From the desert
TEEING OFF IN LUXURY
Paul Stubbs explores the magnificent Els Club in Dubai
Dubai, renowned for its opulence and extravagance, is home to some of the world's most luxurious and picturesque golf courses. Among them, The Els Club stands out as a masterpiece, a golfing oasis nestled in the heart of the desert.
Designed by the legendary four-time Major champion, Ernie Els, this club offers golf enthusiasts an unparalleled experience that seamlessly combines challenging courses with breathtaking scenery and top-notch amenities.
Els has left an indelible mark on the golfing world, and his design philosophy is evident in every inch of The Els Club. The courses here are not just about the game, they are also a harmonious blend of nature and strategic design. Els has skillfully incorporated the natural form of the desert landscape, creating a testing yet enjoyable golfing experience for players of all skill levels.
The Els Club boasts two world-class championship courses: The Wadi and The Dunes. The Wadi Course, with its undulating fairways and strategically placed bunkers, tests the skills of even the most seasoned players. The Dunes Course, on the other hand, showcases Els' genius in blending the natural surroundings with the course design, offering golfers an immersive experience.
One of the most captivating features of The Els Club is its stunning backdrop. As you play the courses, you are treated to panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, a complete contrast to the vastness of the desert. The further contrast of lush fairways against the arid landscape creates a surreal visual experience that adds to the overall allure of the club.
Beyond the greens, The Els Club takes pride in its luxurious amenities. The clubhouse is a masterpiece in itself, offering a blend of contemporary design and traditional Arabian hospitality. Golfers can unwind in style at the lounges and restaurants, enjoying a post-game meal or simply soaking in the views of the surrounding landscape.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Els Club at Dubai was voted Dubai’s best course at the 2022 World Golf Awards.
The Els Club goes beyond the traditional golfing experience by providing state-of-the-art practice facilities. Golfers can fine-tune their skills at the expansive practice range, take lessons from the friendly team of instructors and even participate in professional golf clinics. The club's commitment to nurturing the golfing community is evident in its efforts to cater to players of all skill levels.
The Els Club in Dubai is not merely a golf course; it's a testimony to the vision of one of golf's greatest players. Els has succeeded in creating a golfing haven that seamlessly marries nature, luxury and sport. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice enthusiast, The Els Club promises an unforgettable golfing experience amid the splendour of the Dubai desert. It stands as a shining example of how the sport of golf can be elevated to new heights when combined with visionary design and a commitment to excellence.
It’s a bucket-list visit for any South African golfer visiting Dubai.