The 18-hole golf course at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club has been designed and constructed to the highest quality, to compliment the high standard of other proposed resort elements.
Designed by London based European Golf Design, the course will be one of the best in the Middle East, capable of satisfying a wide range of golfing abilities, and will embrace the classic strategic elements of the world’s most famous and enduring golf courses.
Set alongside the Red Sea coastline, the design intention was to create a golf course rich with variety and choice, and ultimately, a course, which the golfer will never tire of. With the prevailing wind blowing off the Red Sea, the course has been routed in such a way that holes play in multiple directions, creating a layout that is brimming with risk-and-reward choices and opportunities for creative and varied shot making. Holes 15, 16 and 17 offer the most stunning backdrop of the shoreline, with the breeze off the sea making for interesting shot challenges.
Playing to a par of 72 and stretching 6,900 yards, the course will be characterized by beautifully manicured playing surfaces, enhanced by the creation of wadi and lake features and colourful and maintained native landscaped areas. Strategically placed bunkers, combined with freeform desert waste areas to provide further challenge to the golfer.
The numerous wadi features, which meander through the golf site like a serpentine, not only play a significant strategic and functional role on numerous holes, they also help to alleviate storm drainage from both the golf course and adjacent residential neighbourhoods and each wadi terminates in one of the four spectacular salt water lakes, created for strategic challenge, aesthetic enhancement and habitat creation.
Due to the potentially harsh climatic conditions, especially in the summer, and the potential high levels of salt in the existing soils, extensive design precautions have been taken in the selection of both the grass and the irrigation system. Genetically modified grass from Georgia that is heat resistant was sourced and the irrigation system itself has been designed to provide uniform and efficient application of water, minimise wastage and provide sustainable use and management of water.
A relatively short par 4 to start your round, although there is a premium on ensuring you place your first tee shot in a good position close to the fairway bunkers to make your approach to the green easier.
Although again not a long par 4 compared to others on the course, this is certainly a tough one early in the round, with water in play all down the right side, with the toughest pin location up against the hazard.
A superb long par 3, playing back into the prevailing sea breeze. Be careful of the contours pushing what seems like safe tee shots towards the water. A viable option is to lay up to the generous approach area and then look for a chip and putt for par.
A strong par 5 up the hill to the furthest point from the clubhouse. An elevated green and heavy bunkering make the placement of the second shot key if you are to secure par or better.
A slight respite in terms of length in a stretch of tough holes, do not take this hole lightly. The green has many different segments separated by steps and swales, so being on the fairway is a must.
The toughest hole on the course, playing uphill and into the prevailing wind, and the longest par 4 at RGG&CC. Keep the tee shot close to the fairway bunkers to allow an easier shot into the green, or lay back from the fairway bunker short of the putting surface and play the hole as a short par 5!
This par 4 will be reachable for longer hitters when the hole is playing down wind, but with an array of bunkers and a waste area protecting the green, the smart play is a lay up to a good yardage to allow an easy approach for a potential birdie.
The shortest hole on the course should not be taken lightly. Ensure your approach finds the correct part of the green, avoiding the bunkers at all costs. The variety of tee box options means this hole can play very differently each time you play it.
A great risk-reward par 5 to finish the front nine. A semi blind long tee shot will leave you the option of going at the green in two, if you wish to chance threading the approach between the bunker and the lake. Any ball right of the pin will certainly find a watery end.
Another short par 4 that can easily ruin the scorecard. The key is to leave the tee shot short of the fairway bunker directly in the play line, to leave a relatively easy approach in. Any drive finding either fairway bunker or the desert will mean bogey or worse.
A lovely par 3 with an elevated green and an intimidating look from the tee. Ensure you allow for any breeze that you might not feel from the tee box otherwise you will certainly find the desert area short of the green.
The longest par 4 on the back nine, has only one bunker, which is in play from the tee, but the green is certainly not large, and falls off on the sides to make any up and down difficult.
The third of our par 5’s again tempts the player into attempting to reach the green in two, but with water all down the right, the sensible play is short of the bunkers on both the first and second swings, although this by no means guarantees an easy par, with water looming next to the putting surface.
A very difficult, semi blind tee shot into the quite generous left side of the fairway will leave a short uphill approach to the green. Well placed bunkers give a number of dead ground areas on both the tee shot and approach here, so ensure you know your yardages.
You have now entered the signature holes of RGG&CC, which starts with this fantastic par 4, where the tee shot should be played to the right away from the waste area that cuts into the dog leg, favoring a slightly longer approach shot.
A great par 3 that can quickly ruin your scorecard. A long narrow green awaits a well struck shot, although to find the surface with the prevailing wind off the sea will require starting your ball over the water. Bail outs or lay ups will also be gathered by the two bunkers to the right, with no guaranteed up and down for any ball not finding a hazard.
Heading back towards the clubhouse, this downwind, short par 4 is no slouch. The decision must be made on the tee as to whether to go for the green and risk a difficult pitch, or lay back and take a safe par.
The back nine also culminates in a risk-reward par 5, meaning big swings can happen in both stroke and match play. If you can clear the fairway bunkers from the tee, then take the ball over the right bunker, as anything left of this will find the water. The green is protected on both sides, and beyond, so even a perfect layup is no guarantee to finish your round with a par.