If you are a golf-lover staying in Dubai, do not miss the chance to visit the famous Els Club. It is situated in the heart of Dubai, is next to Sheikh Zayed Road, the main artery of Dubai, located in the picturesque Emirates Hills. It is a living, and sports complex where one can limitlessly enjoy all beauties and challenges of golf.
The importance of golf, as a game and as a lifestyle has been growing, together with the growing number of foreigners coming to live and to work in Dubai. The existence of golf in Dubai is mainly due to all the English and American expats who were previously living here, missing their beloved sport from time to time. Dubai saw the chance and started to build the first course from the end of the nineties’.
The Els Club, designed by the world famous South African golfer the “Big Easy” Ernie Els, is really a fantastic place to play golf. Its big course is an 18-hole one, which is almost 7 kilometres long and full of dunes, all-white hollows and greens combined with the desert feeling ensures a beautiful golf site. There are also two big lakes found in this golf course, which also got the “Best International Golf Course” award of Links Magazine.
The Els Club had designs as part of future Dubai Sports City complex. However, at the same time, it allowed the course to stretch to the living- area too, called Victory Heights, where one could have the chance to buy an apartment or villa to enjoy golf day and night, together with all the peaceful additional sports facilities found in the Els Club.
The Els Golf Club is one of the newest operating clubs of Dubai, opened in 2008, still having a couple of construction works in its area mainly concerning its beautiful Spanish style huge clubhouse, scheduled to finish this year. Right now, there is a big temporary clubhouse also, to serve everyone’s needs, with the offer of meals and locker rooms. The future clubhouse will have many facilities for both the members and the visitors of the club, including meeting and conference rooms and private lounges. If it comes to the organization of corporate events, Els Club has many services and pre-made programs for groups as well.
There are several training and learning possibilities, namely called Els Clinic, where professional players help ones to improve their techniques. There is also a chance to opt for a complete course from beginner to professional at the nearby Butch Harmon School of Golf, teaching the American style golf. The Els Club has in-house cups as well and also offers various chances and programs for business meetings as well.
The other good thing in Els Golf Club is that the course itself is for golf but those, for example family members of the golfers can use the nearby countless operating facilities of the Dubai Sports City, namely the tennis courts or the swimming pools, not to mention the huge gyms in its area. One can watch cricket or football in the big stadiums of the Sports City as well. Els Golf Club is really the place to be for the lovers of this great traditional sport.