JA Jebel Ali Golf Re­sort

An iconic Dubai course has had a makeover to ac­com­mo­date a new ho­tel...and just in time for the ar­rival of a global su­per­star

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - by kent gray www.jare­sortsho­tels.com

A first look at the makeover of the iconic UAE 9-holer. BY KENT GRAY

Har­ra­dine Golf had just two and a half months to trans­form JA Jebel Ali Golf Re­sort to make way for a new ho­tel be­ing con­structed in the north-east cor­ner of the iconic Dubai re­sort. The time­line was fast and fu­ri­ous and the re­sults fan­tas­tic with a new par 4,4,3 con­fig­u­ra­tion re­plac­ing the old par 4,3,4 lay­out. Pic­tured here is the green of the new 2nd hole, a 331-yard par-4 which doglegs slightly over some of the 740 new trees, shrubs and 1600 tall grasses planted dur­ing the re-de­sign to re­tain the orig­i­nal char­ac­ter of the course which turned 20 late last month. “The 2nd is a the­o­ret­i­cal ‘drive­able’ par-4,” ar­chi­tect Peter Har­ra­dine says. “How­ever, land­ing on the green with the drive is not for the faint-hearted as it is de­fended by a bunker on the front right cor­ner and a new lake on the left-hand side.” The re-de­sign in­cludes new tees and the length­en­ing of the driv­ing range to a to­tal of 388 yards, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to be played from both ends. Also new is the Mid­dle East’s first David Leadbetter Academy, set to open at Jebel Ali Golf Re­sort on Novem­ber 12. Check out the De­cem­ber is­sue of Golf Di­gest Mid­dle East for full cov­er­age of Jebel Ali’s makeover and the visit of Leadbetter to open his 37th academy world­wide.

Pho­to­graph: Fa­tima Akasha

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