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|No. of Holes
|6,857 / 71
|Karl Litten (Recently redesigned by European Golf Design in association with Thomas Bjorn)
The recently renovated Dubai Creek is famous throughout the world for having one of the most recognizable clubhouses in golf – a beautiful white structure designed to look like a traditional Arab dhow (fishing boat). The course, which was recently revamped by long time Dubai resident Thomas Bjorn and company, has hosted the Dubai Desert Classic on two occasions (2000 and 2001). It’s location, on the shores of meandering Dubai Creek in the heart of the city, is second to none. Undoubtedlty the most convenient of all Dubai’s courses to get to.
Fairway & Green maintenance
Good. Not quite as great as Arabian Ranches – the greens were a little sandy – but our timing was a little unfortunate. Normally conditions here are exceptional.
Caddy Service & knowledge
No caddies at Dubai Creek.
Although Emirates Golf Club is better known, Dubai Creek could be a better choice for golfers in Dubai on holiday. This resort-style layout is fringed by palm trees throughout, giving the place a definite tropical feel. Water is also much in evidence and provides a thrilling finish on the back nine – holes 16 thru 18 are as exciting as they come. Overall, however, the course is a much more forgiving test and should be the choice for those wanting to conserve golf balls – it’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination, but it hasn’t been built to give average players a really hard time either. An excellent test and a highly enjoyable one as well.
From the blue tees (backs) the course measures a fairly hefty 6,857 yards (par 71). From the whites, where we played from, the course shrinks to a shade under 6,400. Even from here, there are a few par-4s over 400-yards to be negotiated, but you can take solace in the fact that they’re comparatively friendly off the tee. The exception is the brilliant 17th – a short par-4 that hugs the side of the creek.
The first hole is fairly long, requiring a short carry over water.
Short par-4 which places the premium on accuracy off the tee. Second must be played across water.
Gotta be a birdie, right? Well, maybe not, but definitely a good chance.
Straightaway par-5 with bunkers galore.
Short iron required on this par-3. Bunkers short and back.
A dogleg left. Pretty tough hole. The teebox here is quite interesting…it is on built on water.
A very long par-4 that arcs to the left. Need two fo your best to get on in two (at least we did).
Potentially dangerous par-3 with a carry over water. Right is a bail-out option.
A gentle dogleg to the right on this par-4. Nice hole.
A challenging par-5 with water everywhere down the right and sand to the left. Par is a good score.
Avoid the sand on the right and there shouldn’t be too many problems here.
Again, avoid the bunkers on the right and there shouldn’t be too much trouble. Length is a definite factor here.
Island green on this straightaway par-5.
Short par-3 with a semi-island green.
Strong par-4 that arcs to the right. Bunker short of the green is trouble.
A medium length par-3 with a hugh bunker in front. The creek is beyond so don’t take too much club!
Deservedly famous hole with water all the way down the left. Worth a go with the driver? Up to you….we’re not taking the blame.
A beautiful par-4 and a strong finish. Water in play left and right. Arrow-straight drive followed by a mid-iron over water required here. Good luck.
Classy. This should be the course of choice for golfers looking for an enjoyable yet still challenging test. Because it’s a resort course Dubai Creek is set up with holiday golfers very much in mind, which is more than can be said of Arabian Ranches. A definite must-play!