Best Sports Club
The Winner: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Smart play is what is needed to get the better of this scenic championship golf course. With the Creek not only providing a stunning setting, it also throws up a few challenges along its par 71 way. Then again, there is also the floodlit nine-hole par three course. And for those in training, there’s the 36 bay driving range and the Academy for those wanting to learn from the pros. And, once you’ve taken your final swing of the day, the club offers up no less than six restaurants and bars, a gym, pool and, if you happen to be arriving by boat, a 121-berth marina.
Don’t miss: Plan your strategy at each hole in advance by taking an online walk of the course using the interactive map.
INFO: Deira, 04 380 1234, www.dubaigolf.com.
Highly Commended: The Aviation Club
Although renowned as being the venue for the Dubai Tennis Championships, The Aviation Club is an all-year-round sporting venue offering 10 tennis courts, two squash courts, a 25m lap swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and all the niceties such as saunas, Jacuzzis and spa. Plus, don’t forget all the restaurants at lively The Century Village.
INFO: Garhoud, 04 282 4122, www.aviationclub.ae.
Highly Commended: The Montgomerie
The 265 acres of green fairways, 14 lakes and 81 challenging bunkers make up the spectacular setting for the prestigious Address Hotel and clubhouse. Watch out for the par five fourth hole, dubbed the Snake.
INFO: Emirates Hills, 04 390 5600, www.themontgomerie.com.
Duplays Sports Club
Share your sporting passion and hit the pitches and courts with like-minded opponents. Duplay continues to be one of the city’s best ways to make friends.
INFO: Jumeirah Lake Towers, 04 447 2394, www.duplays.com.
Jebel Ali International Shooting Club
From pistol shooting to clay shooting and archery, whether you’re an amateur or professional, the Jebel Ali International Shooting Club is a great place to spend a day – and vent some frustration.
INFO: Jebel Ali, 04 883 6555, www.jaresortshotels.com.