Desert Classic PGA European Tour

A general view of the putting green and clubhouse during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on February 3, 2006 on the Majilis Course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai

The Emirates Golf Club and Majlis Championship Golf Course

The foundations of the Emirates Golf club were set into motion in 1986. His Highness General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, approved the plans for the Gulf’s first all-grass championship golf course. The idea was conceived to boost the Gulf corporate sector and tourist flow.

1988: The first match

When the course opened two years later in with a professional ‘East vs. West’ challenging match, it was dubbed ‘The Desert Miracle’. The first contest featured professional golf players representing both sides and many dignitaries and royals were present at the Emirates Golf Club. Graham Marsh and Rodger Davis participated on behalf of the East, against Howard Clark and Sam Torrance, who played for the West.

1989: Dubai Desert Classic PGA European Tour

At this time there were already talks about adding the Majlis Championship Golf Course to the prominent PGA European Tour calendar. An agreement was reached and the debut Dubai Desert Classic was contested in 1989 at the Emirates Golf Club.

In 1996, the Wadi Course was created, contributing an additional eighteen holes to the Emirates Golf Club.

Current Dubai Desert Classic Course

The current Emirates Golf Club offers many other quality resources above and beyond the two sophisticated Championship Golf Courses. The stylish venue caters to just about everyone with a wealth of exclusive facilities. These include tennis and squash courts, a fully equipped gym and a luxurious pool area.

Naturally, the Emirates Golf Club has built up a good selection of bars, restaurants and large corporate catering venues. Although most of the bars logically accommodate golf and sporting enthusiasts, fine dining restaurants such as Le Classique offer a refined lunch and dinner menu.