Jumeirah Golf Estates - Earth Course
The eagerly awaited opening of the “Earth” Course at Jumeirah golf Estates commenced at the Dubai World Golf Championship, and was won by Lee Westwood in November 2009. Since then, the 7,675 yard, par 72 course has hosted the prestigious event each year, crowning the number one tour player on the European circuit.
Due to the abundance of nature and greenery across this course, it is evident that the landscape of this course has been inspired by the famous parkland courses of Europe and North America. The Greg Norman design features natural undulations, bunkers and water throughout the layout. This course creates a ‘picture-perfect scene’ with luscious shrubs and over 3,500 trees lining the beautiful rolling fairways. The Earth course is rounded up fantastically with an unforgettable challenge; the final 4 holes are played alongside or over water in the creek. These last 4 holes have understandably been described by Greg Norman, the course’s designer, as ‘’the most challenging mile in golf’’.
Bar, Buggy hire with GPS, Changing Facilities, Driving Range, Golf lessons with PGA Professionals, Par 72, Pro Shop, Putting Green, Restaurant, Short game practice area
The fairways of this course are deceivably generous; due to their sloped gradient the player can easily be lured into a false sense of security once they spot an open fairway. Across the fairways and bunkers, the wood chip areas makes it even harder for the player to recover their ball. To intensify the challenge of the Earth course, over 100 bunkers have been strategically placed across the greens. Natural elements also come into play on this course; wind can create some erratic scenarios, resulting in golfers having to alter their game strategy. For example, the 17th hole features an island green, in which the golfer can play the hole as a 120 yard chip or from the tips with the wind impacting play, or alternatively play it at a challenging 210 yards, with a seriously narrow landing area. A notably challenging hole of the course also includes the par 5, 651 yard 18th hole, where a stream lining the fairway attempts to turn a good score on its head. The 18th hole definitely creates an unforgettable finish!
The Clubhouse at the Jumeirah Golf Estates offers an array of dining options, all of which feature an outdoor terrace where the stunning views of the course can be admired whilst enjoying some top quality cuisine. Options include the Swirl Bar & Lounge, the perfect place to socialise with friends to unwind from a leisurely game of golf, or the Flame Tree Restaurant & Grill, where golfers can indulge in fine dining and uninterrupted views of the course.