Welcome to the Middle East’s newest clubhouse, an elegant accompaniment to the fine golf on offer at Dubai Hills Golf Club
The clubhouse at Dubai Hills Golf Club is a fine accompaniment to the stellar new course.
For golfers the world over, a duck hook is a disheartening scourge to scorecard happiness. In Dubai, The Duck Hook is something altogether more appealing. ▶ The emirate’s newest golf course opened to great fanfare and rave reviews late last month and it wasn’t just the eminently playable and immaculately presented European Golf Design layout that warranted those worthy plaudits.
▶ The 45,000sq foot, Arabian-themed clubhouse at Dubai Hills Golf Club is an elegant accompaniment to a course sure to attract global attention, especially with the iconic Burj Khalifa serving as an almost constant backdrop. ▶ A gentle fade to the right through the lobby at Dubai Hills G.C. is the aforementioned The Duck Hook, a British-inspired bar complete with views beyond the 18th green and six big screens on the walls to watch the latest golf or big game after your round.
“THEY’VE TAKEN THE NAME AND RUN WITH IT, GOING TO TOWN WITH THE QUACKY THEME IN A SPACE TASTEFULLY ADORNED WITH DUCK PARAPHERNALIA AT EVERY TURN.”
has it the name is the work of the restaurant operator’s marketing team lead by Niki Walsh, who wanted an esoteric golfing term that would also have a wider, playful appeal for nongolfers too. JRG have taken the name and run with it, going to town with the quacky theme in a space tastefully adorned with duck paraphernalia at every turn, even the art work on the walls. You’ll certainly know where you are as you debrief your round, hopefully minus any of those roped, rightto-left scorecard wreckers of your own.
Play a little draw through the lobby and you’ll happen upon Hillhouse Brasserie, an upmarket boulangerie by day and fashionable international brasserie by night with an open kitchen serving concept dining sure to tempt even the most discerning palate. Together they can serve 400 covers in eateries sure to be popular with members and visitors alike.
Elsewhere, the clubhouse offers everything Middle East golfers have come to expect from a five-star golf facility, achieved with contemporary sophistication but thankfully minus much of the over-the-top opulence of neighbouring clubs.
Photographs courtesy Dubai Hills Golf Club