Last month I was lucky enough to travel to Dubai to visit our office and spend 11 days in an amazing city, and of course, my golf clubs came with me!!! When would I get the chance to play golf in Dubai again???
The big question I had though was…where do I play? I had a look around and fir the life of me I couldn’t pick any as they all looked great, so I left it to my friends on Instagram to guide me. After posting that I was going to be coming and where should I play, the response I got was great. Some great suggestions like the Montgomery or Dubai Creek but I had two of the best messages inviting me to join them on their course, jackpot.
FALDO – EMIRATES GOLF CLUB – NIGHT GOLF – 9 HOLES
Having looked at and watched many YouTube videos about night golf, I had to play some of it whilst I was there. On the Thursday evening after a 2 hour nap when I got in from work (yes a nap), I managed to get out to the Emirates Golf Club and play the front 9 holes on the Faldo course. As I didn’t have a booking, I just rocked up and got paired with a Chinese family who had lived in Dubai for 8 years.
I didn’t know what to expect when I walked onto the first tee but I wasn’t disappointed with the view of the course with the Dubai skyline in the distance. What a great venue to play golf.
I started steady with a bogey, then followed by 2 pars. Having not played at night before, it took a while to get used to all the shadows that would coat the greens and the ball as your addressing it. But after a couple of holes it became normal and my eye was in.
Being driving round the father of the family, he explained every hole for me and offered some great advice on how to play the hole. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I could’ve played as well as I did. I followed up the first 3 holes with another 2 bogeys then finished by a series of pars.
Score +4 (40) – one of my best scores for a while.
EARTH COURSE – JUMERIAH GOLF ESTATES – 18 HOLES
If you had asked me where I wanted to play, I would’ve said “somewhere the pro’s play” and by playing at the Earth Course, I got just that. I can now say that I have played the final of the Race to Dubai, just not at the same time as the pro’s or as well!!!
Thanks to another connection on Instagram, I was fortunate to tee up with Antonio who was a member of the Jumeriah Golf Estates which made my experience even better. As it was only a matter of weeks until the Race to Dubai finale, we had to walk the course in 38 degree heat but it was totally worth it and made even better with the stands being built.
It wasn’t my best round of golf, but it most certainly wasn’t my worst but I didn’t really care as I was playing golf in the sun and enjoying myself. Even though it wasn’t great, I still managed to hit my handicap with my recovery shots and putts helping me out.
But what an experience to play on the same course that weeks later the likes of Fleetwood, Garcia, Rahm and Stenson will be playing. Now I can watch the Race to Dubai and say “I made par there” when one of them makes bogey.
Score: +11 (83)
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF CLUB – 18 HOLES
Now I was looking forward to this round ever since I booked it in with, you guessed it, some more Instagramers. This time with Chris (@chris_may77), Steve (@steviet0) and John. From the moment you turn up and the course you’re taken aback by the amazing club house and pro shop, where I brought the best ball maker/pitch repair marker I have ever brought!!!
We decided to have a little matchplay full handicap game with the losers paying for lunch. So it was me and Chris vs Steve and John.
After a shaky start with a bogey, I quickly redeemed myself with a great birdie on the par 5 second sticking my third shot to 3 foot of the pin from 170 yards. Back to all square!
Just when I thought it was good, that birdie quickly followed by a bogey and double bogey. To be honest I was playing some of my best golf for a while and only my putting was letting me down on the fast and undulating greens. Once again I redeemed myself and pulled another birdie out of the hat on the 8th with a great approach shot from 100 yards, using the slope and spinning it back but still 16ft away. Finally I lived up to my name and sank the one putt.
9 holes, 3 over!!!
That wasn’t the end either, I managed to get another birdie in the bag on the short par 4 twelfth. A simple 3 wood then close chip to 4 foot helped me get my third birdie of the day. Sadly that was the end to my birdie train and I finished the back 9 six over.
My best round in Dubai – +9 (80) – 3 birdies, 6 pars, 5 bogeys, 3 double bogeys
Unfortunately Chris and I didn’t win, we lost 3&2 and therefore had to fork out for lunch!!! Like I said before, it has to be one of the most enjoyable rounds of golf I have ever had coupled with great golf. Big thanks to Chris, Steve and John, see you again next year!
TRACK MEYDAN – NIGHT GOLF – 9 HOLES
Having thought my golf in Dubai was over, the lads in the office surprised me with an extra round at Track Meydan overlooking the skyline of Dubai. Another wonderful course to play at night and enjoy with some great people.
I started terribly with a double bogey on a par 5, what happened!!! Water happened that’s what, managed to over club and hit my shot into the lake. One thing I did find hard in the dark was trusting the distance and hitting the right shot, your depth perception gets blown out of proportion. I steadied myself after that rubbish but still managed to bogey the second, par the forth, bogey, bogey, but what happened next saved the round.
Over the next four holes I went on par rampage and showed the lads how to play golf. Something just clicked and I was hitting long off the tee, leaving myself some nice short wedges into the greens and two putting. A couple of them lipped out too so it could’ve been an amazing come back. It was a great round with the guys and I can not wait to visit again to get a full 18 in with them.
Score: +5 (41)
Golf in Dubai is amazing, just amazing!!! I would totally recommend anyone visiting to pack those clubs and get out on the courses day or night. I’m actually really disappointed that I wasn’t there while the DP Tour Race to Dubai is on, it would’ve been great to see the Pro’s out there.
Anyway, until next time, thank you Dubai
One Putt Life aka Lloyd Osagie