As the world gears up to say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the New Year with flourish and fireworks, the 2017 Race to Dubai is already well underway. Having started with the Australian PGA Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Championship last month, the leaderboard is currently fronted by Australia’s Andrew Dodt. But as the competition traverses four continents across the course of a year, will he hold this lead for long?
The Race to Dubai is part of the European Tour and celebrates both the diversity and shared passion for golf across the globe. This year’s competition featured 45 tournaments in 26 different countries worldwide and was won by Henrik Stenson, thanks to victories in The Open Championship and the BMW International Open. 2016 was the second year the Swede had won the competition, having done so first in 2013. Back in September, we published a piece on Stenson, exploring his birthplace of Gothenberg. Our admiration for the player has now reached new heights and we wish him luck in retaining the title next year.
The Race to Dubai will culminate in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in November 2017 and this is when the European Tour’s Number One player will be crowned. The prestigious tournament is contested on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, a luxury golf community amid the sparkling “City of Gold”.
Designed by Greg Norman and inspired by the great parkland courses of Europe and North America, the Earth course sets the scene for an incredible golfing experience. The rolling fairways, white bunkering and deep red ochre landscape are framed by mature trees and shrubbery, ensuring every hole is picture perfect. There are lakes and water features throughout the course -home to an abundance of local wildlife. In fact, the last 4 holes play alongside or over water with a meandering creek running the full length of the final hole.
Dubai has long been considered a true paradise for golfers, with its rich style for beautifying golf courses and making them very similar to the class and professionalism of European or American courses. The cream of the crop for many years has been the Majlis course at the Emirates Club, host to the OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic. The course stretches out to over 7,300 yards from its tips with a par set at 72. Impressive desert dunes line the perimeter while picturesque salt and freshwater lakes come into play on several holes.
Turkish Airlines flies daily to Dubai so you can beat the European Tour there and indulge in a game or two on the Emirates’ stunning championship courses.
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