First of all, the condition of the course in terms of fairways and greens is really good for this time of year. Greens roll really true and are quite fast on some holes, and the fairways and rough are very lush and green. Avoid going outside of the rough into the sand and bushes, as the bushes are the ones where you will have trouble find your ball in (similar to yas links Abu Dhabi).
I wouldn't say that the course is very difficult or intimidating, but there are some challenging holes. The par3 11th which is like 230 yards off the tee for instance, and the 495 par4 15th which is a tee shot across the only water on the course. For the rest, I didn't feel there wasn't a lot of course management involved to play. On almost every hole you can use your driver to tee off and you're never in doubt to maybe take that 3 wood or hybrid for a better approach or to avoid trouble, or a holes with a must make shot to have any chance of a par/bogey. There also isn't a single true dogleg hole on this course which is kind of unusual.
It's good they are finishing the permanent clubhouse now (hopefully in time for the race to Dubai end season tournament, but doubtful they way it looked yesterday), as that's really a missing piece in the package here although I only rated for the actual golf, not the facilities. Driving range is very nice and big though with lots of targets, and quality Titleist range balls unlike some other much more expensive courses in Dubai.
Hopefully I can play the earth course here next time.
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