That was the name given to Emirates Golf Club, when it
became the first championship all-grass golf course in
the golf region, way back in 1988.
brainchild of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, the Club was built as an attraction
to the growing corporate sector and the then burgeoning
tourist industry. Within a month of opening the most
important regional golf tournament - the Pan-Arab -
was taking place on the newly named Majlis course.
by Florida-based course architect Karl Litten, the original
18 holes were built in and around the dunes of a beautiful
site on the edge of the city of Dubai, donated by Sheikh
Mohamed, on whose instructions, the desert flora was
maintained, as it is to this day, in its natural state.
club's international recognition was confirmed in 1989
with the Club's first European Tour event - the Dubai
Desert Classic. Fourteen years later the tournament
reaches hundreds of millions of TV screens around the
world every year, and most of the world's top players,
including Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, have taken part
in what is now one of the European PGA Tour's top events.
1995 the club was voted the Favourite of the Year by
the players of the European Tour, and in 1996 the second
eighteen holes - the Wadi Course - were completed, bringing
Emirates Golf Club to its current 36-holes.
Emirates Golf Club maintains its position as the leading
golf club in the region and continues to meet international
standards in every aspect of its operation.
the original "desert course" in the Middle
East, the Majlis remains in many peoples' minds a miracle
- The Desert Miracle.
Golf Club has managed to retain the traditional Arabic
warmth of welcome and quality of service, not just for
golfers, but also for all members and visitors. And
the facilities are not restricted to golf. With superb
tennis and squash courts, an extensive gymnasium, a
beautiful swimming pool, spectacular outlets and shops,
the Club is a haven for sports minded people and casual