Night Golf: Your Guide

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18 December 2019
4 min. read
Joep Oude Egbrink
For most golf courses the day is over after the sun sets. After all, no sunlight means no golf. But for some courses business continues as usual - as the course is getting fully lit by floodlights. A pretty cool experience - and we're about to give you a guide on how and where to play night golf.
Photo by berndkraemer
Nightgolf at Emirates Golf Club Dubai (Photo credits by member berndkraemer)
Night Golf at Al Hamra Golf Club (Photo: Al Hamra Golf Club)

What is night golf?

Night golf is basically playing your round at night time while the course is being lit by floodlights. Night golf courses can usually be found in areas where the temperature is still pleasant enough to play when the sun sets, for example in Portugal or the Middle East. Golf courses that are lit are usually par-3 courses (for example the par-3 Academy course at Yas Links, United Arab Emirates). Nevertheless championship courses (for example the back nine at the European Tour venue The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Turkey) can also have floodlights.

Is night golf different than 'normal' golf?

Some say that your shots are better visible when playing at night in comparison to playing to daylight. Even though this depends hugely on the quality of the floodlights, it's best to keep in mind that you can't hit your shot 100 yards off-line and expect to find it somewhere in the rough. The floodlights are bright, yes, but they only light up the fairway and just a small part of the rough. So are you currently suffering a big slice? Just keep your driver in the bag and play it safe while playing golf at night.

This also brings is to our next advice: don't expect too much when playing night golf. Chances are you won't play your best golf because you're just not used to it. So try to make the game setup more friendly: play some nice side bets with your friends or play with two balls when you're playing alone. And most of all: enjoy it. Because let's be honest, playing golf at night is just really cool.

Interested in a round of night golf? We've made a list below of all the courses where you can play. Have you been lucky enough to spend a day at one of the venues below? Let us know how it was by reviewing it. Are you missing any golf courses to play in the dark? Please let us know in the comments below and we will add them to the list!

List of clubs where you can play night golf

Golf Club
Golf Course
No. of holes playable by night
Country
Average rating
Emirates Golf Club Dubai
Faldo Championship Course
18
United Arab Emirates
8.8
Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Par-3 Academy Course
9
United Arab Emirates
8.7
Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Garden Course
9
United Arab Emirates
8.7
Al Mouj Golf
Academy Course Par 3
9
Oman
8.7
Sân Golf Tân Sơn Nhất
Sân Golf Tân Sơn Nhất Course
18
Vietnam
8.6*
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course
back 9
Turkey
8.6
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Par-3 Course
9
United Arab Emirates
8.5
Ayla Golf Club
Golf Academy Par-3
9
Jordan
8.4*
Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club
AESGC Academy Course
9
United Arab Emirates
8.4*
Bà Nà Hills Golf Club
Bà Nà Hills Golf Course
18
Vietnam
8.3*
Carya Golf Club
Championship Course
18
Turkey
8.3
Golfbaan het Woold
Gezandebaan (par 3)
9
The Netherlands
8.3
Golf de Bouznika Bay
Bouznika Bay
9
Morocco
8.1*
The Address Montgomerie Dubai
Par-3 Academy Course
9
United Arab Emirates
8.1
Laem Chabang International Country Club
Lake, Mountain and Valley Course
27
Thailand
8.1
Oceânico O'Connor Jnr Course
Par-3 Oceânico Academy
9
Portugal
8
Club De Golf La Dama De Noche
unknown
unknown
Spain
7.7*
The Track Meydan Golf Club
The Track
9
United Arab Emirates
7.3*
Al Hamra Golf Club
Al Hamra Championship Course
9 ( 1 -7 and 17-18)
United Arab Emirates
7.1*
Summit Windmill Golf Club
Summit Windmill Golf Course

9
Thailand

6.8
Rachakram Golf Club
Rachakram Golf Course

18
Thailand
6.5
Pinehurst Golf & Country Club
South, West and North Course

27
Thailand
5.8
Secret Valley Golf Club
Secret Valley Golf Course
last 3
Cyprus8

Joep Oude Egbrink

Joep Oude Egbrink

Connectivity Specialist @Leadingcourses, but most of all an avid golfer! Was a single handicap for exactly 8 days. Now back to 10.3.
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