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Golf in the Middle East has become an important part of inbound tourism and ample investments have made places like the UAE some of the best-known golfing destinations in the world.
What about some of the lesser-known destinations within the Middle East? The region boasts with a plethora of golfing facilities across a variety of locations, here we have five of the best:
Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Abu Dhabi
This 7440-yard course boasts a championship worthy terrain featuring ornamental palms, trees and shrubs surrounding a tough, but fair, 18 holes of verdant fairways, deliberate bunkers and plentiful greens. The 3229-yard course is somewhat more forgiving making it an enjoyable experience for the novice golfer, or a relaxed afternoon for an expert.
Ayla Golf Club, Jordan
The Ayla Golf Club is the first championship golf course in Jordan, offering 800,000 square meters of luscious fairways cascading from Aqaba’s mountainous terrain. This course includes an 18-hole championship course, and a 9-hole fully floodlit academy course.
Carya Golf Club, Belek Turkey
Carya Golf Club is a 7,186 yard, 18-hole true night golf experience. The whole course is fully floodlit, meaning you can wait until the mid-day Mediterranean heat has cooled before starting your game, making it perfect for late afternoon or after work relaxation.
This course has been designed with the traditional English heath course as inspiration, drawing from iconic courses found in Surrey, Wentworth, The Berkshire, Sunningdale and Walton Heath. This has been achieved by planting almost a million heather plants, delivering a truly British golfing experience, without the miserable British weather.
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
Along a two kilometre stretch of the Indian Ocean’s coastline, the Al Mouj Golf course is Oman’s first links style golf facility. Offering both amateurs and professionals an extremely challenging, but rewarding, golfing experience. At 7,342 yards in length, this 18-hole championship course, accented with lush green grass, water hazards and natural dunes, is sure to win over golfers of any skill level.
The Emirates Golf Club – Faldo Course, Dubai
Measuring at just over 7000 yards, it is considered one of the best golf courses in Dubai. The course is compiled of everything an avid golfer would expect from a Faldo designed course. An excess of bunkers scattered around ample water hazards, combined with signature Faldo tee placement, this course is both a challenge and a delight for any golfing connoisseur.
The thing that makes it unique, is the fully flood lit 18-hole course. The Faldo course is one of the only facilities in Dubai to boast this feature, allowing golfers to continue through the night and into the early hours of the morning.
Golfers of any skill level will be able to find something for them at The Emirates Gold club – Faldo Course.
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Andy Canter is Marketing Manager at Glencor Golf