The best residential areas for golf-lovers in Dubai
Words by Ruqayyah Khan in The Lifestyle · Feb 19th, 2017
Golf enthusiasts looking to combine their passion for the sport with a luxury lifestyle face no lack of options. From townhouses to mansions, there’s something for every preference. Here is LUXHABITAT’s round up of luxury golf communities in Dubai.
1. Jumeirah Golf Estates
The Jumeirah Golf Estates community is every golf-lover’s dream come true. With two golf courses completed, and two more to follow, true passion for the sport is evident. The courses are all named after and set to an elemental theme, with the completed Earth and Fire courses designed by renowned player Greg Norman.
The Earth course hosted the DP World Tour Championship, and keeps with the theme by incorporating lush green fairways, bright white bunkers, deep red landscaping, and lakes teeming with wildlife. The Fire course is designed to be both challenging and beautiful, demanding clever strategising and full appreciation of its natural beauty from both golf aficionados and non-golfers alike. Everything is rounded out by the luxurious leisure services offered by the the Clubhouse and Country Club.
Residents of the Mediterranean style villas in Jumeirah Golf Estates are offered preferential membership rates, in addition to other amenities in the neighbourhood, like the luxury hotel, restaurants, and spa just a few steps away.
2. Emirates Hills
Famed for its luxurious villas and exclusive community, Emirates Hills needs no introduction. However, there’s even more to the “Beverly Hills of Dubai” than just its exquisite homes. Overlooking the fairways and lakes of the championship Montgomerie golf course, Emirates Hills exemplifies true luxury living for serious golf enthusiasts.
The Montgomerie golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie, has been consistently listed as one of the top [two] golf courses in the Middle East, and The Address Montgomerie Dubai provides everything that could possibly be needed for the perfect golfing experience. Golfers of every level can enjoy this masterfully designed course, and round out their day with the superb amenities, a cigar lounge, a spa, and a range of dining options that also available.
The Montgomerie Maisonettes offer a cosier but nonetheless luxurious alternative to the villas of Emirates Hills. These semi-detached townhouses feature are just a minute away from the Address Montgomerie Dubai and offer the same great views and golf community lifestyle.
3. Arabian Ranches
Arabian Ranches provides a true retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tucked away in the heart of the desert, this community is built around the Arabian Ranches golf course designed by Ian Baker-Finch with Nicklaus Design. The course is built to get the most out of the desert landscape, incorporating the natural foliage and sand dunes into its design; “a true desert style course similar to those found in Palm Springs, California and Scottsdale, Arizona in this beautiful desert setting,” according to Baker-Finch. The Arabian Ranches Golf Club’s events calendar along with the Baker-Finch Room, dining and bar options, eleven guest rooms, and training facilities, make it the perfect destination for corporate retreats or even a relaxing family getaway.
The villas in Arabian Ranches make the perfect family homes in a community that offers more than just a wonderful golf course. Residents also have access to two retail centres, an equestrian and polo club, facilities for tennis and basketball, a Mediclinic, dining option, and even a skate park. With schools and nurseries also close by, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything lacking in this tranquil community.
4. Victory Heights
The villas in Victory Heights are nestled in and around The Els Club, home to a golf course designed by Ernie Els. The golf course is based on some of the US Open and the Open Championship winner’s favourites from around the world. Its classic, challenging, and aesthetically pleasing links layout leaves no doubt as to why this golf course has received the award for Best New International Course in 2008 from Links Golf Magazine and Best Golf Course in Dubai in 2009 from CNBC Arabian Property Awards.
The Els Club prides itself on providing a luxurious golfing experience, catering to every want or need and even the service of a personal golf butler. The experience continues at the palatial clubhouse which offers Jacuzzi, sauna, and even drinks and an award-winning Pro-shop.
This private community in Sports City effortlessly combines a world-class golfing experience with lush greenery and luxurious villas and townhouses. The David Lloyd Next Generation Club and Tennis Academy, the Butch Harmon School of Golf, and other sport facilities are right at residents’ doorsteps. There are also schools and nurseries, recreational facilities, and a serene environment with bicycle trails, walkways, and parks.
5. The Lakes
Located between both The Address Montgomerie Dubai and Emirates Golf Club, The Lakes will leave you spoiled for choice. Its proximity to the aforementioned Montgomerie golf course is would be reason enough to make this community one of the top picks for golf-lovers. However, the Emirates Golf Club has its own luxury experience and rich history. The first all-grass championship course in the region, the Emirates Golf Club was opened in 1988 and continues to offer world-class services and amenities and a serious golfing experience.
The flagship Majlis course is host to the Dubai Desert Classic started in 1989, and is also the site of the iconic clubhouse between the eighth and ninth holes. The Faldo course, which was redesigned by the legendary Nick Faldo, is the only fully floodlit 18-hole golf course in the UAE, and provides a challenging, enjoyable and visually outstanding experience.
The Lakes also boast a vibrant community and luxurious detached villas and townhouses, with scenic green spaces, parks, swimming pools, restaurants, barbecue area, a daycare centre, and sports facilities. Families of all sizes seeking a lively community and a host of amenities will find The Lakes to be a perfect match.
6. Mohammed Bin Rashid City
Dubai Hills is set to be a golf community unlike any other, with homes featuring elegant and spacious designs surrounded by lush greenery and seemingly impossible low-density living right in the heart of the city. In addition to overlooking a championship 18-hole golf course, the community will also feature fine dining, luxury retail, and other amenities like healthcare facilities, schools, and mosques. District One will have the distinction of being a tranquil and picturesque getaway whilst also having the buzz of the city just a step away. With mansions and villas in three architectural styles, close proximity to championship golf courses, including a 9-hole floodlit course, and every facility imaginable, the luxury of District One cannot be replicated.
MBR City will be connected to every major hub of the Dubai, including Downtown Dubai, DIFC, and the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. It will also act as the largest centre for culture and art in the entire region, and feature acres of open green spaces, the Crystal Lagoon, and man-made beaches. It’s safe to assume that this is going to be one of the premier destinations for golf-lovers and culture enthusiasts everywhere.