From the desert

Dubai and Abu Dhabi, two glittering jewels of the United Arab Emirates, are not just renowned for their towering skyscrapers and opulent lifestyles, but also for their world-class golfing facilities.

These cities boast an array of exceptional golf courses, including several fantastic par-3 courses that offer unique challenges and stunning views.

Par-3 courses are ideal for golfers of all levels, providing a welcoming environment for beginners to learn the game and for seasoned players to refine their skills. With shorter holes and manageable distances, these courses offer a less intimidating setting, making the sport more accessible to a wider audience.

One of the greatest advantages of par-3 courses is that unlike traditional courses that can take several hours to complete, they offer a quicker round, allowing players to enjoy a satisfying game even when they have limited time. This makes them perfect for a leisurely afternoon or a quick practice session after work.

They also place a significant emphasis on the short game, including pitching, chipping and putting. By focusing on these crucial parts of the game, players can refine their accuracy, control and precision, ultimately improving their overall performance on the course.

In essence, par-3 golf courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer a perfect blend of challenge, accessibility and scenic beauty, making them an irresistible choice for golf enthusiasts seeking a unique and rewarding experience in the Middle East. Whether you're a seasoned golfer looking to sharpen your skills, or a novice eager to embark on your golfing journey, these courses provide the perfect playground to indulge in your passion for the game.


Located in the heart of Dubai, The Track, Meydan Golf (above and right), is a par-3 course that combines luxury and leisure in equal measure. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Meydan Racecourse, this nine-hole gem offers a golfing experience unlike any other, with each hole presenting a distinct challenge, with strategically placed bunkers and water features testing golfers of all skill levels.

The nine-hole par-3 course at Dubai Creek Golf Academy (below) is ideal for beginners to test their skills before moving on to the main course, host of the DP World Tour’s Dubai Invitational. The par-3 course is floodlit and open from 7am-10pm every day.

Another immaculate option is the Gil Hanse course at Trump International that also boasts floodlights.


Situated on the stunning Saadiyat Island, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (left and below left) is a breathtaking haven for golfers. Designed by South Africa’s legend, Gary Player, this oceanfront course is renowned for its ecological sustainability and stunning coastal views. This par-3 course provides a perfect introduction to the island's golfing paradise. With its undulating terrain and strategic layout, each hole offers a captivating journey through dunes, mangroves and beachfront panoramas.

Another option is regarded as one of the Middle East's premier golfing destinations – Yas Links Abu Dhabi epitomises the essence of seaside splendour and championship golf. The par-3 academy course at Yas Links provides an ideal environment for golfers of all abilities to hone their skills against the backdrop of pristine beaches and dramatic coastal scenery. Added to this is Yas Acres, a community par-3 course designed to complement the natural landscape. It features well-manicured greens, picturesque water features and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. Whether practising their short game or enjoying a leisurely round with friends and family, golf enthusiasts can revel in the tranquility and beauty of this exceptional course.

The par-3 golf courses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi offer a fantastic blend of luxury, challenge and natural beauty, and they promise an unforgettable golfing experience. So, pack your clubs and prepare to tee off in style against the backdrop of skyscrapers, sand dunes and shimmering coastlines.