Following my adventures in Abu Dhabi, the second destination on my golfing trip to the Middle East was the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which was played at the Emirates Golf Club. I was tasked with sharing and creating behind the scenes footage of the tournament. Here is a little glimpse into what I got up to.
First up was exploring Tournament Town, a village designed for the whole family to enjoy. As you can see I got pretty stuck in!
The sculptures pictured below are part of The Art Collection by Idriss B. The sculptures were hidden in places all around the venue as part of the ‘Get fit find it challenge’ that the tournament ran.
I managed to sneak onto the range to hit some golf balls as the tour players cooled down after their rounds. Whilst there, I received a golf ball fitting from Titleist – it was interesting learning about the different factors to consider when picking a golf ball to play with. According to my fitting, the best ball for me is a Titleist ProV1x. If you would like to find out which ball would suit your golf game best, you can do so here.
During my time in Dubai I met some pretty awesome people, including the golfing legend Miguel Ángel Jiménez and golf YouTuber James Robinson.
Playing Golf-Cricket with Brian Lara! I’m unsure whether this sporting mash-up will catch on. The game proved quite difficult, and if Brian, who is a very low handicap golfer and a cricketing legend, struggled then there’s no hope for the rest of us.
I spent some time at the Barasti Bar over the weekend. If someone makes a birdie on the short Par 3 15th they ring the bell and everyone at the Barasti bar which faces the hole gets 3 for 2 drinks. It’s a great place to sit and enjoy the golf over the weekend!
After the tournament had ended I went to explore some of the courses in Dubai. I played at The Els Club and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
I played the Earth course at Jumeirah, which was designed by Greg Norman. The course was in immaculate condition and proposed a challenging round as it played quite long off the back tees. The final 4 holes were my favourite! On a side note, I ordered a Chicken Tikka wrap at the half-way point and it was one of the most delicious wraps I’ve ever had. I think about it a lot and will be returning purely to get this wrap again!
Overall, I had a very joyous time in Dubai and I would like to go back to check out some of the other great courses the region has to offer!