The Majlis Championship course
original home of the Dubai Desert Classic and
the flagship course of Emirates Golf Club, The
Majlis Championship course is a challenging
par 72, 7200-yard course. Sculptured around
the original tall desert dunes in 1987, The
Majlis was the first grass course in the Middle
East and takes its name from the Arabic for
'meeting place'. Indeed, one of the most prominent
features on the course is the Majlis building
itself, positioned between the 8th and 9th holes.
8th hole, a par 4 dogleg is The Majlis' most
unusual hole. Stroke index 3 and playing a
full 434 yards, it has the unusual distinction
of playing up-hill and requires a long, well
directed drive to leave a reasonable second
shot to its well protected green.
Golf Club's second Championship golf course
was opened in 1996 and was christened 'The
Wadi', taken from the Arabic for 'valley'.
A landscaped wadi between the 7th and 8th
holes highlights the traditional name given
to the course. The Wadi continues in the same
vein as The Majlis with its undulating fairways
the unenviable task of competing with The
Majlis, The Wadi performs admirably and more
than acquits itself. Another challenging layout,
The Wadi tempts the average golfer with its
space and large greens, which are cleverly
protected by fourteen lakes and numerous bunkers.
The Wadi is very popular locally and eagerly
lures players to the challenge of its 7127-yards.