Ras al Khaimah, UAE

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The same weather, the same ser­vice and the same course con­di­tion­ing as Dubai, with­out the ex­treme hus­tle and bus­tle... and the cost. This neigh­bour­ing emi­rate (big city) to Dubai has two good cour­ses and plenty of ho­tels, restau­rants and bars. Tower Links is a proper test – very tight in places with plenty of sandy waste ar­eas. Its mix of ro­bust par 4s with more playable holes con­cludes with a su­per cli­max over wa­ter.

Al Hamra, with its on-site Wal­dorf As­to­ria ho­tel, is just 10 min­utes away. This pris­tine course starts gen­tly be­fore ask­ing strin­gent ques­tions. It also has a wa­ter-dom­i­nated grand­stand fin­ish. If you want a third round, Al Zo­rah is found in Aj­man, a neigh­bour­ing emi­rate 20 min­utes from Dubai’s main air­port. It was built among man­groves by Nick­laus De­sign in 2015.

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