Throughout the majority of the Middle East, the looming summer months spark a certain amount of trepidation among all but the most robust golfers. Searing temperatures and smothering humidity mean that most of us confine our rounds to either early mornings or late afternoons. Many of us pack the clubs away altogether and only dust them off when we’re travelling to some far flung international destination.
But did you know that there is a destination reachable in only 2 ours from Dubai (2 hours 50 minutes from Doha) where the mercury rarely surpasses 35˚C even at the height of summer and it’s possible to play until the sun sets at around 8.30pm. Throw into the mix, world-class golf and five-star hotel luxury at affordable prices and it becomes clear that Baku in Azerbaijan is a real hidden gem.
Dreamland Golf Club has partnered with the exquisite Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers to offer a weekend stay and play package not to be missed by Middle East golfers. Situated close to downtown, Baku’s luminous shopping and restaurant scene, the Fairmont offers a fully-equipped health club, spa by ESPA, exquisite dining and rapturous views – it’s one destination non-golfers will be equally keen on.
This option offers golfers the chance to play Dreamland Golf Club’s wonderful 18-hole Cynthia Dye designed championship course. The package can is tailored to include daily transfers from the Fairmont Flame Towers Baku, Golf Cart Hire, and Complimentary use of range balls with hire clubs available.
With flight options leaving the UAE each Thursday, enjoy tee times Friday and Saturday morning, before returning on an afternoon flight. For those wishing to make the most of Baku’s outdoor restaurant and café culture why not stay an extra night and return on the scheduled Sunday flights.
“I think many people in Dubai and places like Qatar don’t realise how close Azerbaijan is and how much more bearable the temperature is for golf, especially during the summer,” said Phil Jones, General Manager, Dreamland Golf Club. “There’s also a lot going on and Baku is a great place to visit for golfers and non-golfers alike with lots of fantastic outdoor restaurants and cafés and the famous Boulevard promenade which runs alongside the Caspian shore. “Of course we also have the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June which is a wonderful event and attracts a lot of visitors.”
What’s more, Worldwide Golf readers are being given the exclusive chance to win one of these awesome packages as well as return flights from Dubai by entering our competition.
For a chance to win a Stay and Play package including
- Two night stay at the Fairmont Flame Towers Baku
- Two rounds of golf at Dreamland Golf Club including Cart & Club Hire
- Two return flights from Dubai International Airport
Simply answer this simple question: Baku hosted its inaugural F1 Grand Prix in 2016, although now retired – Name the Driver who won the country’s first race in 2016?