Course info from the Emirates Golf Club.
Tees - Tiffway Bermuda 419
Fairways - Tiffway Bermuda 419
Greens - Tiff Green Bermuda 328 overseeded with Poa Trivialis
Roughs - Rye grass
Fairly generous but with some extensive shaping
Semi rough 20mm, 1 machine width, then
Intermediate rough 50mm, 1 machine width
Outside of this maintained rough is at 80mm
Large greens but subtle slopes and strong grain will make the putts hard to read.
Stimpmeter reading - currently being controlled to a maximum of 10’ in case the wind gets up, as balls will start to move on these surfaces if the speed is allowed to get any higher.
Generally it's a very windy course at this time of year so good wind players will typically do well.
Without the wind it does not play that long, but fairways and greens are firm.
It's a very fair, straight forward test of golf. If the wind blows it becomes a very tough examination. Only the winner and runner up broke par last year but the set up has been softened slightly from last year in anticipation of similar winds.
The par 3 ‘s offer some of the toughest shots to the greens with water in play on 3 out of 4 of them.
Some of the features of the course are:
- the par 5 9th at 634 yards - this is one of the longest on Tour.
- the par 4 16th is a feature hole with a massive rock in the middle of the fairway. If it is downwind the players can try and carry this to drive the green from the tee, but if they hit the rock the ball can easily be lost.
- natural sand and loose rock with marram type grasses create the hazards outside of the prepared surfaces.