Course Overview. The Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates is described as the Earth Course’s sister, however in truth it my well prove to me more of a second cousin when we get to see it on Wednesday.
At 7,480 yards for its par of 72 and constructed in the desert, the fundamental building blocks for the Fire and Earth are the same and the grasses used for fairways and greens are reportedly shared between both tracks.
Fire though is designed to be easier and more suitable to the travelling golfer, and carries a handicap course rating of 110 against Earth’s 140. Aesthetically the grass around the holes is longer and wispier and coupled with its location on the edge of the Jumeirah Estate which is more exposed, the course almost has a links-like feel to it in places.
The par-5s are attackable albeit long, however the topography of the holes allows aggressive shots that will reward those brave enough to take them on. Two further short par-4s on the 1st and 16th holes will also encourage some of the longer hitters to see how close they can get to the green from off the tee.
Tournament Stats. As this is the inaugural – and perhaps only ever – Golf in Dubai Championship, this week’s stats consist of current form only: Current Form
Predictor Model. Our published Predictor Model is available here. As always you can build your own model using the variables available.
Weather Forecast. The latest weather forecast for Dubai is here. Sunshine is expected with temperatures hitting around 80 Fahrenheit in the afternoons on each of the four competition days. Winds will be light for morning starters, picking up to around 10-12 mph later in the day, as is often the case around these parts.
Tournament Trends & Key Factors.
A new event on a new track gives us precious little to work with this week, and although part of the Jumeirah Golf Estate which will host the season’s finale on the now very familiar Earth Course, the Fire Course is described as sufficiently different to not consider results elsewhere on the estate as the be-all and end-all.
Pointers this week are mainly hypothetical, so those who are comfortable on the Bermuda greens and in the desert more generally may well adapt more readily to this fresh challenge. Aggressive par-5 play may well hold the key to this week, and with extensive bunkering on the course, those more adept at escaping from the sand may well keep their cards cleaner than most.
My final selections are as follows: