United Arab Emirates
The Dunes Golf Club, Dubai Sports City (semiprivate). Opening: February
The vanguard of a new generation of high-end courses in Dubai, this is the first solo design under Ernie Els. The windswept layout, managed by Troon Golf, twists through a fifty-million-square-foot compound that houses sports stadiums and academies as well as residential neighborhoods. Holes flow through sand dunes and large, wind-blown bunkers designed to mimic the surrounding desert.—Derek Duncan
Architect: Ernie Els. Yardage: 7,509. Par: 72. Green Fees: $190–$210. Tee Times: 011-971/4367-1080, vh.ae.