Ras al Khaimah, UAE
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.