Hole 1 – Par 4

Black Tee: 387 Green Tee: 366 Red Tee: 317

Information- This hole features water on the right side for the opening tee shot and doglegs slightly right, the approach to the green is protected by two greenside bunkers.

Hole 2 – Par 5

Black Tee: 582 Green Tee: 551 Red Tee: 490

Information- The first par 5 on the course is a long affair with fairway bunkers gathering wayward drives. An aggressive drive over the right hand bunker for the longer hitters can be rewarded with an option to go for the green in two. There is water right of the green for any balls heading right.

Hole 3 – Par 4

Black Tee: 362 Green Tee: 334 Red Tee: 291

Information- This green cannot be seen with this tee shot with a severe dogleg left. A bunker in the middle of the fairway is a great line if you stay short of it. The approach is slightly uphill to a green that slopes severely back to front, if you fire past the flag be ready for a fast putt.

Hole 1 – Par 4

Black Tee: 174 Green Tee: 137 Red Tee: 111

Information- This hole is completely surrounded by greenside bunkers, finding the green is a must. This features a newly renovated green with a large slope running through the middle that would feed balls to the lower level, a tough 2 putt if you are on the different level to the flag.

Hole 5 – Par 4

Black Tee: 469 Green Tee: 440 Red Tee: 379

Information- This is a tough tee shot. Providing your ball carries the water hazard, the fairway is protected on both sides by deep bunkers. A safe drive on the right side opens up the green for a long, challenging approach but beware the bunker on the left side of the putting surface which swallows up loose balls.

Hole 6 – Par 4

Black Tee: 423 Green Tee: 400 Red Tee: 333

Information- A long play off the tee rewards the brave golfer with a short approach to the green guarded by bunkers front and back. The smart play however, is to lay up to the fairway bunker, setting up a slightly longer second shot to a green with minimal slope.

Hole 7 – Par 3

Black Tee: 200 Green Tee: 187 Red Tee: 127

Information- A daunting tee shot over water if you go for the flag to the second largest green on the course, once you have found this green the work is still on to get down in two putts.

Hole 8 – Par 5

Black Tee: 572 Green Tee: 541 Red Tee: 476

Information- Another long par 5 out of reach in two for most usually played as a 3 shot hole. A drive towards the two fairway bunkers on the right hand side should leave you in the middle of the fairway. Bunkers are also in place to put pressure on the lay up shot as well. A strong slope from the back left of this green will bring ball towards the center of then green.

Hole 9 – Par 4

Black Tee: 456 Green Tee: 422 Red Tee: 362

Information- One of the most iconic tee shots in the UAE hitting straight toward the Falcon Clubhouse, however don’t be fooled as water is in play both sides of this tee shot. The approach to this hole plays at least 1 club more with a slight usually unnoticeable incline. The green measures 40 yards front to back which can also affect club selection.

Hole 10 – Par 5

Black Tee: 554 Green Tee: 517 Red Tee: 459

Information- The back 9 starts with a straight par 5 and a good opportunity for pars and birdies. If you are laying up be ensure to stay left as there are 3 trees to block 3rd shots if you leave yourself on the right hand rough.

Hole 11 – Par 4

Black Tee: 376 Green Tee: 355 Red Tee: 306

Information- An almost 90 degree dog leg right that needs a straight drive to reach the end of the dogleg to have a view of the green for the second shot. Some of the deepest dunkers on the course protect this green. A ridge runs through the very middle of the green making the first half of the green slope toward the approach and the back half slope away.

Hole 12 – Par 3

Black Tee: 186 Green Tee: 169 Red Tee: 130

Information- One of the feature holes of this course need a shot that staying in the air to carry the ever inviting water. If you are having any doubt there is a layup fairway to then chip on for a chance of par still.

Hole 13 –Par 4

Black Tee: 414 Green Tee: 391 Red Tee: 342

Information- 13 has ruined many cards through the years including Phil Mickleson and Martin Kaymer. Left is not an option where the two player mentioned headed and found one of the many bush ready to swallow and wayward tee shots. 1 bunker protects this fairly flat green.

Hole 14 – Par 4

Black Tee: 490 Green Tee: 447 Red Tee: 384

Information- This is the longest par 4 on the course and requires two well struck shot to get on the green in two. The bunker on the right side is a perfect line to ensure you find the fairway. A long second shot for all will follow this for all with two front bunker making it very difficult to feed the ball through to the green if you cannot carry it all the way.

Hole 15 – Par 3

Black Tee: 177 Green Tee: 165 Red Tee: 145

Information- A par 3 that has seen many memories through the years, a hole in one from Miguel Angel Jimenez was followed by his famous Spanish Samba dance. 2016 saw Rory McIlroy have his first ever hole in one in tournament conditions. It plays slightly downhill so club selection is vital if you want to follow in the footsteps of Rory!

Hole 16 – Par 4

Black Tee: 459 Green Tee: 400 Red Tee: 334

Information- Another 90 degree dogleg but this time to the left, cut the corner if you dare and you will be rewarded with a much shorter shot in. if you hit it to the right side of the fair way it make the second much longer. A classic risk and reward hole. Again a slightly raised green to make club selection difficult.

Hole 17 –Par 4

Black Tee: 445 Green Tee: 417 Red Tee: 365

Information- The last par 4 on the course is certainly not an easy one, the water creeps into the fairway to test the nerves. After you have flown the water you still have to avoid the fairway bunkers making this one of the most demanding tee shots on the course. Bunkers make this approach narrow at the front entrance although not deep they collect a lot of balls through the day.

Hole 18 – Par 5

Black Tee: 557 Green Tee: 515 Red Tee: 451

Information- One of the best finishing holes on the European Tour schedule, a par 5 that can be reached in two shots for the longer hitters if they choose to be aggressive. Water is in play for most people’s second shot that doglegs around the water hazard. If you have managed two shots down the fairways the next thing you need to avoid on the approach to the green is the huge bunkers at the front. This is also one of the longest greens front to back on the European Tour and slopes from back to front all the way. If you have managed to find this green in 3 keep focused as a two putt is by no means given!