It’s a warm November afternoon in Dubai, as the city attempts to fight back against the winter chill that started descending upon it a week ago. Justin Rose stands on the 9th green, lining up his shot as a rapt crowd watches from the grandstand. The ball rolls toward the hole with a tap from his putt. And stops short. A collective groan fills the air, followed by a smattering of polite applause. It’s a small setback for Rose, and part of the rollercoaster that is the DP World Tour Championship.
More Than Just a Tournament
The four-day tournament brings 60 of the world’s finest golfers to Dubai, more specifically to Jumeirah Golf Estates, a normally tranquil residential community that is transformed into a rolling green circus for the duration of the championship. It is a prime opportunity to witness some of the world’s golfing greats in the heart of Dubai.
The Luxury Property team was at JGE for the event, and while the tournament was the main item on the agenda, it also served as a handy excuse to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful weather. In between glimpses of Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry in action, we grabbed some burgers from the food & beverage pavilion and took a jaunt around the main clubhouse.
The crowd ranged from the dedicated golf enthusiasts braving the afternoon sun in the grandstands to the more laidback weekenders lounging about the grounds to the armchair fans inside the clubhouse, clustered around a big screen TV. Parents had the option of dropping their kids off at one of the play areas while they took in a quick few rounds, and golf lovers of all ages could take advantage free golf lessons to practice their swing.
Dubai: The Perfect Golf City
Hosted at the Earth course in Jumeirah Golf Estates, the DP World Tour Championship is the season-ending tournament of the European Tour and is the climax of the Race to Dubai. It is considered to be one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world and has been played in Dubai since 2009.
Boasting a long history with the sport that goes back to the opening of the first golf course in 1988, Dubai is an ideal golf haven thanks to its year-round warm weather, with a winter that’s especially temperate. Veteran players such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo have put their stamp on the city in the form of exquisitely designed courses, and several of today’s stars consider it a home away from home. Quite literally, in the case of two-time Race to Dubai champion Henrik Stenson, who has a home in Jumeirah Golf Estates.
As the Race to Dubai approaches its first decade of play and plenty more golf communities continued to develop, such as the highly anticipated Dubai Hills Estate and Dubai South City, Dubai will surely remain a favorite among golf enthusiasts for many years to come.
A Golf Community Like No Other
With verdant landscapes stretching out for miles dotted with sprawling Mediterranean-style villas, Jumeirah Golf Estates is as picturesque a venue as one could want for an international tournament. As you pass by yet another grassy field surrounded by beautiful cottage-like homes with rustic stone facades and terracotta roofs, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re in some remote area of the European countryside rather than in one of the busiest major cities in the Middle East.
The two main attractions of the community are, of course, its 18-hole championship courses. Known as Fire and Earth, the courses have been designed by Australian golfing legend Greg Norman. Residents and club members can avail of the world-class facilities available at the JGE clubhouse, and can also hone their skills at the European Tour Performance Institute, a golf academy catering to all skill levels that is only the second of its kind in the world.
All of the homes at Jumeirah Golf Estates enjoy beautifully verdant landscapes, overlooking different sections of each of the two courses. The courses are close enough that residents can watch a game without leaving home, but far enough not be obtrusive, especially during a large-scale event like the DP World Tour.
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