Emirates Golf Club's second championship golf course was re-named 'The Faldo' when it re-opened in October 2006. A par-73, the course has proved to be as popular as its predecessor and lures players to the challenge of its 7,348 yards. A natural wadi running the length of the course comes into play without being classified as a hazard, and along with Faldo's trademark tees and bunkers, the naturally rugged terrain creates a unique golfing experience. 'The Faldo' has surpassed all of its expectations and is regarded as one of the finest courses in Dubai.
Emirates Golf Club – Par 3 Course
The Emirates Golf Club's Par 3 course offers plenty of challenges measuring 1,239 yards from the blue tees, the course is ideal for practicing your iron play, as well as for family or introductory golf. The longest hole on the course is the 194-yard third hole, while the fourth hole is the shortest at 96 yards.
The course will encourage beginners and entice players looking to hone their short game skills. Set against the backdrop of the attractive Dubai Marina skyline, the course is designed around nine short yardage holes, each guaranteeing that no two shots will be the same.
The venue of the Omega Dubai Ladies' Masters and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic Challenge Matches, the course has some of the toughest Par 3 holes in the emirate.
The first hole is a tricky opener that needs great care and where the driver
is probably not for everyone. The tee shot should favour the right-hand
side in order to get a clear view of the elevated green for the approach.
However, too far right leaves a challenging second shot over the rocks
that protect that side of the green. Too far left, on the other hand, leaves
a sand shot from the wadi waste area. Check the flag position. It is
important to get the ball pin-high to avoid a difficult putt on this
At 206 yards from the championship tee, the first of the par 3’s favours a
right to left shaped tee shot, although care should be taken to avoid the
bunker guarding the left of the green. With a run-o! area to the back left
and bunkers protecting the front left of the green, club selection is
paramount. The most forgiving place to leave an approach shot is short
of the green, giving the chance to chip up to the flag.
This introductory par 5 requires a blend of strategy, power and finesse.
For the tee shot, avoiding the wadi waste area that envelopes both sides
of the fairway affords long drivers the opportunity to go for this green in
two. For those laying up, make sure yardages are accurate in order to
avoid a series of deep bunkers. Distance control should continue to take
precedence with the third shot to avoid getting into three-putt territory.
A heavily guarded fairway with traditional Faldo design bunkers
monopolising the left, and water dominating the right, makes this a
tough tee shot. Ideally, the ball should be placed at the widest part of the
fairway, between the second and third bunkers from the tee. A
straightforward second shot leads into a green that is marked with
danger, given its undulating slopes and run-of areas.
Don’t be afraid to get the driver out on this hole to take advantage of an
extremely generous fairway and wide landing area. However, beware of
the deep and punishing bunkers that protect the lay up area for the
second shot, and ensure that you choose a club that will get the ball
safely over the water and bunker hazards on the approach to the green.
There is no easy putt on this green. Play for two putts and move on to the
Though pleasing to the eye, pinpoint accuracy is required from start to
finish on this par 4. A tough tee shot avoiding out of bounds, bunkers
and a lone tree in the fairway, makes this an extremely challenging hole.
Play the percentage shots and double check yardages to walk away with
a blemish-free scorecard.
Possibly the toughest tee shot on the course, water hugs the right side of
this dog-leg from start to finish. Once the tee shot has been negotiated,
the second should be aimed at the left of the green to find the putting
surface, thus avoiding the water that lies to the front and right. Don’t be
overly aggressive on this hole and maintain distance control to avoid
A tricky, uphill par 3 to a largely concealed putting surface puts all the
emphasis on club selection. The ideal shot will shape from right to left
moving around behind the bunkers into the centre of the green. Any
shot staying to the right will end up in a relatively safe position, from
where a chip and putt par can be made.
Though rated the easiest hole on the course, this par 4 needs full
concentration. The fairway can punish with its unpredictable slopes,
leaving an awkward lie for the second shot to a well-protected green.
Favour a short tee shot to provide a flatter lie, thereby making the hole,
and the end of the first nine, that bit easier.
Prepare to use the driver! A generously wide target from the tee allows
the luxury of hitting a long drive, relieving some of the pressure from the
next shot. A long iron or wood to a green, protected by bunkers at the
front and a run-o" area to the back right, makes for a challenging second
shot. It may be wise to favour the left of the green to steer away from
potential trouble spots.
The back nine continues in the same vein as it started, with another
challenging hole. At 450 yards, the tee shot should not pose too many
problems with a large target on offer. However, it is the second shot to
this green, protected by water left and back as well as a cavernous bunker
on the right, that will test the finest of ball strikers. Beware! Any shot
slightly left of the green will be water bound.
A nice par 3 requiring a shot of no more than 158 yards for the opportunity
to put the ball close to the hole for a birdie. Bare in mind however, it is the
green that provides the protection for this hole as it slopes severely
downhill from right to left.
A beautiful par 5, and another fine example of Faldo-style bunkering.
Be sure to have a clear strategy for this hole from the outset. Lead out
with a straight tee shot to avoid the wadi waste area that meanders
through this hole. The second shot is the key to the hole. Put in the right
position, it will allow a more aggressive play for the third shot, setting up
a potential birdie.
Judge the distance that provides a comfort zone for the second shot
before committing to the tee shot on this hole. A deep and punishing
wadi waste area runs down the right of the fairway, while the left features
a taxing bunker. Anything finishing in either hazard could spell trouble
with the second shot from sand over water. The green, one of the
narrowest on the course, needs a shot of great accuracy and it is
advisable to double-check the yardage before play. A lovely feature on
the 14th fairway is the indigenous Gaff tree preserved from the original
Without doubt, the 15th hole combines a visual treat with the opportunity
to play some great golf. Signature Faldo style bunkering down the right
of the fairway waits to claim any errant tee shot. A well-placed drive
leaves a second shot to the green, but only after negotiating the bunker
that runs the length of the left side. Otherwise, prepare for an uncomfortably long bunker shot. Enjoy the challenge!
The 16th hole is a true par 5 in every sense, requiring three well-executed
shots. Get as much initial distance as possible with a driver from the tee.
Follow up with a fairway lay up, ideally as close as possible to the wadi
waste area in front of the green. The key to making a par or better after a
good lay up is to avoid the two treacherous bunkers either side of the
green with the third shot. Negotiating two putts on this green and
walking away with par is a hole well played.
The longest par 3 of the course needs some accurate, long play to set
up a chance of a birdie. Consider a long iron or wood to safely reach the
green, keeping in mind the bunkers and run-o! areas that guard it. At
48 yards from front to back, avoid any long putt challenges on the
green by getting the ball pin high. Again, it is a hole where par is a very
A true test of golf mettle to finish. The driver should be in every player’s hands on this tee shot, but distance should not give way to accuracy as it is crucial to get a line capable of avoiding the wadi waste area that cuts into the fairway on the right hand side. A wood or long iron is the natural choice for a second shot that also calls for precision and nerve to maneuver past the dramatic cluster of bunkers to the left, and the water guarding the right of the green. Once on the green, most of the hard work is already done, but take time to read the slopes. Concentration to the end will pay dividends as a par on this hole makes for an exhilarating end to the round.