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The United Arab Emirates is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The federation was formally established on 2 December 1971. Golf in the Emirates is going to be great with Tiger Woods first course there.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) occupies an area of 83,600 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar lies to the west, Saudi Arabia to the south and west, and Oman to the north and east. The capital and the largest city of the federation, Abu Dhabi, is located in the emirate of the same name. Golf in Emirates, Dubai.
Four-fifths of the UAE is desert, yet it is a country of contrasting landscapes, from awe-inspiring dunes to rich oases, precipitous rocky mountains to fertile plains. The United Arab Emirates golf courses, one of the world's fastest growing golf tourist destinations, has all the right ingredients for an unforgettable holiday, sun, sand, sea, sports, unbeatable shopping, top-class hotels and restaurants, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming golf environment in Asia.
Dubai is a golfer's paradise, but even for non-players the golf clubs are worth a visit for the spectacular architecture of their clubhouses and the successful landscaping of the desert. The world-famous Majilis course at the Emirates Golf Club hosts the European PGA event, the Dubai Desert Classic, and its signature clubhouse is modelled to look like Bedouin tents. Visitors looking for a different golfing experience can arrange a game at the oldest course in the emirates, the Dubai Country Club, where golfers are given a piece of artificial turf to hit their shots from, as the whole course is sand. Or if the heat is too great golfers can even try some night golf under the floodlights at the Nad al Sheeba Club. As a year-round golfing destination, Dubai has the unique privilege of being the only place to host major international golf tournaments on both the European and Asian PGA circuits. The courses and facilities are first rate with all the comforts, including motorised golf carts, beverage carts, quality equipment and automated GPS yardage devices
Emirates Golf Club
Emirates Golf Club sports two championship courses, a friendly yet testing 9 hole Par-3 course, the Emirates Golf Academy, numerous practice facilities and two driving ranges. Named among the world's top 100 golf courses in a survey conducted by influential US-based magazine Golf Digest, the Majlis is the home of world-class events like the Dubai Desert Classic and the Dubai Ladies' Masters, inspiring awe among all those who play its verdant greens.
Redesigned by golf legend and six-time major winner Nick Faldo, Emirates Golf Club�s second course, The Faldo, combines a stunning visual design with the nuances and challenges of any championship course in just the right measure, providing visitors an exceptionally enjoyable golfing experience �- and one that is completely unique.
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
The par 71 course that measures 6,857 yards is a memorable journey from the first tee to the 18th green. The superbly manicured fairways are undulating, demarcated by mounds, date and palm trees, and most other times by water. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on at least four holes, several artificial lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of various other holes.
The presence of multiple tees ensures that golfers of all calibres enjoy their day out at the course. While length of the tee helps, the premium is certainly on accuracy, especially with the approach shots as most of the greens are multi-tiered with subtle borrows.
The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club course sets up for a thrilling finale to a round with its two par 4 closing holes. The 17th and 18th have the Creek guarding the entire left side of the fairway. While the 17th can still be conquered with some smart play, the 18th requires mandatory cerebral involvement on every shot. There is water on the left and a long bunker on the right, beyond which is water again. A good drive will still leave you with a long iron into the tiered and sloping green, which is guarded at the front and right by a body of water.
Golf does not end at sunset at Dubai Creek as the feature packed Par 3 course, a well-equipped Driving Range and the Club�s outstanding practice facilities are all floodlit to allow play late into the night. And the Creek also offers golfers a systematic teaching programme to improve their skills at the first Golf Academy in the region. Under the supervision of PGA Professionals, players can receive sound instruction to improve their games.
The Academy also uses the latest technologies � including the much-favoured V1 Golf Swing Analysis software and the Trackman radar system for shot analysis, which was used to stunning effect to enhance the television coverage for the first time in the 2006 British Open.
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