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The weather of the Middle East has traditionally been perfect for golfing and is the main reason why so many courses are in the area. As a tourism boom lures westerners to the region, places like Dubai are expanding their offerings of courses tenfold. Itself Africa lacks finely maintained greens apart from a few places such as South Africa and Egypt.

  1. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, United Arab Emirates This course is home of the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and some of the bext resort and clubhouse facilities in the Middle East.
  2. Mena House Golf Course, Egypt Just under a half mile from the Pyramid of Cheops, it’s hard to imagine a more surreal setting. One of the oldest and most respected courses in Egypt.
  3. The Els Golf Club, United Arab Emirates The 7,396 yard championship golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie is covered by 123 acres of turf, 93 acres of landscaped gardens, 14 lakes and 81 large bunkers. Consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the Middle East.
  4. Pearl Valley, South Africa The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is located in the heart of the Cape’s wine region at the base of the Drakenstein Mountains. An additional 18 holes are in the works.
  5. The Montgomerie Dubai, United Arab Emirates This 7,538 yards links style course was designed by US Open and British Open winner Ernie Els and has raised the bar for new courses in the Middle East. Set to be the jewel of Victory Heights at Dubai Sport City, the world’s first fully integrated athletic metropolis.
  6. Durban, South Africa The strong wind coming off the Indian Ocean, lush plant life, and an al most theatrical series of sand dunes make this the best course on the continent.
  7. Cacades, Egypt The Gary Player course was the only links course in Egypt and sits beside the white sandy beaches of the Red Sea.
  8. Emirates Golf Club, United Arab Emirates Dunes, man made lakes, blind tee shots, and a club house modeled after Bedouin design is only a few of the reasons why this championship course is called the desert miracle.
  9. Dar Es Salaam Golf Club, Morocco, Morocco The 7,308-yard Par 73 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones has long fairways and lots of cork oak forests. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 courses.
  10. Doha Golf Club, Qatar From the Arabian style clubhouse to the Qatar masters tournament, this course is one of the most iconic in all the Middle East.

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