About the Course
Although a sand course with ‘browns’ instead of ‘greens’, it has rolling grass fairways which confront the observer standing on the clubhouse veranda. Interspersed with desert terrain and vegetation, it gives a genuine ‘links’ feel to the impending round of golf.
With 9 of its 18 fairways now grassed and plans are afoot to grass more as finances permit, the course is regarded amongst the local golfing fraternity as a real challenge.
Maximum use has been made of the natural topography in setting out the course, added to which the prevalent land/sea breezes continue to change direction and modify playing conditions as the day progresses.
As with Links Golf, imagination and adaptation are the key to good scoring at Sharjah Wanderers, and those who play with a ‘one club – one shot’ approach would be advised to pop a calculator into their bag for later use.
The course is also an excellent fitness challenge – with hills and valleys to stretch the leg muscles.
Playing the Course
As the course is set in the desert with a mixture of grass and sand fairways, buggys cannot be used and the course must be walked. However, caddies are usually available to carry your bag and give you limited guidance around the course. Spikes are not permitted as they damage the browns and flat-soled trainers are recommended. All shots from the fairways must be played from an “Astroturf” mat, which can be obtained from the Clubhouse which is open daily except Sundays from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Club Competitions are generally held on Fridays during the winter, with the course being closed for the competition until around 1:00pm.
There is also an active Ladies Section which meets on Tuesday afternoons throughout the winter. For those of you wishing some practice before challenging the course, there is a driving range and practice brown and buckets of balls are available from the Clubhouse.