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Dallas-based TopGolf has joined forces with Dubai Golf and will open a venue in Dubai later in 2020. It will be TopGolf’s first location in the Middle East and will be on three levels, covering around 60,000 square feet on 12 acres of land. TopGolf combines golf, food and music, and inspires people of all ages to take up the game or for more regular golfers to enjoy playful competition.
TopGolf is point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. Venues also feature great food and drink, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, groups, golf tournaments and instruction. TopGolf Dubai will resemble the venues in the US, with a rooftop terrace offering amazing views over the marina and city skyline.
Designed by Peter Harradine, one of the world’s most respected course designers, this fully floodlit, pay-and-play par-36 course encourages people of all ages and abilities to play the game with five different tee boxes on each hole. At 3,700 yards, The Track is longer than most nine-holers with two par 5s, five Par 4s and two Par 3s, and has six natural lakes with water in play on every hole. The breathtaking backdrop of the Dubai skyline makes it a memorable and fun experience, especially after the sun goes down. The lights come on at 4pm, the last tee-off time is at 9:30pm, and the lights go off at around 11pm.
The Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club has become world famous for its quality, as well as being host of the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic. But its sister course, the Faldo, re-designed by six-time major winner Sir Nick in 2005, has emerged from its shadow, particularly at night. It’s fully floodlit and Dubai’s only 18-hole night course, with the city’s glittering lit up skyline acting as a dramatic backdrop on several holes. There’s plentiful bunkering, wide fairways, large greens, and 14 smartly positioned lakes. This par-72 course has proved to be immensely popular, and all of its 7,052 yards can be played day or night thanks to LED floodlights throughout the course.
The 18-hole layout at Dubai Creek is one of Dubai’s flagship golf courses. Opened in 1993, it has gone on to receive international acclaim and has twice hosted the Dubai Desert Classic – but its nine-hole sibling, the Academy Course, is also well worth playing. It’s a great little course for less experienced players to master their skills before tackling the bigger course, or for better players to hone their game. It has great views of the big course, and has rolling fairways and plenty of water hazards. It’s also floodlit so you can play late into the night, making golf more than just daytime entertainment, and it stays open until past 10pm.
Designed by respected golf course architect Gil Hanse, this floodlit par 3 course allows golf to be played throughout the day and late into the evening. Open until 9.30pm, the Academy Course, as it’s known, is a great nine-hole course and an entertaining test of golf which undulates with a British links-feel like its big sibling, the highly respected par-71 course at the club also designed by Hanse. Also like that course, it’s immaculate and offers plenty of challenges whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player with six tee boxes.