Capturing the character and beauty of the Middle East, the 18-hole, par-72 Al Badia course was designed on an oasis theme by internationally renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones II.
The course stretches to a maximum of 7,303 yards for experienced players – and a still challenging 5,398 for beginners – and features abundant water, ribbons of sand and plants indigenous to the Arabian Gulf. Water, though, is perhaps the predominant feature throughout the course, with a layout that incorporates eleven lakes, several smaller ponds, a number of streams and even cascading waterfalls. Strategically, water is used for lateral hazards as well as carry hazards on twelve of the holes.
MEMBERSHIP: An annual Corporate Golf Membership will set you back AED 40,000. This includes two nominated players, a corporate golf day for up to 48 players, 25 additional midweek green fee vouchers and a seven-day-a-week membership at Al Hamra Golf Club in Ras Al-Khaimah.
GREEN FEES: Current fees for mid-week golf are: AED 595 (non-guests), AED 300 (in-house guests). For the weekends, those fees climb to: AED 875 (non-guests), AED 575 (guests).
FACILITIES: Al Badia Golf Club houses three fine restaurants and a Spa that offers a full menu of restoration and rejuvenation treatments.
This is a fantastic facility over by Festival City, with a first-rate clubhouse and excellent facilities – and, above all, a great, challenging golf course.
Al Badia eases you in to things with a rather run-of-the-mill par 4 first hole, so the 2nd is perhaps the start of the round proper, with a tough drive over water, leaving a short 2nd shot into a small green over more water. The follows some long, tough par 5s, with water coming into play on many of the holes throughout the round.
It is, however, always a pleasure to play Al Badia as it's a genuine golfers’ course with low handicappers having to really think their way around to 18, which is another dramatic par 5,
with water just about everywhere. A very underrated UAE course.