Despite not being known as a traditional golfing venue, in recent times the Middle East has come to be in the spotlight of the sport because of the development of a number of world class golf courses. The Doha Golf Club is one such example. It hosts the Qatar Masters Tournament each year.
Though pristinely kept greens and lush fairways are not what one expects to find in the middle of the desert, the Doha Gold Club is a pleasant exception. This 72 par, eighteen-hole golf course is both technically challenging and aesthetically pleasing to the player. The flora that is found on the course reflects the environment surrounding it, with cacti and crafted rock formations located throughout to add beauty.
Designed by the famous golf course architect Peter Harradine, the course boasts of a floodlit nine-hole practice course, which means that busy executives can iron out the flaws of their swing after a busy day at work. The restaurant, clubhouse and the golf shop are well kept and the staff is helpful and courteous.
The Qatar Masters tournament that is held annually as a part of the European Golf Tour has drawn many famous players, such as the South African Ernie Els who took part in 2007. The tournament draws in many golfers each year, each of them competing for a handsome prize of 2.5 million US Dollars.
The Doha Golf Club has a large expatriate membership, since the sport is yet to catch on with the locals. For tourists here on holiday the Doha Golf Club offers you the chance to break away from the routine and play a challenging 18-hole course.
The course is located close to Doha accommodation in the city just a short drive away.