Emirates Golf Club - The Faldo Course

People paying the Faldo course

Couple playing The Faldo at night

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.

Hole 1 432 yards Par 4

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 undulating green.

Hole 2 206 yards Par 3

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.

Hole 3 546 yards Par 5

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.

Hole 4 375 yards Par 4

The Faldo 4th hole at night

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.

Hole 5 555 yards Par 5

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 next hole.

Hole 6 439 yards Par 4

The Faldo 6th hole

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.

Hole 7 426 yards Par 4

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 lurking trouble.

Hole 8 173 yards Par 3

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.

Hole 9 363 yards Par 4

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.

Hole 10 509 yards Par 5

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.

Hole 11 450 yards Par 4

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.

Hole 12 158 yards Par 3

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.

Hole 13 581 yards Par 5

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.

Hole 14 389 yards Par 4

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 Wadi course.

Hole 15 433 yards Par 4

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!

Hole 16 597 yards Par 5

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.

Hole 17 231 yards Par 3

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 pleasing result.

Hole 18 485 yards Par 4

The Faldo 18th at night

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.