How do I play Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course?
Since 2009, the DP World Tour has concluded each season with the DP World Tour Championship, and Dubai’s Earth Course has been its host throughout.
Unlike many other courses, which start hosting high-level tournaments a few years after opening, the first DP World Championship (then called the Dubai World Championship) marked the debut of the Earth Course, this which means that, as the players threw it in that first year, they didn’t know the course.
The course had been completed long before his debut on the big stage. Indeed, it was entirely grassed in April 2008, whereas in January 2009, several players were invited to experience the last four holes. However, to give it time to mature and maximize the “wow” factor at its big unveiling, it would take another nine months before the Tour’s top players could finally experience it.
As players navigated the Greg Norman-designed course, they may have found some characteristics typical of many other PGA Tour and DP World Tour (then called European Tour) courses. This is because Norman drew inspiration from the great park courses of the United States and Europe for the design despite its desert environment.
The course has over 100 bunkers scattered over its 7,706 meter length, while there is rolling terrain and plenty of water to negotiate. However, it’s the last four holes – described by Norman as “golf’s toughest mile” – where the course really comes into its own.
The par-4 15th is deceptively difficult, with seven bunkers, including across the fairway. This can easily lead to indecision off the tee – go on the green or lay down? While 15 is tricky, it’s the simplest of the quartet. The 16 is a 486 yard par four with a pond to the right and beyond the tiered green. Next, the par-3 17th features an island green guarded by four bunkers.
The signature hole, however, is retained until the end – a 651-yard par-5 beast with bunkers to the left of the fairway and a stream further out that continues until it meanders down the left side of the fairway. green. Players aiming right to avoid the creek should also be aware of the substantial bunker guarding the green on that side.
The Earth Course – and its sister course, Fire, also designed by Norman – are open to the public. You can book tee times online, with green fees around AED 1,135 (£260 or $308).
There are also several membership packages, including Full Golf, Corporate, Weekday and Country Club. Registration fees would be between AED3,000 (£689 or $817) and AED5,000 (£1,148 or $1,362), with annual fees between AED18,800 (£4,318 or $5,123) and AED32,600 (£7,489 or $8,886) for full golf and recreation. single player subscription.
Who designed the Earth course in Dubai?
The United Arab Emirates course, which opened in 2009 for the DP World Tour Championship, was designed by Greg Norman – his first in the Middle East. The Earth Course is one of two championship courses at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. The other is the Fire Course, also designed by Norman.
How long does the land journey take?
The Earth course is 7,706 meters long from the championship tees. A par 72 course, its last four holes have been described as “the toughest mile in golf” by its designer, Greg Norman.