Readers’ Choice: Your Favourites Revealed
By Robbie Greenfield
here might be nothing more subjective in golf than the ranking of courses. Designs that captivate some golfers will leave others unmoved. The greens that you love to putt on, your playing partner might loathe; the holes that you remember, they may quickly forget.
Our ranking of the top 10 golf courses in the Middle East is the only one of its kind and an undertaking that we pride ourselves on tackling as fairly and methodically as possible.
But we have continued the tradition that we started back in 2011 of giving our readers the opportunity to have their say, too. Through an online voting form, almost 400 readers of Golf Digest Middle East listed their five favourite golf courses in order. Each course received a score of 25pts for a first place pick, 18 for second, 15 for third, 12 for fourth and 10 for fifth.
The top three clubs remain the same, but the order has changed, with Yas Links failing to repeat its double-triumph of 2013. Instead, the famous Majlis resumes its position as the Readers’ favourite, with Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s National, another hallowed venue, close behind. Elsewhere, Dubai Creek Golf Club is a big mover up to No.4, while Almouj Golf makes its debut on the list. But with nine of the 10 courses here located in the UAE, its reputation as the golfing capital of the region remains unchallenged.