Dubai resident Garrick Porteous, a golfer who holds playing privileges on both the DP World Tour and the Challenge Tour, credits his time in the Emirates for enhancing his golf skills. Porteous relocated to the UAE in August last year with his wife, Maisie, a history teacher in Dubai whom he met in Newcastle while she was studying there. During his notable amateur career, the 34-year-old Englishman studied at the University of Tennessee, the same institution where Dubai-born Josh Hill is currently enrolled. He played for England in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2012 and for Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup the following year, alongside teammates like Matt Fitzpatrick, Gavin Moynahan, Jordan Smith, and Callum Shinkwin. The US Team included golfers like Justin Thomas and Max Homa. Porteous' victory at The Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports granted him invitations to The Open in 2013 and The Masters in 2014. More recently, he secured his second Challenge Tour win at the Abu Dhabi Challenge held at Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club in April 2024. Porteous earned his DP World Tour privileges through the Tour Qualifying School in Spain, securing his spot with an eagle on his final hole. He boasts three professional wins, including the 2014 FSC Invitational on the now Clutch Pro Tour, a Prague Challenge Tour event in 2017, and the recent Challenge Tour event in Al Ain. Porteous, who has played with notable golfers like Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, and Martin Kaymer, is now a member at Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, where he praises the excellent facilities and course conditions. He plans to participate in about 14-15 events this season on the DP World Tour, benefiting from a new points system that aligns with the Challenge Tour. Currently ranked 15th on the Challenge Tour Road to Mallorca Rankings and 149th in the Race to Dubai Rankings, Porteous aims to secure his DP World Tour 2025 card. He also appreciates the strong support network he has in Dubai, which includes fellow golfers and sponsors. Porteous believes that living in Dubai has significantly improved his game, citing his improvement in putting as an example, and encourages more golfers to consider basing themselves in Dubai, especially with the opportunities like the Dubai Golden VISA.