In­stantly Hooked

Wel­come to the Mid­dle East’s new­est club­house, an el­e­gant ac­com­pa­ni­ment to the fine golf on of­fer at Dubai Hills Golf Club

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - BY KENT GRAY

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.”

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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

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