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Emirates Golf Club - The Faldo

  • Emirates Golf Club's second championship golf course was opened in 1996 and was christened The 'Wadi', taken from the Arabic word for 'valley'. In 2005, The Wadi was redesigned by six-time major winner Nick Faldo and the new 'The Faldo' re-opened in October 2006.

    A par-73, the course has proved to be as popular as ever and lures players to the challenge of its 7,348 yards. Faldo’s trademark tees and bunkers have combined with the naturally rugged terrain to create a unique golfing experience. A natural wadi running the length of the course comes in to play without being classified as a hazard; ‘The Faldo’ has surpassed all of its expectations and is destined to be regarded as one of the finest courses in Dubai.

    The Faldo golf course has a consistent theme of bunkering from the tee to green which imposes a challenge upon its player. This challenge is further intensified with an impressive 14 lakes positioned to protect the lengthy greens and spacious fairways. Do not be lured into a false sense of security by the large scale of the greens; accuracy and skill is still required to attain a good score on this golf course. Weaknesses in putting skills are easily exposed with the sloping greens. As well as being an incredibly well manicured course, there are charming dessert characteristics of this course including light placement of palm trees, and spacious serrated-edge sandy areas which can further catch the player out.

    Overview

    Facilities

    Bar, Buggy Hire, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Golf lessons with PGA Professionals, Par 73, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Restaurant, Trolley Hire

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    As the only fully flood lit 18-hole golf course in Dubai, this golf course is able to be played until midnight every night which certainly sets itself aside from the average golf course in this region. Even in the darkness players can still appreciate the skyline of the Dubai Media City and the Dubai Marina developments. Night time golf has been hugely popular since its launch in April 2010, as it creates an unforgettable golfing experience for its players. 
     
    Undeniably the most difficult selection of holes includes the front nine due to the use of water hazard from tee-to-green. Water hazards line the whole right side of the par-5 5th and par-4 7th. However a prominent hole includes the par 3 8th hole which requires the golfer to play a narrow and elevated tee where their vision is limited by the concealed nature of the green. Within this hole an array of bunkers, water hazards and sand waste areas must be conquered.
     
    The Emirates clubhouse is certainly a notable attribute of this course, and bears similarities to the Royal Pavilion.  It features a selection of restaurants and bars for golfers to choose from, each providing a range of international cuisine at a high standard. Furthermore, the clubhouse also features a golf shop, selling essential golfing clothing, equipment and accessories. It invites its visitors to use its swimming pool, gym and spa facility.
     

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