Dubai (and the UAE in general) is famed for its golf courses. There’s a huge and active golf community in the country, and there are plenty of international competitions hosted here, catering to the large number of golf enthusiasts who arrive in the UAE from abroad.
So it’s little wonder that banks in the UAE cater to these enthusiasts. These days, along with air miles and cashback, banks offer seriously good golf credit cards. From getting a free round every month to having unlimited access to the UAE’s best golf courses, these credit cards can net golf enthusiasts some big savings – so long as they’re used correctly.
If you’re keen on golf, here are our are top picks for the best golfing credit cards.
Citibank – Emirates-Citibank Ultimate Credit Card
Not only do you gain Skywards Miles on the Emirates-Citibank Ultimate Credit Card, but it also includes great golf benefits.
The card offers free golf once a month for both basic and supplementary cardmembers at some of the leading golf courses in the UAE. You can play at The Montgomerie, The El’s Club and Arabian Ranches in Dubai, and Yas Links Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.
This card also features unlimited access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide for both basic and supplementary cardmembers, including one guest each. And you get complimentary international concierge service, travel insurance and free supplementary cards.
ADCB – TouchPoints Platinum Credit Card
Even though ADCB has three TouchPoints Credit Cards, the Platinum Card is our top pick for golfers. You’ll need a minimum salary of AED 15,000 and you’ll need to fork out an annual fee of AED 630. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to make that back with the benefits.
Cardholders can play golf free all year at The Track, Meydan Golf Dubai, Arabian Ranches Golf Club Dubai, Yas Links Golf Club Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club.
Not only that, but you can also obtain a buy-one-get-one-free ticket at Vox Cinemas on 2D, 3D and IMAX movie purchases through Vox’s website or mobile app. Families also get discounts at the two largest theme parks in Abu Dhabi, Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.
Emirates NBD – Titanium Credit Card
Not only can you enjoy a world of travel and lifestyle perks with Emirates NBD’s Titanium Credit Card, but it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy golf privileges. With an annual fee of AED 400 and a monthly minimum salary of AED 5,000, it isn’t too expensive to enjoy the card’s features.
You can enjoy up to 40% discount at over 100 golf courses worldwide, which makes it handy for those who love to golf outside of the UAE. And new members can now apply for this credit card and get it free for life without any annual charges and receive a voucher worth AED 250 to spend on SOUQ.com.
The features don’t stop there; the card offers complimentary access to over 10 VIP lounges in UAE, KSA, Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt. It’ll also give you complimentary life insurance cover and valet parking across the UAE.
Mashreq Platinum Elite Credit Card
Mashreq’s Platinum Elite card is one of our favorite golfing cards, because it comes with a reasonable minimum salary requirement of AED 7,000 per month and comes with great benefits. With it, you can enjoy one round of complimentary golf each month at either Al Badia Golf Club or Abu Dhabi City Golf Club.
But the benefits don’t stop there. You also get a free golf cart, discounted green fees for accompanying guests, up to 25% discount on food and up to 20% on beverages – along with complimentary Wi-Fi, valet and locker services.
With this card, you also get free priority pass membership with eight free lounge visits, up to 50% discount on dining, and exclusive discounts across over 50 outlets to do with shopping, health and fitness, wellness and spa, entertainment and leisure.