direction all the way to the greenery.
This is an outstanding driving hole in all aspects because professional players can cut off as many holes as possible while the handicappers can perfectly strike away from the water at the far-off left bunkers.
Water engages significantly with the last 2 holes at both nines, with the 17th and 9th long par-3s across water. The former, especially, is an attractive short hole. To finish there is a strong par-4 surrounding drive bunkers.
Learn Golf at the Dubai Hills course
If you want to learn golf from PGA qualified trainers in the Middle East, you should place Dubai Hills as your first priority. There is an Academy by Troon which provides lessons to both professionals wishing to polish their skills and beginners.
There are inner and outer studios, chipping and practicing areas, a driving range and so much more. The packages of the club consist of access to the driving range for a particular time period. Considering what your requirements are, you can choose a package from the following:
1. Individual lessons:
Extra costs are applicable on 2 or more students.
2. Corporate lessons:
These lessons rely on the amount of participants. The costs are for 60, 90 and 120 minutes sessions respectively.
3. Junior coaching:
The qualified PGA staff guarantees that golf lessons are interactive for children who are here to learn this sport
4. Coaching for men:
These lessons also include 8 weekly lessons
5. Ladies coaching:
This program is open for all types of golf players for 8 weekly lessons
The training studios come with the latest equipment such as Digital Video Analysis. The shots can be tracked via TrackMan Technology. Other conveniences are also offered to enhance the skills and improve the game.